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Portland Century – The Recovery

Portland Century – The Recovery

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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11 Comments

  1. Kristina @ spabettie

    Lisa this is AWESOME! I’m just catching up on all of your Century posts, haven’t been online much at all! 🙂 great recaps and an accomplishment you should feel VERY proud of! inspiring!
    Kristina @ spabettie recently posted..Down to Earth on the Street of Dreams

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I do feel pretty proud. The training, the weight loss, being in better shape this year than last year–all these things made the experience much more enjoyable!

  2. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    Sounds like you had the PERFECT post century recovery, complete with a massage and everything. Congratulations!!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m not sure what worked best but it all helped me recover FAST. I had NO issues on Monday.

  3. Lisa

    Big Congrats tyo you – what a wonderful race indeed!!!

  4. dietmaven

    Awesome job!!! I have never cycled consistently enough to not have major bruising on my seat bones for many days after any long ride. I’d be terrified to commute by bike to prepare too – so many jerks on the road. However, I have thought about and considered doing a century at some point. In fact, I think I did a similar ride on my own with a friend a few years ago (he was a big cyclist and got me started, and kept me inspired). I biked around Lake Washington in Seattle, from Renton up to Kirkland, around Bothel, and back down to Wallingford (just over 60 miles). It was the most I had ever cycled. It was exceptionally challenging and I know now that I bonked and bonked hard. I did not enough nearly enough. I think I crashed when I got home, shaking and barely able to move. I went to bed at 6 pm and it took me all the next day to recover. I think eating as frequently as you did is perfect!

    Great coverage and explanation – I’ll keep it in mind for when I get my act in gear (ha ha) and start cycling like this. Right now i”m just doing gym, hiking, and some occasional long bike rides (20-35 miles).

    1. Lisa Eirene

      It definitely takes practice to get used to the saddle. That was the hard part for me too. I couldn’t bike without several days–sometimes a week–in between rides. Then I got used to it and it wasn’t an issue.

      Your bike ride around Seattle sounds great! I would love to do something like that someday.

  5. Lauren @ Sassy Molassy

    I’ve done two 75 mile rides and dang, they were hard. The last 10 miles of my first one were so painful on the butt and knees. I think regular fueling, good bike fit (which I still need to do) and listening to your body during the ride help. Mileage ahead of time also helps, but I tend to get bored and don’t want to be doing a ton of training rides that last 3+ hrs. 🙂 Nice work on the 100 miles! I always love the food/rest reward that comes after a really hard effort like this.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Boredom is a huge factor. I think listening to talk radio/music or having a partner helps a LOT. I need mental stimulation or my mind wanders and I start to feel the body aches more. Distraction is good!

  6. Kassi

    Hi Lisa,

    I just wanted to say how awesome you are! I know I’m late in reading this, but I always enjoy your posts via google reader. Just as with hood to cost last year, you were inspiring. It was so cool to read about your experience and see what you’ve learned about yourself and how much you and Michael enjoyed (most) of the ride. It’s of course cool to see places I ride by every day on the max also :). Keep up your great work! It might be weird to say this, but I am so proud of you! I know you work hard and it’s great to see your efforts come to fruition. You rock!!!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you for your heartfelt comment, Kassi! I love hearing from the loyal readers who have been with me since the start. I’m glad that my quests have inspired you. And a fellow Portlander! Even better!

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