cycling events


After a decent bike ride home from work, Michael and I headed out to dinner. We tried for a second time to go to Ken’s Artisan Pizza. We’ve tried in the past but were discouraged with the over an hour wait to get a table. Michael would probably be more apt to wait, but not me. I think that’s ridiculous! We got to Ken’s Artisan and the place was packed. I thought for sure we’d be looking for another place to eat but we got seats at the bar immediately. Fine with me! Better than waiting an hour.

The atmosphere is really cool. It’s very open and industrial looking with windows that roll up so the inside of the restaurant feels outside. The kitchen is also right out in the open. You can watch them make the salads and pizzas right in front of you. We walked by the huge wood-fired oven to the bar, which was fun to see.

I had the IPA beer with dinner. I wish I could remember what it was called. It was decent, lots of citrus and light enough for a summer beer. Michael and I split the Caesar salad appetizer.

The salad was pretty good, but nothing close to the amazing Caesar at Apizza Scholls. This salad was more “milky” tasting instead of garlic tasting like I like. The freshly made croutons were delicious. They used Grana Padano cheese instead of Parmesan, which was okay but not as quite as flavorful as it could have been.

We ordered the Soppressata pie. It was basically a spicy pepperoni with mozzarella and basil. The pizzas were small but big enough for two people to share. There were six slices. I had two and took the last one home for lunch.

What’s the verdict? It was good pizza but not worth waiting an hour to be seated. Period. On the flip side, I’d always wait however long it takes to eat at Apizza Scholls. So I guess that’s your answer.

Cycling Update

On another note, the Covered Bridges Century bike ride was supposed to be August 12th but I’ve decided not to do that event. I just could not get my weekly mileage up high enough in order to complete 100 miles. This was my weekly mileage for the month of July:

Week 1- 50.84

Week 2 – 55.79

Week 3 – 62.42

Week 4 – 59.56

So frustrating! I couldn’t even get my mileage up to 80! Each week I failed to get my mileage anywhere close to 100 made me feel like a failure. This is supposed to be fun and instead of focusing on the GOOD things my training has done for me, I’ve been focusing on falling short.

I’ve been plagued with flat tires this summer (seriously, at least once a week) and for some reason I’ve been busier this summer than ever before. Or maybe I’m just not saying no to social events that conflict with long training rides on the weekend. Who knows. Either way, I’m not ready for 100 miles. I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to pushing myself further than my body is ready for (Hood to Coast ring any bells?) and I didn’t want to end my summer with an injury.

The plan is this: Peach of a Century. It’s September 23rd so that gives me another month to try and get my mileage up. I will keep you posted.

QUESTION: Have your summer fitness goals been successful or sidelined?

Let’s Get Serious

Okay, I’m starting to get a little nervous about the Century ride. It’s about 3 weeks away and I feel like my training has not quite been what it should have been. In the past, Michael and I spent most of our weekends doing the 40 mile loop, or trying to get in a 50 mile bike ride. That plan seems to have been thwarted this year. I am biking to work much more than I ever did last year, so that’s something. We’ve just had things come up to prevent us from being consistent. Michael recently had the flu and was not up for going on a long ride, and then the weather got in the way, and then my bike tire exploded… Hence, my worry.

Sunday –

Sunday morning I planned on going for about a 20-30 mile ride. It was most likely going to be solo because Michael was still feeling under the weather. Even though I was nervous about biking alone after my bike tire incident, I was ready to do it. It had to be done. I woke up that morning to rain. Seriously? In the middle of July?! The day after a gorgeous, clear summer day? So not fair. I headed to the pool instead, angry at the weather for getting in the way, and of course when I was done in the pool it was clear skies and sunshine.

I decided to just do it. I got on my bike after lunch and went for a short ride–something was better than nothing. The skies still looked a bit iffy in one direction so I decided I would ride in our neighborhood. My training ride ended up being all hills. There was one hill that in the past would kill me and leave me delirious from fatigue and heavy breathing. I was SO happy when I rode up that hill without too much issue this time! Conquering that huge hill made me feel confident and happy! Like I said, it was a short ride but all hills so that was definitely a good way to practice for the event.

Time: 41:49
Calories Burned: 381
Distance: 9 miles

When I got home from my ride, we made dinner together–lettuce from my garden, grilled chicken sliced on top with avocado and croutons. Michael also made queso from scratch (he gets the weirdest cravings sometimes) and I had some queso with tortilla chips.

I felt like SOME miles were better than no miles. And I spent the next few days obsessively checking the weather in preparation for my next commute.

Tuesday –

I wasn’t sure if I’d be biking Tuesday because the weather was forecasted as “iffy” but it happily didn’t rain so off I went. I felt really strong during my morning ride, hills that used to have me breathing hard were easy, I burned less calories. All in all it was really nice.

The afternoon ride home was hot and humid and felt like I was breathing pea soup. So nasty. But my body felt fine and my tire didn’t explode! It was kind of weird that both my morning and afternoon commutes burned the same calories–it never happens like that!

AM Miles: 12.38
PM Miles: 11.02
Total Mileage: 23.4
Calories Burned: 972

And then it rained for a few days and I could finally bike to work again…

Friday –

I love it when I can tell my fitness level is improving for a specific activity. The way it shows itself first is that I start to notice my heart rate doesn’t get elevated as high doing the same activities. The most obvious one is swimming–it used to leave me breathless and panting and now I rarely get my heart rate over 140 unless I’m swimming with fish as big as my arm! With cycling, I notice it when I don’t burn as many calories on the exact same route and when I also climb hills with ease.

Friday was like that. I felt strong on the hills and didn’t get fatigued. Progress!

Total Mileage: 23.39
Calories Burned: 933 

Total miles for last training week: 55.79

So not even close to 100 miles. 🙁 It’s frustrating that I set this big goal for myself and then the training just kept getting sideways. The rain. The scheduling issues. Being out of town. Sickness. Injury. Not having a consistent training partner. Not really doing long rides on the weekends. The list of excuses is long and I’m angry with myself for letting them get in the way. Right now, I doubt I am ready to do 100 miles. I could technically do it, but I’d probably hurt myself those last 20.

I don’t know what is going to happen in the next few weeks. I am going to keep training and trying to fit in longer rides whenever I can. My hope is that I can at least get up to the ability to do 75 or 85 miles in the event I want to do. Time will tell.

QUESTION: Have you ever quit an event or race because training didn’t go as planned?