Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Last Ride

2 days ago was my last training ride before the Big Race this weekend. It was an absolutely beautiful evening, only marred by the screaming of my leg muscles. I think the photo does not do the steep climb justice so I am including a screen shot from my GPS so you can appreciate that it actually is a hill and not just a meandering, gentle walking path from the nursing home. 

Note the lack of 'flat bits'.
Tonight I went on a short run, and for the first time in a long time it felt good. I suppose that is the main bonus for me: having something to train for means I'll train. Because I have to admit, I am not really looking forward to the weekend. I'm doing this because I want to see if I can finish it, but I'd be much happier if it didn't involve 8h of driving and staying in a hotel alone for two days (oh and killing myself on a crazy multi-sport course that will probably take me about 5-6 hours!)

The biggest joy for me about the triathlon in June was the fact that most of my family was involved. It was so fantastic to come across the finish line to big hugs from my sister, sister-in-law, bro, bro-in-law, niece, and nephews! It just feels weird that I'll be finishing and high-fiving myself (before collapsing in a twitching mess).

And speaking of high fives...I would not like to high five my body for how has changed in the last 10 weeks. I found my measuring tape a few days ago and thought it'd be interesting to see if my measurements have changed since I kicked s*it into high gear. Granted, the last time I measured myself was about a week before I went on my Himalayan trip and I was in decent shape then but...

First disappointment: 4 inches gone from chest. Buh-bye.
Second disappointment: no inches gone from thighs or butt.

SERIOUSLY BODY? Seriously???

Great, so now I have the upper body of a 10 year old newspaper delivery boy, and the lower body of a middle-aged Greco-Roman wrestler. That is sub-awesome. these vertical stripes make my thighs look big?


Anonymous said...

Would the opposite really be much better :P?

LadyLungDoc said...

So your thighs and butt may not be twig-like, but think of the benefits to your bone density and HDL levels.

Not to mention that you probably have damn good waist definition.

Albinoblackbear said...



LLD--Hahha, nothing on my body is 'twig like'! Yes I will suffer a washboard chest for the long term health benefits (no longevity in my family--I am determined to break the trend). :)

OMDG said...

ABB, Sorry to disappoint, but cycling is not so fantastic at giving a lady the legs of a waif. But! Check out your calves in the mirror. Do you have a cleft calf muscle? Muscles are sexier than fat any day, even if they occupy the same amount of space.

You will get no sympathy from me about the shrinking boobies. At least they get bigger when you gain weight. All of my weight gos to my stomach, which is UBER sexy.

Kate Theriault said...

Yeah, I agree with your commenters. Muscle is sexier than fat. Even at the cost of less boob.