Monday, November 23, 2009

But I was cleaning up so well...

11/23/09-11/29/09

Monday: Glendale. Came extremely close to being hit by a car turning right. In fact, I really don't know how I was not run over, not that I am not grateful. I should not cycle when I am that out of it. 24.

Tuesday: Lower Arroyo. (I need to vary things more...). Terribly slow. I'm going to run out of adjectives to modify slow. Ahhh work... 7.

Wednesday: Upper Arroyo. Pretty decent, actually. I was kind of surprised. First half was slow, but acceptably so, and coming back on Green felt downright tempo-y. With surges at a good number of stoplights. 6.

Thursday: Madre. Terrible. This was, with no exaggeration, a shuffle. As in the in-between-intervals-during-a-track-workout shuffle. Hmmm... 5. Flew up to Berkeley and ate a ridiculous amount of food for Thanksgiving. It was delicious, and I felt quite pleasantly plump afterwards.

Friday: A little ways into Tilden Park, but my legs were unhappy, it was drizzling, and I kept slipping in mud. So I gave up pretty quickly. 4. Probably less. Came back and ate a lot of mushroom and sausage lasagna. And cheese puff pastry biscuit things. And cranberry cookies. And almond chocolate cookies. Mmm...

Saturday: Flew back down from Berkeley in the morning. Huntington. Patiently persisted in plodding along (this is true, but I also just wanted to alliterate). I also debated using the letter "s" which would have allowed me to use words like "stoic" and "stolid." I feel like stolid plodding is something one would normally associate with cattle though. Anyways, 6. Also, my assignment of mileage is really kind of arbitrary.

Sunday: Huntingson with Garrett. Pretty good run, nice easy pace (by which I mean, it felt like the easy pace the past, which relative to my current average is probably rather brisk). So I'd say it went well. 6.

Monday, November 16, 2009

I live like a hermit in my own head.

11/16/09-11/22/09

Monday: Off.

Tuesday:
Lower Arroyo. I started running and my legs seemed really really confused about what I was asking of them. They caught on after a (long) while... like after Magnolia. So this one was kind of slow. Hopefully they'll remember what's going on by tomorrow. 7.

Wednesday:
Upper Arroyo. In a crappy (that is to say, worse than usual) mood. First half sucked and was slow, second half was pretty decent. 6.

Thursday:
Rosemead. Slow (very). 6.

Friday:
Started biking out towards the River Trail with Justine, but we turned around when the sun started to set, so we never actually got there. On the way back however, we stumbled upon Monrovia's (sorry, I misspoke) farmer's market and stopped for food. There were ponies, and pigs and goats. Then a 400 on the track, and as far as I'm concerned, it was not timed. 20.

Saturday:
Huntington at a disturbingly slow pace. Otherwise uneventful. 5.

Sunday: Off. Work.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Monday morning comes a crawling in.

11/9/09 - 11/15/09

Monday:
Really chill Lower Arroyo. We haven't done anything through South Pas all season, which I'm kind of glad of. I like South Pas, and all associations (thanks Stephanie). It was also nice when Garrett caught up after coming up the switchback onto California, and I think I kind of picked it up a little afterwards. Ummm... I should start timing these things, instead of just wearing a watch all the time. I think this is 7?

Tuesday:
Easy ride in the afternoon through Glendale. I forgot my sunglasses and things kept flying into my face. I feel like that doesn't happen when I wear sunglasses. Also, I found that going through a bush at 25mph is significantly more painful than going through a bush at approximately 7.5mph on a run (clever, I know - I was kind of out of it). But it was good otherwise. Around 24 or so, forgot to start my odometer.

Wednesday:
Madre, with a decently hard bit in the middle when the men's team started passing me. Quite coincidentally actually (I mean it was a coincidence that we chose the same route). But then my legs got tired and I got a cramp and I dropped off (lame excuse, I know). 5.5 I believe. I forgot to start my watch again. Working on it...

Thursday:
Same thing as Tuesday, except earlier in the day so I did not have any narrow misses with pedestrians. Also, I remembered my sunglasses. Anyways, about 24 again.

Friday:
A slow Upper Arroyo. Felt really sluggish, legs were kind of off. 6.

Saturday: Repeat of Tuesday/Thursday. I've got to get familiar with some more rides. I keep doing this one because it's the only one I can do without thinking about it... 24.

Sunday: GMR with Heather. Good ride, descending was awesome. 62. Now for work. :/

18.5 run, 134 bike

Took it easy this week, with the exception of Sunday, which was good. We'll see how next week goes.