Tagging Along and Wandering

I didn’t get tagged for this one but due to circumstance I’m doing it anyhow. The meme in question is the one where you reach for the book nearest you, turn to page 123, find the 5th sentence and then copy out the next 3. That is because sitting right by my monitor is
Training Plans for Multisport Athletes by Gale Barnhardt.

Page 123, sentences 6,7,8 read:

Maybe you’d like to lift weights, too. How do you blend everything together with limited training time and without doing the same boring routine for weeks on end? And one more thing: You’d like to feel fast and strong for some of the workouts, races or sporting events.

That is correct. It is all correct. I’m going to read the rest of the sentences and the rest of the book and come up with a good plan. A plan that fits my life. That means I can’t use the ‘canned’ plan for “Faster Olympic Distance Performance” because there isn’t enough swimming on that plan. She has you swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I like swimming M, W, F. I will follow the general pattern and guidelines, though and will be setting some time goals for each leg of WildFlower soon.

I think I’m finally training now. I went for a 20 mile bike ride this morning in spite of the cold. I learned something valuable, too. I don’t like large group rides.

This was a women’s ride put on by the very wonderful Luna Chix who deserve considerable kudos for doing this. It just wasn’t for me. First of all it is really hard to negotiate some space with a huge group like that (there were about 50 women) especially when many of them are new to cycling. Second of all we went too slow. I was looking forward to some speed work and I found myself going 12 – 13 mph which was frustrating. I finally peeled off and took off on my own but not without thanking the woman who was leading our group.

Hats off to the Luna Chix for doing this – you are fab. They also host various clinics on bike maintenance and safety. They gave out free mini Luna Bars and water bottles today so thanks! Thanks again. If you are a woman and a cyclist you might want to see if there is a Luna Chix team in your area and connect with them. So far I’ve learned how to change a tire and I expect to learn much more in their clinics and if they do some harder training rides later in the season I may join them. They are training for the Cinderella Classic which I’m not riding this year as I am hosting a wedding but I don’t think they mind if I tag along.

And look at this! I just clicked the dropdown again and noticed that they have a local triathlon team and that they host a triathlon. Woo Hoo! I loves the Internets. Learn something new every day! They will be at WildFlower so be sure to say Hi if you are there.

In addition to promoting and supporting women’s sports, Team Luna Chix raises money and awareness to fight breast cancer. Their corporate sponsor makes great nutrition bars, too.

Welcome to Training Season. I hope I can focus my training better than I focused this post!

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9 Responses to Tagging Along and Wandering

  1. susie says:

    You were focused, and from what I’ve been reading, you are doing focused training, too. I love these women’s organizations that support women and sports. We don’t have anything here, but I wish we did.

  2. jeanne says:

    very cool stuff! and don’t you feel good that they were too slow for you!we’re trying to get bike lanes in my neighborhood as part of the mall expansion (?). If we do, i’m selling the car and buying a bike. now that would be cool!

  3. Laurie says:

    I love Luna bars. Nice to know they support women in many more ways than just through their products. Your book sounds like a great tool. I look forward to hearing about your progress during the next season.

  4. Angela says:

    I enjoyed the randon book reading idea, so I grabbed the one nearest me. The sentences are:”Bad idea! Oh very bad! Someone, at some stage, had worked me over with a tool, a spike or a blunt shiv.”Not anywhere near as motivating as your handy book. I think I will swap reading material.

  5. Juls says:

    I believe that you can also sign up to be a Luna Chick yourself. You too could inspire women -Oh yeah, you *already* DO!Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Fe-lady says:

    No Luna Chix here…but I used to work with one of their sponsored triathletes, Cathy Cheskey. (She was still in college and I was going thru a divorce, so we were both working at the local running store up by the University).She is quite the athlete!I HATE riding in the cold…my feet and hands, no matter what I put on them, never seem to stay warm.And I hate riding in groups too…esp. slow ones…. 🙂

  7. Runner Susan says:

    yeah me too, except I have trouble focusing on pretty much everything.

  8. greyhound says:

    So, I guess you’re not up for the MS150 training ride series here in Texas. Just you and a few HUNDRED of your closes friends every Saturday and Sunday. Everything’s bigger . . . blech.

  9. MUT says:

    TAGS are great

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