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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alanis Morrisette Was Right. Don'tcha think?

Black fly in your chardonnay
Death row pardon two minutes too late
Rain on your wedding day
Free ride when you've already paid...

yada yada yada

I finally succombed and booked my hip scope surgery only to turn around and have an AMAZING weekend of training!  Grrr...  All is well, though. It's more of a reinforcement that this stuff can be fun and enjoyable, not mostly frustrating.

Rode 32 miles of hills with Austin Cycle Camp on Friday morning. The route was a mystery upon arrival only to discover we were doing some serious hill climbing! Yikes!! I held my own quite well though and managed to climb Balcones, the backside of Mt. Bonnell, Mesa, and the two major hills on 360. If I had known the route prior to showing up, I probably would've wussed out and bailed. There's something to be said for surprises.  I had a great time riding with new people and faces. The guys from Austin Cycle Camp were awesome and I look forward to many more punishing rides.

Saturday was an Austin T3  and Oceanside training day complete with a 56 mile bike ride to San Marcos and back, plus a 4 mile brick off the bike. I was able to average 18.5 mph for the entire ride which is about 1-2 mph faster than I normally ride...thanks to riding on the T3 pain train for the first 10 miles or so. I had tons of strength throughout and was certainly doing my fair share of pulling throughout the ride.  Had an awesome 4 mile brick averaging 8:09s overall. Relatively little hip pain throughout...A little burning, but no catching, clicking or locking. Oddly enough, my "good" hip was giving me the most trouble damn it.

Today, I met Richard for a gorgeous 13.1 mile run. What a difference a week makes. Last week I couldn't get through 5 miles. Today I ran 13 and finished strong. We took our time and my overall average for the run was 9:09s. Again, I was having relatively little hip pain and mostly just muscle soreness from the two hard rides from the days before.

Top that off with two bikram classes, a couple of birthday celebrations with friends, and a movie date with my hubster and I'd call it a perfect weekend!!


lizzie lee said...

9:09 is a pretty good pace darling... keep enjoying... There are runs better than others and sometimes we impress ourselves doing things beyond what we expect...

Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out

オテモヤン said...


IronSnoopy said...

I almost always have a great hair day the same day I've scheduled to get it cut. Go figure!

Yay for a mostly pain-free (speedy) run and a great weekend.

amybee said...

you are a machine, carrie! great work. glad you are feeling better.

CoachLiz said...

Ha ha, I can relate with Iron Snoopy. Good for you for making the appointment and setting the date.

Gemini1971 said...

I would love to be able to run an 8 minute mile. You need to train me!

ShirleyPerly said...

GAH, just what you needed, huh?

But keep up the positive thinking. This is just a taste of more good things to come.