nine miles

I just got home from a nine mile ride at the gym and I have to say it felt pretty good! I actually don’t know if I’ve ever ridden a bike farther than that… ever! Stationary or otherwise – so yay! I got into the groove from mile 3-6, with miles 6-9 feeling a little monotonous. I’m really looking forward to outdoor training this spring where there are more distractions and the time goes by a little more quickly. (I hope!)

My training schedule had me starting with six days a week of training right from the get go, which I quickly realized would be unrealistic for the first few weeks at least. I know that I can find the time, but adjusting my schedule is going to have to be more of a gradual shift.

As far a diet, I’ve been drinking smoothies in the mornings which is giving me a lot of energy, then eating pasta and vegetables at lunch. Dinner has been on the random side. Baby steps. Ah, and also trying to ease up on adult beverages. Why am I doing this again? All kidding aside, I feel really good and am starting to notice increased energy.

Tomorrow I’m meeting up with Meredith, a good friend of mine who is also training for the same event. She opted to train through Team in Training, a great charity training program which raises money and awareness for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She gets training in exchange for fund-raising for them. Way to give back! Visit her blog, she’s pretty hilarious – and if you just happen to fall in love with her, she’s got a link to her fund-raising page. So tomorrow we’ll be meeting to brainstorm ideas for her to reach her goals. We’re taking the “it takes a village” approach and pooling efforts – hopefully I’ll be able to contribute some ideas and maybe even a design or two. Plus we’re planning on doing training together when we can. It’s not only good for a warm fuzzy feeling, but it keeps you accountable!

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