Last Monday, instead of my usual rundown, I posted that I was having a rest day.  That was a lie.  I was (foolishly) thinking that after I ran, what I considered a stellar half-marathon, my coach would grant me Monday to rest on my laurels.  No such luck.  Even worse – she actually scheduled an hour and half bike for the same day as the race!?  I do love this woman, and certainly appreciate her enthusiasm, however even I had to push back on that one!

For starters, I was still in NYC on Sunday night.  Not to worry, she simply gave it to me to do on Monday afternoon.  So, dear readers, this has been yet another ass kicking week for yours truly but, I wouldn’t want it any other way.  Plus, I celebrated my 39th birthday on Friday so I had that to look forward to all week!

The Rundown!

I couldn’t resist “borrowing” this image of me running through Times Square!  I also love that I’m surrounded by guys.  The first picture was the view of the sunset, from my hotel room, the night before the race.  It was a sign of good things to come.

WEEK OF MARCH 17, 2014

RUNNING:  As promised, I’m doing more cycling then running and have added some bricks to the schedule.  Since I’m training for a run/bike/run event, “training bricks” are done by combining running and cycling into one exhausting workout like the one I did on Wednesday: 1 1/2 hour bike, 6 mile run = awesomeness/exhaustion and hunger!

CYCLING:  I still have yet to ride my bike outside!  I was really hoping to get out there on Saturday but the wind gusts of 20mph just aren’t appealing to me.  Hopefully I get out on the actual road by my first Duathlon on May 18th.  I’m rapidly losing hope in that.  All totaled, I rode for seven hours this past week.  Seven.

CROSS-TRAINING:  One of my cousins sent me the following text on my birthday: No spinning, no running or any other exercise but 12oz curls for the rest of the day!  Is this considered cross-training?

RACING:  With the NYC Half behind me, I can now focus squarely on the Duathlon.  I have my first one coming up on May 18, which is held locally, and then the big mama on May 31.  This is starting to get very scary!

FUEL:  Birthday cake and wine.  Seriously.  I’m a big celebrator of birthdays and since I celebrated 39 years of life this past Friday, I went BIG with the cake and heavy on the reds.  I enjoyed every minute.  Plus red wine and dark chocolate and healthy for you, right?

Homemade angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipped topping courtesy of my awesome aunt!

Homemade angel food cake with fresh strawberries and whipped topping courtesy of my awesome aunt!

THINGS I LOVE:  My new bike seat!!!  Thank the heavens and sweet little baby Jesus that I found a seat that doesn’t feel like a steel rod on my lady bits.  Sorry but, I cannot otherwise convey the happiness that is a well gelled bike seat!

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH:  All the people mentioned in this hilarious video about stereotypical gym people.  If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re welcome.

MUSIC:  Some great tunes heard during my NYC Half included Highway to Hell.  I thought that a rather odd choice since we were actually running on the West Side Highway at the time!?  It made me laugh so maybe that was the point?  Oh you New Yorkers – you are a witty bunch!

TV:  Since I’ve spent so much time on my bike trainer, I thought I would be able to catch-up on TV while I’m riding.  This is otherwise known as being a bike potato, and it’s not the easiest thing to do.  First of all, I need to turn the volume up quite a bit and even then, I’m distracted by what I’m doing and missing key points in plots!  After trying to watch one episode of Ray Donovan I decided I needed to watch it all over again!  It’s like texting and driving.  It just can’t be done without disastrous results.  I also don’t recommend watching Steel Magnolias.  When you start to cry, you loose your breath pretty quickly, which is also not conducive to an endurance bike workout.  I think I’ll stick to listening to music.

READING:  Menus!  I’m happy to say that between last week in NYC and this past weekend celebrating my birthday, I’ve been able to have the most amazing meals with some of my most favorite people and my family.

Acai Cosmo.  Super healthy.

Acai Cosmo. Super healthy.

RANDOM THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  In honor of Twitter’s eighth anniversary, they released some celebrity first tweets.  This was my favorite:



What are some of your highlights of the week?  Favorite restaurant?  Favorite drink?

Have you read any good Tweets lately?