Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What is Going On?

Wow! I can't believe it's been over a month since I've written. But, I'll tell you, this has been one of the busiest months of my life. Work transition, kids school and sports, life, they all have been in full swing. I'll share a few of the highlights with you.

As far as cycling goes, it's non-existant. I am almost embarrassed to say that I've only ridden my bike 2 times in the last 8 weeks. I am still, however, teaching spin class so at least I'm getting in a little training. The two times I rode my bike were eventful to say the least. The firt ride after about 5 weeks of not riding was a blast. The weather was perfect that day. The goal was to get in miles, time on the bike as well as lots of climbing in preperation for the big event, 3 State 3 Mountain Challenge the following weekend. Mission accomplished. We climbed Lookout Mountain on 3 different sides and got in a little over 5 hours on the bike. After that ride, pollen out in full force by the way, I started getting some pretty bad congestion in my head, sore throat, etc. Yep, I was getting sick. Well, with the big day coming in a few days, I really couldn't back out. I had 7-10 friends doing this ride and I couldn't let them down. My goal was just to ride the 100 miles, have fun, and finish the ride when I felt like it. I was going to take it easy. Well, as we were preparing for the ride that morning the skies looked scary. The good news is that it didn't start raining until all 2,000 cyclist took off but the bad news is that it literally flooded for the first hour of the ride. The temp was about 65 deg, so going up the mountain wasn't that bad. The rain was horrible, it was raining harder than I've ever experienced on a bike. The misery started as I started the decent. The rain felt like little ice pellets hitting me in the face. I didn't have a rain jacket, all I had was arm warmers. I really didn't think it was going to rain that hard for that long. Note to self: If there is a chance of rain, take a rain jacket. Did I mention I was sick and felt like crap? Long story long, when we got to the bottom of the mountian, everyone was stopping to kind of regroup. As we sat there waiting on the rain to slack up a little and for it to quit lighting, we (tons on people) started shivvering uncontrollably. It was miserable. Of course I couldn't be the one to whine, but I was so cooperative when several people were asking the shortest route back. Yep, we DNF'd (Did Not Finish) the ride. A couple friends actually called for a ride home. It was that bad, but another friend and I turned back and went back over the mountain. Overall we still got in 45 miles for the day but were really disappointed that we couldn't finish the ride. As we started back over the mountain the rain slacked off and we obviously warmed up as we climbed but we both agreed that we made a good decision to live to fight another day. A. We are not getting paid to do this and B. Did I mention I was sick?

Baseball and softball are winding down. This is the last week! Whooo Hoooo!! It's been a fun season but it is so tiring. We are at the ballpark almost every night except Wed's and Sunday's. Nicholas' team is doing soo well. They have only lost 1 game all year and he is contributing every game. I am so proud of him. Noel's team on the other had had only won one game until last week. But, they've won two straight. They are on a roll baby! She is awesome as she loves to play and is having fun doing it. BTW, she made cheerleader last week.

Hope you didn't get too bored with the updates but I thought I would give you some good excuses for being awol! Lastley, I'm going to WSSC, (World Spinning and Sports Conference) in Miami in a couple weeks. I am pretty excited about this opportunity to gain even more experience and grow as a Spinning Instructor. To be honest, I need the break to recharge my batteries. With everyting going on, I've gotten a little burned out lately. I hope it hasn't shown in my classes but I'm not nieve enough to know that it could happen. Hope not though. Please feel free to leave your comments. I would love to hear from you and see what you think!

1 comment:

  1. Life can get out of control. Just took my first "real" ride of the season this past weekend. I don't have many friends who want to ride. (Aka none)... BUT! I found a girl at the YMCA that just got a bike, so we went out.

    Have a blast at WSSC and I'll be there in spirit :p