Monday, May 7, 2012

Just Like That

It's race season!!!  I've been so busy I feel like it snuck up on me kind of like vacation did :-).  I did order some replacement tires and tubes and well as dig out the Yankz laces I won doing XLMIC's Jingle Bell Hell run .

swapped these out over the weekend

Those are butyl tubes.  I got tired of pumping up my tires every 3 days with latex tubes.

New shoes with Yankz laces installed

I still need to go over my gear checklist and decide what to bring to this event.  I'll have to less the house about 4 am Sunday, not really looking forward to that.

Here are a couple random throw in pics from my ride this evening.

I can see for miles and miles

and miles and miles and miles :-)

Oh, an update on Goal #3 I set at the beginning of the year. With eight weeks to go, I was down six pounds.  I figured I had it in the bag since I can lose a 1/2 pound a week just by watching my diet.  Well, after three business trips in six weeks, I gained all six pounds back! Luckily I normally don't travel that much (and lucky I didn't gain more), so I should be able to lose it again, just not by my goal date.  With that said I have a couple trips coming up in the near future.


17 comments:

Kate said...

Race season!! I know you're excited. :) Good luck this weekend!!

I know it's only been a couple weeks, but it feels like forever since I've raced. I need to get running again so I can think about signing up for the Memorial Day biathlon.

Jill said...

You're scenery in Illinois (?) looks a lot like mine ;). Having grown up in Iowa, I actually do love those long farm roads, brings back tons of fun childhood memories. I'm just glad I don't have to train on it constantly anymore ;).

Traveling can wreck the ol' diet. I'm struggling with excess weight (I wish it were only 6 lbs) and I know it's contributing to my racing slowness...I gotta figure out what's going on SOON! But you easily lost it before and you will again.

Yeah, 4am isn't too bad to get up and travel....but it's pretty sweet staying in a hotel and getting up a bit later :). Good luck with the race this weekend... Woohoo, race time!!

pensive pumpkin said...

I need to install laces like that, but mine are so pretty and fluorescent I've just been double knotting them. LOL I am such a girl.

TriMOEngr said...

So where are you headed to race this weekend? I think I missed that. Cool way to remember your gear list. :) My problem right now with the extra lbs is the eating at "events" (bday party and 1st communion this weekend = 4 extra lbs for MMNW). Really need to remember to reign in the eating at get togethers. Last week I saw numbers at/below my off-season goal and yet this morning up again. Grr...

Kepa Wong said...

Its cool to get gear for race season. Bummer about the weight gain, but you can jump back in the saddle and keep going for it.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Yay for race season!!!

Donna said...

Go get'em!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Nothing better than quiet back roads for cycling!

ajh said...

Can't wait to read about this race! Good luck. Love the pics from your ride.
I finished my swim lessons tonight. I also have to take about 10 days off due to surgery but then I'll be back at it and may pester you with questions.
And traveling is very hard on weight for sure!

Anne B said...

Just reading about getting ready for a race has my stomach doing somersaults. I am a basket case.

Deb said...

I just switched to Conti-4000 tires on my bike. I had cheapie tires on before, and like them much better.

Nice pics!

Dawn said...

I need some of those tubes. Mine have to be repumped every trip!
Sooo...good luck you! Will be cheering you on.

Love those roads. (And Now I have that song in my head:)

Patrick Mahoney said...

I like Conti tires too. I'm running Schwalbe now since it's what the shop uses, but at heart I'm a Conti guy.

Julie Arts said...

It IS race season, isn't it!?! It REALLY snuck up on me. My first oly is tomorrow and I'm completely unprepared. Ah well...it's all about enjoying life, right? So as long as I have fun doing it, I'm not going to sweat the small stuff :D

Laima said...

Wish we had more roads like that closer to home:) Good luck!

Raina said...

What great photos! Love the scenery. I would like to run there.

You will lose that fast with the right eating, especially if you are off the injured list. Best wishes with the races!

Teamarcia said...

Ah yes, I've been on the 4am race schedule for 2 weeks now. Hard yet exciting at the same time. All the best with racing season. Enjoy the new equipment!