Well, here we are celebrating the unofficial last day of summer! It’s been a strange one for me in many ways–no kids at home, weather bouncing from cool to stifling, and way more hours on my bike than in my running shoes. Luckily I was able to end my summer in the best way possible–with a few days at the beach!
I’m not gonna lie, it was a struggle
getting out of bed in time to catch the sunrise!
It’s definitely been the summer of cycling around here, and my Garmin data has the numbers to prove it.
Summer 2017 Workouts
Running Miles | Cycling Miles
June Running: 8 runs (with the LHH 10K) + 4 OTF* classes = 56 miles
June Cycling: 5 rides (+ 2 indoor cycling classes*) = 173 miles
July Running: 8 runs (two in Germany!) + 2 OTF classes = 40 miles
July Cycling: 6 rides (+ 4 indoor cycling classes) = 201 miles
August Running: 8 runs + 4 OTF classes = 42 miles
August Cycling: 8 rides (+ 5 indoor cycling classes) = 278 miles
*I average about 2 miles per OTF class;
I don’t count any miles for indoor cycling.
It’s interesting to see I did 8 runs each month–at least I was consistent!
I still need to focus on cycling to get ready for our October 1 century ride, but I’m getting burned out on our usual routes. I’m also working more fall races into my calendar, so I do need to log more miles in my running shoes!
Monday: I felt pretty good the day after the Reston Metric Century (make sure you check out my recap if you haven’t already!) but decided to take it easy with a strength routine from Quick Strength For Runners instead of OTF.
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Tuesday: Indoor Cycling
I knew I would be cycling at the beach, but when I woke up to pouring rain I decided to use my last ride at Revolve.
Wednesday: 19 mile bike ride
We got to the beach mid-morning, but it was still cloudy and cool, so we decided to start our mini-vacation with a bike ride. We explored a new trail that I’ll share more about on Wednesday for Deb’s Wednesday Word link up, since it was a big improvement over last time.
Don’t worry, I wore my helmet too!
Thursday: 43 mile bike ride from Rehoboth to Ocean City and back.
I’ll share more on this ride on Wednesday also, since I noticed big improvements in my pace.
I don’t like the cap-under-helmet look,
but I dislike bee stings more!
Friday: 4 mile run
The wind was crazy Friday morning, so I opted for a short run instead of a ride. The last 1/4 mile back to my hotel was brutal!
Saturday: 9 cold, wet miles.
Our Saturday ride was rained out, but the Weather Channel App lured me out for a run with the promise of a few rain-free hours. While it was relatively dry for the first half of my run, the skies opened about mid-way through (of course!) with a heavy downpour!
By the end of my run I didn’t even bother dodging the puddles–
my shoes couldn’t hold any more water anyway.
Sunday: Quick Strength for Runners + 42 mile bike ride
The day started overcast and chilly, but it was really nice by the time we finished our ride.
I finally remembered to pull over and check out the sign explaining the art installation at the water treatment plant. It’s called Ripple, and is by two Danish artists (Remy and Reemhuizen). It stretches along 800 feet of fencing, with various “widgets” providing the artists’ interpretations of the tools and equipment used at the plant.
Did you end summer on a high note?
What are you looking forward to this fall?