Doesn’t it look like I just hopped on an elevator? I swear I didn’t. Although the hill felt way better than I remember it being the first time I did it last summer. Probably because this time around I knew it was never-ending and just accepted it. I love this ride though…it’s tough but beautiful (along the Hudson river) and I always feel really accomplished after finishing it. Plus you can ride for hours and hours out into New York/New Jersey so it’s perfect for long rides!
Same path. Better time of year.
Yesterday ended up being kind of a stop-and-go ride because I was riding with the “beginner” group. We had a girl that hadn’t been to practice yet, so our coach kept stopping us to review and give advice. It was helpful of course, but I was itching to take off and ride. However, I did get good news! A) My coach said I was the most advanced in the beginner group (taking that with a grain of salt) and B) he said I can officially “graduate from remedial riding”! Woohoo. No more beginner group for me – a little scary but I’m so pumped. It really boosts my confidence!
To close it out – I’ve been reading Page and Leslie ‘s blogs and I love how they recap their training each week, so I’m going to be a copy cat and start doing the same. For week 10, I completed 8 hours and 55 minutes of training:
4,900 meters of swimming
5 hours and 15 minutes of cycling (not totally sure on the mileage – was a mix of indoor and outdoor rides)
45 minutes deep water running
40 minutes strength + core work
0 miles running
Tell me: how do you “balance” your hunger when you’re exercising a lot? Do you generally eat whatever you want (within reason or not), or do you follow a specific plan? Have you ever taken a metabolic test to determine how many calories you need?