|Life on the road!|
In saying that though, I coached a very successful and fun running camp in July for 4 days. I had given myself permission to still run and be on trail for this and trust me, I enjoyed every single step I took out there, never taking one ounce of trail for granted. Being on the trails, especially up in the alpine, is incredibly special to me. We had a great group of runners to explore and experience our coastal BC beauty with. The achilles wasn't too happy with me but I was pleasantly surprised regarding my fitness seeing as I hadn't run for months. My motto has been well I shouldn't run so I might as well bike and so, bike it has been.
|The Lions. Day #2 Run Camp|
Just for fun, I participated in the 160km Grand Fondo in Penticton mid July. This would have been my Hardrock weekend (booooo) so at least challenging myself in some capacity filled the void. Kiel's Aunty Sheena and I ventured for a great weekend of training, racing and camping to the hot Okanagan. I hadn't actually swam in Skaha Lake since my Ultraman 10km swim a few years ago. Gotta say, much nicer to float around with Kiel in it as opposed to swimming it from one end to the other. I had a great day on the fondo course, hanging with the chase pack and riding at a nice fast pace. 75km of headwinds wasn't so much fun though and it was a hot day. I hadn't entered with any expectations and had just planned to ride with friend and biking bad ass Barb Sweeney. However, thinking she was in front of me, I chased her all day only to discover that she had dropped with an injury. I ended the race with a crazy sprint that just about sent me into cardiac arrest at the finish shoot. Having not spent much time in the saddle, I was super stoked on 3rd female across the line (but finished 5th by milliseconds due to chip time.) Is road racing for me? Not sure.
However, building upon my 4.5hr fond time, my good friend Robyn accompanied me down to Oregon this past weekend so that I could ride some sweet single track at the Cascade Cream Puff 100mile mountain bike race. I've had this event on the radar for many years, mainly because I wanted to see what Oakridge riding was all about. So, why not go when a race was happening right? The course was incredibly hard, lots of climbing (18,000+ft) and super hot but had some of the most amazing single track to balance it out. I was on my hard tail and clearly had not put enough time on it. Great for climbing as it was super light but my hands were killing on the descents due to lack of absorption. Anyways, I had no expectations out there. Apparently I left my climbing legs back at the campsite on race morning as usually I get stronger as the race goes on but maybe due to the heat (?? hmm still not sure) I was off my game on lap #2. I led the race for females until about 60miles and then was passed by last years winner. She was climbing well and put time in on me. I made up for it on all single track sections but just couldn't close the gap. In the end, after 100miles of riding, I finished in 2nd, 6mins behind the winner. I've dedicated my 2nd place to all the ladies in Squamish who I ride bikes with. It's been awesome hitting roads and trails with several woman who are phenomenal riders and who always push me to be better.
|No time to be nervous! Other things take precedent over race prep.|
My take away from the Cream Puff has been a few things. Firstly, I've done anything but train seriously for bike racing so overall, I'm happy with how I have been doing. Majority of rides are chariot pulls (1-2x a day) and that does actually develop some nice leg power. Secondly, I've been relieved to see that I still have my ability to dig deep and hang in there when things get rough or when I feel like crap. I don't ever want to loose my edge to suffer and through a few races this year I have proved to myself that it's still there post pregnancy. Thirdly, patience to heal is something that I'm still dealing with daily and that's ok. My last check in with physio showed good progress so I'm on the right track for the pro-lapse reversal. And lastly, I've been having just a great Summer adventuring with Kiel, riding when I can and just enjoying nature as opportunities come to me. I'm content. I'm surrounded by great people who are supporting me to get back out there and who are a big part of Kiel's life. It takes a community to raise a child and I have that for sure. Thankyou friends, you know who you are.
|Relaxing post race, the best part!|
Bike: Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon HT
Glasses: Ryders Shelled
SportsBra: Icebreaker Sprite Racerback Bra
Shorts: Shredly (wicked for trail play)
In My Bottle: One bottle with just H20, the 2nd with Nuun (grape)
Post Recovery: Shaker cup of vanilla hemp milk, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Pro 70, Udo's Oil and 1 banana
Training Partner: The Chariot of course!
I've also gotta give a few shout-outs to some people who are working so hard to get me better and keep me going. Di Adams, Laura Miller and Britt Jonat's amazing massages! If I was really rich and could afford massage every single day, this is what I'd spend money on!!!! Chiropractor Amber Kirk for the much needed adjustments when I hobble in with whiplash from falling off my bike. To all my friends who give me that little break and watch Kiel so I can go to appoints and do work when Norm is out of town. And lastly, to all my athletes and clients in Squamish and around the globe! You inspire me daily and I thank you for that.
Adventure Onwards……and we will do the same!
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