Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Climbing high....

(The best family of athletes that work together to become better athletes....truly amazing people)


Saturday marked my 3rd stair workout of the year. The mini-flight has somewhere around 170+ stairs of less than perfect "safety code" heights, but this last week we ventured over to the not-so-mini flight of stairs, by the time I got there my mind had already surpassed the ability to count pass 10, so I can only say that they are further, longer, steeper, and even more rewarding at the top. I, luckily have the option of having lots of training partners that take away a gazillionth of the pain, however, they disappear when I get home and wake up the next day unable to move. Where did you guys go?



(Yes, I planned the pink, did NOT plan the not-so-matchy mittens)

Mark reminds me that each time I do "the climb" I am OUT for two days...someday, I believe he will be wrong. But for now he is right :) Muscle aches galore, but it continues to get better and I continue to get smarter by booking 1.5 hour massages the following day. I recognize there are huge training benefits for me. But once a month is enough, for the stairs that is, not the massage.

This pass weekend someone came up with a grand idea to do a bike indoor TT, we happened to do it mid-day since we all had "mandatory" workouts that we had to get in prior. Mine happened to be stairs...."What doesn't kill you makes you stronger....right?!" All I can say is OUCH.

There was a battle in the room, and it was inspiring, to see an athlete (or two) squeak out every little last bit of energy to reach their goal...no, this wasn't an "A" race, everyone was TIRED, this was a TT of household bragging rights, but man is this girl tough!

To top the weekend off, Seattle was blessed with the weather that makes you truly enjoy the gift of riding a bike. Sunday was the first Chilly Hilly ride ever that was filled with blue skies and sunshine. The TNM team threw the bike trainers aside and were out in full force. I had a less than stellar day and had to cut the ride short, which I think hurt more emotionally than the physical pain that made me have to stop. Really, can't remember the last time I cried because all I wanted to do was ride my bicycle, is that too much for a girl to ask?


(mwebb looking HOT sporting the new TNM cycling kit)


Probably not, because coach has some grand plans for my cycling and today's hill repeats were enough to make me be thankful I was cut short on Sunday....and my heart was content...for today at least...until tomorrow, my bike awaits!

10 comments:

MM said...

you should come out here and climb the 'stair' climbs here. Stairway to heaven is about 4K (but you can't go fast) and Koko head has 1000, and a lot of people run it.

Kim said...

look how cute you are!! so much fun stair running with all your peeps! im sorry you had to cut your ride short, but youre a smart girl and it was for a reason. be careful!

Christi said...

Wow, stair climbing. You are a brave woman. I would probably be out a week after that!

endurancegirl said...

i know how you feel, i would've likely had to cut the ride short too. it's the toughest thing ever, but the RIGHT thing for your body, and you set a good example for all your athletes of listening to your body!

Jill Costantino said...

So the going up would definitly be painful BUT I would fear more the falling on the way down! So BRAVO to you for getting that done! And a TT after that - are you CRAZY!!!! Enjoy the massage!

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

WOW - what a climb! LOVE the mittens and socks - awesome :)

Charisa said...

those stairs look crazy! You look good on them :)

Johnna said...

You ALWAYS look so cute when you workout, love the pink!

D said...

Hmmmmmm... interesting that you mention your coach, but I'm quite certain you never told everyone who that coach is. Announcement please! :)

FLATOUT JIM said...

cycling outdoors in March? You gotta be kiddin me!