Our neighbors, Dan and Nancy, had some folks over for a bar-be-que and to watch fireworks from the deck. It was a great night relaxing and catching up with friends. But then it was time to get prepped for the BIG ride up Mt. Evans on Saturday: 32.5 miles of pure uphill to the 14,000 foot summit. I had my bottles and food ready, my bag of extra clothes for the sag wagon and I was psyched!! Until 5:00am the next morning when Charlotte came into the room and said she made a mess. Uh oh. The mess included about everything she consumed the night before all over everything.....I cuddled with her while Michael went about cleaning the mess. At that point I was still going, put my waffles in the toaster applied the sunscreen.....and then the call came from above. Well, our room actually. Charlotte made a mess in our bed. Off came the riding clothes, left a couple of messages and I went into full mommy mode. Poor thing......we all slept together for the next few hours and she seemed to be doing a bit better.
At this point I had a little bit (read: tons) of extra energy/anxiousness since I wasn't doing the workout I had anticipated. So, at 10am I left for a little run in the 90 degree heat. And, I was anxious, so I took it out too fast. Did I mention it was hot??? Yikes, at mile 4 I kind of hit a wall and had to walk/jog for the rest of the way. YUCK. When I got back home sweat was just dripping off of me - like I just got out of a pool. I guess I was well hydrated:)
Michael's college friend and family was in town and we went to a wine tasting party with them and our kids were able to play together while we caught up. It was a really fun night and the wine tasting was a hoot.
Sunday morning arrived and I left early to ride the Shadow Mountain ride: 50 miles, 3 major climbs totalling around 9,000 feet. My coach, Steve, gave me the go ahead to do the ride and follow it up with a run after. So off I went. I wasn't anxious at all - even though I was riding alone - and I followed the plan: easy warm-up effort to the first switchback, and the race pace effort through the backside of Deer Creek. Whew! I only had one pit stop at the top of High Grade, and did the ride in 3:30. On the downhills, I worked very hard to get comfortable and not freak out at every sighting of gravel. And I was worked but had to transition to a run.....I took off towards the Rez and did 3 miles. It was difficult, my legs were beat and my heart rate was not cooperating. But I did it and am very pleased with the effort.
Afterwards, I met the family at the pool and we played around for a bit. And then we acquired something VERY cool: a treadmill and a weight set courtesy of my parents who are moving soon and will not need those items!!!! A nice addition for winter training, and when Michael is out of town. Of course, the most important item we acquired was a big girl bed for Charlotte!!
Thank you Michael for dealing with my anxiety this weekend and letting have the time to go ride Shadow!!!