A Wet Start to the Week

On Monday at around 7:20 AM, I arrived one of the gyms where I work just as the sky opening up to a torrential downpour as I pulled into the gym parking lot. I considered waiting it out in my car until I finally gave up and made a mad dash into the clubhouse.





Once inside the gym, I discovered standing water in several places around the cardio equipment.


Despite a flooded gym, we fared much better than in Reston and closer in to DC. This is the second time in eight years that this particular parking lot near the Metro has flooded to this extent. It runs right along the W&OD Trail and the Cruisers used to occasionally park there when we’d meet in Reston for our run. Note that a four lane road runs between the parking lot and the grass in the foreground.



Back to the Gym

Once the water damage at the gym was assessed, it was determined that it needed to be closed so more extensive repairs could be completed. From around 10 AM on Monday until 3 PM on Friday, the gym remained closed. Luckily, I was able to move most of those clients to my home gym for the week so they didn’t miss their workouts.


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



Because of my adjusted gym schedule, I was able to complete both of my weekday runs in the daylight and didn’t have to get up at such a crazy hour – I slept until 5 AM four mornings and even slept until 6:30 on Wednesday!

I’d hoped to run with a friend on Saturday morning, but she had to cancel Friday evening when she got sick. I waited until 7:30 AM to head out and mostly stayed on the shaded trail in our neighborhood. I took it easy and had a great run.



On Sunday, I joined Bill for my first group gravel ride sponsored by Bicycles and Coffee in Purcellville, VA. They referred to the 16-miler as a mellow ride so it seemed like a great place for me to start.


According to my Garmin (affiliate link), we had 1,024 feet of elevation gain on our 16.27-mile ride. My average speed was 11.8 MPH – I noticed my speed as slow as 5 MPH on a couple of the really steep climbs, but only as fast as the low 20’s on my descents. I’m extremely cautious with my speed on gravel after wiping out many times as a child on the gravel roads on the farm. Potholes and washboards don’t help with my confidence level on gravel either.


After posting a picture and video to Instagram, several people commented about riding on gravel. My Salsa Journeyman is considered an all-road bike (gravel and light touring) which is exactly what I was looking for in a bike when I upgraded last summer.


Strength Training

As always, I’m happy to be so consistent with lifting. I’m sure my body thanks me, especially as I get older.



After last week, I was a little more cautious this week with triangle pose. LOL


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

Looking ahead to this coming week, I’ve got my Firecracker 5K recap ready to post on Tuesday. I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to work on anything new since I’ll be working a shortened week and packing to go visit my mom for the weekend and all of the following week!


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Have you tried gravel riding? ~ Bill has really been enjoying it the last couple of years and was excited to get me to try it!
  • Of running, biking, strength training, and yoga, which is your favorite type of exercise?
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!