Barbecuing With the Fam

The kids were over for a visit this weekend since we couldn’t get together last weekend to celebrate Independence Day. It was great seeing everyone – we grilled out and had a wonderful afternoon together. At the last minute Pablo decided to stay with us for the week so expect to see lots of pics of him on Instagram in the next few days!


Overview of the Week

Here’s my complete rundown of workouts from this past week. Scroll down for details from each day.



I took another well deserved mostly rest day on Sunday after my 52-mile bike ride on Saturday. My legs were tired, but I was pumped after a great ride followed by a good night’s sleep. Late Sunday afternoon I spent a half hour doing my PT homework to get it out of the way, anticipating a busy Monday.



A gorgeous sunrise greeted me as I headed out at 6 AM on Monday morning for my 4-mile walk (14:59 average pace). It was 73° but not too bad, nothing compared to later in the day when I worked outside gardening for about an hour in the near 90° heat.  I fit in strength training during spare time created by a last-minute cancelation.



Severe storms and heavy downpours that lasted for over an hour from 1:45 to 2:45 AM kept both Bill and me awake for the duration. I later learned that the storms had kept everyone else I spoke to on Tuesday awake as well.

My legs felt heavy as I rode over to meet Betsy at 7:45 AM.  Even though I’d been up for over an hour, I’d forgotten to eat. I felt like I was dragging as we rode to our turnaround and even took the time to eat several Honey Stinger chews (affiliate link) before turning to ride home. Surprisingly, we finished our 15-mile ride at an average speed of 14.2 MPH.



I putz around the house and didn’t get out for my 4-mile walk until 6:15 AM on Wednesday. As I came around the circle after my first lap I saw two momma deer and two babies (one looked almost newborn) standing in the middle of our cul-de-sac.



I didn’t have any early morning clients on Thursday so I joined Bill for a 24-mile bike ride (14.5 MPH average speed) at the crack of dawn. We practically had the trail to ourselves and it was so much more enjoyable than normally when the trail is crowded.

I was thrilled to see how this old chimney next to the W&OD Trail in Leesburg had been cleaned up. The Cruisers and I have run past it many times over the years.


I found this before picture from 2013 to show the comparison.



With a ride scheduled again on Saturday with Bill’s cycling group, I decided to skip my walk and rest my legs. I still lifted doing squats, deadlifts, slider lateral lunges, walking lunges, lateral step-ups, clamshells, etc. so I wasn’t exactly resting my legs – oops. I also did about 30 minutes of PT homework and of course got in 45 minutes of balancing and stretching while teaching my class.



Bill planned a 46-mile ride in western Loudoun County for his Worldgate cycling friends and once again, I decided to join in on the fun. A few of us missed one of the turns and lost a mile, but eventually reunited with the rest of our crew. To say that I wasn’t prepared for the hilly course is an understatement. I struggled to keep up for the majority of the ride, but Bill was sweet enough to stay back with me. I was quite surprised that I managed to maintain a 14.1 MPH average speed despite how slowly I climbed a few of those hills.


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

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


  • • If you live in the DMV, did you have severe storms this past Monday evening?
  • • Totally unrelated to my post, do you have any trips planned this summer?
  • • Did you run in a virtual race this weekend?


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




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 those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


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