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Spring Cycling Season

The Gravel Grinder National Championships will be held in just two weeks and there’s even an event called the Mini G for average cyclists like me. Several of my friends and I are registered and I’m looking forward to my first bike race. Two weeks later we’ll be riding the Tour de Madison Metric Century and three weeks after that we’ll ride in the 1725 Gravel Grinder. I’m no where nearly as strong as I was in October, but that’s par for the course for me with the minimal cycling I do during the winter months.


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll beyond the infographic for daily details…



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 8:59
• Start time: 6:58 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 45° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, s/s shirt, nylon shell, gloves, mittens, and visor



Strength training : 1 hour of total body



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 9:15
• Start time: 9:41 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 44° (feels like 38°) and sunny
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, nylon shell, gloves, and visor

Rolling: 10 minutes

Stretching: 10 minutes



Strength training : 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 10 miles
• Average speed: 16.7 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:58 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 62°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 13:49
• Start time: 8:11 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 48° (feels like 45°) and sunny
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, gloves, and velour jacket

I got some quick cycling in on my spin bike (affiliate link) and since it was so pretty outside, I squeezed in a walk before seeing my next client.



Strength training : 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Cycling: 50 miles
• Average speed: 13.1 MPH
• Bike: Cannondale Topstone
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 2,831 feet
• Start time: 9:12 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to western Loudoun country roads
• Weather: 57° and cloudy, climbing to 74° and sunny
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, jacket and mid-weight gloves (switched from jacket to arm sleeves and switched to fingerless gloves about 8 miles into ride)

Once again, Bill and I rode the 8 miles to Plum Grove Cyclery to meet the VeloPigs, this time a brewery ride. We had close to 50 cyclists roll out from Plum Grove in two different groups – business casual and party pace. By the time the party pace rolled into Harvest Gap Brewery, there was no open space on the wall to park our bikes so we made the most of an open field.


Reentry is real when getting the legs moving again after a prolonged break during endurance exercise and I couldn’t imagine adding alcohol to the mix so I stuck with a Coke (plus I don’t like beer). The soft warm pretzel, on the other hand, hit the spot!


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Has the weather improved where you live? ~ After a cold rain all day Monday and a cold Tuesday, our weather gradually improved to a glorious weekend.
  • • What’s your favorite pre-long run/bike fuel?
  • • Did you run in a 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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