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Shut Up, Garmin

After each of my rides and my walk this past week, Garmin (affiliate link) had to nerve to tell me that my workout was unproductive. LOL I’ve got to do a little research to see why, but perhaps it’s due to my average heart rate – I noticed that my average HR was about 80% of max. Of course, with the temps rising, my body is working harder to adjust so my heart rate is tracking higher than usual. With that in mind, I tried to ride a little easier. I feel so much stronger on my bike than I did just a few weeks ago so I know I’m gaining strength and endurance. Now to just convince Garmin! 😜


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…



Cycling: 26 miles
• Average speed: 15 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 715 feet
• Start time: 7:57 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to Green Lizard in Herndon loop
• Weather: 56° and cloudy, climbing to 67° and mostly cloudy
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, light jacket, and fingerless gloves (took jacket off at halfway point)

For Memorial Day Weekend there were signs placed about every half mile on the W&OD Trail honoring fallen military members and giving trail users an opportunity to reflect and say a little prayer for each young man or woman pictured.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 30 miles
• Average speed: 13.3 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,427 feet
• Start time: 9:57 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Leesburg loop with Thomas Mill and Woodburn climbs
• Weather: 65° and sunny, climbing to 73°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Riding alone, I intentionally didn’t push as much as usual and cut my ride shorter, turning around and heading home after the second climb.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 15:04 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 122 feet
• Start time: 9:36 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 67°, sunny, breezy, and with low humidity
• What I wore: shorts, s/s shirt, and visor



Cycling: 34 miles
• Average speed: 13.6 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,339 feet
• Start time: 9:53 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Hamilton loop
• Weather: 72° and sunny, climbing to 81°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Exhausted from the week and with a solo ride planned for later in the morning, I begged off from my usual Thursday morning cardio workout with Kim. As a result, I didn’t get up until 6:15 AM, 15 minutes into our usual workout time, and sleeping in for me.

And hey, I’m getting better at taking selfies while riding! It’s going to be all fun and games until I drop my phone.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Cycling: 42 miles
• Average speed: 14.3 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,558 feet
• Start time: 8:04 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Purcellville loop with Meadowlark, Irene, and Dry Mill jaunts
• Weather: 70° and sunny, climbing to 85°
• What I wore: bike bibs, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Our Dawn Patrol friend Dave reached out to see if we’d like to do a road ride (we usually ride gravel on Saturdays). We ended up riding the W&OD Trail with some jaunts on some quieter roads along the way. It was the first really hot day of the year and at the end of the ride Garmin told me I’m 16% acclimated to the heat.


It wasn’t until I finished my ride and was rewarded with a badge from Garmin that I realized it was World Bicycle Day.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • What “national” or “world” or “global” days you you try to celebrate? ~ I always try to go for a run on Global Running Day, which is this coming Wednesday. Unless I have an unexpected cancelation, my day is going to be slammed with work so it’s either going to be a 5 AM or 5 PM run.
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ Saturday’s ride with my hubby and friend was super fun.
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ No


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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