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Overview of the Week

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



Cycling: 25 miles
• Average speed: 11.3 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 1,217 feet
• Start time: 9:10 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail bridle path
• Weather: 79° and sunny, climbing to 86° (feels like 92°)
• What I wore: bike bibs, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

While my husband drove 40 minutes to meet friends for a 25-mile gravel ride, I opted to just ride from our house and follow the bridle path that runs parallel to the W&OD Trail. West of Leesburg the trail narrows to single track (sorry, no picture of the single track), and gets more technical – not mountain biking technical, but just right for some fun on my gravel bike. It was a great workout and one that I should do more often!



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 15:37 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 87 feet
• Start time: 8:31 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 70° and humid
• What I wore: shorts and t-shirt

I hadn’t expected to have time to walk because after a long day of work (9 clients) I had to run to the grocery store, do laundry, make dinner, and then pack for our trip to the farm. Mother Nature had other plans and the power went out with the first gusts of the brutal storm she sent our way. After the storms finally passed and since it was too dark to pack, I decided to go out for a walk. The power finally came back on just as we were getting ready for bed.



Cycling: 30 miles
• Average speed: 13.7 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,496 feet
• Start time: 7:36 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Leesburg loop with Thomas Mill and Woodburn climbs
• Weather: 71° and overcast, climbing to 76° and partly sunny
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

After the previous evening’s storms, the trail and roads were in remarkably good shape until I got to this downed tree. The local girls’ cross country team had just cross the tree on the bridle path rather than going under it after their coach told them there was a lot of poison ivy on the part of the tree crossing the paved path.


I followed the girls and did a little bike hiking carrying my bike across and even got the coach to take a picture!


By the time I returned home from my ride, my husband had wrapped up work so we packed quickly and drove to the farm.



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 9:40 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 17 feet
• Start time: 8:43 AM
• Location: gravel and paved country roads
• Weather: 64° and foggy, climbing to 66° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor

Walking: 2 miles / 1 mile
• Average pace: 15:01 minute/mile / not timed
• Elevation gain: 302 feet / lots!
• Start time: 9:36 AM / 1:05 PM
• Location: gravel and paved country roads / in town while Mom’s car was being serviced
• Weather: 66° and sunny, climbing to 68° / 76° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor / shorts, t-shirt, and visor

Before running some errands in town for my mom, I headed out for a relaxing run and walk along the river. After finishing my run and before starting my walk, I pulled out my GoPro (affiliate link) for a picture. When I left the house with my GoPro in hand, I told my husband I was carrying it to use as a weapon in case a bear got too close (there have been tons of bear sitings in the area).


I didn’t need my GoPro to fend off this bear or her two cubs I saw on my drive home from town because I was in the safety of my mom’s car. I have long wanted to see a bear in the wild, and finally, my wish came true!



Strength training: 15 minutes of core

Lots of errands with my mom



More errands with my mom



Strength training: 15 minutes of core

Cycling: 12 miles
• Average speed: 9.9 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 1,355 feet
• Start time: 7:36 AM
• Location: gravel loop at the farm
• Weather: 67° and foggy
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

I had such a fun time riding again on the gravel country roads roads I grew up riding before gravel grinding was cool. Even though I kept it to just 12 miles, 1,355 feet of climbing made it an amazing workout.


I stopped at the site of a bad crash my brother and I had when I was in second grade (and riding on his bike with him) which left me with skinned knees and elbows. Interestingly, when I came to an abrupt stop to take the picture of the spot, my Garmin (affiliate link) thought it detected an accident and initiated a crash alert. Luckily, I turned it off before my husband was notified! LOL


Shortly after lunch, we drove from the farm to Charlotte, NC to visit our son, d-i-l, and Pablo. After dinner, we took Pablo for an untimed 1-mile walk.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Have you seen a bear in the wild? ~Yes, finally!
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ Yesterday’s country roads ride was so 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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