Winding Down for the Big Event

Today’s the Reston Century so if you’re reading this anytime between 5:30 AM and 2’ish PM, I’ll be out riding 100 miles. In preparation, I cut back my workouts leading up to the weekend’s ride.


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…



Walking: 5K / 1 mile
• Average pace: 14:49 minute/mile / not timed
• Elevation gain: 267 feet / not sure
• Start time: 9:07 AM / 7:25 PM
• Location: son and d-i-l’s neighborhood / son and d-i-l’s neighborhood
• Weather: 77°, sunny, and humid; climbing to 80° (feels like 85°) / 84° and humid
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor / shorts and t-shirt

Pablo didn’t go with me on my morning walk, but he’s a lot cuter than me, so enjoy this picture of him from our walk the previous night (no pictures were taken on Sunday evening’s Pablo walk).



Cycling: 33 miles
• Average speed: 12.1 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 745 feet
• Start time: 9:59 AM
• Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway Trail SC border to Uptown loop
• Weather: 86° (feels like 97°) and mostly sunny, climbing to 93° (feels like 103°)
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

While the kids worked, my husband and I drove to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to ride south to the NC/SC border and then turn to ride to Uptown Charlotte and back. The heat and humidity made up for the flat trail making it feel quite difficult by the end. I’m hoping to get a full recap up in the next few days.



Rest day / drive home



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:24 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 131 feet
• Start time: 7:05 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 68° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor 

I had a last-minute client cancelation and used my unexpected spare time wisely with a walk.



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 15:11 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 119 feet
• Start time: 6:01 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 68° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor 

With the days gradually getting shorter, the hour difference between our time zones is becoming all the more noticeable when Kim and I meet for our weekly virtual cardio workouts. I skipped my run and walked hoping my legs would be as fresh as possible for my upcoming century ride.

Collage credit: Kim


Strength training: 35 minutes of upper body and core

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

With the Reston Century ride coming up on Sunday, I opted to take it easy on my legs and give them a break from lifting.



Walking: 4 miles
• Average pace: 15:51 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 133 feet
• Start time: 9:02 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 71° and sunny with low humidity, climbing to 74°
• What I wore: short, t-shirt, and visor 

Still keeping it easy on my legs, I texted my friend Betsy to see if she was available for a walk. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for getting outside!

Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Do you love or hate tapering? ~ I don’t mind it at all. I know a lot of people make a big deal out of the taper crazies, but it never bothered me. I always felt that I’d put in the work and it was time to let my body rest for the big event!
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable? ~ Monday’s ride in the heat was tough during the last half when I got a really bad headache from either dehydration, over heating, or not taking in enough calories. It went away as soon as I got back to the house, drank more water, and ate something substantial.
  • • 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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