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A Jimmy Buffett Kind of Tribute

I regularly rotate between my road and gravel bikes showing both pretty much equal amounts of love. I hadn’t, however, ridden my beach cruiser since last Labor Day weekend when we were on the Outer Banks. After hearing the sad news on Saturday morning that Jimmy Buffett had died, I decided to go for a little tribute cruise on my beach bike while listening to his music. The only thing missing was sand between my toes and a margarita in my hand.

Later in the day, though…


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: 12.8 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 1,621 feet
• Start time: 10 AM
• Location: LCHS loop
• Weather: 77° and sunny, climbing to 84°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

After a 1-year hiatus, I joined the Gravel Rats for a ride (my husband had joined them occasionally on days I couldn’t). The roads were extremely dusty and in terrible condition with washboards galore. In fact, for the first time ever I lost a water bottle while bouncing down a hill. I didn’t even notice it had popped out until my husband, who had almost run over it, yelled for me to stop. I was happily reunited with my filthy and scraped up water bottle after another rider stopped to retrieve it for me.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

In addition to strength training, I also sneaked in a 1-mile untimed walk.



Cycling: 40 miles
• Average speed: 13.4 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,952 feet
• Start time: 7:53 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Hamilton loop with Thomas Mill and Woodburn climbs
• Weather: 71° and overcast with high humidity and occasional light drizzle, climbing to 74°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

It felt good to get back out and climb some hills after taking two weeks off from my regular Tuesday hills before and after the Reston Century. As you can see, my bike was rearing to go! BTW, I looked it up and both “raring to go” and “rearing to go” are acceptable; although, raring is preferred.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles / 1 mile
• Average pace: 14:52 minute/mile / 14:39 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 112 feet / 63 feet
• Start time: 6:15 AM / 8:06 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 75° and cloudy with a very light drizzle / 76° and cloudy
• What I wore: shorts and tank

I didn’t get out early enough to complete my 3-mile walk before seeing my first client so I had to stop and train her before going back out to finish my walk.

Last week I mentioned that I’d ordered clip-on running lights (affiliate link). I tried one of them out for the first time and it worked great although it was a little bright hanging so close to my face. I ended up moving it to the strap of my SPIbelt (affiliate link) and that worked well.



Running: 4 miles
• Average pace: 10:18 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 92 feet
• Start time: 6:08 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 64° and cloudy
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor 

Walking: 1.25 miles
• Average pace: 15:13 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 48 feet
• Start time: 6:57AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 64° and cloudy to mostly sunny
• What I wore: shorts, tank, and visor 

Stretching: 10 minutes

I stepped outside a few minutes later than planned and snapped a picture for my collage with Kim just as the sky was starting to lighten. It was cloudy enough at first that I couldn’t see the blue moon until I rounded a curve near the end of my run, and there it was, huge and beautiful in the already blue sky. After my run, I cooled down with a walk.

Collage credit: Kim



Strength training: 1 hour of total body (broken into 2 30-minute segments)

Cycling: 40 miles
• Average speed: 14.3 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,611 feet
• Start time: 5:21 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to Reston with Hunter Station loop
• Weather: 54° and clear, climbing to 65° and sunny
• What I wore: bike bibs, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

A rare Friday morning without early clients, I was able to join my husband and our Dawn Patrol friends for a ride. With a pre-dawn roll, I started out not too chilly in my short sleeved jersey, but we rode through a few cooler pockets where I got downright cold. Once home, I hit the weights for upper body and saved my tired legs until later in the day.



Walking: 5K
• Average pace: 14:43 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 124 feet
• Start time: 9:02 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 68° and sunny, climbing to 73°
• What I wore: shorts, t-shirt, and visor 

Cycling: 10K
• Average speed: 9.7 MPH
• Bike: Cruiser Lux
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 117 feet
• Start time: 10:08 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 74° and sunny, climbing to 78°
• What I wore: shorts, t-shirt, and visor 

I woke up pumped for the first Saturday of college football, but my excitement quickly turned to sadness when I heard that Jimmy Buffett had died. In tribute, I listened to his music during my run and even got my beach cruiser out for a short ride.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • If you’re a Jimmy Buffett fan, what are your favorite songs? ~ Margaritaville and Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
  • • Are you a college football fan, and if so, who’s your favorite team and is that your alma mater? ~ Virginia Tech, which is both my alma mater and favorite team. Go Hokies!
  • • 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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