Memorial Day

As we enjoy time with family and friends over a three-day holiday weekend, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor our military members who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. These heroes gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom.


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: 42.33 miles
• Average speed: 12.6 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: gravel
• Elevation gain: 2,539 feet
• Start time: 9:32 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail to Canby/Mount Gilead loop
• Weather: 67° and cloudy, climbing to 71°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, and fingerless gloves

We joined the Gravel Rats for fun group ride. Helicopters were circling for the first half hour, but we never found out what was going on.



Strength training: 1 hour of full body

Walking: 2.15 miles
• Average pace: 14:48 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 105 feet
• Start time: 8:26 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 61°and foggy
• What I wore: shorts, s/s shirt, and nylon shell

Gardening: 1.5 hours

After wrapping up my last client, I headed outside to do some yard work. Even though our lawn service mulched earlier in the spring, I prefer to weed and mulch some of the tedious sections around our stone patio and rock garden myself.



Cycling: 18.2 miles
• Average speed: 14.1 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 571 feet
• Start time: 9:37 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Leesburg loop
• Weather: 75° and sunny, climbing to 82°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Gardening: 2.5 hours

My husband and I rode to my new favorite bike shop to get some help with our road bikes. Since purchasing them in 2020 we’ve had our electronic shifters set to synchronized shifting (all shifting is done with the right hand). It was great for me when I first got back into cycling, but now I want more control over the gears so we had it changed to regular shifting for both bikes.

After my bike ride, I continued with my weeding and mulching project before planting a couple of flowers in pots on our deck.



Strength training: 1 hour of full body

Walking: 3.05 miles
• Average pace: 15:25 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 187 feet
• Start time: 9:39 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 80° and sunny
• What I wore: shorts and s/s shirt

With spring cleaning completed in the rock garden, it was time for our gnome family to move out of the garden shed and back onto their compound. This little bit of whimsy I’ve added to our back lawn over the years makes me so happy. Worth noting, a few of the smaller rocks were transplanted from the farm.



Walking: 4.02 miles
• Average pace: 15:53 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 175 feet
• Start time: 5:28 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 71° with a short light rain, climbing to 72° and cloudy
• What I wore: shorts, s/s shirt, and visor

Cycling: 20 miles
• Average speed: 16.5 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 8:52 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 67° in basement, 73° and raining outside
• What I wore: bike shorts and sports bra

The weather forecast dictated a game-time decision on whether I’d be able to walk or would need to stay inside on my treadmill during my virtual walk with Kim. It looked like the rain was going to hold out so I headed outside. About ten minutes into my walk the rain started, but ended after only a few minutes. Unfortunately, by the time I was ready to go for a bike ride, it was raining steadily so I stayed inside on my spin bike.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Cycling: 20.22 miles
• Average speed: 15.6 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 614 feet
• Start time: 8:13 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Herndon loop
• Weather: 74° and sunning, climbing to 81° and partly cloudy
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, and fingerless gloves

Gardening: 1.5 hours

Walking: 2+ miles untimed

With errands to run, gardening to complete, and spending family time at an afternoon festival in our neighborhood, we kept our ride short with a quick ride to the Green Lizard for blueberry muffins for breakfast. My husband and I were both sporting our new Green Lizard jerseys, but forgot to take a selfie.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Did you or anyone in your family serve in the military? ~ My father, father-in-law, and three uncles served in the army and one uncle served in the air force.
  • • Do you have any bits of whimsy in your home or outdoor space? ~ In addition to gnomes in the rock garden, I have a collection of three geckos I purchased three different years while at the beach. They guard the plants in a raised bed built into our deck.
  • • 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!


Disclaimer:  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the blue product link and then make a purchase, I will receive a small commission for referring you. You will pay no more or less for the product; however, Amazon will show their gratitude for my referral by paying me.