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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Gravel Fun Consistent with my past of always wanting to push myself to the next level of fun, I met a new goal this past week. When I mastered the marathon, I ran a 50-mile ultra, and after riding a metric century, I rode a century. Yesterday, I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   W&OD Trail Closure As work continues by Dominion Electric on the aging electrical lines running along the W&OD Trail, rather than continuing to detour traffic for short distances from the paved trail onto the parallel gravel horse trail, both will be closed this coming week between Loudoun County […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   New Format, Who Dis A few years ago I recapped each week by events, grouping my runs together, my strength training workouts together, etc. Eventually, I changed to my current day-of-the-week format and now find myself at a quandary and playing around with the format once again. I […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Waving to the Children Back in late September 2017, ESPN College GameDay came to Blacksburg before our primetime game against Clemson, the reigning National Champions. It’s always fun to be in the crowd for College GameDay and this was our third opportunity to watch the show live while […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Procrastination at its Best I was up at 7 AM to put the finishing touches on my blog post and post it by 8 AM, but it’s well past noon and I’m still spinning my wheels and procrastinating. The majority of my post was complete – workout descriptions […]

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Cardio Junkie in the Making Strength training and cardio 2 to 3 times per week has been a part of my routine since the my early 20’s; however, intense cardio wouldn’t become a way of life until I started training for my first marathon when I was 39. Sure, I ran regularly, but without a […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Embracing Options Back in the day, 12 miles was a short run for me. These days, 12 miles is an exciting weekly running total. As I transition to cycling from exclusively running, I’m slowly letting go of my “run all the miles” attitude and embracing my love for […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Will a New Garmin Make Me Faster? Friday afternoon Bill went out to run errands and came home with a new bike Garmin (affiliate link) for me! My old Garmin came within 2% of its battery dying when I rode the Reston Century and I was nervous that […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   I’m Not a 100-Year-Old Rider When I posted the following picture of my Garmin (affiliate link) to my Facebook after the Reston Century, my friend laughed and commented that now that I’ve ridden a century, I’m a centurian; to which I replied, “Not to be confused with a […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Send Positive Vibes My Way We’ll be heading out for the Reston Century shortly after this publishes so if you’re reading this prior to our expected finish time of around 2 PM, please send positive vibes my way!   Overview of the Week Before discussing each day’s workouts, […]

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I’ve Been Down This Road Before Shortly after returning home from Tuesday morning’s bike ride I got the call I was expecting, but with additional information I didn’t anticipate. Just five days earlier I’d had a biopsy on a new growth on my upper lip – both my dermatologist and I suspected it was a […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Missing Most of the Olympics I put my sleep as a priority a couple of years ago and even bought a Fitbit (affiliate link) to track my sleep. I have a long way to go to get the recommended 8 hours per night, but I’ve come a long […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Becoming Familiar with Two of the Four Climbs There will be four significant climbs during the Reston Century: • Woodburn Road – .9 miles long (11% steepest, 4.5% average grade) at mile 31 • Taylorstown Road – 1.3 miles long (17.7% steepest, 6.1% average grade) at mile 61 […]

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Training for My First Century Always looking to for a challenge and to push it to the next level, Bill and I registered for the August 22nd Reston Century. My training plan is pretty simple – spend more time in the saddle with 3 to 4 rides per week and to get a 70-miler under […]

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Weekly RunDown: July 11 – 17 / Lots of Gardening and Back on My Bike

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Crazy Sleep Numbers Just for fun I have to show how my Fitbit is suddenly whacked out with tracking my sleep. It died on Thursday, but I successfully reset it and it started working fine until today’s weird naps. Saturday’s (shown as today) 10:23 PM – 5:47 AM […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Fourteen Miles, High by Today’s Numbers Still sidelined from last week’s removal of a squamous cell carcinoma on the top of my left shoulder, I couldn’t ride my bike or use my left arm while strength training. Not one to just sit around, I worked around my restrictions. […]

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Cramming It All in While I Can In typical Debbie fashion, I intentionally planned out a busy week of workouts in anticipation of being sidelined for up to two weeks after a scheduled surgical procedure on Friday morning. Expecting warnings of not pulling my stitches with my active lifestyle, I ran, I lifted weights, and […]

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And That’s a Wrap on Summer Vacations After a week at the farm with my Mom, Bill and I spent four whirlwind days at the beach before calling it quits on our summer getaways until after the baby arrives. Normally, we spend the third week of July visiting my mom and at least a week […]

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links…   Squeezing Workouts into a Visit at the Farm Bill and I spent the week visiting my mom, but carved in a little time most days for working out. It was a whirlwind trip (Monday to Friday) so we really only had three days full days to workout while […]

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We’re Back, Baby I walked out of the 55+ community gym on March 12, 2020, and as a non-resident, I wasn’t cleared to return until two weeks ago. Once the clubhouse opened up to normal hours and without temperature checks, hourly closings for cleanings, etc., management wanted to get it back to normal as quickly […]

 
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