Saturday, February 7, 2009

A Weekend Off!

Got a whole weekend off from work! For the first time this year (other than the weekend I flew home) I have a weekend off! This was only because the power in our bldg is down for maintenance. Sooo let’s take advantage of it shall we! My plan was to ride to the coast and do a long ride along Hwy 101. However it rained all night and was still drizzling in the morning. Sooo, I went for a long run instead. This was an exploratory run that turned out great. Found a dirt path less than ½ mile away that led to other paths that led to others etc and before I knew it I was in the hills away from traffic and running on trails! The weather temporarily cleared and it turned out to be a beautiful run. With no pressure to hurry up and go to work, I was able to take my time and really enjoy myself. Only ran about 2 miles on concrete the entire15 mile run!

Up in the Hills & Away from Traffic

Running on Dirt & Horse Poop

After returning from running I took a cold bath and shower (no pictures) which is tough to do, but great for recovery. Ate, then headed out on an easy recovery bike ride. Five minutes into the ride, the skies opened and I got hammered. It was an absolute cloudburst. It was raining so hard it felt like hail. The faster I rode to get back the more it hurt. Got back to the the hotel and set up the trainer. Finished the ride on the trainer which included 20 minutes of one-leg pedaling, rotating each leg every 30 seconds. This is something I should be doing every week any way. It’s been pouring down rain pretty much all day. Hopefully the weather clears and I can go for a long ride tomorrow. If it doesn’t, there's always the trainer. Now I think I’ll go for a walk and later, read a good book. Enjoying my day off.

Riding in the Hotel

Run 2:19, 15 miles - Bike 1 hr, 14 miles

Fri: Hard strength workout in gym w/Plyometrics - Easy 5 mile run.


  1. Sounds like a perfect day. Don't forget to leave bread crumbs when you go off exploring - I don't want to hear about the Colorado boy lost in the mountains of California on CNN! Are you reading fiction or non-fiction?

  2. Did anyone ever tell you that you look like Joe Walsh?