Wednesday (15,164 steps) - Work in the office. Went for a quick walk at lunch, then later in the afternoon I went to the gym with Nicole. We did a core video, then an upper body one. Both were relatively challenging, which is pretty pathetic, but now that I have plans a few times a week to do some strength training, I think that will help. After work I headed over to the Berkeley Park area to to d a run, since I had 3.5 miles on schedule. I am always hoping to have a nice, strong run. That was not the case, this felt reasonably hard. Met Ben at Odyssey for a beer afterwards.
Thursday (18,761 steps) - Work from home. Since we had plans after work, I did my 4 mile run before work. This was not fun either, and it felt ridiculously hard, for being one of the "flatter" courses I can run near the house.
After I got off work we had a Zoom call with Melina, David and Kara to go over initial planning for Tahoe 200! We didn't get as much planning done as I would have preferred, Melina doesn't seem to have any idea of what to expect from a crew and pacers, as she has never used one. The good thing is that everyone seems really nice and I can't wait to experience parts of the course without being up for 4 days. Took Pika for another short walk after the call.
Friday (17,814 steps) - Steph had given me an 85 minute (yes, you read that correctly) Peloton ride for my workout. I wasn't sure when I was going to be able to fit it in, so I actually got up at 4 am to get it done. I had a technology mishap that delayed my start. (I had tested the night before to make sure I could use my wireless headphones to stream Netflix on the big TV, and it worked FINE. Could NOT get it to work in the morning, but since I didn't want to wake anyone up I had to watch on my phone). The ride was ok, but man, that is a LONG time to be on a bike. I got about 2/3 of the way through a movie. Quick shower and then headed to Wash Park to meet everyone for the morning walk. Also went for a walk at lunch and then a quick walk with Pika when I got home. Ben had left earlier in the day to head up to the mountains as he had plans to do a crazy adventure that started very early Saturday morning. Ariel and I watched a movie and I went to bed early.
Saturday (42,813 steps) - Up early for a Saturday adventure! Luckily, I had gotten most of my stuff ready the night before. Picked up Kristin and Joe at 5:30 and drove to Nederland High School so we could take the free shuttle to the Hessie trail head so we could do the Devil's Thumb/High Lonesome/King Lake loop. I had never been there, but I believed everyone that the trail head would be packed, and they were right! We were on the first shuttle and by the time we got there, it was definitely full. By the time we arrived and used the bathroom and headed out, it was just before 7 am. I planned on starting with long sleeves since it was pretty brisk, and wanted to wait to use my poles. Within just a few minutes of heading out - we saw two moose!
There was very little climbing after we got to this part of the trail. I still didn't do any running on the climbs, however.
There were still a few small ice fields, but by the time we got on them they were pretty squishy and more slick from melting.
Took Pika for a walk and then lounged around on the couch. Was pretty tired after this. Ben picked up pizza while I was picking A up from a carnival with her friends.
Sunday (20,441 steps) - Another night I didn't sleep well and had to be up early. Up at 5:00 for another adventure! This time I had to be at Tyler's house by 6:00 so we could drive up to Berthoud Pass and hike Mt. Flora. I only agreed to join on this adventure because Tyler promised me it would be 100% hiking and no running would be involved. We had a full carload of people - me, Tyler, Mike, Cooper and Colin, who was visiting from Chicago. It didn't take long to get to the pass, and the lot was only maybe a third full when we arrived. We started just after 7:30. I was thankful that we had a flatlander with us that kinda kept the pace down. I was still not breathing as well as I would like.
I started using my poles about a mile up - I just feel like they really help a lot on climbs. I started in a long sleeve and thought I'd get hot, but I never did.
|Mike, Tyler, me, Cooper|
Monday (24,355 steps) - To cap off the long holiday weekend, we were up early AGAIN for our "annual" hike/run at Herman Gulch. Tyler showed up at 6 so we could get to the trail head by 7. Unfortunately we got out a few minutes late, then the first gas station we stopped at was out of gas! We managed to arrive only about 10 minutes late - but I HATE BEING LATE... There was a decent group of friends waiting for us, but the lot wasn't as full as I feared.
|Closest I could get to both dogs looking at the camera|
Stayed up a bit late to watch "Nobody," which I actually really enjoyed!
- 164,068 steps
- 36.28 miles run + 6.5 mile hike
- 85 minutes of cardio
- 25 minutes of strength training