Showing posts from January, 2011

A review

Thanks to everyone who commented on THIS post. I knew it would perk some "interest." I won't be sharing my chosen route, come on guys that's a LITTLE personal (hee hee), BUT I will say I've found a new solution.
Thanks SO much to my friend N for her amazing advice. It's not the first time she has recommended this great product, but this time I actually listened. I mean who wouldn't listen to someone who rides their bike across the world, literally.
I decided why the heck not and went out and bought some bravely trying it out on a 3.5hr ride. I wore my favorite cycling shorts and even had a second layer of capris on top (these are AMAZING for wearing on top of your cycling shorts - NO seams and super easy to peal off and put in your back pocket if it gets too warm).
While I still had a little bit of tenderness from the past few weeks, I finished the ride with less chafing and no new battle wounds! The best was this particular route has the infamous …

Hunger strike

The temps are still a little cool in the mornings for those of us "thin blooded" AZ folks. Yes, I completely admit that after 10 years of living in AZ, I have finally lost every ounce of my Washington blood and 70degrees is now cool, 40degrees is downright FREEZING. I've come over to the dark side. And, while it SUCKS right now cause I'm cold all the time, I'm REALLY hoping I'll see the upside of this whole thing when I'm doing my 5-6hr rides and it's 110degrees out.
Wishes can come true, right?
After almost 2 weeks of eating lard (tortillas), and infusing my blood with vitamin C rich drinks (cranberry infused vodka and lime in cervesa) while staring at the beach, it was back to reality and back home. Also back (and very much welcomed) was the start of the new season and training.
My work had been pretty slow, so I had time on my hands. With the jeans fitting a little too tight for my comfort (litterally), and after my 2 week binge (ok, if I'm b…


Today I had a special date run with my boy, Baxter. We've been including little miss thing, Juliette, on all of our runs lately so he hasn't had any time with me by himself. Don't get me wrong he is adoring his new bff red dog more and more every day. I haven't seem him play this much since he was a puppy. It truly brings a smile to my face every day. In fact, he is even instigating it a lot of the time now.

Mr. Too Cool for School is getting back to his dog roots, if you will. It's hilarious. None the less I've been feeling like he needed a good mom and bubba run with no stress. While Juliette is definitely getting better trained to run, she is still all over the place. While I'm busy watching out for her so I don't trip and face plant, Baxter is taking on a much more responsible role. He's constantly moving around her to keep her out of the line of fire. She is ADD DOG all the way, and any bird, leaf, bunny, car, and especially other dog…

Wax on, Wax off?

No this is not a karate kid post, although it has been a long time since I've seen that movie - it might be a great Netflix idea! So, be forewarned this is going to be a little more graphic than my typical; ran this far, rode this much, love to swim and my dogs are the best type blog....

For as long as I can remember I've had saddle issues. I've tried every size, shape, material and cushioning under the sun, on both a road bike and tri bike and I think I've settled on about the best I can get (specialized toupe on road, serfas tri on TT). While of course they aren't perfect, the post ride chafing issues are at least less than they ever have been and I'm riding more than I ever have.

Unfortunately I still have some nagging issues that come up. Without going into TOO much detail, the issues are basically on the bikini line and can be rather painfull (especially when putting on a swimsuit after a long ride!). I use so much LUBE (aquafor) that it takes about 3 …