Sunday, September 23, 2007

The advantage of bike cleaning...

is that you might find surprises! Like before we did our 65 mile ride yesterday I, for the first time ever, cleaned my own chain and gears on my bike. Surprise, surprise! They were full of TAR!! That would be from the newly surfaced road in Elephant Butte..No wonder I was so slow! (I told myself). I am no longer a bike cleaning virgin-it really wasn't so hard after all! I used gasoline on parts that would NOT come clean from the tar. Of course i was paranoid I would blow my garage, home and whole neighborhood up as i was getting into this process but alas we are all still alive. The ride yesterday was MUCH easier. We did 65 miles in about 4 hours and I felt really good about that. Then today we ran 10+ miles in 2 hours and that is a record for me in training this year! i partially attribute my success to Josh's weight workout, which once and for all helped me lose that "stubborn 7 pounds". I think running with less weight (or "lugging" as Hartley says), really does make a difference..Also bought some ice to do the Ice bath thing both days. It is R_E_A_L_L_Y hard to get into a bath of cold water, then dump ice into it. I managed to stay sitting for about 15 minutes, shivering in the frigid water then jump into a HOT shower.The legs seem pleased with that routine today. I am immensely hungry all the time with all this training. Then eating healthy really sucks cause you can only eat so many yogurts, veges, fruits, before you want the real thing-ICE CREAM!! But I have been pretty good besides the big honkin' bagel I had for breakfast. The GPS said I burned 1600 calories this morning so what the heck? Well, this week will be a mini taper for the Elephant on Sunday. My "race strategy" is yet to be determined..

5 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

It was so kind of you to pick up all that loose tar so that it will be nice when we get there next weekend. LOL.

I once got tar on my car from driving on a newly paved road and it took me 8 months to get it off. That stuff is NASTY.

GeekGirl said...

DEEEEEBBBIIEEEEEE.....

oHhhh, DEEEEEBIE...

You want to do the Colorado Relay next year with Pirate, Me, the Baboo, and others, don't you?

C'mon, admit it.

You know you do...

Bones said...

Debi, Get some WD-40 and use as a solvent, (it's not an oil)it doesn't blow up, and it will remove the tar on your bike without messing up the paint!

Congratulations on the run and the 7lbs!!!!!

Vickie said...

Yes, I recently found a bike cleaning solution too--a car wash! I hate cleaning my bike/chain, and my last bike proved it. I have been trying to keep up on the new one. I'm part way successful. I will have to give that weight routine a second look. I think I am ready to move up at some point soon. That, and I REALLY want to lose that last 7 (or more!) pounds.

Maura said...

Interesting to know.