|Ang, my sister Lesley (Racing It Off),|
and her friend Jenn
Now, while the C25K stuff was going on my training took a hard turn ..... or rather, failed to take a hard turn. This is what happens when you hit a curb at 25+ mph on a gusty day:
The month of October is a big one for the Cheesy Riders with 2 major rides. The first is the Wish100 supporting the Make-A-Wish foundation and hosted at the Frito Lay campus in Plano. This was my first group ride ever in 2009 but this time I was ready to conquer the full route. Meanwhile, Angelia and Julian were going to ride the 30 mile route I had done the previous year. In my mind it was the right event for Julian to push for more distance and was the most sensible ride for him to be a part of the Cheesy Riders team. He had a very strong ride (likely spurred on by attempts to impress fellow Cheesy Rider Jessica!). My ride was fairly uneventful which was notable in and of itself. The 100k distance was feeling very manageable, no injuries, just a good, solid ride with a great climb of Windhaven Hill. I felt ready for my target event .....
The Livestrong Challenge - Austin.
This is what I had been training for. This is why I enlisted the help of Joe's Coaching (thanks Joey!). This was the one event that could make up for the BikeMS injury and the Labor Day crash. At the beginning of the year I had hoped to do the 90-mile route but with the injuries interrupting training the 65-mile route was the choice. Besides, the 65-miler was the only route to include the largest hill in the event (a sustained 12% grade). First things first, Ang decided to ride as well and targeted the 20-mile route. It should be noted here that riding in the Hill Country west of Austin is, uh, somewhat more intense than riding in Rockwall. To get the legs loose we decided to take a quick loop near our hotel the day before. Ang was not happy with me after that. The loop included multiple 7% grades, most coming from a stop, and she hadn't been doing the hill training I had. Confidence was shaken yet somehow that night at the team dinner she was talked into riding with a teammate on the 45-mile route. The event itself was as expected, a logjam of thousands of cyclists for the first several miles followed by hills, wind, hills, some rough road, hills, and then some more wind. All that matters though is that we both finished, felt good about it, and neither of us ever had to walk our bike up a climb. Maybe I can get Ang on the big climb next year!
|Ang with some of her|
fellow C25K runners and Julian
So, in 2010 the entire family set new bests for cycling distance and Angelia and Julian each achieved PR's in the 5k. Would those PR's last more than a day into 2011? Tune in to the next post to find out.