Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Short Recap

HA! If you think I could do a short recap of a long weekend you must be new to the program. That's ok, welcome aboard.

The garage sale went great saturday. Tip: Make some brownies the night before. We spent $1 on the brownie mix and sold $9 worth of brownies. I like it. The girls were supposed to say "wouldn't you like a scrumptious brownie?" but they never actually would. Dang picky salespeople. Who could resist that? nobody. We ended up profiting about $200. Not enough to pay off the hospital bill, but they should be happy for a while.
The resulting cleanup and recovery time sucked up the rest of saturday.
Sunday I got out to Furman for a bike ride. Made it about 7 miles and got bored. It's a small campus, and there are speedbumps and plenty of cars. Running on the trail or path around the lake at Furman is much better than riding around the campus. It wasn't bad, but I don't think I will do it again without getting into a group that knows a route that leaves campus. The swamp rabbit bike path runs very close to Furman, and I've seen it while running on the trails, but could not find a road intersection to hit it on the bike. The swamp rabbit is several miles long now and will be a big part of fall bike and run training once it's cool enough to get outside again.

That made me determined to find a long ride to get into on Monday, so I found an email on the Spinners list and met up with Cindy and David at my gym parking lot for a 40 - 50 mile ride up and over Paris Mountain, through downtown, and back. David knew the route, Cindy set the pace. Here they are:

And here's a view from 3/4 of the way up Paris Mountain. We didn't take tower rd up to the very top this time like I've done before, but this view of downtown is still quite cool. And I made it up THE WALL this time! 3rd time's the charm I guess. My first two attempts I had to walk the bike up this 18% grade, which was still tough. But this time I rode up the whole thing! awesome. yea baby.

Total route ended up being 33 miles, and we had a blast. It did get hot about 20 miles into the route, and the sun really came out. Check out these tan lines!

Sunburn sleeves from the bike jersey, and the bike gloves left some funny red marks too on my hands. The bottom wrist in that pic also has a nice outline of the Garmin leaving a funny red mark. hahahahaha!!! tan lines make me laugh. My legs got burned pretty bad too.
Also monday was FREE chick-fil-a sandwiches! I can't promote fried chicken in any form, but geez those are my favorite fast food ever! And the free part really feeds my cheap side. We put the kids in Appalachian State t-shirts too and got 4 free sandwiches. Rock on! Hope you guys got some too.

Tuesday was Bigun's first day of 4 yr old kindergarten. Here she is on the first day of school last year:

And here she is from the first day of school this year. We need some kind of marker I guess to show how much she's grown. It's huge. She loves her new teachers, classmates, and the school program. Last year she had to get adjusted to a new social situation, but this time she just dove right in. Tossed her backpack after walking in the door and started playing with her friends. It's both scary and cool to see her grow into accepting a new situation like that.

The hip is still the hip. I did skip saturday's long run. Yesterday was a normal return to work, it felt more like a monday, but i'm still glad to keep the work week short. Last night I did 6 miles on the elliptical instead of my normal treadmill interval workout. Biking and elliptical both make the hip feel better. I think the hip pain has something to do with ITB strain. So I hit the weights at the gym last night too, got in the hip adductor, abductor machines, and some core work. That plus stretching will help the ITB heal. I should be running again soon. Until then, I am loving the bike. There's still some discomfort when I push off with my right leg while walking, but that's about gone away. I know if I don't give enough healing time post-pain that it will come right back with my next run. Maybe saturday's long run will be the next time I will be able to get one in. I'll take it as I can get it.

Only working 4 days this week, I still have to bill 5 days worth of hours. And I've got a dentist appt this afternoon. Gotta pound that code!


Sun Runner said...

Yes, yes, that's a nice burn on your arms, but what about the back of your NECK?

You live in South Carolina, you gotta look like it. ;)

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

The girls were supposed to say "wouldn't you like a scrumptious brownie?" but they never actually would.

You sound so disappointed that you failed to properly pimp out your own daughters.

Stop looking for that red neck, Sun Runner - because Thar She Blows!


Wes said...

LOL... That's a great view. I have an aversion to hills here in Geowgia :-)

Bigun is such a cutie. Won't be long before she hates school ;-)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

one word...SUNSREEN. :-)

joyRuN said...

Seriously, dude. That's no tan - you're as red as a dayum lobster!

Ditto Lisa with the sunscreen :)

Awesome job with the ride!

Missy said...

HellO sunscreen bitches, um, yeah, cover up from that skin cancer duuuude. C'mon man, even when it's overcast.

Oh, wow, how they grow! Too cute.

Cindy said...

I got a little sunburned too! What a great ride though. Want to do it again soon. Cindy

RockstarTri said...


My girls are going into 6th and 8th grades and most of their pictures still have a soccer ball somewhere in the background too. No need to comment on your so called "tan" but consider it a badge of honor earned by serious training.

sarah said...

Ooohhhh. Oohhhhh. Oohhhhh. That is exactly what I said when I saw your arms. And then showed the hubby. Oohhhhh. That looks painful. I burn so easily and painfully that I can just imagine what that feels like. I hope you put some aloe on that.

Alisa said...

ouch that sunburn looks sooooooooooo painful! Luckily I don't get burned, I tan =).

Great job on the ride! Isn't it a great feeling to finally get to the top of something? I know I'll feel that way when I do the Hagg Lake ride again. I had to walk a couple of times it was so freakin' hard!

take care of that hip!

Bigun is super cute. My mom has all my "first day of school" pictures framed somewhere- Kindergarten through Senior Year of HS, I can't believe I let her take one of me as a Senior!

carrie said...

Garage sales, first day or school, red necks...I've missed a lot the past couple of weeks!

Take care of the hip and great job on the bike ride.

Amanda said...

That's a good idea to sell brownies at the garage sale, glad it went well. Congrats on making it up The Hill! You need some of that Redneck Remedy for your burn haha:)

Jess said...

Haha oh man what bad ass tan lines hahaha! Nice job on getting the ride in though!

And glad to hear Bigun's first day went well!

Rural Girl said...

How studly you look with your farmer's tan!

Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal said...

Oh my that was a crazy sun burn!!!