Hey there! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. We had a low key Sunday. K went bike shopping with me and then we got dinner at Macado’s. I always get the Southwestern Taco Salad there. So good!
I was kind of afraid I would bomb my mileage this week because I was not feeling well last weekend and that carried over into Monday. I was pretty pleased with myself that I was able to get back into the groove of things once I was feeling better. Here’s how I did:
Monday– Walk/run 3.07 miles
Tuesday– Walk/run 2.66 miles
Friday– Bike 13.48 miles
Sunday– Walk 1 mile / Run 3.1 miles
Weekly Mileage = 23.31
Total Summer Mileage = 226.56
I also wanted to share something great that happened today while I was running. I was able to run 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping. It was slow- 43 minutes- but I have not been able to run that far since I ran in a 5k when I was 18. I could not run longer than 0.25 miles earlier this summer, so to reach the 5k mark is a big accomplishment for me! It just goes to show you how important it is to stick with something and push yourself, even if you feel like you’re not good at it!
Like I mentioned on Friday, I’m starting to think about getting a road bike and this weekend I started test riding a few!
On Saturday, I stopped by The Spirited Cyclist in Huntersville to check out their Cannondales. I test rode one of their Synapse models, which was the only women’s model they had in the store. I can’t even tell you whether I liked it or not because I was just trying to get used to the feel of a road bike. I was actually kind of scared when I first started riding it! The employee who helped me was nice and very knowledgeable about road bikes.
Yesterday, once I came down from my 5k running high, K and I stopped by Bike Line in Charlotte to check out some of their Treks. I rode 3 bikes- Lexa SL, Lexa SLX and a Madone 4.3.
Each model was a bit of an upgrade from the previous, so I was able to compare the difference between Shimano Tiagra and Shimano 105 drivetrains, as well as the difference between an aluminum and carbon frame. The employee helping me was great, and we had a nice discussion about what I really ‘needed’ in a road bike. He cautioned me with looking into the carbon frames at my price point that I might sacrifice some of the nicer components. I basically looked at it as- do I want to get a Kia that is completely pimped out, or do I want a BMW with cloth seats?
I really loved the Madone 4.3 and it has the components I think I would be happy with. Test riding it made me see that I definitely prefer a carbon frame over aluminum. The only problem is that I was thinking about *maybe* making the big purchase later this fall… the only reason the Madone is even in my price range is because it is a closeout from being a demo model. I doubt it would still be available this fall. I hope no one buys it before I have a chance to think about it!
That’s it for me on the fitness front. Have a great week!