Things turned rather cold and damp this week.
We're talking rain, wind, and unseasonably cold temps, almost on a daily basis. Long sleeves, leggings/tights, and gloves were pretty much standard on the bike rides this week. There were a few days where even a headband (over my ears) was necessary.
It's technically still summer for another week, but Momma N certainly got this week's weather wrong.
Before I dis on all the details, welcome to the Weekly Run Down!
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So, here's the latest "goings down" from this past week:
Never Miss a Monday
With nothing on the schedule, things were very #whatevs all day. The hubs and I went out for a quick 4-mile ride mid-morning. I tackled five week's worth of gardening/weeding that had been majorly neglected (thanks to Max's surgery/recovery, derecho clean-up, and my stress fracture limitations). Then, the hubs and I went on another 3.5-mile ride in the afternoon. Fun times, I'm telling you.
With rain in the forecast, I tried to take advantage of a "dry" break in the showers. You probably know how this is gonna end, right? My route was my usual #5at5 route (only on wheels, and not on foot). Wouldn't you know, as soon as I reached the 2.5-mile mark, and was turning the corner to head back...down came the rain. Thankfully, it only lasted for about a mile. It wasn't an all-out downpour, but it was cold (46F feels-like with the wind). Oh well, I didn't melt and it gave me a great story to tell. Glass half full.
Wednesday - Early morning legs/after-work ride
The rain was coming down like crazy in the morning, so I opted to postpone my ride until after work. Instead, I did a series of leg lifts and lower-body strength exercises. After work, the Doppler showed about a 90-minute breather between showers, so I took Gustavas out on a 10-mile route. Only, it was misting something terrible, the wind was blowing (again), and the temps were anything but pleasant. Then, near the 3-mile mark, more rain appeared from out of nowhere. Nothing heavy, but very cold. Ugh. It tapered off after a couple miles, but by then I was already heading homeward. There was no reason to risk getting sick, so we ended the ride with 8.1 miles done.
Thursday - upper-body at daybreak, and a ride after work
Guess what? More rain was coming down Thursday morning. No need to worry because I have plenty of indoor options to keep me busy...so I did several sets of curls, hammers, rows, flys, and presses for breakfast. I met up with Barb after work for a bike ride. Although the rain had officially halted, there still was a heavy mist in the air (and plenty of wind). Needless to say, our 11-mile adventure was anything but dry.
Friday - September 11th tribute ride
I'm a huge patriotic gal, and ever so sentimental. September 11th is one day that I just cannot treat as "any other day." Usually, I do some sort of a tribute workout...running 9.11 miles, or walking for 9.11 minutes, etc. This year, since I'm hosting a stress fracture, biking was my only option. And, with yet another full day of rain in the forecast, the early morning was my best option (35% chance of precip vs. 90% after work). Gustavas and I left the house at 5:50a.m. and were back about 40 minutes later. We had a pretty heavy mist for most of the ride, but not any actual rainfall (though it came as soon as I returned back home). This ride was so tranquil and totally enjoyable, even in the dampness. I saw only a few cars, but kept the route in town where I wouldn't have to worry about fast-moving traffic on wet streets. It was a great reminder of how much I love the early mornings, even when there's no sunrise to seek.
After 4-1/2 days of nearly nonstop rain, we awoke to an absence of it Saturday morning. Of course the air was plenty humid, and the temps were bordering on chilly (low-60F's), but I wasted no time in getting out the door for a ride. The streets were still wet, but I wasn't riding fast. A benefit to riding a mountain bike is the thick tread of the tires, so wet streets aren't as big of a risk as they would be on a road bike.
A few hours later, we met up with another couple for a trail ride. Only, the trail still was a mess (remaining derecho debris everywhere), so after a couple miles we decided to head to a different trail. The second trail was clean and "dry" (a nice surprise, given the 6+ inches of rain this past week). We rode out about 11 miles, then turned and rode back. The first part of the route was a rail trail (so pretty flat), but after that, the majority of the ride was laden with rolling hills...nothing steep or long, but it gave my quads a good workout! Just shy of 24 miles, our ride left us ravenous when we finished around 1:15. Coupled with my morning 10-miler, this gave me 34 miles for the day.
Sunday - a grand welcome-back to the sun!
After a 7-day hiatus, the sun beckoned me outside for a short ride. Wow. The 55F temps were chilly (by biking standards), but the sunrise made it worthwhile. My lower back was feeling ever-so-slightly cranky, so this ride lasted for five miles and no longer. I'm working on filtering in short rides with my longer rides...it sounds easy, but with the weather and my work schedule (and the dwindling daylight), it's getting trickier each week.
Would you believe this was Week 4 with no running (or power walking or stair-climbing)? I'm really glad I still have my bike to keep me busy outdoors, even with the icky weather this week. I was a little apprehensive with all the rain in the forecast, but if I was running I'd still get out there...so I just had to get creative with timing my rides (via my weather apps) and trial/error with layering my clothing. Everything worked out, and total biking miles came in at 80. Wednesday's leg workout left me with a few DOMS, believe it or not...a sign that I worked them over well. I love my upper-body workouts; I'm contemplating adding another short one (somewhere) to my weekly routine. Stay tuned on that.
In case you missed out, here's what else went down on the blog this week:
In other news:
Friday Fashion Flair! With the cold temps this week, I was all about the layers. This blanket shawl kept me toasty at the office while the rain fell outside. And, yes, I'm still wearing my white skinny jeans even though Labor Day has come and gone. White is a color, after all, and I refuse to pack it away just because the temps are cold. As always, you're welcome to join me on Fridays...post a pic on Instagram, grab the hashtag (#FridayFashionFlair) and be sure to tag me (@runningonthefly).
Road iD...do you have one? If not, I sincerely hope you have some kind of ID on you (with emergency contact info) when you head out on a walk, run or a ride. Check out the Road iD site HERE (not an affiliate link). There are several options on styles and colors, and they even have ID tags for your furkids. You can use the code KIMBERLY_2020 to save 20% on your order before October 1st!
Last of all...Fall. Yeah, it felt like Summer came to a crashing halt this week. As much as I love the summer temps, I don't mind the cooler fall temps. What I don't like, though, is a 30-degree temperature nosedive. I'm not ready for my summer to end just yet...
There you go! Another week of #stresssfracture recovery in the bank. I made it through the rain, and am ready for a week of sunshine (this week's forecast looks a.m.a.z.i.n.g).
How are things in your world? Did the temps turn chilly (and/or damp) for you as well? Any exciting workouts happening? Upcoming races, virtual or otherwise?