Friday, July 31, 2009

Another Week Down...

...In the midst of my 34th week of being preggo and not a whole lot happened this past week. After last week's 5k, I decided I was done suffering on runs so I've decided I'm just going to walk really fast from now on. I still enjoy a little jog on the uphills, but the downs are just a wee bit uncomfortable.

Work is slow right now, but I'm getting huge, so its not like I can actually take advantage of the down time and pile on a bunch of training hours. Yes, I'm in self-preservation/maintenance mode right now - ride enough so I'm not a complete mess when I get back on the bike after the baby is born, but not so much that I go into labor on the side of the trail!

The hubby and I went for a hike at Boling Park yesterday and managed to not get too lost on the trail system there. We went down some new trails, which seemed to fork everywhere and all had yellow blazes. A little convoluted, but we managed to loop back around to the Etowah River trail and make it back to the car before the thunderstorms rolled in.

It was raining this morning so I suffered through the "Trainright Climbing" video. I haven't had my trainer out in months so I was a little cranky about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my Niner One9 arrives at OutSpokin' today so Chris can get it built up for a test ride tomorrow. Even if it doesn't arrive, I see mountains in our future because I'm going a bit stir crazy at the moment.

Looks like my sis-in-law is gonna beat me in the race to have a baby. She's due 5 days after me, but went into pre-mature labor a couple of days ago. Needless to say, she'll probably have her baby in the coming weeks and save herself almost an entire month of waddling around and getting huge. I'm so jealous, but I guess you can't win them all!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

St. Simons Island

Been a while since I posted anything as we've been traveling for baby showers and work - figured it was time for an update. The past 4 days we were down near Brunswick, GA on St. Simons Island for a work conference. Of all the conferences that you can chooose to go to, this one is probably the best since it is right on the beach and has a bunch of activities that allowed me to burn off some of my energy.

There was an educational bike tour planned as part of the conference, so we all brought bikes this time around. Knowing that the bike tour probably couldn't be considered actual exercise, I went for a road ride around the island beforehand. Quite a lot of traffic and not the best environment for training. Oh wait, I'm not supposed to be "training" anyways...less bike riding, more kegels, right?

Anyways, there were a lot of bike paths - mostly wide sidewalks - but they were more suited to the 8 mph beach cruiser type cyclists. Chris later told me he saw all the tri-geeks out doing laps up and down the causeway bridge into Brunswick - the biggest "hill" in the area.

On Tuesday morning there was a 5k run, which I waffled about doing since my previous run was fairly slow and uncomfortable. I figured I'd give it a go and just run until it didn't feel so good and then just fast walk the rest. I guess running first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything helped take some weight off, as I had a great run (for someone of my circumference) and averaged 7:20 per mile, for a final time of 22:49. Sure it was over 2 minutes slower than usual, but considering I expected 8 minute miles as a best case scenario, I was pretty excited. I did have to run fast though to get back to the hotel bathroom before I peed myself, so I guess I was fairly motivated.

Later that afternoon we had a volleyball tournament where we've been the runner-up the past two years. Well, for some strange reason, we were able to pull out the win this year. Perhaps it was because I played less agressive at the net and focused on passing the ball to my much taller teammates. Or maybe the other team was thrown off by my belly, thinking IT was the volleyball and missed the real one when it came to their side of the court.

Some pics from the race finish. Although he finished about 2 minutes ahead of me, Chris, being a nice guy, came back to run the last 20 feet with me. And yes, they thought it was necessary to pin two race numbers on me...

As always, thank goodness for black clothing and head-on photography...

Thursday, July 9, 2009


We're headed to the Chicago area for the weekend for a tandem baby shower for myself and Chris's sister. We are both due about 5 days apart. No, we didn't plan it like that..

I'm looking forward to seeing a bunch of family members that I haven't seen since our wedding and of course some good food. I was promised Bob Chinn's on Saturday night (kick ass seafood place) and the shower is at Pappadeaux on Sunday. Any weight I haven't gained thus far, I will be sure to make up for this weekend!

Yesterday we had a nice ride in North Georgia - about 4 hours of fireroads and lots of climbing. It was overcast and relatively cool, but the roads were squishy in places and we finished the ride covered in mud freckles. I think that was the first wet ride I've had in several months.

My S-works still fits comfortably but my knees are definitely hitting my belly now when I sit down and pedal. I guess that's why I like to stand up so much :) Still waiting on the new 29er singlespeed...I have a feeling the gods will taunt me by having it show up right about the time I go into labor, or right after the delivery when the last thing I'd want to do is be in the saddle!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Month 7 - Check

Whoo hooo! This weekend marks the end of my 7th month. Although my body is going through major changes right now, riding is still enjoyable for the most part. I noticed on yesterday's ride that my abdominal muscles have officially left the building. As I dropped into my granny gear to ride up Pinhoti 1, I realized I had no core strength due to the muscles being stretched apart and it was WAY HARD to do that steep climbing. It was all legs for me, and they were tired legs at that from doing a long ride Wednesday and some running (yes, actual RUNNING) on Thursday.

Chris has been working on his running and seems to be improving very quickly, so I am very excited for him. We've also gotten to the point where we can enjoy long MTB rides together, although it comes with some pretty bad timing. Does anyone know a good baby-sitter so we can continue to ride together after the baby is born? I don't think we can put her in the Chariot until she's 6 months old...