Monday, February 11, 2013

Take Two

I had a fabulous post all ready to go earlier today. It was fun, quirky and informative and then BAM! I went to publish it and it completely disappeared. ARG!!!!!! Worst part is my husband is a computer geek (I think I'm allowed to call him that) and even he could not rescue my post. So alas here goes another attempt...
I am starting to get Spring Fever. I live on Vancouver Island where our winters are quite mild. We don't get much snow but we do get a lot of rain in the winter months. So I do a lot of my bike training indoors on my wind trainer. Lately I have been dreading going into the Dungeon of Death aka my garage to climb on my old faithful and sweat buckets while my family enjoys themselves inside by the warm fire. 
I vowed that this was going to be the weekend to get out on the road. I convinced my great friend/awesome training buddy Steph to get out there with me. Rain or shine we were doing it. It turned out we had a great day but it was a little chilly. I had on a tuque (winter hat for all you Americans), winter gloves instead of cycling gloves, a neck warmer, 5 layers, and bike shorts underneath fleece lined tights. To top it all off I also wore my ski socks. 
Despite the cool air we had a great time. It felt so good to be on the road and challenge myself a bit more. We pulled into my driveway two hours later with great big smiles. 
I enjoyed myself so much that I went out again today for a 90min ride.

My other big new is these gorgeous babies:
~Don't mind my big babies paws~

I LOVE them!!!
I am a minimalist runner. I switched two years ago after a meniscal tear. My running life has changed in the best of ways thanks to minimalist shoes and my favourite minimalist shoe is New Balance. The only problem was as I increased my mileage anything over 15km gave me really achy feet. So I decided to make a stop at the best running store around (in my mind) Frontrunners Victoria. Every time I go in this store they are ridiculously helpful. The store clerk came up to me right away to help me. I explained my issue told him what I have been running in and he right away recommended the New Balance 1400. He had me try on a few other pairs too just to see but the New Balance once again came out on top.

Seriously I have a few pairs...

A girl needs a trail pair, a road pair and longer distance pair right?

Anyways, I got to try them out the other day and it was like Angels were signing when I ran in them. Sigh, New Balance I LOVE you!!!!
On another note, I am still recovering from my little injury but after my second appointment with my great physio (she just happens to be the lady above whom I love training with) my quad is feeling so much better. It's only up from form here. 



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