26 March 2012

De-worming my Bike

This past weekend was full of friends, family, and some solid training sessions. Saturday was a long run, made much more manageable when I met up with some good friends partway through (hi Dawn and Mike!). Dawn and Mike are both fast runners and linking up with them couldn't have come at a better time - about 10 miles in when I was starting to feel fatigued and facing the long schlep up the Lee Highway hill. The rest of the run went by in a flash and before I knew it, I was back at home. It was one of those workouts where I craved a nap afterwards. I didn't actually take one, but with the dreary weather I didn't feel guilty staying in and reading for a few hours.

Sunday I rode bikes with some new friends from the blogosphere (hi Katie, Emily, Lauren!). Did you know that a military base will let you in just to ride your bike around on nearly-empty roads? I didn't either, until Sunday. The ride was great, company even better, but scraping dead worms off my bike afterwards was less than thrilling. It had just finished raining when we started our ride and I didn't even notice the worms on the pavement. Heck, I didn't even notice the worm pieces on my legs until after the ride was over (I thought they were just really big pieces of dirt - EWWWW). My bike looked like a crime scene, too many worm murders to count. The rest of Sunday was spent giving my bike a good cleaning and then packing it up for Tucson! Unfortunately I got only about halfway through the packing part, foiled by the stupid pedals once again! Bike packing became a two-day process instead - good thing I started early!


Sarah said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend of training. Where did you ride at on Sunday? I wouldn't mind checking out those nice empty roads :)

Gina said...

Great training weekend! And - yeah - de-worming bikes is no fun. (Let alone having them on your legs. Blech.) Have a great training trip to Arizona!!

Katie said...

I haven't cleaned my bike yet. I'm sure it's going to be completely disgusting.

ADC said...

I remember your pedals too well :)))

Caroline said...

@Sarah - we rode down in Quantico. Hardly any cars!!
@Gina - great to see you this AM at swim!
@Katie - the worms are going to be solidified and stuck to your bike. I don't know which is worse - newly dead, mushy worms or long-dead worms stiff with rigor mortis.
@Angelina - YES! I was actually thinking about you when I was trying to get the stupid things off! "It would be so helpful if Angelina were here, she would fix this mess!"

Dawn said...

So good to have run buddies! Hope we do that more often...after you have an AWESOME week at training camp :) Glad you rallied from a rough swim, you're ready to work your butt off now.