Friday, June 4, 2010

"We're doing Timson?!"

“We’re doing Timson?!”

That’s what I heard as the ride organizer handed out the route slips for last night’s ladies’ group ride. Even without asking, I knew that meant we were going to do some climbing.

The street called Timson is one hill followed by a short plateau followed by a hill and so on for about two miles. We only really climbed about 300 feet over that stretch, but it felt like work nonetheless.

After the ride, I was talking with a friend who moved to Michigan last year from California. When I said that we had a hilly ride today, she promptly differentiated that this was Michigan-hilly. Not actually hilly. No – I did not climb switchbacks up a mountain. Sorry. I can only ride what we’ve got here in the mitten state, and for Michigan, it was a hilly ride. So hmpf. ;)

Thursday, June 3, 2010
Bike 32 miles at ladies’ ride
It was a hilly ride and the longest I’ve done yet this season. I was supposed to do 10 minutes of running after the ride, but my legs were pretty toast, so I opted out. I really need to do a couple more brick workouts before the tri. I’ll just have to be intentional about it over this last week and a half.


  1. I hear you on the hills! I live in the Great Lakes Basin too (south shore of Ontario) and the only hills we have within 30 - 35 miles of home are glacial drumlins or climbs out of the river valley.

    I have the chance to ride in the Adirondacks this summer and I'm thrilled & a little scared! It's hard to train for hills when all you have is flats!

  2. Boy, I don't know that I agree with your friend. I live in the Ozarks here in Missouri and we've a lot of hills but none that got our attention like a few we encountered north of Manistee a couple of years ago.
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    Enjoy your blog!

  3. Me and hills dont get along.

    Thanks for the comment, My race was down in Cincinnati.

    I am from Michigan, near Detriot, I miss it, But I live close enough that its just a couple hours away. I was at my family lake house in Northern Indiana, and briefly bike over the state line in Michigan for a couple miles.

  4. Keep training and just smile and nod when those snarky little comments come up. Your hard work will pay off!