This week is about pulling it back together.
1. We’ve got a few days of spring weather ahead, and I cleaned my bike to prep for riding outside! There are few things more exciting than lighter and warmer weather. Plus, cleaning and lubing by myself is a huge victory. If I admitted this to any mechanic he’d probably wince in pain, but I’ve never done it alone. When I started riding a lot last year, I had a BF who was extremely knowledgeable about bikes to help me out (read: do all my maintenance while I watched). Now it’s up to me, and I figured it’s as good a time as any to learn/practice. I’ll be bringing my new baby home next week — finally — and you better believe that bike is going to be loved and pampered every single day.
2. I activated my most recent LivingSocial deal this week — 4 classes for $25 at Boundless Yoga on U St. They teach a Yoga for Athletes class every Monday at 8pm. It’s late, but it means you can go out for happy hour (which is what I did) or get another short workout in beforehand. They don’t have an extensive schedule, so I’m not sure I’d pick it as my permanent studio, but the class was decent (and 90 minutes long for the same price) and the studio nice. I still keep going back to Yoga District as my fave — though, if I’m really honest, I realize that I’ve never felt so good as the week I was doing Bikram every day. Food for thought?
3. I’ll be testing out a few nutrition options on my long rides this weekend. I’m not worrying too much about this for the National Half or Boston — I’ve never needed much in the way of fuel during running races, nor have I tolerated things well — so I’ll mainly be focusing on tri-specific fueling, going from bike to run, etc. Gels, blocks, bars, liquids, you name it. Suggestions for where to start?