This post could alternately “lessons I learned this weekend.”
On Saturday I had a 2:15 long run to do. That run volume is coming right back up now that the Calgary 70.3 is just over one month away! This weekend was all about familiarizing myself with the course as much as possible so I headed out to Glenmore Reservoir to do my run. There are some pretty good hills along the course, making for a challenging 13.1 miles after the swim and the bike. I want to make sure I’m ready for those hills!
I loaded up my Camelbak with 1L of Skratch Match Green Tea + Lemons, popped a couple of gels in the front pocket, along with my wallet and set off on my run. The weather was cooler than it had been the last few days so that made for a much more comfortable run. The scenery around the reservoir is also pretty amazing.
I really worked to pay attention to the terrain today. If there was a slight descent I wanted to make sure I was moving my feet fast and taking advantage. I also worked to keep effort steady on the climbs.
I spotted a family of horses out there! Once I had completed the final climb up out of Weaselhead around the 10 mile mark I felt great. I had made it to the top in one piece! Now the only thing left to execute was to make sure that I ran the final 15 minutes of my run at my fastest pace.
A strong and successful run done.
I had plans to pop by Monogram Coffee for a hot beverage and to purchase a bag of coffee beans. I got to the parking lot of the coffee shop, went to grab my wallet from my bag and it wasn’t there! I normally carry my ID and cards in a zip pocket on my shorts or pants but for whatever reason I had decided to carry a wallet with me instead today. It must have fallen out at some point on my run. I headed back to the parking lot at the reservoir to make sure it wasn’t on the ground there, then I ran along the pathway, scoping out every point that I could remember where I had stopped to grab a Kleenex or something else from my bag. No luck. As I was driving around to go check out some possible spots on the south side of the reservoir where I might have dropped my wallet my phone rang. It was my bank letting me know that someone had found my wallet, called it in, and they were going to cancel my cards. Shortly after that the police station called me to let me know my wallet had been turned in there.
I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to get my wallet back, but thank you to the good samaritans who picked it up, reported it and dropped it at the police station. I was able to get everything back, then I popped by my bank to get a new debit card right away. Phew! Thank you to whoever you are!!!!
Lesson Learned: keep ID and credit/debit cards on your person on a run, not in a bag where they might fall out!
On Sunday I met up with my friend Tara to ride 80K, following part of the Calgary 70.3 course. There was blue sky over our parking lot but we’d be riding off into the grey clouds ahead. Cue forboding music.
I haven’t ridden Highway 22X from Calgary to Bragg Creek very often. Unfortunately one of my last rides out there was the Chinook long course aqua bike back in 2012 and I did not enjoy that ride at all. Not a lot of positive memories out here! Tara and I took off towards Bragg Creek. My legs were feeling tired from yesterday’s long run (plus bonus additional running around looking for my wallet). I told myself not to worry too much because we were also climbing as well.
It was a very slow go. It took 31 minutes just to ride the first 10K! We got hit with a few sprinkles that quickly let up and Tara commented that she thought we were going to get dumped on. I said…just wait! As we started on one of the last big climbs approaching Bragg Creek the skies started to let loose on us. Despite some strong winds the dark clouds towards Bragg were not moving on and it just looked ominous up ahead. At 25K we pulled over and made the decision to turn back. As we started to pedal back towards Calgary the rain got worse. I’m nervous riding in the rain, but descending in the rain is definitely something I don’t feel comfortable with. There was also a lot of traffic on the road…cars, trucks and trucks pulling big camping trailers. The drivers were not leaving us a lot of room as they passed by us and I had one scary moment where a truck and camper felt disturbingly close. Given the poor visibility, bad weather and fast cars as I was really happy to be on my way back…I just wanted to make it back in one piece!
When Tara and I got back to our cars the sun was shining over the parking lot, but dark clouds seemed nearby in all directions. We called it a day with 50K of riding. Nowhere near what either of us were hoping for.
My poor filthy bike!
Somehow it seems wrong to have to wear so many layers on a bike ride in June.
After the ride I made my way to the Calgary Farmer’s Market so I could grab the coffee and beans I had missed out on the day before.
Lesson Learned: safety trumps training volume every time. I chatted with a few other friends who had tried to ride on Sunday and they also had to cut their rides short due to inclement weather.
How was your weekend? Have you ever lost your wallet?
I’m joining Tara from Running ‘N’ Reading for her Weekend Update Link Up.