Monday, May 26, 2008

Summer In Maine

It's Memorial Day weekend....the kickoff to summer. We visited my favorite spot on earth yesterday. I wanted to share a few pictures to show why I will always be a Mainer.
This is my family's camp in Freeport, Maine. It's so beautiful there. Thank you Grampa and Grammie. I will cherish this gift forever.
I have had fun training this weekend too. I went for a fairly short but hard ride on Saturday with a super short/fast run after. It felt great. I have a new bike loop that wasn't super hilly like the rest of my rides so it was fun to just cut loose.
Yesterday was my main Brick workout. I rode 50 miles at a moderate pace and then ran 5. I felt strong. I was happy and comfortable the whole way. I finally figured out how to dress properly for a ride that starts at 42 degrees and ends at 60. (the trick? Have hubby and boys meet you part way so you can shed layer!! :) plus, I got to say Hi. My 6 y.o. even drew me a picture that I got to stick in my bento box. )
The best part of the workout came later in the day. I was fine!!! Last year when I did bricks of this length, I was Toast for the day. I really felt fine the whole day and today too. I'm not sore or tired. Yeah! I hope this means I am getting stronger and generally adapting to triathlon training.
Over the next few weeks I will be adding a long ride on Saturday before the brick on Sunday. I will build up to 85-90 miles by the end of June. This is a big deal for me. I have only ever ridden 65 miles!! I know I know. I have a loooooong way to go before I achieve my Ironman dream in '09. I will get there. First, I will tackle the Lake Placid training camp at the end of June. Woah. I am nervous and it's only a training weekend! I have never done anything like this before. Just me, my team mates, and hilly Ironman course for 4 days. Should be an adventure.


Kona Shelley said...

I am envious of you..however, I'll be volunteering at IMUSA this year and signing up for cool is that?? It will be my 6th time there and then 7th in 2009. Getting there and training on the course will be a huge mental boost for you. Say Hi to Mama bear and Papa bear..:-))

IronMatron said...

I love your banner. It's just so gorgeous! Oh! I miss Maine!
Congrats on getting that brick done and not feeling shattered afterward! That's awesome!
You are going to love that crazy training weekend. I wish I were coming with you!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures...and I love the new header!!

Great job on the training :)

Pedergraham said...

Nice photos of the Maine shore. There is nothing else like it. Camping at Acadia made my husband fall in love with New England--huge mosquitoes and all. He used to have business in Saco and misses the trips to Maine.

You will have a great training camp at LP. The scenery makes all the tiredness go away. You should heck out Mary Eggers blog: She was just at a training camp at IMLP last weekend.

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Dang girl - you are going to me burning up the course! Lots of good riding will make you stronger all around next race - way to go! And, glad you are going to come to camp next February! We are going to have so much fun! More details to come...

Jennifer Harrison said...

Ange! I love the new banner. I have never been to Maine!!! AH!! Looks beautiful! Have a safe and great weekend training in LP! Jen H.

Anonymous said...

Love the new blog layout! Awesome pictures. Enjoy your training weekend!