This morning was the 7:30 a.m. workout group and the 9:00 a.m. USA v. Algeria World Cup game. So I had to haul ass to make both.

Bike Workout

I’d gone to Tri Zones workout Tuesday night which was a bike workout in Steiner Ranch. It was loads of fun; I’d never ridden Flatiron (or is it Flattop?) road and loved the screaming downhill. At first, I was riding the brake, thinking “Holy crap! Too fast! What if there’s a stop sign or an intersection?”

I’d glanced down to see I was at 34mph with braking. And then I realized all the people ahead of me had been there before and I could see if there was any shifting/braking/change in body position, and so I let go.

FUN!  It was just the kind of ride my legs needed and it was nice to ride with the group. If I didn’t think it would be overkill, I’d go to the Thursday night workouts as well, but I don’t need that many quality workouts in a week.

Run Workout

So this morning rolled around and I wondered how the legs would feel. We headed over to the lovely grass at Zilker for drills, a time trial of sorts, and then relays. I don’t think I’ve done relays since I ran with Mac and Andreas. Oh, how I love that stuff!  Coach Gilbert pulled me aside and gave me some advice on my arm carriage while I was waiting for my partner to come around. He is so personable; already, he knows my name, knows me well enough to kid around with me, and has pulled me aside for one-on-one stuff several times.

Soccer Game

After the last repeat, I took off as fast as I could to get back to the car and the house and the USA game. I swear, every pokey driver who insisted on driving 55mph was out on MoPac. I was a drenched mess when I ran in the door. The first half was frustrating; I ran to shower and get out of my wet running clothes at halftime. In my haste, I showered with my glasses on. The second half had me standing up, moving and kicking with the team (I can’t help it; it’s just so exciting — I don’t know how people think soccer is boring). The celebrating at the end was loud and intense. We’ve already gone back through the game once with TiVo. Yeah, we’re a soccer family all right.

I don’t know if it was the heat, the fast repeats, intensity of the game, or what, but I had to lay down this afternoon and sleep for about 30 minutes. Totally wiped out. I still feel drained. Now, I’m off to pick up my new touring bike from my buddy Abe!

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at www.leahruns100.com, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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  1. Love that you\’re having fun with Gilbert! This is so awesome.

    and we\’re going to see Abe when he gets back next week, he\’s going to help with a bike for me to play on in the hood, you know, run down to mom\’s and the convenience store, fix my old road bike for Rob and do a bike for ML! how sweet that you\’re already using him…send me a review, hahahaha.

    Life is good huh?

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