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Stunning Santa Barbara (and WWW: May 29)

June 6, 2011 Fitness, Friends, Fun No Comments

I spent Wednesday through Sunday in one of my favorite places: Santa Barbara! I was helping a friend after surgery, though I am sure I got even more benefit than she did. I enjoy helping others and this trip included hanging out with a cool 3-year-old, a Goldendoodle puppy named Henry, and celebrating a friend’s milestone birthday with the whole gang. On top of it all, running and cycling amidst such beautiful scenery helped motivate me. It was a great training week!

Here’s a shot from the trail that runs along the cliffs above the ocean, then winds its way down to the waterfront (taken with my phone):

My Saturday morning ride was overcast, with fog rolling over the hills. This shot (also taken with my phone) looks over the valley toward the ocean. It was a great 38-mile ride through the mountains and along the water. It doesn’t get better than that!

But it wasn’t all palm trees and sandy beaches. We did spend a couple of hours here, though it was a false alarm:

If you’ve been following along with my training for Barb’s Race, my long runs are up to 8 miles (which I completed on Friday this week). My SB tri girlfriends were going out for a recovery run on Sunday and I opted to join them. I’ve never considered a 10-mile recovery run (!!), so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel… but it went well. I wouldn’t have guessed I had it in me, and wouldn’t have even tried if I’d been on my own. So glad for the positive peer pressure!

Weekly Workout Wrap-up

Sunday: 4 mile run + downhill skiing

Monday: 19-mile bike ride

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: 5 mile run

Thursday: 23-mile bike ride

Friday: 8 mile run

Saturday: 38-mile bike ride

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