The boys on bikes

It’s been quite the week for spectating sports! First up was the Husband’s triathlon at the weekend – thanks to all of you for your support in the comments. Much appreciated.

Second up was the Amgen Tour of California – America’s premier road cycling race. We are big fans of pro-cycling in our household and I’ve been to watch this race every year since we’ve been here. This year was particularly exciting as the two biggest British cycling stars, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, were riding. They are some of our household heroes, so we were excited about getting a glimpse of them in the flesh.

The stage started in San Jose in the baking heat – it’s been well into the 90s F/30s C here this week. We got there in time to watch the cyclists signing in for the race and managed to snap a lot of bad photos and a couple of decent ones.

Tour of California

Slovakian Wunderkind Peter Sagan

Tour of California

This bad shot is much cherished…Brit superstar Mark Cavendish

Tour of California

Tom Boonen, Belgian hero

Tour of California

Britain’s first Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins!

Once they’d departed, we drove up to Livermore to see them whiz past one more time in the baking heat. We were rewarded for our efforts by catching two water bottles that got lobbed in our direction and from a friendly beep from the British Team Sky car, who recognized our Union Jack clothing and flags. We were pretty excited by that!

In addition to spectating a lot of sport, I managed to get some miles in.

Friday: 6 mile Tempo Run

Six tempo miles this morning. Average tempo pace was 8.22 which I’m happy enough with. This run was lovely as I had one of those fleeting moments when you’re just SO happy to be a runner.  I’d finally passed a pair of runners I’d been chasing for half a mile, which felt good. At that moment, Katie Perry yelled ‘I am a champion and you’re going to hear me ROAR’ in my ear and then sun broke through the clouds and shone down on me and I was suddenly SO happy and so invincible and so grateful to be a runner.

Sunday: Mothers’ Day Easy Run

Ooops. My boys took me for a beach picnic which included wine, so I ended up scrapping the run and sitting on the sofa watching Game of Thrones.

Monday: 4 miles Intervals

Back at the Intervals again. My usual workout of 5 mins warm up, 12 x (1 min fast, 1 min recovery) and then a slow jog for the remainder. Overall pace 8.28.

Wednesday: 12 miles long run

Over to Half Moon Bay in an effort to avoid the heat but the usual fog was MIA so it was still pretty warm, although much better than here. I felt a little sluggish on the first half of this run, better on the second half. 12 miles at an overall pace of 9.20. Not bad for a hot day but a little disappointing.

- Yoga. In the evening, I did some online yoga. I have neglected my (already barely existent) yoga quite badly over the past few weeks and I was really quite ridiculously awful at it tonight. 

So far, at the half-way point of the month my May mileage looks like this: 54/120. Got to rack some miles up!

Happy Weekend, everyone!

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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4 Responses to The boys on bikes

  1. Great week ! I didn’t even know that something like the Tour of California existed (I learnt it through your Instagram picture) !! They stole the French name but in a funny way.

    Also, great for yoga ! I am struggling finding good yoga lessons online. It is always too slow or too boring or too fitness oriented. I’ll try the one you use. I prefer doing yoga in a studio but the only studio in my town is not what I am looking for (I tried it and it is too slow).

    Have a good week-end !! :-)

    • Cathryn says:

      It actually finishes somewhere not too far from you over the weekend, you should go and watch!

      I am so utterly awful at yoga. I’m not exaggerating to make you laugh, I am awful. But I know it does me good. I need to do it at least twice/week but yawn….

  2. Angela says:

    Sounds like fun! Every time I see cyclists in hot weather, though, I think about how uncomfortably HOT those kits must be. I would die!

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