Livestrong and the Battenkill

It’s my weekend!   A little chilly this morning, so I made some banana oats topped with Nuttzo and pineapple preserves.

Read the free weekly paper and then went out to the cancer center at the hospital, where they were hosting 4 of the riders from the Livestrong Trek team for the Battenkill Bike Race this weekend.  The Battenkill is a premier bike race, and we are lucky to have it so close by.

These guys are so young (and cute).

4 countries represented here: Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand.

There was a question and answer session with them about biking, the Livestrong team, training, and racing.  Some interesting points:

  • Bikes must weigh a minimum of 15 pounds (for safety)
  • This team will do 70 races in a year. 😯
  • They don’t go into each race thinking to win, as each rider has different strengths and you can’t be in peak condition all year long (lightbulb went off here for me).
  • Riders are invited to join the Livestrong Trek team based on their previous year’s performance on the pro circuit.  It’s quite an honor to be offered a contract.
  • They begin to eat a lot a couple days before the race and a lot during each race.  Nothing crazy, just more of their regular food.
  • The most common bike injury other than road rash is a broken collarbone. Ouch!

One of the Trek bikes.  It is so light!  It’s like picking up a 15# dumbbell.

Getting up close and personal.  Thin tire!

Seat looks comfy, no?

They said that while this seat looks gruesome (their words) the longer you ride, the more a padded, wider seat would chafe.  ‘Nuff said.

This bike has a computer on it that can tell the rider how many pedal strokes they are doing at any given time, GPS, calories, speed, RPMs, distance, energy output and more.  It can be downloaded onto a computer and they can analyze an entire race from start to finish.  Amazing.

After all that and I found out I touched a $10,000 bike (eeeeeeeeeeee) 😯

I cannot wait to get back on the bike now!  If work is slow on Sunday, we hope to be able to catch some of the race in person.

Came home and made a yummy lunch of greek yogurt, bran buds, strawberries and a drizzle of honey.  Not pictured is the medjool date I munched on.

I did a mini upper body workout today:

  • Wall pushups:  3 sets of 25
  • Tricep kickbacks:  3 sets of 15 with 12# DB
  • Overhead press:  3 sets of 10 with 15#

Then I walked.  I also walked a lot at the hospital today.  I had the forethought to take the crutches, and I was glad because I had to walk a lot more than I expected with parking.

After some guitar practice, it was latte time!

We just have a Mr. Coffee espresso maker.  Only was $25.  The espresso isn’t the best, but it foams milk like a son of a gun!

John wanted to take me out to dinner.  He kept asking me – it must be out of pity for me LOL.  So, we went to Arthurs where we split a plate of fries 😳

And I had a turkey and broccoli grinder with mustard instead of mayo.

I just love warm and toasty sammies!

Going to be a quiet evening at home tonight.  Is it too early to get into jammies on a Friday night after dinner?? :mrgreen:

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15 thoughts on “Livestrong and the Battenkill

  1. Pubsgal

    Thanks for sharing the info with us, Lori! OMG, I’m drooling over that bike. Delightful seat and all. 😉 And that’s been something I have a hard time with, the idea that “you can’t be in peak condition all year long.” I tend to worry when I ease back on the intensity of my exercise, probably because getting back to race condition seems analogous to re-losing weight one’s re-gained. I have to get rid of that idea, and also the idea that it will be too hard. Can’t possibly be harder than the initial getting in shape was.

    Hope you two have a great weekend!
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update 4/14/10 + Review of Pilates Class =-.

  2. Susan

    Oooh, that is so cool!! I would love to see a bike race and meet some pro riders! Look at how far down those handlebars are compared to the seat. Eep. That looks frightening actually 😛

    Broccoli turkey sandwich sounds goood!

    Oh, and is that the Canadian boy standing on the far left? Did you happen to get his number for me? 😉
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Flashback Friday – The Chubby Years =-.

  3. Hayley

    Hi Lori! I found your blog through Janetha’s and I just wanted to say congratulations on such a HUGE achievement!!! You are an amazingly strong woman – on the inside and out – and incredibly cute. I love your blog!!! 🙂

  4. Fran

    That’s a rather expensive bike! I love it how you are interested in things, you always seem to do something nice this or go to a farmer’s market. Not to mention the coffee’s and dinner’s with John. I really like it how you life your life, I should take an example of that, I do it way to less.
    .-= Fran´s last blog ..A day in my life: Friday April 16th 2010 =-.

    1. Lori Post author

      Fran – this makes me laugh, because our life is pretty simple and not all that exciting LOL! Sometimes the blog makes it seem that way because it just highlights the fun stuff and not all that time I am working or being lazy 😀

  5. Shelley B

    Will I sound like a cougar if I say YUM to those bikers?!? 😀

    Glad you pointed out what they said about being in peak condition…makes me feel better about myself! That bike seat, I just don’t know if my hooha could take it. Cool bike, though.
    .-= Shelley B´s last blog ..Friday Mishmash =-.

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