More brick and Hot 100 Challenge

I’m glad you liked the squat post from yesterday.  That seems to be an exercise that a lot of people have a strong opinion on.  Not quite sure why exactly, but nothing heats up a weight room like talking about squats.

Normally we bike to bagels on Thursday now.  I was up a little early and doing work (as per usual) with a protein drink waiting for John to get up.

We got all dressed and ready to go when John noted that his tire had gone flat.  This was the same tire that had gone flat from a nail the day after he got his bike.  He patched it and we have rode a lot on it, so maybe the patch wore out or something.  I wasn’t about to let that stop me from a bagel, no sir!  We drove there in our biking clothes :mrgreen:

Seasonal coffee is here:

I drink my flavored coffee with just milk and no sweetener. Am I weird?

Plus a sunflower bagel.  Nom, nom!

I said to John that this actually gave me a chance to get in a brick later in the day.  I was wondering when I would fit in another this week, as I didn’t want to do it on Friday with lifting, so today was the perfect opportunity!

That meant I stayed in my bike clothes for the first half of the day and unshowered.  Gotta love working at home! Pixie is my only coworker and since she licks her own butt, I doubt she has a problem with me not showering.

Lunch time!  I realized I needed to use up some brussels that were in the fridge, so I quick sauteed them and added the heel of the bread for a PB&J.

Quick lunch.  I am trying not to get stressed as it got pretty busy for me this week.  I received a large soap order request, so I am working on that in the evenings after working the 2 jobs.  Plus my TV vice of Project Runway is on tonight!

After working more, it was time to take a break in the early afternoon for the brick.  I realize that some people may not know what I am referring to with the brick.  This is basically doing 2 different workouts back to back.  That’s how you train for multi-sport events like triathlons, decathlons, etc.  So, for me this means bike and run training back to back. Temps were around 70.  I had a quick snack:

Then set up my transition outside.  I did bike/run today.

And yes, I do need a reminder to remove my helmet.  There is always somebody who forgets to take theirs off in an event.  That’s okay at that time, but I didn’t want to go running down the street with my helmet on today 😀

First up was the bike.  I did 13.5 miles at a decent clip, but not super fast.  I had to stop a lot for traffic.  Afternoon rides are much different than early morning rides.

Came home and drank half the coconut water and remembered to take off my helmet!  Then I ran 2.2 miles.  I forgot how much harder the bike/run transition is.  Boy howdy.  It was a good mile before I felt semi normal.  The pace just seems so slow, even though I typically start faster than normal, and you can really feel the impact of running.  Yep – that feeling is coming back from last year doing the triathlon and duathlon training.

I was feeling pretty good when I finished, but covered in gnats! What’s up with that??

Then I had to shower and get back to work.  There are more perks to working at home, which is the ability to flex my time like this.

Popped some chocolate chips as a post workout snack x2

It was such a beautiful day that I put some chicken on the grill.  You know what cooked chicken usually means –

The classic BBQ chicken salad!  Yay!  It was quite tasty, if I do say so myself.

So the Hot 100 Challenge starts today.  I had to think some about the goals I want to achieve for the last 1/3 of the year. They are:

1.  Maintain my weight.  I am not going for any loss right now anyway, so I want to stay below my red line.

2. No eggnog lattes until Thanksgiving day!

3.  Do the duathlon and at least 1 more 5K race before the end of the year.

4.  Do stretching exercises 4 days a week at least.  I am remiss about stretching.

5.  Visit one new blog each week that is participating in the Hot 100 Challenge and cheer them on.

6.  Do one no-added sugar day each week.

Let’s rock challengers!!

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24 thoughts on “More brick and Hot 100 Challenge

  1. debby

    Lori, those are very good goals. Realistic and attainable. I get a little anxious when I see people making goals that are unrealistic. You ought to write a post on this. (Ha-laughing at myself telling you what to write about instead of doing it myself.)

    BBQ chicken salad is on the menu for this weekend! And pumpkin spice coffee–gotta check Trader Joe’s to see if they’ve got theirs in yet. I loved that so much last fall.
    .-= debby´s last blog ..I’M BAA-ACK =-.

  2. Fran

    Well done on the bike-run workout yesterday!

    I remember your Hot 100 challenge of last year that had no eggnog lattes till Thanksgiving too 🙂 Good luck on the challenge. I’m not in it this year. I have a challenge running for October and 1 is enough for me.

  3. MB

    Is it weird that I think of you every time I see a pumpkin or pumpkin flavored anything?

    Great job on the brick. Hopefully a couple of cold nights will kill off those gnats ’til next year. I hate those things almost as much as mosquitos, especially when they go right for my eyes.

    I can’t wait ’til I can make a goal of maintaining my weight. Maybe by the time next year’s Hot 100 rolls around I’ll be there.

    Rock on!

  4. Biz

    I always have a hard time even walking after a long bike ride – way to go!

    Hooray for your 100 list! Love the no latte one – I crave those once the weather turns cold.

    Happy Friday!
    .-= Biz´s last blog ..Such a fun day! =-.

  5. D

    Great post & thanks for explaining “brick” 🙂 . You’ve done an amazing job – keep inspiring us! The chicken salad looks awesome, oh and all the rest too (esp. the chocolate chips!) 😀
    .-= D´s last blog ..Focus 100 Days =-.

  6. Cindy

    I am so glad you explained about the brick. admittedly I though you and your husband were building a wall or something. But no pics!!!


    I love your flexible day. I wish wish mine was more like that without having to take stay home days. oh well.

    and your hot 100 challenge! I forgot about doing that! I need to go make some goals real quick and I love yours! very smart

    have a great Friday

  7. Sarah

    I’m a milk / no sweetener girl as well when I drink flavored coffee. I actually like half-and-half. Just a dash gives it that extra sumthin’ sumthin 🙂 I hate gnats…the least fun part of a long-run in the summer is cleaning all the gnats out from under my clothes (ick, I know) in the shower post run!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Katy Perry and Cappucinos =-.

  8. janetha g.

    definitely not weird, i don’t sweeten my coffee ever! i love your list of goals for the rest of the year. those are some great things to aim for 🙂 hope you have a fun weekend!
    .-= janetha g. ´s last blog ..i need a mint =-.

  9. Pubsgal

    Oh, your note to yourself made me *laugh*! “There is always somebody who forgets to take theirs off in an event.” <- Yes, I resemble that remark.

    I used to sweeten and half-and-half my coffee. When I was pregnant, I had to cut the sweetener, and when I tried to go back to sweetening my coffee after I gave birth, it made the coffee taste bitter to me. So I not just take it with half-and-half. While I wish I liked it black (or even with just almond milk), I just don't. Maybe someday I'll try harder to cultivate a taste for black coffee.

    I love your Hot 100 goals! I agree with Debby, they look very realistic. I'm finding that I do better when I phrase my goals as things I can control – stuff I can do or not do, like "I'm going to do at least 1 run to work on speed work per week" – rather than writing them in terms of the outcome – e.g., "I'm going to run my next 5K in under 30 minutes." That might be my hoped-for outcome, but for various reasons that might not be what happens, even though I put in the work.
    .-= Pubsgal´s last blog ..Weekly Update- 9-22-10 =-.

  10. Christina

    Hi I got your name off the Hot 100 Challenge and I’m participating to. I hope you don’t mind if I add you as one of my favorite blogs. By the way love all the pictures on your blog.
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Welcome!!!! =-.

  11. South Beach Steve

    I am glad you explained the brick. 🙂 I had no idea.

    Your goals are great! Lori, the thing I really like about you is that you have succeeded, you aren’t looking to lose more weight, and you still support those of us still on the journey. Thank you.

  12. Tish

    Great post–as always. Spring? What happened to winter. 🙂 I’ve ordered bulbs too, but our planting time isn’t for a month or so. Good luck on the kitty–it sounds to me like you’re hooked already, just got to get John on board. Pixie would want a friend, no? Great goals on the 100–reasonable and attainable (except for maybe the latte goal). And I too appreciate knowing what a “brick” is. DH and I are gearing up for another long bike holiday–this time I’ll try not to forget my biking shoes.
    .-= Tish´s last blog ..Off and Running! =-.

  13. The Fat Mom

    Welcome to the challenge! I love the all of your pictures, even if it makes me foam at the mouth alittle. 🙂 Pumpkin spice anything reminds me of fall….love it! Great goal setting and it seems that they are maintainable. Can’t wait to follow your progress!

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