5:15 a.m. Running on the treadmill at the gym. This was a 3 star workout. It went well. I like working out in the morning when I can get myself up. The miles go by much quicker and it feels good to have it done.
3:40 P.M. Biking I had an appointment to get my oil changed so I brought my bike to ride rather than sit in the waiting room. The guy at the desk gave me a bit of a hard time about being back in time but I had looked up the closing time on line the night before and knew what route to take. It was a gorgeous day. Absolutely gorgeous! There was still lots of foliage and I was on one of my favorite routes. I added in Sheep Farm Road because other people I ride on don't like to go on it as it is dirt but it is one of my favorite roads. I got back to the garage before closing but they were still working on my car. They didn't start it once they knew I was leaving so I had to stay in the waiting room. I was amazed at the cars they put inside though because the owners didn't come get them. No wonder the guy thought I might not be back. Ride rating: 4 stars.
Who wouldn't want to ride on Sheep Farm Road?
Tuesday: I swam in the morning and it was fine but I felt hurried as I started late. I'll give it a 2 star rating. I knew I wasn't working out after school as I was heading to the Flynn that evening to see Brandi Carlile. Awesome concert! Truly wonderful!
Wednesday: I didn't get up since I got in late the night before and planned to go to the gym after school. I got there but had not brought any shorts so home I went. It was actually a nice day and once I got the fire started for my husband who was working outside and told him, no I couldn't fill the wood buckets right now I headed off. As it was I was late and the last 25% of my run got darker and darker and darker. I was not dressed for the dark and had no lighting with me. BUT the temperature was perfect and things were right with my running. I would give this 4 stars in spite of the poor planning for the dark.
Thursday: 5:30 a.m. I got up and ran in the village as I have been doing many Thursday mornings. These runs are always tricky as I never get there as early as I want and I am worried about falling in the dark. The other problem is my GI system. Even if I have taken care of business before I leave the house I always have to go again after about 2 miles. This had caused some rather uncomfortable morning runs. I have now found a clean public bathroom that is open at between the 2 and 3 mile mark so these morning runs have improved. I'll give it 2 stars but nothing more.
5:00 P.M. I took a planned bike ride once I got home. I really wasn't feeling great plus I felt tired but being who I am I went. I only planned to go 10 miles, the minimum miles I think it is worth heading out for. I was overdressed as I was a bit chilled but it worked. It was a nothing special ride, just okay UNTIL I went by the beaver dam. I glanced over and there was a beaver swimming toward the road. It took me awhile to get my camera out and then there was the old tail slap and he disappeared. But I waited and very shortly he came out and swam and swam and swam. But it is not easy to get a picture of a moving beaver. I watched him until I got another tail slap and then thought I better keep going so as not to get caught in the dark again. Beavers fascinate me and I always like to watch them so that brought this ride up to 4 stars!
My attempt at getting pictures of the beaver.
What makes your workouts worth 1 star vs. 4 stars? Here's hoping you have some 4 star workouts this weekend! I am planning on a 4 star ride on Saturday!