I’ve been in remission for two months! What can I say, I’ve been feeling great! AND something HUGE happened to me this week…talk about a dream come true! J-dub and a few other peeps know what I’m talking about…GET BETTER J-DUB! I’ll blog about it when the time is right! All I have to say is, y’all better check out the Vanderkitten website. J-dub introducted me to Vanderkitten via Mandy’s blog, and the second I went to the VK website I was hooked! Their clothing is catchy and HOT, and their jerseys are definitely the HOTTEST I've ever seen. I have never, EVER seen such awesome cycling clothing for women. Vanderkitten is doing GREAT things for women’s cycling. VK shows women that it is OK to be hot, sassy, feisty, and cute all while being CRAZY FAST on the bike. Check out their website and their team standings. These women kick ass. More to come later…
I was able to talk to my hubby this week for the first time in over a month. That was nice, just a little over two months before he’ll be home! YEAH!
I did my first three hour ride in quite a while this past week. It was awesome! I’ve learned that it takes my body a few days to recover from a long ride like that. That’s okay though, at least I was able to do it! It was all rolling (I LOVE THE HILLS OUT HERE), and I felt pretty strong. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on such a challenging ride. I would say the last ride I’ve had like this was when I was a junior at the boat school. On Friday a Ukranian guy I met while riding asked me if I had trouble getting up in the morning to ride (you have to get up between 0430-0500 to be on the road by 0530 to beat the heat out here). I told him that getting up early hasn’t been an issue for me. I am excited to ride. I love riding and usually can’t wait to get to bed the night before so I can ride the following morning. I know what it’s like to not be able to ride due to illness, and I’m not taking any chances or taking riding for granted. Nope, never take riding for granted. I take every opportunity to ride and savor every minute of it. Nothing comes close to cycling. Nothing. Call me obsessive, but if you’re not a cyclist, you won’t understand.
It’s awesome seeing how strong I’ve gotten over the past two months. I started out only being able to spin easy for thirty minutes at a time, to struggling ridiculously on the hills (and I'm a climber), to now crushing the hills and going on three hour rides! I am thankful for this, and continue to thank God for my blessings! My body may not recover as quickly as it used too before getting sick, but hell, I’ll be wiped out for three days…it’s worth the beauty of a LONG HILLY ride! If you’re wondering what my body does after a long ride, I’ll tell you. The afternoon after a long ride I usually end up pooing a lil bit of mucous and a lil bit of blood, nothing to be too alarmed over (considering the amount of blood I’ve lost in the past while pooing). To counter this I take lots of naps (it took me a while to get used to sleeping in the middle of the day), drink my wheatgrass, and eat well. But the key to it all is plenty of rest. It’s taken me over two years to listen to my body, but I think I’ve (almost) got it figured out. I haven’t been able to go on such challenging long rides since getting diagnosed, so this is still a learning process for me. I’m figuring it out though, and will hopefully cause some serious pain to chicks in WA State next year during racing season! YEAH BUDDY!