Friday, 20 November 2009

Up and down, up and down




my year of running and cycling has been up and down like a toilet seat!

Let's start with New Year's Eve,

Up: going to run the Resolution Run with the Wooo Hooo's
Down: a car gets hit while leaving my driveway heading to the race.
Up: a Murder Mystery Dinner after the "non run" race.

Richmond Road Race

Up: raced a solid fast 5K race
Down: really cold  & snowy
Up: lunch & birthday celebrations after the race.

Hypothermic Half Marathon

Up:  ready to roll
Down: with less than 6K left, was SO cold I couldn't feel my hands nor feet.  DNF
Up: some of Wooo Hooo's waiting in the car with coffee & baileys to warm us up!  Thanks!

Ottawa Capital Marathon training begins

Up: pace leader for the 5hour group
Down: tear right knee meniscus on a 28K run, have to walk 14K in the freezing rain.
Up: cheer on the group during the marathon & then party with the Wooo Hooo's after the race.

100K Rideau Lakes BikeTour

Up: started cycling consistently.
Down: knee not ready for the distance.
Up: played sherpa & meet the gang in Kingston.

I could go on and on about the up's and down's, the starting and stopping, but the good news is even though I'm not out competing at the moment.  I've been able to get some great rides on both Ruby and the Iron Horse.  Short runs along the trails in the Torbolton Forest and now that I am no longer a biohazard with my cold, I'll get back to the gym and continue to cycle and run outside while we have this fabulous mild, snow free November!

Life's fun if you don't weaken,
Lily

25 comments:

teacherwoman said...

Kind of sounds like my year! Way to find the positive in all this! :)

Amy said...

Life sure is like that sometimes. Good thing you are so tenacious!

Jenn said...

Wow, anything called the Hypothermic half marathon scares me and I'm from MN. You have a great attitude! Maybe it's contagious and if I continue to read your blog I'll catch it!!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

There is always and upside to everything if we wont to see it ;)

Thanks for reminding us!

Carolina John said...

sometimes change is the only thing that's constant. Hang in there, everything will level out soon enough.

Wendy said...

Perseverance counts -- and pays off in the end!

Staci Dombroski said...

I like how you ended with the ups! Have a great weekend :-)

Judi said...

gotta love the mild weather!! just live for the moment and enjoy what you have!

Jo Lynn said...

Over all, not too bad eh?

Aka Alice said...

Up and down like a toilet...LOL

It does sound a LOT like my year too. I'm hopin' 2010 will be more up, for both of us!

Marlene said...

You have a knack for making the best of not-so-great circumstances.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

i agree with Marlene, I love your positive outlook on things :) Have a great weekend!

Runner Leana said...

So glad you aren't a biohazard anymore! Great that you've been able to get in some fantastic fall rides!!

bikesgonewild said...

...well, despite the ups n' downs, at least your hopes, dreams n' aspirations weren't all just flushed down the drain...

...just sayin'...

Lily on the Road said...

Well BGW, an unexpected yet very welcomed appearance. LOL

You're absolutely correct, it hasn't all gone down the dumper!

Bluenoser said...

Do you know that in plumbing that toilets are the only thing that starts big and goes small?

You need to move down here with us, where life is simple and expectations aren't so great.

Plus we live longer because of it, except fr the ones that try to live like Upper Canadians...

They die young.

-B

Jess said...

A year is a lot of time. So just think of all the possibility of UP for next year!

Laurel said...

I was up early this year. Then all down from there. At least with the running. Everything else has been up! :)

Sounds like you've still had a pretty good year to me.

I'm hoping it's topped off with a nice, mild winter.

Lily on the Road said...

Bluenoser, thanks for the facts and as for moving, you know I'm trying my best!

Jess: you are SO right.

Laurel, you are having just the best year ever with the Butterbean growing and soon to make an appearance...I'd say your year is UP.

TreenaG said...

Yup, it's been one of those years, mine has been very similar - injuries, work stresses, little running/cycling. Looking forward to setting plans for next year - we should compare notes!

Groover said...

My 2009 has been a toilet seat, too. High highs and low lows. And it's still going on. So what should we do on NYE to ensure that 2010 will be all up. Hold on a second! Do we want up? The toilet seat I mean? That should be down, right? Always. LOL

Shilingi-Moja said...

Interesting, unique, and good way to recap the year. I hope your knee is healing well.

Wes said...

It may have been up and down, but it's never a dull moment, unless you weaken ;-)

bluecolnago said...

so, things are starting to go in the right direction, eh? :)

EndorphinBuzz said...

At least it was an eventful year :) Here's to hoping 2010 is more about ups and less about downs :)