The Last Century (condensed version)

In an attempt to appease the blogosphere, I will try and make this weekend workout recap short.  Really…I promise Sarah and Peter.  So let’s jump right in.


Continuing the week over week increase in swim time, I swam 1hr 50m non-stop yesterday at the outdoor pool (up from 1hr 40m last week).  No water breaks, no stopping, just swimming.  This netted me 7,000 yards.  Not too shabby.  I do find it funny that nobody joins me in my lane. :(  I think I’m going to make a little sign and post it at the end of the lane: “Really, I don’t bite, just jump in and we’ll split!”.


After the swim, I went out for a birthday celebration with my DC friends and then saw Dark Knight afterwards.  Good movie!


Back up to Skyline drive again for my last century ride this summer (well, other than the race itself).  I really upped the hydration yesterday, and today quite a bit.  And as a resultant I felt very very strong all the way through the ride.

Saw Boo-Boo again.  Well, first I saw all the stopped traffic – so I had to stop too.  Then I saw Boo-Boo.  I’m averaging about 70% on seeing a bear.

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Like last time, he was busy munching on stuff near the roadway.  But as Xena pointed out to me, this means that he’s not finding the food elsewhere.  Poor Boo-boo. :(

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I did have a fair bit of fun pace lining it with some motorcycles at two different points.  Averaging 35-40MPH on some descents (although separated by a reasonable distance).  They found it entertaining too that I was able to hold speed with them.

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(Here’s me at the turnaround point)

On the way back as I neared town I caught up to some cyclist dude (European accent, fwiw).  Except, he wasn’t happy about me catching up.  I was just tooling along on the ascents in Z2, and he kept on looking over his shoulder and then standing up and pressing on hard and basically gasping for breath.  He was killing himself to try and gain ground.

I closed the gap back again on the flats mostly due to aero position.  He didn’t say much.  Not very friendly, very unusual for up there. 

As we started cresting down a 4-5 mile descent section, I jumped ahead a bit to give some room as we were going 40-45MPH on twisty roads.  I figured he’d fallen back a few dozen yards.  Because of the windy roads, most folks take the whole lane on descents for safety reasons.

But what do I find on one of the turns?  This jack-ass sitting 1 foot to the left of my rear wheel.  W.T.F.?!?!?  This is not a Tour de France peloton, this is the Tour De Skyline drive and the Tour de Whole Flipping Lane.  I could have easily clipped him and taken out both me and him at 45MPH.  After that I just dropped back and let him hammer himself into the ground. Stupid cyclist.

At any rate… after that, I enjoyed the final screaming sections back into town and then knocked out the usual 5K brick.

There’s not a lot of options to refuel post-ride in Front Royal.  McDonalds, Burger King, Red Neck Burgers, and Taco Bell.  I choose Taco Bell.  Four Soft Tacos fits perfectly in my helmet for easy controlled access on the ride home.  Oh, and I got chocolate milk at the gas station.

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So there ya go, a condensed version.  Have a good week everyone!


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  1. it always comes back to chocolate milk.

    i hope boo-boo doesn’t decide YOU’RE his food one of these days. Fun riding with the hell’s angels!

    i’d be afraid to get in your swim lane too. what if i broke your concentration? and screwed up your entire race? That’s what i’d be afraid of!

    mean bikers suck. boo.

  2. If I saw someone swimming 7000 meters, I’d steer clear too… that’s intimidating!

  3. Take some Taco Bell for Boo Boo!!!!

    man, just 7800 yards..just like that…great job

  4. awww…Rainmaker is all grown up!!! Happy b-day!!!!

    and i remember seeing signs for Front Royal back in the day…your posts make me pine for VA!!!

  5. 7000 yards and a Century, nice way to end training and start your taper. I think you should make that pool sign and see if you get any takers. Dark Knight was bad ass, ties with the first as the best Batman movie, IMO. Taco Bell? :shakes my head in shame: Ick.

  6. Nat

    What was that cyclist thinking? What a nut. I like your post workout options better!

  7. Awwww, I hope you didn’t think I was COMPLAINING about your lengthy posts! I love reading them!

    It’s just that I know that usually I need to set aside a little more time to read YOUR blog than others’. :)

    All that aside, I had a great conversation w/my friend Kelly yesterday about the challenge of mincing words. All good writers have to do it. Sigh.

    Anyway – great job on summing up what sounds like an awesome weekend, pool loneliness and jack-@$$ cyclist aside. I hate when there are jerks like that! UGH! There’s absolutely NO REASON to be competitive and yet…it’s their insecurity that ends up screwing YOU up. Stupid!

    p.s. I thought of you today as I looked at the pasta attachments for the Kitchenaid…one of these days… :D

  8. Liz

    I don’t understand why people have to be like that.

    He was probably trying to overcompensate…

  9. For what it is worth, most cyclist (meaning that is all they do as in no running or swimming) do not like triathletes.

    I am hacked off you got to see Boo-Boo again. Read my post from today and you will understand why.

    Great training weekend!

  10. SLB

    Woah that’s some speed you’ve going on there, my safety valve kicks in around 40mph, what a j/a on your tail like that…must have been a continental european ;-) iykwim!

  11. What a jerk. Freaking roadies.
    Should have enlisted the bikers to teach him a lesson.

    Poor Boo Boo, that is the skinniest saddest bear I’ve ever seen.