Our Anniversary & a new kind of race for me!

July 9, 2010

My husband and I have been brainstorming about how to celebrate our upcoming first anniversary (8/22).

We were considering either a weekend in NYC to see a show (American Idiot?), or a weekend in Richmond to walk around the cuteness and visit our alma matter (U of R), where we met.  This morning he emailed me with a GENIUS idea!  The night before our anniversary, there’s a big bike race in Richmond!  I was a but hesitant about the idea because:

  • I was hoping to dress up and go to a schmancy dinner
  • I am a pretty awful bike rider, and
  • Richmond is  still pretty hot at 8pm in August

But the more I think about it, the more excited I am. Since we won’t be able to go out to a normal anniversary dinner, I was thinking we could do brunch on Sunday (our actual anniversary). Richmond has a beautiful, historic hotel (The Jefferson) which happens to be famous for its brunch. I was always sad that I didn’t get to go to my school’s “ring dance” and stay over for brunch, per my college’s tradition (I was studying abroad at the time). Now I can make it up to celebrate with my wonderful husband.

Also, I love the idea of celebrating our anniversary by doing something active. It would be a great tradition! Hopefully we can find a race, or just something really cool to do, every year 🙂

As I said, I am a pretty weak bike rider, so I already started prepping at lunch today by subbing my usual treadmill run with a spin class . It whopped my butt!  My average heart rate was 166, whereas it’s normally around 155 on a run. I’ll be shocked if I can sit or stand tomorrow.

My plan to train for this race is to go for a nice long ride with the husband this weekend to see if I’m up for the longer distance (17 miles vs. the 8 mile option), and then incorporate spin class into my “active rest days” and try to get a long ride in each weekend. I’ve edited my workout plan to reflect that – I hope I can keep with with my running and strength work! I will, however, be replacing my planned yoga sessions with bike rides. I’ll try to squeeze in some yoga when I can, but I’m not superwoman!

I can’t believe I’m really training for a bike race! I flirted with the idea of a tri, but I backed out because I really don’t enjoy swimming (I panic with my face in the water). But now I might be will be a biker! I feel like Caitlin, who’s a huge inspiration to me.

Have a great weekend!  I’ll let you know how Sunday’s long ride goes!

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3 Responses to “Our Anniversary & a new kind of race for me!”


  1. This sounds so neat! Love the idea of starting a tradition of doing something active together for your anniversary. 🙂

  2. Tricia Says:

    hope youre have a great weekend!


  3. How funny! I had just read this and almost told you about my biking post but didn’t want to seem self-promoting. And next thing I knew your comment there popped up:) I love that you and your husband are doing this. We did not start seriously exercising together until probably a handful of years ago. (Our 23rd anniversary is later this month.) I think it is an amazing way to spend time together. Happy anniversary.


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