100K Bike Ride: Hotter ‘n Hell

On Saturday I completed my 3 Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred (HHH) bike ride! For those of you who don’t know, the HHH is an annual bike rally that happens in Wichita Falls, Texas. If you want more details, check it out

Check out the video of my ride here.

https://www.strava.com/activities/692414796/embed/4dec11747df93ae90005ae772d944e8fd2da8350

 

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Day in the Sun: Skin & Food Routine

Saturday, I attended the Peach Pedal, which is a hilly, hot ride out in Weatherford, TX (about 20 minutes west of Fort Worth). I did the 39 mile route and needless to say, spending 3 (or more) hours out in the Texas sun in the middle of July can be hard on the body and skin. It takes a lot of preparation, which I won’t go into much in this post, but I started my day off with a light breakfast.

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Two hard boiled eggs and a Lara Bar might not seem like much to sustain 40 miles, but bike rallies are fully supported which means that there are rest stops every 8-10 miles with fruit, sandwiches, cookies, water, Gatorade, and more. So, I only need enough to “get me going”.

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On top of a light breakfast, I prepare a recovery drink: Hammer Nutrition Recoverite. I swear by Hammer products and have always noticed good results. I have their protein powder, electrolyte tablets, supplements, and gels! But the Recoverite is probably the best part of my routine. I use this for not only my bike rides, but also as a recovery drink after my normal workouts. It’s helped keep soreness down, prevent charlie horses, and forces me to drink water and rehydrate after a long time in the sun.

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Finally, I spoil my face when I’m done. I never use exfoliators after being in the sun for hours, so instead, I swear by Lush’s Coalfact Charcoal Bar. I’m not going to sugar coat it. It’s an expensive bar of soal (at $14 for 3.5oz), and I even baulked a little when I bought it. But, it’s done wonders for my face by removing all of that salt, sunblock, and grime without making my face feel stripped. Even though it’s not really an exfoliant, it does have “granules” that are almost massaging. I follow that up with a face mask. Lately, I have been enjoying my Leaders Coconut Gel Mask with Broccoli. They are expensive masks (at $6 a piece), but they feel really great and it’s so, so soothing to have that cool gel on your face after facing a 100 degree morning.

Finally, I have been using up my samples of Merlot Collection Moisture Day Cream. If you click that link, you’ll see why I only have samples! Haha! I don’t know if it’s worth the price, but it’s definitely one of the better moisturizers that I have ever used.

I Run for Chocolate [Hot Chocolate Run Recap]{Photo Heavy}

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Coral E, getting ready to run!

I ran the Hot Chocolate 5k with some friends (who did the 15k). This is my first time doing this run and doing any run (minus my Spartan’s) that had so many people!  Start time was at 7:30 (though being in coral E meant that the start time was really 7:45ish).

I decided to run with my knee brace since this is my first run in a while. And I’m never without my trusty dusty HRM and watch. That running pack fits my HTC One M8 really well, plus chap stick, car keys, and a small cereal bar. My Pearl Izumi’s are filthy, but still holding up great! I might have to buy a new pair soon. I’ve tried so many running sneakers and so far, these (by far) are the best. I can do a review on them if you all are interested!

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Hydro Flask with iced water, Shaker bottle with Hammer Recoverite, and some bars to munch on.

The flask was just in case it got warmer than I expected and needed more water that a single bottle. (Soiler, it didn’t.) The Recoverite is my favorite recovery drink and makes up the core of my recovery when I’m riding. I eat significantly less on run days than I do on bike days, so I only had one Trail Mix bar and a few bites of the cliff bar.

Check out my Strava details here.

Day to Gym: Twist Out

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Twist Out: work style

So, I rarely leave my hair out when I go to the gym, but because I already had my hair out, I figured, why waste a twist out. Continue reading