Mel’s Training Update

Melanie Norris of Growlers Gulch Racing is off to a great start with training for her big ride in September. Her personal goal is to complete the Smith Creek Loop and Falls Creek in one day for a total of 40+ miles. Her larger goal is to raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.

You can check her training diary at the bottom and compare it with your own training regimen this spring.

From Mel:

So far I am down 10 pounds and starting to feel pretty strong again, it’s nice. At this point, my goal is to ride daily either road or mountain, increasing the intensity of each ride. In addition to that,  I’m going to continue taking the Zumba classes, yoga classes and incorporate more weight training.

Hopefully, next week I will start doing partial commutes by parking at the 134th park-and-ride and riding back and forth to work from there. That gives me about 30 miles per day with some pretty nice hill climbs in the mix. I had a pretty intense weekend and am a bit sore today, but will be doing a good road ride tonight after work. I have been increasing my water intake, reigning in the beer intake (a little) and paying closer attention to the type of calories I am consuming. I feel like I have been making some good progress and have really been enjoying my training so far. It is starting to become second nature and not so much something I’m “forcing” myself to do.

  • 3/14 – Spin bike 60 minutes   
  • 3/15 1 hour Zumba
  • 3/16 90 minute Hot Yoga
  • 3/17 3 mile run
  • 3/21 90 minute Hot Yoga
  • 3/22 2 mile lunch run and 1 hour Zumba
  • 3/23 3 mile lunch run
  • 3/24 2 mile lunch run
  • 3/26 2 hour mtb ride
  • 3/27 2 hour mtb ride
  • 3/29 9.5 mile road ride at lunch and 1 hour Zumba
  • 3/30 Road intervals and hill climbs
  • 3/31 9 mile road ride at lunch and 1 hour Zumba
  • 4/2 1 hour Zumba Toning, 1 hour Zumba and 44 mile road ride with Juntu on the Springwater Corridor in Portland
  • 4/3 3.5 hour mtb ride
  • 4/4 12.5 mile road ride
  • 4/4 Road ride Longview to Kalama this evening

5 thoughts on “Mel’s Training Update”

  1. Schnitzel …..did someone say SCHNITZEL ??? …this is not fair on soo many levels …thanks Paul

  2. Don’t worry Thomas..It was terrible. Juuust Kidding. It was damn good, but, my waistline paid the price. 5 lbs in 5 days.

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