13 weeks ’til #IMWI: DC trip

The theme of this week was chaperoning 26 great eighth grader students on a trip to DC. This was my first time visiting DC, and it was a whirlwind!


Late morning, I went with my sole sister on an “easy, recovery ride,” that turned out to be much more challenging thanks to the 20-30 mph winds on the return trip home. I spent the rest of the afternoon packing for our trip to DC and then attended a meeting with the parents of the students who were traveling with us at 6 pm.

Smiling Sole Sisters, despite some serious headwind ๐Ÿ™‚


I went out for one last long ride before our trip and taper for my 70.3 race. It was such a nice day and I really enjoyed my time on two wheels. 75 miles later, my heart was very happy!! After picking up our CSA produce, showering, and finalizing my packing, I was in bed by 7 pm. Tomorrow would be a VERY early morning…even for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰



3 am wake up call to get to the airport by 4:15 am. We flew through Atlanta and arrived in DC at about noon (eastern time). As soon as we landed, we were off and running…so much to see and so little time to see it all!! We had a very full day that included the Washington Monument, the American History Museum, National Archives, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial. We didn’t get to the hotel until almost 10 pm.

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After a very short night of sleep (at least for me), we were back to sight seeing for day #2! It wasย another full day visiting the White House, the Capitol Building, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, Mt Vernon (George Washington’s home/farm), and capped the evening off with the Alexandria Ghost Tours.

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After another short night, day #3 was anotherย very full day. We went to Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Monument, National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Roosevelt Memorial, and Jefferson Monument.

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The last day of our trip started with a visit to the zoo, before lunch, a visit through airport security, and finally returning home very late. I walked into my door at 11:42 pm.

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Today was a day of rest…lots of rest!! I woke up at 9 am, ate breakfast and laid down for a nap at 11 am. I woke up shortly after 2 pm, and stayed inside for the remainder of the afternoon, because it was HOT, HUMID, and MISERABLE outside. At 8 pm it was time to go back to bed for a solid night of sleep! I ended up sleeping 22 of the last 30 hours…I think I’m rested up after this trip!

Weekly Totals: 5 hours & 50 minutes (not including core and walking around DC)
Swim: Nada, nothing, zilch
Bike: 94.2 miles
Run (AKA Walking around DC): 37+ miles of walking around DC in 3.5 days
Strength Training: 10 minutes of core daily

Quote of the Week:

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” ย ~Lin Yutang

18 thoughts on “13 weeks ’til #IMWI: DC trip

  1. AHH! I love history and that would be an amazing place to visit (even for this Canadian). It was so good of you to take a group of students-hopefully they all enjoyed it to. Have a great week!

    1. I’m not much of a history buff, but it was an amazing trip with a great group of students!! You would love it if you are a history guru!! This week is a taper week, so it will be another week of little exercise. I hope your week is amazing!!

  2. Traveling with students is fun but SO exhausting. It sounds as though it was a great trip – you all certainly packed in the sight-seeing. Enjoy your taper this week as you gear up to race!

    1. Thanks Kristina! It was exhausting and full! I’ll enjoy the taper and down time to recover from all the traveling ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Wow!!!! What a jam packed trip! You all covered alot of ground! I love to see how many miles I cover when I am on a vacation like that too. Sometimes it is way more than you would guess!

  4. It looks like you had such a great time in DC! It’s amazing how much one can walk while on a vacation. Walking around all day is exhausting.

    Totally random, but are you on Strava? I always like to follow other athletes and encourage them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just thought I would ask.

    1. It was a great trip in DC! So much walking and head counting is definitely exhausting, but it was all worth it!!

      I’m not on Strava…should I be?! I don’t know much about it…

    1. Unfortunately not. They even had the street in front of it roped off and a sniper on the roof because of a visit from Bernie Sanders later that day.

  5. You hit all the DC highlights! I’m a local girl, so I have the benefit of getting to hit my favorites over and over again. I love the Think Tank at the zoo, Air and Space, and Natural History. I hope your next visit is a little less of a whirlwind but it does sound like you had an awesome time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. It was a whirlwind, but a great trip!! It would be awesome to be able to go to some of those places at a more leisurely pace ๐Ÿ˜‰

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