The final stretch… ~20 more days!

And so the countdown begins! There are just under 20 days left before the big Seattle to Portland ride and I’m so nervous!! Full transparency: I almost withdrew from the ride a couple weeks ago. While on a usual training route, I nearly passed out from heat exhaustion despite being fully hydrated and eating every few miles. It was was one of the scariest and most frustrating experiences I’ve had in a long time. Nothing could make me feel like more of a failure on that particular ride where I knew my body was physically capable of cycling those miles, only to have some external factor like the weather crippling my body from continuing on.

Since that ride, I’ve been trying to get acclimated to riding with the warmer weather by biking home 2-3 times a week after work, on top of the long weekend training days. The commute from work can be anywhere from 20-30 miles depending on the route. Since I can’t exactly show up to my day job in biking gear, I’ve had to poke around for alternatives. I have a few pieces from the Betabrand Bike to Work line as is, but these pants and shoes are my new favourites!

Biking Home
Biking Home
outfit details:
cocoon sweater: F21 via Kim‘s closet
racer-back tank top: H&M
Bike to Work pants: c/o Betabrand (exact)
FlipSlip shoes: c/o Betabrand (exact)
Reid backpack: Hershel Supply Co (exact)
elk antler necklace: Sticks & Stones (exact)

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On top of getting a new backpack (so that I don’t look like I’m going hiking/on my way home from college classes), these Betabrand FlipSlips have been a huge lifesaver! I usually wear heels to work, but I can’t exactly cycle properly in them. I got a chance to try out these FlipSlips, which roll up conveniently and lightweight and easy enough to stash in my backpack to tote to work and ride home in. Much like the Bike to Work Dresspants, these pair also have a reflective flat that folds out of the back pocket. Having the flag definitely helps put my mind at ease, especially some nights when my commute home from work is a bit later in the evening and the sun starts to set.

betabrand flipflips
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It’s been a little tough trying to balance real life with bike training (literally all of my hours can either be placed in buckets of: at work, on a bike, or in bed), but I owe it to myself to know that I trained as hard as I possibly could for STP! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and it won’t be scorching hot 3 weeks from now, but we’ll see what happens on the weekend of the ride!

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  • The STP goes right through my hometown (and always falls on the same weekend as our little festival so it’s crazy busy–I feel like we should change the weekend of the festival to make it easier on everyone involved!) and I’m always amazed thinking how far that bike ride is! Good luck!

    • That is awesome!! Maybe we’ll see each other that weekend? Which festival is this?

      • It’s called Rainier Days in the Park in Rainier, OR. I won’t actually be there this year, though!

  • Lauren

    Good luck with your training! I’ve been hitting the same wall with running…knowing I’m able to do more, but the weather sometimes just crushes you. So stay positive! You’ll make it!

    • Thanks Lauren!! It has definitely been a learning experience trying to cope with the heat. Good luck with your running training!!

  • I really want to check out Betabrand because of you! My problem is sweat-wicking tops and I wouldn’t mind some of those work yoga pants…how has the construction held up to the work you put it through?

    • I absolutely love Betabrand. The first pair of dress pant yoga pants that I bought a year ago are still as stretchy and amazing as when I first got them. There’s been no piling or rips and I wear them about 2 times a week. I have both the dress pant yoga pants (elastic waist) and the Work-It pants (these are the dress pant yoga pants, but with a functional zipper and pockets). I got the Work-It pants this January and they haven’t held up as nicely as the original DPYP, to be honest. The material is a bit thinner than the DPYP and the elasticity of the material started to lose shape around March (they now have a lovely case of “saggy butt” after 1 wear). I always wash the pants inside-out in cold water and hang dry.

      These are the pairs that I own:
      DPYP: https://www.betabrand.com/womens/pants/womens-black-dress-pant-yoga-pants-leggings.html/?r=jh

      Work-It pants: https://www.betabrand.com/womens/pants/womens-activewear-black-stretch-work-pants.html/?r=jh

      • This is really helpful, Katrina; thank you!

        • You’re so welcome! If you ever have any questions about any of the Betabrand products I’ve featured, let me know. I’m happy to provide more context, especially since I wear these pretty regularly.

  • Amber Rathvon

    You are going to rock STP, Katrina! So exciting!

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    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  • I am super impressed Katrina! Thanks for this glimpse into your training.

  • Marissa Pedersen

    What an amazing feat! I’ve always wanted to do this. You’ll do great!

  • That’s amazing! I had no idea you rode! Bravo girl!