Another mellow ride today, this time with my brother. After Easter brunch went on a 22.2 mile, 1:43:02 ride along the lake and the bay. Did hills but fewer than yesterday with 984 feet elevation. Warm day today while yesterday was 3 layers of clothing, today was short sleeves and bike shorts. This week we’re supposed to have a nice Wed and Thu, but we’ll see. I am hoping for more outdoor rides.
First long ride outside on the new bike. Nice and easy ride with extra hills thrown in. Riding with RBC for 19.7 miles and 1:36:16 time. Lots of stopping and looking over the Irondequoit Bay. Nervous about how I would do with the group, but found myself out in the front group most of the time. Elevation was 1043 feet for the ride.
Lousy weather outside today: snow on the car after work; not enough to scrape fortunately. Only 30 minutes of spinning. The promise of warmer weather has totally spoiled me for indoors exercise. At this rate I’ll never be ready for anything.
Spinning today. It was supposed to be nicer today and then the weather app said it was supposed to rain (more than 50% chance). Needless to say, I didn’t prepare for an outside ride so I went spinning and looked longingly out the window at others who went riding outside. Only lasted an hour before I couldn’t take staying in one place anymore. Did much stretching and upper body weights. I am going to have to figure out weights when I am cycling outdoors. Still recovering from the over-doing from two weeks ago; today I felt weak but not like I was healing, so progress is being made!
Yet another week has gotten away from me. Had a different teacher at Yoga today. She saw me stretching and told me I was doing it all wrong – which I knew. So I asked her how to get the parts stretched that I was focusing on without doing it wrong. Ended up with an hours of hamstring, IT, and other leg stretches. Turned out that it was good since I picked up a new set of hamstring stretching. I probably could have picked up more if I remembered what we did.
Did some training while testing out bikes. I like to test on hills to see what it feels like to push really hard. Ended up getting the Trek ALR with Shimano 105 gear set. I was fresher for the hill with the Tiagro gearset the first two times up the hill. Switching to the 105 showed that there was enough difference in hitting the hill that I changed my mind and spent the bucks. The sweet red color is not mine now – it’s now shiny black (with snot green lettering – who made that decision?).
Back after a day off. Had a 85 minute spinning class and apparently at 27.9 MPH, which is crazy. Spent much more my time than usual at the 95 RPM mark so maybe not so crazy. My heart rate has no ramp up today, from 70 to 172 BPM in no time and a typical drop at the end. Hmm, maybe my fitbit was not fit(ting) and then decided to work. Still feeling that my deep muscles are unhappy.
The Geneva Bike Center called to say my test bike was in. Tomorrow is bike buying time!
Still working out the kinks from being lazy and not stretching last week. Took Yoga at work; 45 minutes. It’s a nice easy pace since almost everyone there is new. to Yoga Have a wonderful teacher that is flexible in what people do. Learned a new stretch that I hadn’t done before for the shoulders – of course I need to remember it which is why I’ll probably never do it again <jk about not doing it again, not the remembering part>.
Spinning for 80 minutes which was good. Teacher doing speed workout which I did not do. Focussing on recovery at this time. Obsessing about what bike to get… stay tuned!
Another day for trying out bikes. Today was a Specialized vs Giant bout and Specialized won. The price point for Specialized was $1000 less and the ride was better IMO. I did notice more maneuverability with the Giant, but I don’t think a quicker turn in Endurance racing is worth $1000. Especially since I haven’t even raced yet!
The season of Rochester Cycling Club has started and I’ve yet to ride with them – it’s been two whole days! Needless to say I am looking forward to starting with them. Hopefully I will have a new bike, a road bike, by next weekend.
I did go spinning today for 45 minutes, which with the 18 I spent trying out bikes, makes for an hour workout. A slow workout actually since I was in setting 16 and 17 most of the time; finished on setting 15. Did some standing today and while it had gotten better, it’s back to the hate part of the relationship. For the spinning portion of the day, I had 21.1 MPH – yuck. Did upper body weights again and lots of stretching. Hip flexors are not too happy with me. I need to stop slacking off in the stretching!
Does riding outside trying out bikes count as training? My Fitbit thinks it does, so I’m running with it! All of 16 minutes today on two different bikes. One was a Trek and the other a Giant. I didn’t expect quite so much of a difference between the two but the Trek felt much more natural.