As expected I haven’t updated in a while since I decided to not post every day. There has to be a happy medium between Tweeting and an actual blog.
So what’s been going on since the last time I checked in. Not too much except the weather has very slowly been getting better. Which means more riding outside! My tight hips and other body parts are gone due to yoga and riding outside. Had a break to walk around NYC – lots of real steps, not the FitBit double counting of outside riding and steps/stairs. This past weekend rode 94 miles split over 2 days totaling just under 7 hours (including breaks). Still struggling with the snack while riding issue: how much do I bring? Didn’t bring enough on Sunday and burnt out near the end. I can also see water becoming an issue on longer rides if I don’t stash more bottles on me, or I can stop to refill I guess (as another option).
Feeling good since I was able to do 50 miles – never tried that before. Now to work on slowly cranking up the speed.
I think that instead of trying to backfill for every day I’ve missed, I’m going to bunch them together into semi-weekly posts. This way there’s less boredom and repetition for all involved.
This week,in addition to Sunday that’s in another post, I did 66 and 25 minute spins – still difficult to be indoors after such nice weather! The snow on the ground is definitely an obstacle. Still hating the standing climbs on the spinning bike. On the 7th, Thursday, I went for a cold, ~43 degree, ride outside for 86 minutes and 18.8 miles (including stops to figure out where I was going: 12 minutes including stop signs and lights). A very mellow pace, with 1266 foot elevation gain. Still figuring out the bike but it’s definitely getting easier! Looking forward to the week coming up where it’s going to be in the upper 40’s and in the 50’s! More outside rides as long as the nasty rain holds off.
Also, trying to figure out food for rides longer than 90 minutes. PB&J? Maybe?
Back from long drive and so trying to take it easy given my always wanting to make up for ‘lost time’. Spinning for 30 minutes since there’s a layer of snow on everything. Tough going from spring flowers to snow in one day. Did the usual spinning thing of 12.5 miles and 356 calories, putting me on track for over 700 spinning calories per hour.
Second day in a row of outside biking. Won’t last long since snow is in the forecast for the weekend and next week. Wonderfully warm weather for this time of year and so I was out for 1 hour 40 minutes. The last 15 were brutal since the cold front moved in – too early by my estimation – and froze me. Figuratively. I had a bag but failed to pack a jacket or long sleeved shirt – dummy me. Made it back to car but was cold rest of evening, even after warm bath. While still not feeling 100% I am definitely feeling better and much more normal.
Woohoo! Biking outside again. Went for a 50 minute bike ride outside. Didn’t go too far. I have no idea how far since my phone ran out of juice and didn’t log the miles. Also, I haven’t plotted the course so, no distance. I don’t really care either since the idea is to get out there.
Another Monday yoga class for 1 hour 15 minutes. These classes definitely help me to recover from over-doing it several weeks ago. Mostly all set, except the teacher wanted me to stretch my legs more – and they aren’t going. She couldn’t believe my hamstrings are so tight – no surprises there for me :).
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!