Thursday, April 22, 2010
Only 45 this morning! Woo hoo! Off I go, gloves forgotten yet again...lol!
Passed another biking milestone today...that nasty hill down the road from our house: have had to granny-gear it down to the VERY lowest gear. However: the last time I was able to avoid using the lowest four gears. Today? Another four gears higher...legs are getting stronger! I can feel it when I run my hands over them...more streamlined and defined!
Still won't go public in my bike (aka: *dorky*) shorts...lol! Wore 'em underneath my jeans today.
Anyhow...I was so eagerly anticipating my ride home throughout the day today...just kept thinking about how beautiful the day was and how when I hit the road the SKY'S the LIMIT and where can my legs take me today...?
For me, the greatest challenge in biking is conquering hills. For level terrain I feel like I can go and go and go! So I returned to a hill I nailed a little bit ago, however hadn't gone quite to the top as I thought I had...turned left too soon to go down a street which I mistakenly thought was the one I intended to go down.
Today I was going to nail that hill good and proper, right up to the top!
Well, I thought the next left turn up at the top was just a little further up the road.
I kept pedaling, pedaling, rounding each bend figuring it was the last, but it wasn't...this infernal hill (which I drove up many, many memory-hazed years ago...!) was probably DOUBLE the distance I had traveled the FIRST time when I turned left too soon!
I get wobbly when I'm granny-gearing it for a long time...tiny zig-zags left & right...some of them were just a paper thin distance from taking me into the gravel of the shoulder and would have finished my ride and doomed me to *the walk of shame*.
But I prevailed and made it ALL THE WAY UP! I couldn't BELIEVE IT!
AND: my backside is decidedly tougher with fewer aches & pains.
Sit Bones of Steel!
...or so I WISH...lol!
But hey...it's all progress and it's all so SO GOOD! Over 25 miles total biking today...9 in a.m. and 16 this evening.
Discovered a couple new biking events coming up this summer which I'll be sharing with my local SparkTeam.
Hoping this FROST they're calling for tonight is a false alarm. I'm aiming for more some more of the Great Wide Open!
Get ready to FIRE UP your FRIDAY! :-)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Been slogging through another "blah" period lately...lotta little things just getting in the way, nothing major...
No biking for several days due unpredictably drippy dreary days on the weekend and cold mornings during the week (30's are just TOO cold), yet later in the day nice weather which has me kicking myself for not having braved the cold of the morning...I think I'm psyching myself up to brave the cold on Thurs. / Fri. mornings...!
So if I'm not biking I'm getting up to use my treadmill, right...? Nope, haven't been getting up for 'millwork in the morning...have ended up trudging up to the 'mill late at night as a last resort...for 'millwork that hasn't been easy nor inspiring.
Since last Thurs. my Nordic poles haven't been working...they just slide up and down and don't "hold" into their position. Finally got a tool which I think may help to straighten this out. Too many days I've allowed my day to crowd out my RiverWalk option...and I get to negative thoughts like, "since I don't have my poles, what's the point in bothering with the RiverWalk..."
Well today I blew that stinkin' thinkin' out the window and got out for my RiverWalk sans poles...and had a GREAT time! It was another one of those GLORIOUS days in the Southern Tier and I challenged myself, since I was starting late into my lunch hour to nail it quickly. I wasn't satisfied with walking, no matter HOW fast I tried to walk, so kicked it into gear with a jog. Dress shirt and saggy dress pants (42's) being held up by 38 belt...lol! Jogged along the RiverWalk, yanking up my pants now & then yet still really enjoying moving along the 3 mile route in 35 minutes time. After work I had clients to see in my private practice which is also 3 miles away from my day-time work so instead of driving I walked back & forth to this as well. VERY nice day!
On the way home I picked up a tool which I HOPE will help me to straighten out my poles. I also MUST bring shorts & T & towel to work so that if I continue to jog the RiverWalk as it warms up I can at least freshen up as best as possible with a sink...lol!
Today I came across a blog by ILOST150POUNDS (star of the Dr. Oz 100!):
in which she asked a question that got me really thinking...
"Do you think the weight loss part is easier or the weight maintenance part?"
Maintenance is DEFINITELY HARDER for me than losing...! I'm beginning to realize how much I miss that ongoing positive reinforcement of seeing the scale drop, the clothes size drop, the compliments from others (not that I don't get them anymore, but certainly far less frequently). I suspect this was a MAJOY factor in the past when I have regained my weight. Lately I've been lacking the enthusiasm I would like to see in myself. I think this may be at least PART of the reason...! I need to learn new sources of reinforcement and rewards...or perhaps learn a new perspective on what I've accomplished.
I know I have SO APPRECIATED all the support from my SparkFamily! Time to shake off the small stuff and move on to bigger and better things!
Looking forward to joining our local bike club in their roadside clean up efforts this upcoming Saturday and walking in our local Heart Walk on Sunday. I'm hoping to have some fellow members of SparkPeople joining in the fun!
Keep on SPARKING everyone!
ps...forgot to add RUSSLANE's addition to the thoughts on maintenance posted above: "At some point, you have to stop showing off the fat pants. And then what?"
LOVED that comment...it boils it down to the basics of maintenance for me as I KNOW I've been relying TOO MUCH on the 'fat pants!' So 'what's next?' is the struggle...!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I figure at 50 cents a mile each time I bike to / from work I save myself around $9 on gas and wear / tear on my car...not to mention burning less gas! :-)
Couldn't bike today as I worked late...overslept this morning and got a haircut (my quarterly shearing...lol!) during lunchtime so no workout till LATE...finished my 'millwork & ST around 10...trying to pop in, and pop out so I can hit the sack...easier said than done...lol!
It's definitely nice to re-visit working out with tunes!
Thx for all your comments and support...going to Spark just a little...no, REALLY! :-) ...and then get some zzzzzzzzzzz's!
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