Saturday, March 16, 2013
We were planning to head out of town this weekend. I figured that meant no riding until next Monday. Those plans changed, so with no really good reason to not ride, I rode.
It's a windy day. The forecast called for 25-30 mph winds with 40-mph gusts. I planned my route to have the wind at my back during the last part of my ride. It was blissful at times. The first part of the ride included some short climbs I don't do very often. I was pleased with how well my body handled it, despite my weight. I'm going to credit the walking/running I did through the winter for keeping my cardiovascular system in relative decent condition. (Boy, just think how much easier that will be next year, when I'm 30 pounds lighter!) The first part of the ride, I averaged 11.5 mph. The last half, I averaged 14.5 - what a difference the wind makes!
No ride tomorrow. I promise. And maybe it won't be so windy and I can do some yard work. Yeah, that's a little crazy, but it's how my priorities are ordered: too windy to work in the yard? Go for ride!
Thursday, March 14, 2013
I rode 59 commuter miles this week. I won't be riding this weekend, so my legs get a bit of a break. They deserve the rest - they're tired! The last two rides were relatively wind-free. The ride was a gift, a blessing, and a heck of a lot of fun (despite the snot rockets).
I'm fixing to head out the door for my lunch walk. I usually eat lunch in a restaurant on Thursdays, but my court session ended earlier than usual today and the person with whom I usually have lunch is unavailable. I wrestled with what to do - I'm already hungry! - but I decided to treat this like any other work day lunch break. Gonna miss that restaurant meal, though ...
I weigh myself everyday, and this week it's been worth it. My scale's readout is in 0.2 pounds, and it's gone down 0.2 everyday this week. Because the scale also gives a body fat reading, I can tell if my weight has gone up or down because of my hydration level (except for bones, if it doesn't have water in it, it's fat). The body fat readout has not radically changed this week, which leads me to believe the lower number on the scale is real change. That adds up to a pound of weight loss, which is a good number to shoot for. I'm pretty pleased with it.
Tomorrow morning will be a walk/run day, which will be a great way to end a good week. Maybe I'll even get in another walk at lunch tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I rode into work this morning with a 15-mph wind from the SW. That's mostly good. Riding east towards my office puts a SW wind on my right rear quarter when I'm riding along the river, which is the bulk of the ride. And it's a tailwind when I'm riding up 4th Avenue to the court house. Makes for a nice ride. Good thing, too. The kitten got out into the garage when I had the garage door open. I went chasing after him in my bike wear - including stiff road bike shoes. After about five minutes, he let his guard down enough to let me catch him. Rotten cat.
The prediction for the afternoon was winds buidling to 15-20 mph, As of 90 minutes ago, the wind was 17 mph from the WSW at the airport (several miles from the river). So I'm expecting a battle on my ride home. I'm debating riding home via the south side of the river, which adds four miles but provides much better protection from the wind. A WSW wind is especially brutal as it's a headwind while I'm along the river on the Pasco side. Last Wednesday's ride in the wind and rain took me over an hour. I felt like a triumphant warrior when I arrived home, exhausted from my extended battle with a great beast. Maybe that's a little melodramatic, but cycling is a sport that calls for melodrama.
Last night, I was in a hurry to get home because my alma mater was playing in its conference tournament championship. (And they won!) No big rush to get home tonight. And taking the long route home will give my husband time to make dinner. I think I just sold myself on the idea of riding along the south side of the river...
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