Wednesday, March 27, 2013
I walked yesterday morning. It was my first exercise in over a week. It was a slow walk, too (about 3 mph). Yesterday, I toyed with the idea of bringing my bike to work today and riding it home tonight. My motivation was probably to miss out on our local NPR affiliate's pledge drive tomorrow (it's only one day, but it's still a pledge drive). I miss the bike, but there's no way I'm up for a ride.
I skipped the walk this morning. I'm still needing extra sleep. And drugs. It's been awhile since I've been too tired to exercise for this long. I'm hopeful I can ride this weekend. Anything to get back on the bike!
On the plus side, I forgot what an incredible appetite suppressant nasal decongestants can be. Despite my sloth, and still eating too much, I haven't gained any weight. At least I'm back to a regular eating schedule (as opposed to suddenly craving something hot & gooey and finding anything in the fridge that would suffice), and back to logging what I'm eating. And although I want to get out & exercise, I still think it's best if I don't. This type of chronic tiredness is unusual for me, and I associate it with fighting an infection. If I'm smart, I'll get to bed early tonight and get an extra hour or so of sleep.
And given my beloved Bulldogs' early exit from the NCAA Tournament, I won't need to stay up late watching college basketball.
Monday, March 25, 2013
My last bit of exercise was last Monday morning. I was scheduled for a walk/run, but I knew I didn't have it in me. I went for a short walk instead. I left work early that afternoon & went home sick.
I've spent most of the last seven days on the futon. Last Friday, I didn't get out of bed until noon. I went to work for a few hours on Wednesday and did my court docket on Thursday. Yesterday I managed to make it church (but skipped the coffee hour - and coffee hour is almost a sacrament in the Episcopal church), but I went right back home and spent the rest of the day on the futon. I'm beginning to get really tired of my living room.
My hope is to make it through an entire day at work today. Maybe I'll be back to full speed by this weekend. I hate being off the bike this long. (Although it was really windy for several days last week, yesterday was a picture-perfect day for a bike ride.) And I'm sure I'm going to have to start all over on the 5K Your Way program.
I haven't been sick this long in a few years. I hate it, but it makes me grateful. It's only a cold, and I will recover. I have sick leave at work. I haven't gone to the doctor (no fever, so this isn't the flu), but if I need to, my insurance will cover most of the bill. The Hub's been sick, too, but his better days have coincided with my really bad days, and vice versa, so someone's been able to keep the household running. (And he brought me popsicles. I love him!) Over all, I'm pretty healthy and injury-free. That's a lot to be grateful for.
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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