Monday, June 11, 2012
Spent the weekend out of town and with friends where we did nothing but eat and stay up way too late. Relaxing, but today I'm bloated and tired and off-schedule. Still, life is about those celebration moments, and I'm glad I can go off for a weekend like this and not come back completely freaked out. Freaking out used to lead me into going off the rails. Now, I'm just thinking that I have to get back on track, first with a short-ish bike ride today (14 miles to an appointment), and then with getting up on time and getting things done tomorrow.
It's wonderful to have a "this is life" rather than "this is diet" mentality. I'm really digging it.
Friday, June 08, 2012
I forgot to mention that the other piece of advice I got from the clinic was to start riding back-to-back long rides. So yesterday I rode 22, after the 40 from the day before.
When I first got on my bike, my legs said, "Oh, you have GOT to be kidding!" My seat agreed with them. But once I got going, it wasn't so bad. I rode 8 miles to a friend's house, rode with her for 6, had dinner with her and her husband, and then rode home. She is a novice rider, though in very good shape from running, and we really enjoyed the ride. We are going to try and make this a regular thing, but can't ride again until the end of the month because her schedule and my schedule are both so crazy.
It was the perfect evening for riding: temperate, not humid, and barely a breath of wind. In fact, it was so pretty that when I got home hubby asked if I would mind going for a walk with him, so we walked a mile. I'm glad I took advantage of that couple days of perfect weather, because it won't last.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
I biked 40 miles yesterday, sort of by accident. I had to be downtown in the morning, which is about 10 miles, so I biked in. (I take dress shoes and skirt and blazer with me, and wear a shell top so that I can just pull the nice clothes on over my bike shorts and look at least passably professional.) Heading back, it was such a beautiful day that I decided to take the longer route home, which runs along the lakeshore and then through some lovely, quiet neighborhoods. By the time I was near home, I was already at 22 miles, so I decided to go for it. Today I'm planning on a 25-miler, as I need to start training back-to-back days in preparation for two long days of riding.
Tuesday night I attended a "prepping for multi-day rides" clinic at the local bike clinic. There was some good information about what to remember to bring, but the most helpful question that someone asked was what kind of fitness -- other than training for distance -- we should be focusing on to help on the ride. Both speakers agreed: yoga, and core training. Yoga obviously for flexibility, and the core training for relieving strain on the shoulders and arms by better supporting the body without just leaning into the handlebars. So that's what I'm going to be doing for the next couple months. I've wanted to get back to doing yoga for a while now, and this will provide the extra motivation I needed.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
I called my mother today, and found out that:
1. My brother almost died of a heart attack, but the defibrillator in his chest kicked him back to life;
2. One of my sisters - the one who DIDN'T have major kidney surgery -- is now having kidney problems; and
3. My mom's doctor has sent Mom to a dialysis support program so she can be prepared for total kidney failure.
Apparently I should call more often. Because THEY clearly can't pick up the phone.
And of us four kids, I'm the only one who hasn't had serious kidney problems. My husband cited this as further proof that I was switched at birth.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
I am having a terrible time accomplishing anything. I am completely off-schedule and need to get myself back on track.
Why is this so much harder to do than to say???
My life works best if I get up at 6:30. I've been sleeping until 8, sometimes 8:30.
My garden is a complete mess, the house isn't much better. I have work things that need to get done. Life always feels like it has several more hours if I just get myself up at 6:30, because I have so much done by 9.
Tonight I will set that alarm. Tomorrow I will get up at 6:30.
Time to be the grownup again.
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