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Recumbant or Upright Resolution

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Apparently King Solomon came to visit me this morning because I found a resolution that I think ALL will agree is the right one.

1) Go to the gym and see how long it takes to complete 12.4 miles on recumbent.
2) Use the upright bike for training for the same amount of time.

Today this was done. I set it for Interval training (1.5 min tough 1.5 min easy). I focused on keeping a steady cadence that was repeatable. I was astonished to complete the "course" in 30 minutes. So of course I went to 15 miles in 35 minutes. So now I have a time (35 minutes) to shoot for. Furthermore, I resolve to increase reduce the intensity from time to time, since obviously the time I killed myself and felt terrible it was because I had it set much too hard and was too stubborn to drop it down for a bit.

(Hello run on sentence.)

Off to do my nutrition!

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DOGLADY13 3/11/2012 10:30PM

    I do 12.4 on stationery bike in about 40 to 45 minutes with moderate resistance. It matches my real bike speed and exertion. I can go faster for a mile or two, but then I have to back down.

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    Well you are a girl with a plan! And a girl with a plan is one that's on the road to success! (And one not to be messed with :D). I'm glad you found the solution that works for you - and one that is even slightly accurate! I'm known for my "estimations" :). Hopefully, your nutrition logging is more accurate than mine ;).

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OPTIMIST1948 3/5/2012 1:32PM

    Hmm. Apparently I'm excessively optimistic. I just went to gym #2 (shamelessly sponging off a friend) and tried their uprights with readouts. I wobbled off the bike after only 10.5 miles in 50 minutes. And yes, the bike yelled at me a few times to "Keep Pedaling!" I will report on soreness factor tomorrow.

Rumination on my findings must take place.

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YDAVIS23 3/4/2012 5:40PM

    wow you are fast! Biking takes me a LONG time :( I'm going to have to work on that!

Sounds like a very scientific investigation with solid controls and a good testable question though!

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JTAYLOR2011 3/4/2012 5:23PM

    Do you use a heart rate monitor?

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MISSIFISH 3/4/2012 3:15PM

    Sounds like a good plan of attack!

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Recumbant or Upright?

Friday, March 02, 2012

While my bike is still in pieces (and the weather is inclement) I'm going to be spending more time using the stationary bikes at my gym to work on my endurance. So here is the question:

I have a choice of 2 bikes: an upright with no readouts, or a recumbent with all of them. From what I have read, its better to do the upright if you are training for something because then its more like the position on your actual bike. But since this upright doesnt tell me *squat* all I have to go on is time spent biking. I usually turn the resistance up a bit so I can feel it. Hunter Mountain IS in the Catskills, yo. But if I use the recumbent I actually have some benchmarks that I can use to measure my overall progress. Numbers make me happy.

Thoughts SparkFriends?

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MISSG180 3/3/2012 11:40PM

    Readouts! You want readouts. If you had an upright with readouts, I'd vote for that, but if you need the recumbents for readouts, that's that you want.

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MISSIFISH 3/2/2012 10:55PM

    Pick the one that doesn't give you the bum ouchies. That is always my primary concern on any bike. Or... tell the gym to get a readout for the uprights!!!

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    I would say do whatever you enjoy better - since your more likely to stick with it. (By the way, numbers make me happy too. The simple things in life are what it's all about right? :D) But, I would go for the upright bike, especially since it's mirrors real bikes more (and aren't you training for something?). You can actually determine a lot of numbers off of just the time of your ride on the upright (I think) - the exact same numbers the recumbent bike gives you (not always completely accurate). I know that you can calculate your calories on spark, so check one number off the list. Then I think you could even figure out your pace and distance with a little bit of elbow grease. This may sound silly, but you could do your workout on the upright bike, then hop on the recumbent bike and pedal about the speed you were on the upright. Then you can look at your speed, and use that to calculate your distance (based on your time and speed). But I would say that ultimately, you should go with what you enjoy most and feel you get the best workout on. Or, you could alternate days (one day on upright, one on recumbent, etc., just so you can get a little bit of both :D). Let me know what you end up doing!

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GEEKLING 3/2/2012 11:50AM

    If numbers make you happy, that's all the reason you need to go for the recumbent.

If it was me, however, even though I like numbers very much indeed, I'd go for the upright.
Simply because I've not yet met a recumbent bike that wasn't horribly uncomfortable.

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Extra bendy please!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I was the only one for Yoga today. So the instructor asked what I wanted to focus on: I gave a serious answer, but when I told DH about the conversation he said I should have asked for the "Extra Bendy" style yoga.

It made me laugh.

I'm watching the snow come down. DH is currently giving Child a haircut in anticipation of School Picture Day tomorrow.

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CINERICIA 3/1/2012 8:22AM

    First...Stargazer lilies are my favorite flower ever, so kudos on the background.

And yoga. I want to love yoga. I really do. But there is apparently an "in the moment" mental component of which I am currently just not capable. Too much holding, not enough movement, perhaps. Or maybe I just drink too much coffee.

Congrats on toughing it out and being the only one in the class. I like to hide in the background of group classes and would have run the other way to escape one-on-one instructor attention.

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YDAVIS23 3/1/2012 5:14AM

    Unfortunately the snow didn't stick in Boston... I will be sludging to work today (not really a word, but that's what it feels like).

Hope you enjoyed your personal yoga session!

Take care.

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DOGLADY13 2/29/2012 8:48PM

    It's snowing here in eastern MA, too. We may get up to 12 inches by tomorrow afternoon! Yikes! What are the predictions by you?

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My bike status

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

1) My old college bike died. Its not its fault. Leave it out in the wind, rain & snow and generally ignore it for 5 years its not surprising when nothing works. I could spend a ton of money on parts & labor to get ... a 20 year old bike. Better to replace it, but that doesn't mean I'm not still sad about its end. Good memories, good times.

2) There are too many choices in the bike world. I dont want to spend alot of money. Yes, Mr. Bike Store, you have a lovely $500 model that would suit my needs perfectly. Yes, Mr. Wal-Tar-K you have a lovely $200 that suits my pocketbook perfectly. I have no idea what I'm looking at.

3) If you leave a bike by the garbage on trash day and you are as cheap as I am (unemployed!) , dont be surprised when I get myself a "new" bike. Mountain, not hybrid like I wanted, but hey, the price was right.

4) It needs to have a pedal replaced, new grips and the cable for the back brake is broken. Fortunetly DH is *awesome* with handy dandy things like that. He already lubed & unstuck the front brake. And for the price, I wasnt expecting perfect.

5) It is embarrassing how winded I get on the stationary cycles at the gym. I seriously did only 3 miles today and was having a hard time. I'm trying hard to think of it like a personal challenge, but its really doing a number on my head when I think about my overall fitness and this Triathlon in June. Panic? Yeah, I'm giving it some thought.

6) I cannot spend more time on biking because aforementioned bicycles are currently in need of repairs.

7) I get to run/walk to yoga tomorrow.

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DOGLADY13 2/29/2012 8:44PM

    Yeah on the new-used bike. I agree with MISSG180 - when you can afford it, get a decent bike at a bike shop that is run by a someone who loves biking. S/He will sell you a bike that meets your needs, is durable and will fix it when it breaks. S/He will remember you and treat you well.

Re triathlon - I'm glad you are feeling panicky (well, not really, but you know what I mean.) I thought there was something wrong with me thinking I might drown in the lake and you were all confident about kicking triathlon butt. I say, let's try for the sprint triathlon. If you stick with the running, you'll be able to do 5K by June and the better you get at running, the better you will get at biking. YDAVIS23 and I are much more likely to drown! We'll all have sore butts from the biking. If we simply aren't ready by Memorial Day, we do the Open instead of the Sprint. Remember - it's about finishing, not winning. (Do you want to hit me for being such a nudge?)

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MISSG180 2/29/2012 9:32AM

    You will get adapted to cycling and much better on those stationary bikes very quickly if you just stick to it. Go you!

I was going to encourage you NOT to buy the $200 K-Wal-get bike. They are heavy, clunky, poorly geared, and don't hold up well. My road bike cost me $850 on sale, and it is worth every penny. I'm glad you've got your freebie for now, but when it comes time to replace it, dp yourself a favor and stay out of the discount stores.

I admire you for undertaking a triathlon! I hate running so much that I can't imagine ever even considering it!

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ABBERCADABBER 2/29/2012 6:30AM

    Aww, our long loved possessions... But hey, with a little love and elbow grease, this new bike could definitely live up to its predecessors standards! (But it sounds like its got a little work to do :D).

How exciting that your doing a triathlon! It's definitely one of those things on my bucket list... maybe next year!

Keep with it on the bike! Maybe make a goal to go one mile further each week (or at whatever pace you desire). Have an awesome time at yoga! I'm jealous! :)

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YDAVIS23 2/29/2012 5:22AM

    Ahhh!!! Poor Bike! At least it got a good life with you!

I am SERIOUSLY considering joining you for the tri. I have a friend who is willing to come too. I am just trying to schedule some pool time to make sure I don't drown, but open swim tonight isn't until 9:00.

Keep up the good work - you'll be in double digit biker land in no time!

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XRSIZE18 2/29/2012 12:14AM

    Well... at least running is part of a triathlon, too. Right? :)

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Wii, Roku, Hulu & Netflix

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just a brief reminder for those of us that have internet access thru other portals than our computers:
Hulu has a huge selection of the Gaiam catalog (lots of yoga & pilates flavored cardio) and Netflix carries a ton of Crunch brand and other exercise DVDs that you can stream or order.

We had a surprise snow yesterday in NY so I wasnt able to get in my regular run. I took credit for my snowshoveling cardio but felt like I should do a little more. Tried out a Gaiam Yoga video. This morning I felt like I still owed something: so I did a Crunch Boot Camp - the teaser said it was only 30 min. Child parked himself on the computer with a game and I squeezed a workout inbetween loads of laundry.

I remember borrowing lots of fitness videos from the library, back in the day. They may still have them. but OHHH, the CONVENIENCE! Plus if you get bored easily...

Now if I only didnt feel so awkward exercising in front of the TV. But that's because the layout of the living room means there is only 3 feet between the couch and the TV cabinet. (My livingroom is 9ft wide and 27 ft long.)

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FINALLYBEINGME 2/27/2012 11:08PM

    Thanks for the tip - I never thought of hulu for workouts. I just looked up yoga and am impressed by the selection! emoticon

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DOGLADY13 2/26/2012 5:32PM

    I have some Gaiam dvds but I prefer the SP dvds that I bought. Coach Nicole keeps the moves simple, which is exactly what this klutz needs.

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XRSIZE18 2/26/2012 2:15PM

    OOOooooOOO thanks for the reminder. I think I'm going to try out a crunch dvd today.

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MISSIFISH 2/26/2012 11:40AM

    I will absolutely have to look into the streaming videos. I got so addicted to turbo fire, but SP and my injury both have me thinking I should shake things up.

I used to hate working out with the tv until I realized it was just the room. Is there another room that is better? I moved into my bedroom, which has a wood floor and a better arrangement than the family room. It also has a mirror, which is pretty helpful. Just saying, don't be limited to the most obvious place.

Have a great day!

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RAINA413 2/25/2012 4:53PM

    I hear ya on the narrow but wide living room. I feel pretty weird working out in front of my TV, too. I've tried the ones on Netflix and I like them but they are a bit too fast paced for me sometimes. How do you like the Gaiam yoga videos? I've never given them a try.

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