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'Millin' the Drearies Away...!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I have an unfortunate knack for turning good things into bad.

Take cycling. Love it! Can't get enough of it! But: for a variety of reasons, weather, timing, etc. I cannot guarantee myself time on my bike every day of the week.

As a result there are often 3-4 days a week I just don't get on my bike. So what do I do for cardio on those days...?

Earlier in the summer I had been doing well to get out for walks, jogs and Nordic walking. But gradually I'd been letting my cardio go on days when I couldn't bike. Bad news!

And all the while my trusty treadmill has been there right along as my solution for those busy and / or rainy days! All the outdoor outlets, however, have me spoiled and I grew to dread the idea on getting on the treadmill.

Today I decided my 'mill truly HADN'T grown fangs and claws over the summer and got back on it for a nice hour long session of walk / jogging at 4-5 mph on a 10 incline. Worked up a good old sweat and loved re-connecting with my tunes as they take on a whole new life of their own when I hear them while working out.

With the big cycling event coming up in Sept. and my son's wedding in Oct. I have EVERY reason to be psyched up to work out my best abilities...yet I have to admit to having allowed myself to slide this past summer. I'm planning to make the most of the time between now and these oh-SO-important events that lie ahead!

Have a GREAT week ahead everyone!

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  • ACTIVE_AT_60
    Like Bobby, I will do anything to avoid my treadmonster. I hate it. I will run outside in all sorts of weather - except when there is ice on the road and pavement. Safety first. In 2007 the baseball home opener was cancelled here - who ran in a foot of snow? No excuse for the cardio - besides - we are hoping to see you in Pittsburgh in March ...
    2762 days ago
    You're so insightful to notice those tendencies that I think many of us feel. Still, you're my hero for both honesty and persistence! I'm with you, turn on those tunes and my body almost comes alive despite itself (body memory from easier times?). Congratulations on your son's wedding! That is just the best.

    2763 days ago
    I cannot accept your comment that you have been slacking off. You are amazing, Don!
    2763 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Keep up the good work
    2763 days ago
    Slacking? You? Say it isn't so! Anyway, you know what's going on. You know how to fix it. So no problem! It's handled!
    2763 days ago
    Summer is good time to change things up...but it's good that you recognized the slight slack-off and have identified some goals to work toward.
    2763 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    You're doing great, Don. You have a plan B, and even C here.
    You have two big and important landmarks to keep you focus!

    Wish you optimimal weather conditions, and good timing to get on your bike!

    Biking won't be for me this summer. Yet I have hope to rejoin my Nordic Walking group in September. My physical therapist told me this morning, I should be able to restart slowly mid-september.
    2763 days ago
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    2763 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    i give you credit, rain, heat, snow i avoid the dreadmill at all costs. i would rather deal with the elements, i am good between 10-95 so there are not too many conditions that keep me in. not sure how long i will bike in that weather...... but run/walk i am good. more power to you, now get out there and get ready for these big events
    2763 days ago
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