So yesterday I ended up taking half a day off from work. I had some floating holiday time to use up and I wanted to get my taxes done. I figured since I had the extra time, might as well see if I can make it to 15 miles on the bike.
And I did! Roughly 16.3 miles in about an hour and ten minutes (including a warm up and cool down). And it was all on resistance levels 2-3! Needless to say, my legs felt a bit wobbly getting off the bike, but I was super stoked because a) my knee wasn't hurting and b) my left thigh wasn't giving me any trouble once I got it warmed up.
See, on Saturday I did a light 30 minute ride on B's seventies-era exercise bike while watching Hell's Kitchen. I also did a resistance band workout with some extra crunches and squats thrown in. I hate lunges because I never feel like I'm doing them right. Squats, however, are acceptable.
I don't know if it was just muscle exhaustion or what, but I ended up pulling something in my left thigh on Sunday. Not while doing some glamorous exercise routine. Oh no. I pulled it GETTING OUT OF BED. Old people problems, I know. Apparently I can be a beast on an exercise bike, but I need assistance to get out of bed without injuring myself
It didn't hurt much unless I put pressure on it, like squatting down to get something or using that muscle to get up out of a sitting position. I think it was my quad. And I was worried I had torn it and would need to rest it instead of getting on the bike. I got on the bike yesterday prepared to stop if it got worse. After some initial warm up, the pain disappeared and my leg feels much better today. So doubt it was a tear, and thank goodness for that.
But...my legs are pretty tired today. This is the first time I've felt, well, muscle exhaustion since I started this. So today is a strict no-exercise day (not even ST) and maybe even tomorrow if I'm not back to 100%. If I mostly bounce back, then maybe a light ride like Saturday. But the last thing I want to do is overtrain and hurt myself.
I dug the resistance band workout though and added some to my wish list on Amazon, which is now chock full of exercise gear. HR monitor, foam roller, gel bike seat...and I'm sure the list will continue to grow. I'm hoping to get a few things with tax return funds and am hoping other things come in to play soon which will allow me to snap up the rest of it.
So that's the good news. Now for the bad. I was a total PIG this past weekend. It's like I had some freakish tapeworm that suddenly invaded my body and said, "must eat ALL the foods!" I did great on Friday and was reasonably OK on Saturday until B's mom brought out her string of desserts. Cupcakes are my arch nemesis, guys. Regular cake I can pass on, but when it's in minaturized form it is irresistible to me. And of course, she had cupcakes. Not to mention a coconut/pineapple thing that was ah-MAZ-ing. Thank goodness I don't go over there but once every few months.
Complete sugar frenzy this weekend and I felt like crap as a result, though the exercise yesterday helped flush out my system. No big surprise. Like a drunken hangover, I know it will happen if I overdo it. But I guess I just didn't care. I completed the spree with more cupcakes Saturday night, Sunday after sushi, and a WHOLE PIZZA Sunday night. It's crazy but it was like I just could not flip that "full" switch and still felt hungry after my usual serving. I mean I did the whole drink water with this, wait 20 minutes, and everything. I don't think it was the sugar...it usually doesn't make me ravenous like that. Regardless, it was rather ugly.
And I was still starving yesterday. I managed to stay in my range, but it was right on the 2,000 mark (my highest). It's probably the increase in exercise, so hopefully if I can hold out and stay in range for a week or two, my body will readjust. I was getting to the point where I was pretty content with 1500-1800 before I increased training.