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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stressful day, have some deadlines to make, and it's been mentally draining.

That said, something got into me where I knew I wanted to get my fitness in, but I wasn't feeling putting in time on the stationary trainer.

About a week ago, I rearranged my basement workout "man cave" and pulled out the rollers I picked up about 2 years ago (has it been that long?!?)


I tried them a couple of times and then I promptly realized the learning curve would be steep and they fell by the wayside.

Tonight, I set them up and said, "Why not?"

Did the "hand against the wall" thing for about 5 minutes until my hand got tired and almost without thinking, I gripped the tops and like a little kid learning to ride for the first time, I was doing it! Still have a lot of the herky jerky going on, and there are some issues I need to work on with my pedal stroke, but I have another tool in the arsenal to change up my program so it doesn't get stale. I worked up a sweat just trying not to end up on the floor!

Very difficult and challenging, and I couldn't focus too much on watching E.T. because I had the fear I'd end up toppling over. Sometimes, you have to release the "death grip", overcome your fears/insecurities, and stop thinking so hard to achieve "flow". This was a good reminder to loosen up and not over think things.

This weekend was our little dudes last class. In a couple of weeks we get a Red Cross card that lets us know how far along they are on their swimming skills development. I probably overdid it and felt I used too much weight on a lift and felt some joint instability in my shoulder. We took a fitness post test, and while there was progress by both DW and I, there's room to improve. We'll see how our weekend family fitness regimen progresses with the use of the community center. We have options.

Been collecting some additional tools to change things up. Ordered a cheap standard EZ curl bar, picked up deals on EA Sports More Active and Active Life: Magical Carnival to change things up. If we're going to end up w/ more snow (3 inches of the wet heavy stuff), going to have to keep at it. DW took the boys out to build snow forts and they're sleeping like logs.

Keep at it, calm your mind, relax and keep challenging your skills development! Conquer your fears!
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    Damn, You continue to inspire me! I hope that contraption works out for you! I like your philosophy on changing things up. How long have you been going at it? It's only been nine months for me, and I like the few tools I have. I've been thinking if we move to a bigger space of getting the resistance bands for the wall. I bet they're pricey, but so convenient. Ah, pie in the sky for some future date when we win the lottery. :)
    1876 days ago
    Great post! I totally wanna try the rollers now. I'm thinking it is a killer core workout in addition to the cardio. Definitely something worth investing in!

    Thanks for the share! emoticon
    1881 days ago
    Rollers really look like they'd be difficult as you've said to stay stable without the fear you were speaking of! I like the description of your hand hold! "Death Grip" You can work your hand and arm muscles at the same time! Were these listed a perks that come with the use of the rollers. To me it would seem like a safety harness that would be strapped to the rafters and to your upper body might be a desired accessory. Of course if you fall over, I'm sure you don't need to worry about road rash since you really aren't moving forward! Cool new tool and I'm sure it is more natural to be riding your bike as opposed to the typical exercise bike! It could be even better if you had a 360 degree monitor and weather simulator that would allow you to choose a road anywhere in the world! Now that would be over the top cool!

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    1882 days ago
    Excellent thoughts and advice on overcoming fears and changing up your fitness routine. Loosening the "death grip" also applies to our eating programs. If we worry that one slip will cause everything to fall apart, we set ourselves up for failure because one slip is a very easy thing to have happen when we least expect it. I'm learning that if I stay positive, one slip doesn't mean anything and I can still continue my eating program as if no slip had ever happened. Many years ago, I heard a woman whose guidance was "so you had a bad lunch? then have a good dinner". Works for me.....
    1882 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/26/2013 11:16:16 AM

    those rollers sound intriguing.

    And I've been thinking about checking Play It Again Sports for a used curl bar.
    emoticon for the reminder

    1882 days ago
    Never tried the rollers. I have used one of the mag trainers, but I find it hard to use my bike indoors for some reason. Not sure what my psychological issue is, but I don't work as hard on my real bike on the trainer inside. So I will stick to hitting the recumbent at the gym. That is awesome you did it though. Congrats. I heard the rollers take great balance.
    1882 days ago
    Cool bike thing - that rocks! Killer core stabilizing muscle exercise, that will improve your balance, that will make you faster. Same concept as in running, improve your core strength and balance and you can run faster without using as much energy.

    I totally agree with your "flow" statement. It is also the same for runners.

    Good luck, emoticon
    1882 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    That looks like a very cool contraption! Kudos to you for putting your mind to it! I'm sure after practicing a while, you'll get the hang of it. Good luck!
    1882 days ago
    Very cool....looks like a good core developer as well!

    Keep working it...and enjoy time with the kids!
    1882 days ago
    Ahh rollers! They definitely helped with balance and encouraged a smooth pedal stroke!
    1882 days ago
    How I sympathize. I find riding rollers is like riding on ice. One thing, though. If you fix your vision on a point out in front of you and ride without looking down at the front wheel, you are likely to be more stable. But I'm sure you already know that. My rollers have been gathering dust for a while while I got the bikes squared away. Now that they have a place on the wall, I have room to get the rollers out again and see what I can do. Got a little touring coming up in a few months. Should be fun!
    1882 days ago
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