Keepin' 'Em Rollin'!
Monday, July 16, 2018
It has been a fairly light year for me so far both in terms of workouts and riding. This weekend was a little better as I joined in on a couple of club rides 35 miles each one Sat. one Sun. Breaking the old sit bones in! ;-)
This lower back disk issue continues to psychologically clip my wings since this past winter. Walking any distance and stairs have become challenging as the pain spreads down my hip and knee. I have my morning yoga/stretching moves which help and fortunately riding my bike has proven to be a relief. The non-weight bearing nature and stretching involved in cycling seems to relieve the pain and happens to be good therapy. I'm not as strong a rider as I used to be, but still love it. We have a friend in a neighboring club who is a medical doctor, only a few years younger than I but is so trim and youthful he looks like a high school kid! He describes the HIIT nature of cycling up hills: "Hills are your friend!" I wise-cracked after yesterday's ride: We made lots of "friends" today! ;-)
Although I've been asked, I have no clear idea how fast I ride. Certainly terrain is a big influence. I tend to be a middle of the pack rider. Gave up on a speedometer a long time ago. Gave up on tracking miles too. Too many wires & gizmos. I'm just into it for the enjoyment and challenge of the ride! Keep it simple: am I sweating? am I sore? am I smiling? Do I love swooping down the hills? It's a good ride!
A friend of mine in our bike club just did a solo tour from Escanaba, WS thru the UP into Mackinaw down to Ludington across to Canada on into Niagara back home to Binghamton. She stayed over at AirBnBs and had a wonderful time! In my sights after I retire (next Feb/March approx.) is a plan I'm incubating to do a bike tour up the bicycle route that hugs the eastern shore of Lake Michigan to Mackinaw Island. Probably do the AirBnB circuit too. Whatcha think? Up to a challenge? Wanna join in the fun? ;-)
I recently read a pros/cons article on keto as I'm a long-time devotee. I think if one takes a vegetarian approach to keto one eliminates most of the cons. I also like to fast one day a week from Sun. night to Tues lunch and the other weekdays I use intermittent fasting: no food from dinner until lunch the next day. It's a rhythm that agrees well with my body. The only drawback is that I find I can maintain my weight without working out and I get lazy...lol!
All in all life has been wonderful and I'm filled to overflowing with gratitude for my life, my new wife (last October) and this body of mine that can still do awesome stuff!