I kinda sorta need to do something for 3 or 4 hours tomorrow. I have a feeling that that something should be running at least 18-20 miles, but I’m thinking maybe a bike ride would do? Same benefits or no?
Yesterday, I did nothing. Well, I did get a pedicure, but I don’t think that counts as activity.
Today I rode my bike easy for 45 minutes at a 12.65 mph pace. And let me just say this – while I am very appreciative of what the cycling is doing for my cardiovascular system – I in no way shape or form like what the bike is doing to my girlie parts.
Have I ever shown you a picture of my bike? Here is it. Isn’t she pretty. I’d stand her up but Michael won’t let me have a kickstand.
Tomorrow I will do nothing but prepare for Sunday, which looks like it will be back in the 90s and 80% humidity. I love Texas.
I know it’s supposed to be hot in Texas, but August and September are particulary unbearable especially with the humidity this week staying in the 60 – 70 percent range.
Tomorrow I have my long run of 12 or maybe more miles and I will start at 5:30 AM and by the time I finish the temps will most likely be in the 90s. I get really crabby by the time I’m finished. I’ve been doing my short runs during the week with my treadmill PIMP. I know it’s cheating, but damn, I haven’t acclimated to the heat as well this year – even though I’m hydrating, electrolyting and wearing sunscreen. I’m such the good girl.
Because of this ridiculous heat (and stupid injury from the Austin Marathon) I’ve been supplementing my runs with leg torture, swimming, and cycling. (I only ran twice in Indiana and I need to make up some lost ground.) I’m still not a strong enough swimmer to get a good cardio workout in the pool, but I’ll keep at it – it’s a welcome relief. I only swam twice this week for 30 minutes because I started to choke and my fear of death took over. Leg torture is giving some strength back. It’s working and I LIKE IT. (Remind me sometime to tell you about my power-lifting extravaganza with my friend Cindy.) I am still in need of some endurance which, in addition to running, is where the cycling comes in. Also, when cycling that occasional lingering pain I still have in my left ankle when I run isn’t there. Is that a real sentence?
Even though I’m slow, the cycling does give me a really good cardio workout. My heart beats just as hard, if not harder sometimes, as when I’m running. (Is that wrong?) On Thursday I rode for an hour with my only goal being to figure out what the left gear was all about. I’m a little scared of the left gear because one time my chain fell off as I was shifting it and I nearly had a heart attack because I was in the middle of no where. Luckily I figured out how to get the chain back on, but up until Thursday it was the one and only time in the six years that I’ve used the left gear on that bike. I’m happy to report the left and I are getting along better. Especially going up hill.
Okay, so this was long and boring. Do you guys like the videos or are they retarded? And if you do like them, what should my next video be? I was thinking of maybe putting the camera behind my treadmill so you could critique my running form. Which has improved, but still also sucks.
(Oh, and a note for all of you who have made it this far into the post – I still have people asking how to comment since it’s not at the bottom anymore, it’s under the date on the left at the top directly under the bubble. Thank you for caring enough to ask.)
I’ve been back to running for a little over two weeks now. The first week was awful, my body wanted to reject being active again, but this week I’ve felt like things are falling into place. I’m running three days a week – actually running, very slow, but still it’s not wogging, doing leg torture twice a week (video to come) and riding my bike three days a week.
I have to admit, the biking is the hardest – it’s 100% cardio – and in case you didn’t know – if you stop moving, you fall over. Does it get easier? Because I really hope it gets easier. If anything, it should be good cross training for Chicago. Or maybe I’m just wasting my time. And spending too much time talking out loud.
Oh, and I must not forget the best upper body workout IN THE WORLD – hand waxing all of my hardwood floors. I think I saw a tiny bicep grow while I was waxing. So if anyone out there wants really buff arms, you can wax my floors. And I’ll even let you do it for free. Because I’m so nice like that.
I’ve ridden a bike here and there; I’ve just never taken it out of the neighborhood. Kenza and I have our fun rides and we stroll up and down the sidewalks. But, I’ve never actually taken my bike out on a real road, you know – the kind of road with cars – that kill people. That was, until yesterday when Michael took pity on my, and took me out for an easy 8.5 mile ride.* He picked a forgiving course, mostly flat and only a few small hills. He then dropped me off at home and went on his real ride. I averaged 14 mph. Slow, I know, but my goal was to NOT GET KILLED. I can’t tell you how many Jimmy Joe Bobs are driving around here talking on cell phone while pulling a giant trailer full of horses. There are so many joys to living in the country.
I had a great time riding with Michael and I begged to ride with him again today, so we went out on a shorter but a little hillier course and I was a lot slower – and I couldn’t believe it was a warm-up for Michael. I also took my Garmin so I could tell what my splits really were. I’m so freaking out of shape, it’s not even funny.
Now, I know it’s like a snail’s pace. And it’s probably not technically hilly for all you professionals; Michael was going uphill as fast as he was going downhill. But I was dying going uphill. And how the hell do you keep your shoe laces from getting caught on the pedals? That was so annoying.
I know what your next question is . . .what kind of bike do you have? Well, it’s a really pretty blue bike and Michael put a white seat on it that matches the lettering. I think the technically it’s called a hybrid bike, a six-year-old Cannodale that weighs 31.1 pounds. I know that’s not very much so I can’t use that as an excuse for my slowness. But seriously, it felt like it weighed 900 pounds going uphill. I’m thinking my next bike is going to be a Vespa.
What’s my next step people who ride bikes? I’m so new to this, but I really need an alternate form of exercise so if I ever do get injured from running again I have a back up. I like riding with my husband, but it’s sooo hard.
* I do feel the need to put a very important disclaimer here that we went out AFTER an hour of seriously serious leg torture. I am also playing the terrible punctuation card here.