Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
- It helps if you have someone to train with, but when you don,'t:
- Good music works. Pick your favorites and load them on your MP3
- Good movies work. Plug in the DVD and the movie and start spinning.
- Spinerval DVDs are awesome workouts. Build a collection of about a dozen so you don't get bored with playing the same DVD all the time.
- Pay NO attention to the time on your bike computer.
- Pay NO attention to the time on the wall.
- Pay NO attention to the time on your heart rate monitor.
- Focus on the sounds or the DVD ONLY
- If you watch your movie or music all the way through, you know you are on the trainer for somewhere between 1 and 2 hours - 3 hours if you get long movies or Spinerval DVDs.
Did I mention you really shouldn't watch the time? That part is REALLY important. I found if you totally focus on anything BUT the time, you can survive. Before you know it, an hour is over and you're just getting warmed up! Avatar (2-3/4 hours long) is on tap for this weekend. As is Titanic (3.25 hours), or maybe "Tough Love", a 3-hour Spinerval session.
Monday, December 13, 2010
It poured raining all day, so we knew it was an indoor workout day. It was also Ricky's birthday and he wanted to go to the YMCA and Walmart. Buttercup planned to do the spin bike at the Y for an hour, then come home for the 2nd hour. When she got there, someone was on the lone spin bike. Damn it. She wasn't using those recumbent things -- they just aren't the same. Ok, how 'bout the stepper-type machine. Drat - someone is on that. Ok... the elliptical will do with some good tunes. Double drat - the MP3 batteries are dead. She was left with a treadmill with a TV. B.O.R.I.N.G. For an entire hour, Buttercup walked a 2.5% incline watching the life story of Taylor Swift. Can you believe her?! She shoulda walked over to the guy on the lone spin bike and said, "hey... bucko.... aren't you soon dun??" And then socked him in the shin. That woulda worked. Needless to say, when she got home, the incline whooped her enough that she didn't get back on her own bike. That wimp. She ended up curled up and cozy with her kitties at 7:00 p.m. Maybe she was tired too from the day before where she bucked it up big-time and climbed like a mountain goat. Oh well...there will be days like that every now and then and its ok. Tonight's the night to start the 12-days straight of endurance riding and she's pretty psyched after sleeping off her wimpy day yesterday. She's looking at it like a little test of what's to come in 5 months of 7-days straight of 4+ hours of riding per day. The spinerval DVDs are lined up, and Avatar is on order for the weekend session. Go get 'em girlie!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I just plunked down too much money to reserve my vacation spot for next year.
State College, of all places.
"Huh?" You say?
Yup....I'm the 1st entry in the 50+ Female solo Division for the Transylvania Mountain Bike Epic Stage Race. Seven -- COUNT THEM - SEVEN (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven) days of mountain bike riding somewhere between 25 and 40 miles a day in the mountains. I'm so darned excited I can't stand it. What a challenge to work toward.
And my team?
Don Wiest Stables. I'm riding for my Momma and Pappa. In case you didn't know, my dad just turned 80 and STILL trains harness horses and hits all the horse races. He claims being active all his life is what keeps him going. There's not a more appropriate team to race for - an active 80 year-old still doing his thing! I wonder where I got my competitive genes? And my dear mother is a type 1 diabetic and currently dealing with a ton of issues. So riding for both of them just seemed right.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
- Time: 5 hours and 36 minutes
- Place: 2nd Female Masters (there were only three teams this year)
- Time on Bus (yes bus!): 45 minutes
- We ran to start
- But only ran to the buses on the other side of the Island
- Buses went to Blue Mtn Parkway and dumped us on the top of the mountain.
- Ran trail for 6 miles to Fort Hunter.
- Ran DOWN Robert's Valley Road - Quads are aching today.
- Launched canoe for a 6-mile paddle to City Island (low water and wind!)
- Got on bikes and rode the Harrisburg Green belt for 20 miles total
- Special tests included kicking a shoe in a bucket (all three had to make it); throwing a tire on a tall cone; running through eggs blindfolded (Steph nailed it!), sling-shot and ball (had to catch a ball - HARD!) We teamed up again with another team. Donna and I had the sling down to a science - Steph and the other team caught the balls.
- More Special tests: swinging from a rope to a wooden platform; but had to figure how to get the rope 6 feet away from us (bungie cord with a helmet attached to it to lynch the rope); cut a 8-1/2 x 11 piece of paper in a single piece big enough for one of our team mates to climb through (without tearing it).
- Awesome team yet again - Steph and me and Donna have a blast. Steph had her beautiful pink balls on. I wish I had a pic. Our team had balls!
- I hurt all over today (sunday).
Friday, September 3, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
The Rattling 25K run and 25 mile bike race is OFF my schedule. I can't take the time to finish training for it right now. The only event I'm definitely doing is the BASH, and the Capital City Challenge. I can squeeze in an hour or two of riding/running/paddling to stay semi-fit for the Cap City Challenge, but that'll be it. I'm very fortunate momma lives next door and I can stop by as much as needed. Right now, we're on an every-other day schedule. We're taking it one day at a time. Now go have a glass of soy milk!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Mother: Two emergency room visits diagnosed her with an inflamed sacroiliac. They took an x-ray, gave her pain meds and oral steroids, told her to see her orthopedic doctor and sent her home. The orthropedic doctor told her yesterday, "You have a serious problem. I'm surprised the emergency room didn't admit you the last time you were there to conduct further tests." She's going for an MRI and the Orth doc actually wanted to admit her to the hospital, or get her doped up and sit at home. She opted to get doped up and sit at home because she paid $60 bucks to see CATS on Sunday and refuses to miss it. He thinks she has a fractured hip. He asked her if she was ever diagnosed with osteoporosis or smoked. No to the Osteo and yes to smoking. After a little research this morning, its common for hip fractures/vertebrae fractures even without falling for people with osteoporosis. Smoking doesn't help the deteriorating bone. More to come when I hear the results of the MRI and next Doc visit. In the meantime, its running in the early am, walking at lunch when its cool, kayaking after work, and helping the old gal with cooking/cleaning/washing clothes/etc. Poor thing. I will NEVER stop exercising or eating healthy foods. BTW, cycling and swimming and not good weight-bearing exercises to help prevent osteoporsis. Walking, jogging, running, jumping and weightlifing (free weights only) are the recommended exercises. And get your calcium! And don't smoke.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Sunday ended up being a totally unplanned metric century of the back roads of Central PA in Northumberland, Schuylkill and Dauphin Counties. It rained in the morning which put the damper on riding mountain bike in Weiser 'cause the trails get way to tight with wet brush hanging on them (the trails virtually dissappear). So I opted for a road ride. Early Sunday mornings are a nice time to road ride with little traffic except the old folks heading to church at about 20 mph. They are harmless to bikers (IMHO). I knew I wanted to get 4 hours in and that's pretty easy in the mountains. But on the road? That's a lot of pedaling and miles. Off I went on my regular 45 mile loop. As I neared the end of it, it was less than 3 hours. Shit! I gotta ride more. Until I was done, I put in the 4 hours and ended up with 62 miles. H.o.l.y. h.e.l.l. I never expected that one. 2,989 calories burned and yes, I'm on my way to being ready for the Rattling 50 in August. I was toying with doing the 23K Kuhn is putting on the same day, but I think I'll stick with focusing on the riding and reduce the running to shorter distances (4-6 miles at a time) for the time being. I'm finding my body can't do both, so it's either long rides, or long runs, so right now I'll focus on the riding since I already put in a long run for the year. Awesome stuff. And what did YOU do this weekend?
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
But guess what's going on right now, this week. The Epic. And I'm fixated to the blogs and stage reports folks are putting out. THEY ARE SUCH AWESOME READS. And yes, they are totally inspiring. Rebecca Rusch brought tears to my eyes just like the time I balled my eyes out watching Jamie Whitmore win Xterra Worlds and I started training for Xterras. You know where that got me -- in Hawaii! Rebecca Rusch is my new inspiration. Watch her video about the EPIC and you'll be inspired too. For those that don't know Rebecca, she's a professional adventure racer for several years now and she's doing the Epic. I always admired women adventure racers 'cause they are right there by the guys doing exactly what the guys do at their pace. They are amazing women. Strong, fast, and super-fit. While not an adventure racer (although I'll bet its crossed her mind!) Fit Chick fits that bill too -- and she's winning the Epic at the moment.
Here are some really good blogs from racers at the EPIC. I don't know who the Back Bay guy is, but his blog postings are awesome reads.
Rebecca Rusch Blog
Back Bay Cycling Club (guy from Massachusetts)
Mike Cushionbury - Bicycling Mag
Team Cystic Fybrosis (Selene Yeager, a.k.a. Fit Chick, Women's Duo, and another guy from CF)
A guy from Ketchum Idaho
Get me out from behind this desk and on a bike seat! I gotta rethink my activity level.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
36.33 Run/Walk miles
9,375 Calories Burned
That's only the fun stuff. This doesn't include turning compost, hauling compost to the beds, planting seed crops, pulling weed trees, and the biggest time-consuming, stresser-outer I've experienced yet in the backyard -- picking strawberries. What a HUGE pain-in-the-ass. And on top of it, Rick did nothing but complain about my inept ability to plant a strawberry patch and it's way too thick. Yes, I know Rick. Now please stop it! Yes, the plants paid for themselves twice in the past 10 days, but I feel like I'm turning into a strawberry. I planted 50 plants last year and this year all 50 plants and their daughters decided to have red babies. They started ripening the day I started vacation and I have to pick every day averaging about 2-4 boxes a day. Yes, you read that right. I picked 22 boxes of strawberries in the past 10 days AND I'M SICK OF PICKING STRAWBERRIES! It takes an hour or more a picking; because they are planted way too close together and I have to dig and root to find the berries. My back can barely take it. And then another hour cutting up and freezing the damn things. I'm totally stressing out now that I'm back to work and have to figure out when I'm going to find the time to pick berries. I'm mowing them over when they are done. Can't deal with it. Will save for retirement. ARGH!!!