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Skipping the Great Outdoors

As the temperatures start to drop below freezing, I am finding myself choosing to ride my spin bike (affiliate link) over riding outside. Last year, once October hit I opted to stay inside for any cycling related activity until May. I plan for this year to be different and hope to get outside at least once per week on my bike as long as the weather conditions are reasonable; i.e. no ice on the road or wind chill in the twenties or lower, even if it means a mid-day shorter ride just to stay on my cycling game.


Overview of the Week

Before discussing each day’s workouts, here’s an overview of my workouts from this past week. Scroll down for daily details…



Perhaps it wasn’t the best idea to go out for a run less than 24 hours after finishing my 70-mile bike ride, but schedule and weather wise, it made the most sense. It was 63° when I headed out onto our neighborhood trails at 1:30 PM and I quickly discovered that I had lead legs, at least for the first mile. I eventually found my rhythm and finished my 4-mile workout of 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals at a 9:54 average pace and feeling strong. My splits were 10:35, 10:03, 9:46, and 9:13.



With a crazy busy morning of training clients and giving my body a cardio break, I limited my workout to an hour of strength training.



At 6:30 AM it was 38° and quickly getting light when I headed out the door for my 4-mile 5-minute run/1-minute walk intervals. Worth noting, at a 9:40 average pace, I clocked my fastest run since last Thanksgiving morning’s turkey trot. I’m running on feel, not pace, so it pleases me that I’m finally rebounding to where I was prior to this injury, even if it’s taken me a year…



With a feel-like temperature of 28° I was happy that I had run on Tuesday and didn’t have to brave the cold. Inside my cozy basement, I lifted weights at 5:30 AM prior to seeing clients.



As I hinted toward earlier, I opted to skip cycling outside at 6:30 AM in 25° when I had the option of riding my spin bike (affiliate link) in the 64° basement. My 20 miles at a 16.5 MPH average speed flew by and I was ready to tackle another busy day.



My 6:30 AM client overslept and didn’t answer when I tried FaceTiming and then texting so I took advantage of my newfound time and completed own strength training session before logging on with my next client. Later in the morning I taught my balance and stretching class which sadly was the only stretching I got all week.



Bill and I met two friends from my women’s cycling club at 9 AM for an incredibly hilly gravel ride out of Leesburg. At 61° it was pretty fantastic weather for late November and even though rain wasn’t in the forecast, we encountered a few short drizzles. The hills and the gravel made it tough and we finished our ride with an 11.5 MPH average speed; however, we didn’t let the rain or difficult course dampen our spirits and we had a wonderful time.

I hadn’t planned on recapping this 30-mile ride, but we saw miniature horses, a fox hunt, and a trailer full of pumped-up howling hounds, all of which are worthy of mentioning in a short recap, hopefully later this week.


Here’s What You Might Have Missed

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…


  • • Even though you know better, do you sometimes let your work schedule or the weather dictate your workout plans?
  • • What’s the coolest animal you’ve seen on a run or ride?
  • • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!




I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


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