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Giving in to Cycling

My running friends often laugh and remind me of what I thought of cyclists a mere 15 years ago. We encountered enough extremely rude bikers on the W&OD Trail that I let a few dictate my opinion of all. At that time, despite knowing how important cross-training would be for my running, I refused to give cycling a try.

I now spend hours when out on one of my bikes (road, gravel, or beach cruiser) and even ride indoors during the colder winter months. After finishing a ride on my spin bike (affiliate link) on Tuesday I snapped a picture and it wasn’t until later that an interesting thought popped into my head. Despite a 20 year age difference, the biggest difference between the two Debs pictured is that the younger Deb wouldn’t be caught dead on a bike.

Let’s just say I’m older and wiser now!

 

Overview of the Week

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

 

Sunday

Cycling: 20 miles
• Average speed: 16.7 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 11:36 PM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 66°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

 

Monday

Strength training: 1 hour

 

Tuesday

Cycling: 10 miles
• Average speed: 16.2 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:30 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 63°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Running: 5K
• Average pace: 10:16 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 98 feet
• Start time: 11:08 AM
• Location: neighborhood trails
• Weather: 40° (feels like 38°) and mostly cloudy
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, nylon shell, gloves, mittens, ear warmer headband, and visor

Foam rolling: 10 minutes

Stretching: 10 minutes

 

Wednesday

Strength training: 1 hour of total body

I had every intention of going for a walk, but with a free afternoon, I registered for an online course to earn CEU’s for my personal training and weight management certifications. I ended up working on the course for over six hours, hardly moving from in front of my MacBook. I’ll tell you more about the class the next time we meet for coffee.

 

Thursday

Cycling: 18 miles
• Average speed: 16.3 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 5:58 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 65°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Walking: 2 Miles
• Average pace: 14:45 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 105 feet
• Start time: 10:59 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 45° (feels like 41°) and overcast
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, fleece jacket, gloves, and ear warmer headband

I’m always happy when Kim and I can find a morning that works for both of us to workout together. We’re both the opt outside type, but winter weather doesn’t lend itself to pre-dawn outdoor bike rides which gives us the opportunity to catch up via FaceTime while spinning away in the warmth and safety of our basements.

 

Friday

Strength training: 1 hour

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes

 

Saturday

Running: 5K
• Average pace: 9:24 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 80  feet
• Start time: 10:58 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 34° (feels like 24°), breezy, and overcast
• What I wore:  capris, s/s shirt, mid-weight jacket, gloves, mittens, ear warmer headband, and visor

Walking: 1 Mile
• Average pace: 14:48 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 24 feet
• Start time: 11:32 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 35° (feels like 26°), breezy, and overcast
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt, mid-weight jacket, gloves, mittens, ear warmer headband, and visor

Foam rolling: 10 minutes

Stretching: 10 minutes

The wind made it quite nippy with a feels like of 26° when I headed out for my run. In the winter, I can normally wear a short or long sleeved top and a thin nylon shell when I run, but I donned my mid-weight Brooks jacket I’ve had for several years, but rarely wear because normally it’s too hot (LOL it’s still an unlined jacket, just not super thin). Layered over a short sleeved shirt, it was perfect and I was excited to pull it out of my closet. Once I finished my run and stopped at the pond for pictures before walking the mile home, I got quite cold though.

 

Last Week’s Blog Posts

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

 

Questions
  • • Are there any sports you used to think you’d hate, but now embrace? ~ Cycling and yoga for me (although I don’t spend enough time practicing yoga)
  • • What was your favorite workout of the week? ~ I had a lot of fun during my virtual ride with Kim, and despite the cold, yesterday’s run was very enjoyable.
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ No

 

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

 

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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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