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Yay for Spring

With spring officially arriving on Monday, I was super pumped that the weather would start getting warm enough for this softie to ride outside again and sure enough, by Thursday the weather cooperated beautifully. Here’s to many more springlike days in the near future! 


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…



Cycling: 16 miles
• Average speed: 16.6 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 9:50 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 60°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Home from vacation, I immediately got back into my workout routine and hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link). Did I push myself harder with intervals, hills, etc. as I suggested I should after my Peloton workout last week? Nope, I stuck with a steady spin. One of these days…



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Walking: 2 miles / 2 miles
• Average pace: 15:41 minute/mile / 15:32 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 97 feet / 108 feet
• Start time: 3:53 PM / 4:38 PM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 54° and sunny / 53° and sunny
• What I wore: capris, s/s shirt and light jacket (took jacket off during first walk)



Cycling: 9 miles
• Average speed: 16.1 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:28 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 62°
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 5 miles
• Average speed: 15.9 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:10 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 63°
• What I wore: bike shorts and tank

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 14:48 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 0 feet
• Start time: 6:35 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 63°
• What I wore: bike shorts and tank

With an outside ride planned for later in the day, I kept the distance short on my spin bike and then walked on my treadmill while chatting with Kim during our weekly virtual workout.

Collage credit: Kim

Cycling: 40 miles
• Average speed: 14.5 MPH
• Bike: Specialized Roubaix Comp
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,421 feet
• Start time: 1:44 PM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn to Purcellville loop
• Weather: 70° and sunny, climbing to 77° and cloudy, then turning sunny again
• What I wore: bike shorts and s/s jersey

About three years ago I started a women’s cycling club on Facebook and we’ve grown to 69 members. When one of the members posted that the weather looked great for a Thursday afternoon ride, two of us were able to join her for a fun afternoon of cycling. After the ride, my bike Garmin (affiliate link) informed me that I was 15% acclimated to the heat and I’d worked much harder than in recent workouts – not surprising since I last ran on February 21st and took last week off from cardio workouts for vacation.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



My husband and I hosted a going away party for one of our Cruiser friends who is moving to Colorado. The original plan was to meet at the trail for a run/walk and then head back to our house for brunch. It was cold, rainy, and gross out and the last thing I wanted to do was walk in that mess. When I sent out a text saying I was skipping the run, everyone else jumped on the bandwagon and said they’d just meet us at our house and run later when it cleared up.

I made this delicious egg, cheese, sausage, and veggie casserole which everyone raved about (I used turkey instead of pork sausage and added portobello mushrooms). We had such a fantastic time and even though we weren’t running, it was great getting some of the old crew together. Sadly, though, we forgot to take a picture.

I spent the rest of the day catching up on things around the house and obeyed Garmin by skipping cardio to give my body a rest day.


Calf Update

I had absolutely no pain or residual issues after my long outside ride, even with standing to pedal on a few of the hills. Later, while in the basement I needed something from upstairs and without thinking I ran a few steps across the gym and up the stairs, again with no pain. My plan is to ease into a couple of short runs next week!


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • If you use Garmin, do you get annoyed by the amount of time it tells you that you need to recover after hard workouts? ~ LOL, yes because sometimes after a walk Garmin (affiliate link) will say I need two days to recover, but I have to remember that it’s probably including a harder workout from the day prior to the walk.
  • • What was your favorite workout of the week? ~ It was fabulous getting back outside on the bike!
  • • Did you run in race this weekend? ~ No


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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