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Keeping up with Workouts

Between work and the holidays it’s a busy time of year for sure and I’m trying not to fall into the trap of using that as a excuse to skip workouts. As I’ve mentioned many times, before I’m a morning exerciser and truly that’s what keeps my exercise routine going. Sleep; however, took a hard hit this past week…


Overview of the Week

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



Cycling: 32 miles
• Average speed: 16.3 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 9:12 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 63° in basement, 56° with heavy rain and rumbles of thunder outside
• What I wore: bike shorts and jog bra

Stretching: 10 minutes

An outdoor ride wasn’t an option as rain was forecast all day and I even heard a few rumbles of thunder as I headed down to the basement to hop on my spin bike (affiliate link).



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Cycling: 24 miles
• Average speed: 15.9 MPH
• Bike: Life Fitness Lifecycle GX Spin
• Surface: N/A
• Elevation gain: N/A
• Start time: 6:29 AM
• Location: basement
• Weather: 61°
• What I wore: bike shorts and tank

Cycling: 18 miles
• Average speed: 13.2 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: mostly paved
• Elevation gain: 610 feet
• Start time: 9:44 AM
• Location: W&OD Trail Sterling/Leesburg loop
• Weather: 37° and sunny, climbing to 43° (feels like 37°)
• What I wore: bike shorts, leg sleeves, l/s jersey, coat, ear warmer headband, double gloves, and toe covers

After an early morning spin, I waited long enough for the sun to melt any remaining black ice from the weekend’s rain/snow storm. I intentionally rode my Salsa gravel bike which has wider and grippier tires hoping it would do better than the slick tires on my road bike – the Salsa will be my go-to bike for the winter.

It was slow going outside at first when I encountered some icy patches on the shaded neighborhood trail behind our house. Once I reached the W&OD Trail I got on the gravel bridle path which was a huge mistake. I hadn’t attached my detachable fenders (affiliate link) and immediately felt the spray of water and cinders hitting the back of my pants and coat. At the first opportunity I hopped on the paved trail for the rest of the ride.


On this ride I tested out two new pieces of clothing: a winter jacket and cap with ear warmers (affiliate link). Both worked great! I purchased the jacket on sale dirt-cheap about five years ago, but had never worn it, and just ordered the cap over the weekend.



Strength training: 1 hour of total body



Running: 5K
• Average pace: 11:03 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 141 feet
• Start time: 6:05 AM
• Location: neighborhood streets
• Weather: 25° and clear, dropping to 23°
• What I wore: tights, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens 

Walking: 2 miles
• Average pace: 15:49 minute/mile
• Elevation gain: 105 feet
• Start time: 6:56 AM
• Location: neighborhood circle
• Weather: 23° and clear
• What I wore:
tights, s/s t-shirt, nylon shell, down jacket, ear warmer headband, gloves, and mittens 

Stretching: 10 minutes

I ran and then walked outside while chatting with Kim who was riding her spin bike inside during our weekly virtual cardio workout. While running, I just happened to see Christmas Vacation’s Cousin Eddie cleaning out the $h!tter. Just behind him was the little boy with his tongue stuck to the flag pole from A Christmas Story.

Collage credit: Kim


Strength training: 1 hour of total body

Balance and stretching: 45 minutes



Cycling: 32 miles
• Average speed: 13.8 MPH
• Bike: Salsa Warbird
• Surface: paved
• Elevation gain: 1,201 feet
• Start time: 10:13 PM
• Location: W&OD Trail Ashburn/Hamilton loop
• Weather: 49° and sunny, climbing to 58°
• What I wore: bike shorts, s/s jersey, arm sleeves, jacket, ear warmer headband, and nitrile gloves under fingerless gloves

I need to remember that 49° in mid-December is much colder than in September. I should have worn heavier winter gloves instead of transitional gloves and as a result, my fingers didn’t warm up until almost 10 miles into my ride. Once my fingers warmed up, though, I was quite comfortable and had a great ride. I even stopped to help a guy who’d gotten a flat. I didn’t have the pump he needed, but gave him a CO2 cartridge for refilling his tire.


Last Week’s Blog Posts

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


  • • Have you ever stopped to help a runner or cyclist? ~ The guy I stopped to help kept thanking me for stopping which led me to wonder if others had ridden right by…
  • • Which workouts were your most enjoyable, toughest, and/or memorable?
  • • 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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