I was very excited to get the month of June and The Great Cycle Challenge underway. I have pledged to ride 300 miles for the month of June and raise $500.00. I love a challenge especially when it’s for a good cause. For me it’s more than just raising money for individuals with cancer but dedication of mind, body and spirit to honor those who are fighting the good fight to get well. I read something many years ago that said life is great when you have your health. How exponentially true is that statement. When you are well and feel good life is a such a blessing, but when you are ill day in and day out I imagine that attitude can sink quickly. I look at it from this perspective; life is a grand gift and not to be wasted. The fact that you can wake up, move and be is a chance to be the best you can for yourself and to others.
This week has been a very active week. I have school Wednesday thru Saturday so on those mornings I have to be out on the road by 530 and can clear about 10 miles before I need to head home and get ready. The week started off well on Monday and Tuesday and I was able to get 11 and 17 miles.
I’m still in the process of trying to find a yoga studio to attend and teach at here, which is proving a little allusive. So I found a studio called Vibetality to try. When I was studying for my certification I had a traditional teacher, not a whole lot of yoga fluff. Since I’ve been out Southwest I have run into many different types of yoga. Honestly, some of it is fun and interesting. I decided to try this new studio and signed up for a “yoga vibe” class. After I pulled the “trigger” I realized the class was only 15 minutes long. Hmmm, how can that be? Thinking I read it wrong I planned to be there for my full hour. Nope it was only 15 minutes. It’s called yoga vibe, thus the “Vibetality”. The class is conducted on a plate that vibrates. When I say it vibrates…I’m not kidding. Here is a picture of the plate.
The teacher instructed that if you are new, you might want to stand more on the balls of your feet and don’t close your teeth together. Uh….ok. The theory is that the vibration stimulates the blood and therefore a 15 minute workout is the same as an hour. When the class first started and I stepped on to the plate I thought no way am I going to be able to do this for the full 15. Thank goodness I didn’t eat anything and I didn’t have to go to the bathroom. It was more of the workout and not the spiritual part of yoga. It wasn’t bad, interesting to say the least, but let’s just say I was so sore that I couldn’t go riding on Wednesday.
Friday rained and Saturday I was able to get 9. Today was the long ride. I went my normal route and extended it down in the opposite direction I normally go. It was extremely beautiful and challenging. I road all the way to the end..literally.
I also climbed the largest hill for me yet. I was realizing as I was speeding down this mountain that this was not going to be fun going back up this thing. But I dug in and I was able to do it without having to stop. That was the great part. Today’s ride was 20 and some change and looked a little like this:
You can check out my webpage at The Great Cycle Challenge here: The Great Cycle Challenge Laurel McClean
This weeks mileage was all cycling (as the whole month will be) and came to 68.67 with 9,006.27 gratefully remaining ~ Happy Miles to You!!