Another week down! This week felt really good. With the bulk of the coughing behind me, I felt like I was able to pull up some of that stamina I had lost the last couple of weeks. The weather here was a little wonky as it rained for about two days!! One day pretty heavy all day long so I opted for the gym. Do you ride in the rain? If so, what gear do you use? I have ridden in a slight sprinkling, but not a full on rain. I imagine it’s a lot like running you just need the right gear.
Continued on with strength training this week. I go to the gym at least three times a week and work arms, legs and back adding in core exercises. Cardio is always good, but you have to do strength training as well. The stronger your core the less injury you’re going to have and let’s face it, that’s a good thing. It keeps us doing our activity longer.
If you’re having trouble getting to a gym, no worries. With a little bit of research you can create a program at home that will fit your schedule. You just have to have that discipline and drive. I remember those days of being a stay at home Mom and then I became the working Mom, it’s hard to set some time aside for yourself. But take it from someone who’s been there, your health and well-being is important. You want to be around for your family and for yourself. There is so much information out there you can develop a plan and you don’t need all the fancy machines or weights. You would be surprised the many safe exercises you can do right at home, no equipment needed. It also doesn’t need to be a super long workout. I remember when stationed in Japan, as a gift to myself for my 35th birthday I bought a few sessions with a gal who was a personal trainer. She developed a plan for me that was about 35 minutes. The key was consistency. You have to follow through. You have to show up! I did and I saw great results. Just 35 minutes a day.
I also make daily plans. Yeah, you knew there must have been something else right? I type my agenda every night for the next day. I include everything to include my workout. Once you get the shell of that down the way you want, it only takes a few minutes to update. You can even make it motivational with a quote a week at the top. Sounds, funny but sometimes when you read positivity it will stay with you throughout the day. Write down your goals and make them happen. No goal is too small. Sometimes we need to take baby steps to get to our desired location. If I can do it, so can you.
I was totally on the bike this week! Absolutely loved every minute. For the most part the rides were really good. My pace kept climbing with each ride. The only downside, is it appears we have hit garage sale season in the valley and this means crazy driving, short stops and very short tempers.
After a slight wardrobe malfunction of my jersey (zipper broke) I was able to get on the road fairly early, or at least shortly after sunrise. Garage salers where out in full force. I had a couple of close calls by people who stopped short because hey…can’t miss that 25¢ find! The douche bag alert was at moderate to severe. The jeep who decided they really didn’t want to adhere to the stop sign and give me the right of way, even though I was already in the street..I thank you. Yeah….gotta love those types of people. So the question is this, when driving do you offer the right of way to cyclists or runners? I always do. I think it’s just common courtesy. I also do it for safety reasons. It’s just safer to let the runner or cyclist pass.
My long ride was 12.57 for a weeks total of 29.76 road miles 3 more than last week. Chipping away and getting closer to the halfway mark! I have 6145.47 miles remaining in my journey. That always makes me feel like a sentimental lady.
I hope this post finds you surrounded by positivity! Feel that fire!! Happy Miles to You!!