Seriously – I love all of you out there! I was a bit of a whiner yesterday and many thoughtful emails and comments were made. Funny how you can never meet some people in real life and you just know they have your back 😀
I was up early this morning on the trainer. Did 1 hour and rode 18 miles. It was nice because I wasn’t out in the frost, I had tunes on (really weird while biking), and I could ride in just a sports bra if I felt like it (which I didn’t today). My worse fear was that I would wake John up in the next room, but he sleeps right through it. Yay!
I had eaten some dates before and during the ride for fuel – then it was time for breakfast!
That’s the stuff. I was thinking about giving myself an extra challenge to do 2 no-added sugar days this week per April’s suggestion. I started with that yesterday, but then had some chocolate. So today it was!
I worked today. Although one of my clinics was closed for the holiday, the others were open (or at least had a back log of work). Thank you to all of the veterans and current serving military for all that you do for us!
Took a lunch break for some nice comfort food! Baked breaded shrimp and hot sauce, plus a serving of grits!
That is a wedge of laughing cow on there, not a pat of butter, although that would be tasty…
Now that I finally have some pics – here is the bike trainer. John and I got 2 different ones, as we each bought our own separately. I went with a Schwinn because the reviews were good and the price was right. This was on sale for less than $100.
Both set up in the spare bedroom. The towel is for the sweat – I am sure I have mentioned that I sweat. A lot. It’s even worse when there is no breeze to dry you off. 🙄
The back tire axle sits in the trainer and screws in.
They supplied an axle which fits this trainer, which was easy peasy to swap out. Tire didn’t have to come off or anything. It’s just like a long pin.
The back wheel sits on this roller, and the knob below is how you adjust the resistance. You can still change gears with the bike and you will change the pedal speed, but not the actual resistance. That’s nice for variety.
The front tire sits on a block (which was purchased separately for $15. My block has 3 different sizes for different heights. I also like the stability of 3 sides.
Nice view at the front of the bike 😀
My trainer is actually much quieter than John’s is. There will be some friction noise because you have a wheel running on another wheel, but not really bad. If you have studded or rough tires, it will make more noise. The weird thing about it is when you stop pedaling, the tires stop pretty much right away. Not like while real riding where you can lift yourself off the seat to take break and coast or adjust your nether region. I feel kind of cool because I can now ride hands free like the pros do LOL!
I was able to swap out my bike computer from the front wheel to the back wheel. Obviously won’t work on the front wheel as it doesn’t go around… I can actually go a lot faster on the trainer than I can in real life, too. Not sure why that is. I really am so glad I got this! Now I can do more than just run in the winter 😀
Afternoon snack of a latte in the sun:
Not pictured are the pretzel sticks I had.
Was busy with work and couldn’t quite finish before dinner. Booo. So, I took a break and fixed a plate. Standard and easy – gotta love it!
That’s hot sauce at 2 meals today.
After I finished up work, we headed out to relax a little at Panera – where I am currently posting from. I would have loved a baked good, but I figured I hadn’t had any added sugar all day, so I would just stick with coffee.
Although in hindsight I supposed I could have had a butter croissant!
I had to take this picture of John. He didn’t know I did it either. He was working on a math problem and looked so serious about it.
So serious! He is incredibly smart. Other than just for marrying me…