Friday! I know a couple people who took advantage of the sun coming out today! But first, there was the necessary stuff.
Decided to take it easy on the legs for strength workout today.
|Stiff Legged Deadlift||3 sets of 10 at 65#||Lower body|
|Seated Calf raise||3 sets of 12 at 140#||Calves|
|Barbell Bench Press||3 sets of 12 at 45#||Chest|
|Bent dumbell row||3 sets of 10 with 20# DBs (40# total)||Back|
|Captain’s Chair||3 sets of 10||Core|
|Upright Row||3 sets of 10 at 30#||Shoulders|
|Lower Back Extension||3 sets of 12 at 80#||Low Back|
Makes such a soft and fluffy bowl with soaking. Topped with almond butter and orange marmalade.
Well, I did not escape yesterday’s run unscathed. My knee is fine, but my left thigh is really, really sore. Just the top quad muscle. It’s like I had a heavy duty lifting workout with soreness, only just in one part of my thigh. It feels uncomfortable and weak. I am not sure why running seems to have regressed for me. I was okay through the fall, but then over the winter it began to cause me problems. It’s a little depressing, I have to say. I don’t know if more running will work that weakness out or if I should just give it up all together.
I wanted a circular lunch today. Okay, not really, but it turned out that way. John made protein muffins, which I toasted up.
Of course, then I realize he made these with wheat flour. Ugh – it is hard to remember not eat wheat outside of my bagels! Needless to say, this month’s challenge has been challenging.
Did some more work and we decided to take advantage of mid 50s and sun and go for a bike ride. Playing hooky! We decided to take our first trip to Lake George. That is about 30 miles round trip. Normally we do this on a weekend and have lunch there, but decided to just go there, turn around, and hit yogurt on the way back.
The path to Lake George is hilly! Steep hills. Phew. We stopped at mile 11.5 after reaching the top of the hill we call ‘the bitch.’ Cause it is. It’s long and then takes a steep upturn at the very end. Made it up okay, though! Fuel –
The top of this hill is a pedestrian/bike overpass – kind of looks like a cage.
Turns out the day was a little breezy, which made the descent really cold! I had 2 jackets on and was still chilly.
Reached the lake after 15 miles.
I love the off season because the lake is quiet and peaceful with just a few people walking around. Much different from the summer.
The turn around gives us a 2 mile upward climb on the way back. That is tough. My thighs were burning a little bit. I knew our reward was coming, though!
Even though it was cold, we were going to have yogurt, darn it! I had angel food cake flavor with raspberry sauce.
I loved this, but I was shivering by the end of eating it. Mid 50s is okay, except when it is windy. My teeth were chattering!
My biker buddy:
Then we finished out the ride:
Total miles: 30.3
Calories burned: 887
It felt good, although my left thigh just was kind of tired. Overall good hill condition for April, though. It won’t take long to build that up, if I can ever get outside and ride more.
Remember that chicken from last night’s dinner? It made its appearance at tonight’s dinner in the form of salad.
Topped with pepper bacon and parmesan pepper dressing. I love bacon on salads. We cooked bacon in the waffle iron, too.
I’ll be snacking tonight, but not going overboard. I made a promise to myself that I would eat well this weekend. Also going to do some stretching!
Happy Earth Day!