In spring, you have to be ready to do your outdoor stuff when you can. Sometimes that means in colder temps than you might want. We knew the overnight low was going to be low – in the 30s, but decided if it was sunny we would bike to breakfast. I got up first and checked the weather. 32 degrees. Brrrr… John slept for about another half hour and then he asked me how cold it was. I just said “Bundle up” and left it at that It had warmed up a few degrees, but not by much!
This was the temp when we arrived to North Country Cafe:
I kept telling myself it was a refreshing ride, but really – it was just cold. Really cold.
I warmed up sitting in the sun with coffee and a toasty bagel!
It felt good to get this in my tummy. It got up to 39 on the way home. Not much warmer – even though it got to 60 today! John decided to do a little hill challenge at the end and invited me to go, but I wimped out and just went home. I’ll do hills on Friday. I did get in a nice 12 mile ride today, though.
Nichole asked me a good question yesterday:
My question is: how do you work your long bike rides into your strength-training programs? When I follow a written training program, I struggle with being flexible enough to work in other activity.
As most of you know, I have embarked on a serious lifting program that lasts for 4 months. These workouts occur 3 times a week and are pretty tiring. Right now, I can do these with biking because spring weather doesn’t always allow for a lot of outdoor riding. I don’t do the HIIT workouts that Rachel has in her book and am instead doing my workouts on the bike (kind of against her advice, but I am a biker first). I bike mostly on the off days of lifting. If I do ride on a lifting day, it is not usually a hill ride or too strenuous. Oh wait, I did that a couple weeks ago….oops That is something I need to be careful with.
I am going to have to reevaluate as the season wears on. Once the weather warms up enough and cooperates enough for us to be putting 80-100 miles a week on the bike, I have to drop the lifting down to 2 days a week. Otherwise I risk over training and injury. I generally check the weekly forecast for the weather and plan which will be lifting days and which will be biking days. Of course, weather has a way of changing, so you learn to be flexible.
Lunch time! I had a turkey burger today.
Topped with a little A1 and Laughing Cow. No veggie. A little lax with that today.
Work kept me busy, although I found a little hard to concentrate. Hump day and all that. Sometimes my brain just gets really tired mid week – anyone else? I know I am not alone there.
I had to caffeine up.
Pixie loves laying by this big window, which is clean, BTW. I am behind on my monthly goal. I have 4 windows done. Guess I better get cracking this weekend!
I neglected to plan out today’s meals last night, so I kind of stood stupidly at the fridge/freezer for dinner. Then I figured easy time and pulled out the baked clam strips.
Works for me!
Tonight was literacy tutoring, hence the lateness of this post. I need a snack and then some reading before bed.