Another Spin Class

My husband, at least as competitive as I, and probably more so, came with me to a Spin class tonight. I planned Spin + Body Pump, and Spin was enough. I’m still sore from Tuesday’s effort, so Spin was enough.

He has to leave Monday for a work thing. My significant birthday is Tuesday; I made reservations at Yoshi’s for dinner and Leon Russell after. I saw Leon Russell shortly after my 18th birthday, at the Tower in Philly. I was so eagerly anticipating that intimate time, and when he told me it was crushed, so was I.

Perhaps I’m subconsciously focused on “an age.” Or “an event.” Either way, I have no back up plan, and my best GFs and siblings aren’t here, and I kind of want to just cry about that.

After the morning’s meetings are done, I’ll just go ride my bike. And hope that I get a perspective on a new decade that I don’t have now.

Color me always hopeful.

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Finding Balance

Riding my bike makes me who I am, and helps propel me into a better version of myself. When I have the time to workout I choose the bike — always I find something I didn’t know I had, or a thought or idea that is released because of my forward motion, or my effort, or the landscape and olfactory stimulation, or all of it.

While that makes my soul and legs happy, much of the rest of me is lacking.

I’ve let my core strength, my upper body strength, my agility with weights and compound movements just slide…I chose to walk the dogs and/or ride my bike, rather than do planks, push-ups, TRX.

So last night I did a cycling class and Body Pump class back to back. The cycling class was no biggie; I will adjust to the gears & instructors. The BP class…it was my first, and I was conservative with the amount of weights I used & took breaks…my first weight-training in about a year. So now, I hurt.

I knew for months that I needed to incorporate strength training of any kind into my routine, and ignored that tiny voice in my head as I walked the dogs and rode my bike and ran my business. Best year ever for real estate, by the way — extra-busy meant  less free time. Less free time meant choosing what mattered most. Dogs + bike won.

I’m paying for that now, and for tomorrow as well. I anticipate getting balance back, now that I have classes to choose to take, and less time cycling outdoors, as the days grow shorter.

Updates to come. And even with my current pain, I’m happy that I’m healthy enough to work out hard enough to feel pain.  I’m looking forward to having balance back.

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Learning Curve

I’m still figuring out WP. I’ve used a different blogging platform for several years, which had a pretty shallow learning curve. WP ups the ante to several powers of 10. I’ll do my best to learn and keep up. Nobody wants a blog fail.

So I need to learn how get pictures here. I’ll a different one next time. IMG_2120

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Earlier today I reblogged a blog I found from a Twitter/real life acquaintance. I had a number of followers that weren’t just cyclists, runners, or swimmers…in other words, regular people. I realized  that there are many people who want and need inspiration and examples. I will try to do so here; not only posting what inspires me, and also rebloggiing those who inspire me.

Thanks for reading.

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5 Reminders for times you feel like giving up.

This came to me at a time when I really needed the reminders.

Thanks, P, for writing it, and R, for Tweeting it.


5 Reminders for times you feel like giving up..

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We were up early because we wanted to eat a hearty breakfast & digest before any efforts on the bike were required. Bacon, poached eggs, and the usual coffee, which I addressed. Chris wasn’t feeling the ride (Cantelow E to W, Winters, through the orchards), but he was a real trooper. He pulled D and me down PV at a pace she swore she couldn’t have maintained w/o him. I disagreed. She’s stronger and faster — she can dominate the bike rides like she dominates the horse stuff.

Once we turned onto Putah Crreek Rd. we traded pulls, keeping the pace brisk but not taxing. We opted for Mayan Mochas at Steady Eddy’s and saw many friends come and go (new trainee, service was slow but time spent reconnecting with bike friends was well-spent). We went home through the orchards, dropped D off, and shared the work to get home. We rode 3 days in a row, a rarity lately, and we were feeling it. Glad we’re doing a weekly garage spin or this would’ve hurt much more.

And this evening, as we did Friday evening, we test-rode mountain bikes. As if we need more bikes…#N+1



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Pigging Out on Sunshine

The dogs woke me about 6; I pretended to be asleep but evidently not convincingly: They whined and pawed and stood on me until I couldn’t stand it (maybe 2 minutes; my tolerance is low). I rolled out of bed and headed downstairs to feed them as I pulled my hoodie over my head.

It was 37* and the dew point was low, so their paws were wet; I wiped them off and let them in, then started coffee. This weekend I’m looking after my neighbor’s elderly cat (and her potted plants and mail; not discussed but left in a p/a message on the counter. Not a problem if asked outright; hate the p/a). Kitty used to want to be out and never come in. In 9 mos. she’s switched: she wants to be indoors all the time. I was concerned (and still am; it’s only Saturday and I have until Monday morning ) about her behavior but my neighbor isn’t concerned. I see an elderly cat slowly declining, maybe depressed…Today she followed me to the kitchen and purred while I brushed her. I cleaned her letterbox (ick) and she again didn’t go outside.

I left before fixing the espresso & milk. Chris tended to that while I tended to the cat. When I came home my coffee, steamed milk, double espresso was ready. I love to do this for him when he’s not working; appreciative when he fills in for me.

Later we had a long bike ride, followed by a spur-of-the-moment horseback ride during which I trotted my steed much more than ever before and am feeling the effects. Supposed to ride bikes again tomorrow. We’ll see what happens and what works.

Today was much more rewarding than I’d expected, and I appreciate the flexibility of my profession.  Good people, good riding, good horses. Loving the many connections.


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