Posts tagged ‘Bicycling’

New: Training Page and Project Strength!

I have now been at LAX for almost 13 hours.  In just one more, we’ll be boarding the plane…

Here’s the deal:  Our flight was overbooked.  Okay, fine, that happens all the time, because people don’t show up or otherwise miss the flight, etc.  The problem comes in when the plane ends up being a smaller one than was originally planned, which is what happened today.  The airline was looking for 19 people to volunteer to give up their seats in exchange for 2 free round-trip tickets for anywhere in the continental US, as well as vouchers for lunch and dinner. All of us decided to take it, so we’re spending 14 hours in the airport today, plus 6 on the plane and in the car from Milwaukee to Madison.

Dan and I plan to use the tickets to visit his brother Josh in the Seattle area.  All I can say is, this better be a good trip to Washington! 🙂

I decided not to blog my eats today, but I am adding a new page to my blog:  my training page! I’ve put together my training plan for the next six weeks.  It is very ambitious, but I think I can do it!  Here’s a screen shot of Week 1, starting tomorrow:

Picture 2

Don’t worry, I’m working on figuring out how to make this easier for you to see!  The calendar is color-coded as follows:

  • Red: Classes, SWE, work, and other things that I need to schedule my training around
  • Yellow: Pilates
  • Blue: Strength Training
  • Green: Running
  • Purple: Cross-training (usually bicycling)

I have put together a few strength training workouts, with the help of Jessica over at How Sweet It Is (thanks, Jessica!). Here’s my plan:

  • Push-ups every day for 63 days, as many as I can do! They say it takes 21 days to pick up a habit, so doing this for 63 days (3x as long!), should do the trick to tone up my upper body.
  • Pilates 2-3 times a week
  • Additional strength training 2-3 times a week for the next 9 weeks, using a combination of the following:
  • Lunges
  • Side lunges
  • Squats
  • Plie squats
  • Bent over rows
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep dips or kickbacks
  • Overhead triceps extensions
  • Chest presses
  • Chest flies
  • Overhead presses
  • Side raises
  • Front raises

I hate to put together a strict routine, because I know my muscles will get used to the exercises and it won’t be as effective.  For each strength training session, I’ll post what my actual routine was that day.

I may even post before and after pictures at some point… we’ll see! 🙂

These next 9 weeks shall be Project Strength. Anyone want to join me?

Keep coming back to see my results!


October 19, 2009 at 12:31 am 7 comments

Tyranena Oktoberfest Bike Ride

We did it!

Distance:  57.36 miles (!!!)

Time: 4 hours, 55 min

Yes, it was supposed to be a 46-mile ride.  We’ll get to that…

IMG_3210Here I am, exhausted but excited about my accomplishment!

The first 10 miles were very…wet.  Remember how I said there was only a 10% chance of rain this morning?  Yeah, apparently we got that 10%, because it was pouring when we left.  This is also why I have very few pictures from the ride; I didn’t want to get my camera wet!  Dan had a water-proof disposable camera, so we did get some pics, but they aren’t accessible at the moment.

I would like to thank the guys at Berkeley Running Company, who advised me to buy this jacket last night.  I would have been very cold and wet and miserable without it!  However, it repelled water wonderfully, and blocked the wind.  I love my UnderArmour jacket now 🙂  Actually, thanks for helping me pick out my tights to wear over my padded bike shorts, too!

Happily, the sun came out around mile 7 and it didn’t rain much after the first 10 miles, making for a better ride.

The first rest stop was at the Trek facilities.  Not only did they offer the usual food/drink/restrooms, they also opened up their lobby for riders to walk through.  They have Lance Armstrong’s bikes on display, as well as some other fun bikes, so it was a cool place to stop! 🙂

The next 8 miles were rather rough, with some major hills.  However, we made it to the second rest stop with no incidents.

After that though, things got a little sticky.  While I had a lot of fun on the ride, I’m going to have to give the organizers a D grade on their signage.  At a very confusing intersection, we saw the arrow to go straight, but missed the arrow to turn right because it was covered in gravel.  As a result, we did an extra 6 mile loop, and also had to ride by ourselves the rest of the way.  It didn’t help that there were 6 or 7 mile stretches in the middle of nowhere with no indication that you were still going in the right direction.  Since we were so far behind everyone else, we kept getting nervous that we had missed another turn.

On the bright side, I managed to get up all of the hills, even the “walls,” without walking at all!  Granted, some of them were very slow hills, but I made it nonetheless!

For some reason, the 52-mile route was named the “46 mile route.” We never did figure out why, but I know that we would have ridden 52 miles if we had been going in the right direction the whole time. 🙂  But really, once you’ve ridden 52 miles, what’s another 6?

Okay, another 6 is a lot at that point if you aren’t a big biker.  But I still made it!

On a final note, I think the next time I do a big ride like this, I will bring my own snacks. I was not impressed by the food at the rest stops.  They had fruit, which was good but not sufficient fuel when you’re riding that far.  Honestly, I ended up eating quite a few cookies because they were the only thing other than fruit that didn’t make me feel nauseous.  So next time, I’m bringing my own. 🙂

Despite the disappointing food and signage, we had a lot of fun.  Dan was very encouraging, especially when I hit a bit of a wall around mile 50.  He cheered me on the whole way back!

Plus, I figure that since I can do this ride, I’ll be fine in Europe for the honeymoon!

I never thought I’d say that I rode 50+ miles without complaining, but I did it!

Now, I’m going to go enjoy a Green Monster and some granola with milk–I’m hungry!

See you for my 5K recap tomorrow! (Seriously, am I insane?!)

October 3, 2009 at 9:32 pm 3 comments

Here We Go…

Quick recap of last night, then I’m off to my first bike race!

IMG_3198A pear

IMG_3199And granola with skim held me over through grocery shopping with friends.  And then,

IMG_3206Dan and I went to HuHot to celebrate his official job offer.  We each had an Oktoberfest beer (I didn’t end up drinking much of mine, I just wasn’t in to it),

IMG_3204Soup (I had egg drop)

IMG_3200And two medium-sized plates of make-your-own stir fry.  This plate contained

  • Yakisoba noodles
  • Crab
  • Chickpeas
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • 3 ladles Black Thai Peanut sauce + 1 ladles Yellow Curry Sauce +2 ladles Hoisin sauce
  • Topped with a little coconut and crushed nuts.

Yum!  My second plate had similar veggies, but no crab, fewer noodles, more beans, and Asian BBQ sauce.

Today’s Race

I’m bundled up and ready to go:

IMG_3207Wish me luck on my 46-mile ride, and hope it doesn’t rain!

Luckily, the forecast has been changed to low 50’s as the high (colder) but no rain until 2 (earlier forecasts said it would start raining at 9 am)…

October 3, 2009 at 8:06 am 1 comment

Geared up and ready to go!

I think I’m ready for this weekend’s bike ride and run!  It is supposed to be cold and raining during the ride tomorrow, but I have moisture-wicking tights, long sleeves and a headband to keep me warm.  And a dry set of clothes will be waiting for me in the car!

Today’s lunch:

IMG_3193Apple, Almond Butter, Pumpkin Butter + Sandwich Thins

IMG_3194Stoneyfield pumpkin pie yogurt. Holy yum!  This is my first Stoneyfield yogurt (other than Oikos), and the flavor is seriously like eating a pumpkin pie.  This is not one of those flavors where the name doesn’t match the flavor, for sure!

IMG_3195Green beans and jalapeno hummus. The beans and hummus are not nearly as yellow as they appear in this picture.

I’m so excited for tonight!

Grocery shopping with friends, then…

Celebration Dinner with Dan, because he got his job offer today! Once we decide if he’s going to accept it, I’ll announce where we’re moving.  I’ll give you this hint though:   it is definitely not in the midwest.  Stay tuned…

What are your plans for this weekend?

October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Blog and Run…

I slept in this morning, which was apparently just what my body needed!  I still had enough time to get some biking in before class, though; I love Tuesday and Thursday classes. 🙂

Distance: 10.0 miles

Time: 44:41

For some reason, the ride (on my trainer) felt really hard today.  Either my muscles are still tired from my strength training last night or the resistance on the trainer was too high.  Either way, I need to get back into biking-shape for my 46-mile ride on October 3!

By the time I showered and packed up for the day, it was time to leave for class, so breakfast and lunch were combined:

IMG_3074Warmed peach + Greek yogurt + Tropical Fruit granola. (Sorry, my pictures are bad today–weird lighting!)


IMG_3080Another apple + pumpkin butter + almond butter sandwich. Yummy!

Off to the lab I help teach.  Sorry to blog and run!

September 22, 2009 at 2:14 pm

A delayed post

I don’t know what was up with my appetite yesterday, but I was not hungry at all.  So I apologize for the lack of dinner pics (I did finally eat dinner around 9:30, but it was just 2 bowls of cereal and I forgot to take a picture).

After my classes, I split a PB&J Larabar with Dan, and we took off for the library and Trader Joe’s.

IMG_2923We biked 2.7 miles to the library to pick up some books, then 3.3 to Trader Joe’s, then home.

I’ve been trying to do meal planning to cut back on grocery costs.  Money-wise, it seems to be working.  However, I’ve overplanned, and now have ingredients for three meals that I still haven’t made!  So I’m making those this week, and therefore only had to buy about 5 things at Trader Joe’s… 🙂

For some reason, I wasn’t hungry for lunch until 3:45 or so.  IMG_2916I had a little bit of plain greek yogurt left, so I mixed it with some olive oil, lemon juice, and a little bit of dill weed to make my own tzatziki dip.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the dip, but it was worth a shot.

IMG_2917An Ezekial whole wheat pita with spinach hummus, carrots and zucchini.  And while I liked the taste of the pita, it kept falling apart on me.  Maybe I just got a bad one?


More carrots and zucchini on the side.

I decided to make PB & Chocolate Chip cookies for Dan, since he ran so many errands for me this week!

IMG_2925I’d be lying if I said that 2… okay, 3… of these didn’t end up in my mouth when they came out of the oven.  I had to make sure they tasted good before I gave them to Dan, right?  😉

In an effort to ramp up my flagging appetite, I did another 10.0 miles on my bike.

Distance: 10.0 miles

Time:         36:27 minutes

I topped it all off with some upper body strength training, at which point I was FINALLY hungry.  I had two bowls of Basic 4 + Strawberry Yogurt Burst Cheerios + Raisin Oatmeal Crunch with skim milk.

This morning, I got up early to meet Kim at the Farmer’s Market.  On my way out the door, I grabbed one of my PB Granola bars to eat on the way.  Yum!

I’m spreading out my lunch/snacks today so that I have things to much on while I study.  First up, this delicious bowl of Oikos, golden raspberries, a touch of honey, and a few tablespoons of granola…


A HUGE thank you to Kath’s post for helping me discover the Digital Macro setting on my camera — my food pictures will look so much better now!  I knew not to use a flash, but the pictures were still looking blurry.  The pic above was taken on Digital Macro.  Compare that to this:

IMG_2928And you can see how much of a difference it makes!

Off to study… yay?

September 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Unintended Exercise

Apparently, I don’t do well on just 6 1/2 hours of sleep anymore.  I woke up this morning at about 6:00, out the door with a to-go container of oatmeal in hand by 6:20.  At about 6:35, almost to class, I realized something… Class starts at 7:45 am.  Not 6:45 am.

Way to go, Me.  I would have stayed on campus, but I didn’t have any homework with me.  So I ended up turning around and coming home, adding an extra 35 minute walk to my day.

The worst part?  I’m pretty sure I did the same thing once with my Microbiology course last semester.  Seriously.  Rolling out of bed to go to class is apparently not a good choice for me.

On the bright side, I did get to eat my breakfast at home, and my muscles were warmed up from my walk for me to get some good knee stretches in…

Before I cover breakfast, here are my eats from last night:

IMG_2880Leftover veggies, pasta, and beans, reheated in the SWE office microwave.

IMG_2882Tortilla chips and various dips at SWE Meeting #1 (the plate looks full but it is also very small…)

IMG_2883Most amazing puppy chow EVER at SWE Meeting #2.  I don’t know how Kristine did this differently than I usually do, but it was so much better!

IMG_2887Granola, berries and skim milk (again).  Plus a little more granola because I was still hungry.

Note to self:  Do not go to SWE meetings hungry!

For some reason, if I crave carbs at night, I wake up with a headache the next morning, regardless of whether or not I give in to those cravings, like I did last night.  Why??

I also jumped on my new trainer for my bike (yay!) and did a quick 6 miles to warm up my muscles:

6.00 miles

22:27 minutes

And did some basic stretching for my legs in an attempt to ease the stiffness in my knee.

This morning’s breakfast had time to get nice and melty on my 35 minute walk.  It was delicious with a nice crunch:

IMG_2890(Note the tupperware since I thought I’d be eating this in class.)

My oats were topped with:

  • 1 T. PB
  • 4 PB pretzels  from Whole Foods’s bulk bins
  • Dash of chocolate chips (10-15, I would guess?)

Sooooo good.  I particularly liked the crunch from the pretzels.

Okay, off to class, this time for real…

September 9, 2009 at 7:11 am 1 comment


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