NO GIFTS……..

I don’t know how to describe the feeling I have right now as I read the Wall Street Journal’s article on Lance Armstrong. I have a heavy feeling in my chest.

Since I learned how to ride I have been a huge fan of the bicycle.  I still can picture every bike I’ve owned since I was 8 years old.  The pride I had when I got my pastel blue GT Pro Performer, the excitement of being surprised on my birthday with my first mountain bike, a chrome Fuji Thrill.  I have never lost the love for bicycles (I should take a picture of the bike wall in the garage) and the feeling they give me when I ride.

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Your Shake Weight will be Jealous

I became part of “The Movement” well before my injury.  My good friend who also happens to be the Director of Fitness at my gym introduced me to TRX.  I looked at the TRX bands and images of Tony Little danced through my head.  I might have made a sarcastic comment, but then the workout began.  Lets say TRX earned my respect that day. Nothing against Tony, I’m sure you understand.

After that, I started using the TRX suspension trainer at my local gym so much that I contemplated buying the system for my garage and just canceling my membership.  All I can say is, I should have, but I’m a sucker for a sauna…… DAMN YOU SAUNA!

After my injury TRX is still proving its worth and results for me.  I have limited motion and strength in my shoulder, but with the versatility of the TRX system I can adjust the load on the exercise as I need and it’s even helping me stretch out and increase my range of motion. So not only am I increasing strength (slowly) but I’m helping increase my range of motion (My PT is very happy with my progress so far).

If you haven’t used the system I recommend it highly.  The video above has a bunch of clips by TRX one after the other.  Once you get with the movement your Shake Weight will be rusty with jealousy, collecting dust on the shelf.

Sorry Shake Weight.

What Do You Think?

Changed up the look, is it better or worse?

A Glass of Syrah Today For a 2-A-Day Tomorrow….

A 12 hour work day with a working lunch later yesterday created a missed gym session for me.  I am a firm believer in making time not excuses.  Some of my favorite quotes to create motivation to get my workouts in are sayings like “While you’re having another beer she/he is running another mile” or “You’re in Five Guys, they’re in the GYM”.

Yesterday though…. Yesterday was one of those days when I left the office at 7:00PM and I could have went to the gym (I had my gym bag with me for my lunch time workout). Instead I went home, LO took one look at me and so dutifully decanted a bottle of 2008 NxNW Walla Walla Valley Syrah and handed me the glass.

Waking up this morning knowing that I didn’t get the gym in yesterday was eating at me.  I have a three mile run scheduled today which is planned out for this evening when LO and I can run together, but I left my gym bag in the truck and WILL get my postponed gym workout in at lunch as well!  Sometimes life throws curves and you need to adapt your schedule.  I’m making sure that my decisions yesterday DO affect my decisions today.  I didn’t get the gym session in yesterday so I need to get it in today and also keep my run for today.

I might not have stuck to my schedule perfectly but I’m not creating EXCUSES as to why I can’t get my three runs and two gym sessions in this week.  I’m creating SOLUTIONS as to how I can!

Man with a Plan

Monday was my first official day back into a fitness plan.  I’m looking to start off by doing three days of running (it’s what I can do the most of right now with my injury) and two days of strength training.

So yesterday I hit the gym and did the circuit below 3 times with 15 seconds of rest in between each set and 30 seconds rest in between each circuit.  I also did a five minute warm up and cool down on the tread mill at 6.0.

20 kettle bell squats

15 push ups

15 Elevated leg crunches (15 of each leg alternating)

This morning I woke up to do my first tracked run, 4:30am……..  Now I have run a couple times last week trying to feel it out. Most were short two mile runs with a 4 miler thrown in there.  The runs where uncomfortable, it’s amazing how a weakened core can create havoc on your run.  I did get 6 miles in this morning which I feel good about its been over 3 months since I’ve run that far.  I definitely ran it slow but also felt pretty good through most of it.  The results are below.  I used Mapmyrun’s free app I think I need to look into a better tracker but it did the job.

A Penny Farthing for your thoughts!

Over the weekend was the first ever High Wheel races at the Tour De Frederick.  I linked to it on Friday and made sure I was in downtown Frederick for the event.

Two things I loved, pedal power and the fact that the majority of the racers were of all ages and in great pedaling shape.  The event was one hour long and the racer with the most laps won.  I was inspired at the level of conditioning they displayed as they went round and round on their Penny Farling’s while still showing the excitement and happiness that this event gave them.  To me there is nothing better than challenging yourself to the point that your face contorts from exertion and at the same time having the biggest smile on your face one pedal (or step) past the finish line.

Maryland’s very own Larry Black

I had a great time at the race and will be back next year to cheer on the racers or maybe even race myself.  I have already started working out the logistics and my sales speech to LO as to why I need a Penny Farthing!  Tour De Frederick truly good show old chaps!

I love Frederick, MD

I’m proud of my little (big) town and will be in the crowd for this race! Had to share real quick….