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Bike SPEED

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Today I got my bike out of the garage. How excited it must have been! She's just sat there with air slowly leaking out of her tires for almost 2 months. Shame on me! But...I'm back into training mode!!! I have faithfully worked out 6 days/week for the past 1.5 weeks! emoticon And, with races scheduled through January 15th, I have a lot of training to do!

I find riding my bike by myself kind of boring. On the other hand, I find running by myself to be a wonderful 'me time!' I think part of it is because I don't let myself listen to music while riding. And, often, I get one song 'stuck' in my head. It keeps me steady, but it's kind of aggravating, too!

Today I only planned on riding about 30 minutes as I have a treadmill test tomorrow with my new running coach. (I'm excited!) I actually almost didn't go out. I just didn't 'feel like it' and I wasn't sure how this might affect tomorrow's performance. But, I am trying to train 6 days per week and I REALLY want to get back into cycling! So, I got up and went out there and aired up my poor, almost empty, tires.

I warmed up for about a mile or so...then I decided to try some SPEED WORK! This is something I've been incorporating a LOT in my running the past few months, but haven't really tried on my bike. I kind of just made it up as I rode, but here's what I did...I rode 1.5 miles "FAST" (meaning 15-16 mph) and then 0.5 miles "slow" (meaning 12-13 mph). I did this basically 3 times.

I ended up riding a total of 7 miles in 30:28 for an average pace of 13.79 mph. That's pretty good for me. I'm trying to build up to where my average pace is 15-16 mph! It'll come, right?!

In a few hours we're leaving to drop my 10 yo daughter off for a week of summer camp. She's so excited! She went last year, too, so I'm a lot less nervous! In fact, I'm looking forward to some time by myself! I plan on doing a lot of exercising, working on some house projects, reading, and genealogy...another big hobby of mine that I'm just rediscovering.

Have a great day!
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  • BARRONVC
    Do shorter intervals! More speed! As your body knows how to go fast you can then go longer. Think time not distance. 1min hard, 1 min easy! 2 min hard, 1 min easy. Mix it up.
    3660 days ago
  • NOELLIEMAE
    SWEET!!! I'm glad you got your wheels back under you ;)
    3660 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Kudos to dusting off the bike! :-)

    Don
    3661 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4199227
    sounds like a good plan with the bike. I will have to incorporate it! Thanks
    3661 days ago
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    Have fun tomorrow!
    3662 days ago
  • LIV2RIDE
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE riding my bike. Thankfully I ride trails so I put in the iPod and get lost in my music. I find that I get a good song on and will pedal to the music. I used to ride every ride by myself unless my sister decided to come out. Now I have a friend that I met on the trail that I ride with every week. It makes the time FLY by. Before you know it we have ridden 30 miles and it's time to go home. Good for you for getting out there.
    3662 days ago
  • TRILLIUM22
    Great job on the bike ride. Good like on your training and your me time while your dd is at camp,
    3662 days ago
  • JUST_TRI_IT
    Love your discipline with SPEED work. You do it for your running as well as your biking! NICE :)
    3662 days ago
  • ERLYWA
    Good for you for pushing yourself on the bike for some speed. You are doing great!! :)
    3662 days ago
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    Oh you are so fun! Love reading your blogs. Camp sounds like fun also and you have a glorious week planned. I love genealogy too! Great relaxation. Have a wonderful week. emoticon
    3662 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6329775
    Sounds like a great ride! And a running coach - wow - how neat! Have a great week of "me" time! Hope your daughter has a great week too!
    3662 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8949377
    Good luck with your training..you certainly are off to a great start! You are very motivating too!!
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    3662 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5197542
    Awesome workout! Congrats on letting the bike out from its prison! :)
    3662 days ago
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