Bikes, Booze and BodyPump

Whew! Is it Sunday already with August just around the corner? The weeks really do seem to fly by don’t they? You’d think with all of these lazy ‘easy-livin’ summer days, that they wouldn’t seem to pass so quickly. But alas, they are moving at lightening speed and it’s time for another edition of the Weekly Wrap. Let’s get this party started!

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Cycling 101: What You DON’T Need

Are you a beginner cyclist, an injured runner looking for a great cross training activity to keep up your endurance, new to fitness and looking for a low impact way to get fit or just looking for a great way to beat the summer heat while blasting some major calories? Or maybe my recent post, Cycling For Your Health, struck a chord with you and now you are wondering ….”how do I get started?”

Ask any of your cycling friends or any salesman in a bike store and before you know it, you will be dressed like Lance Armstrong and have at least a couple of grand invested in your new interest. So, in an effort to keep things simple, here are five things that you don’t need in order to get started cycling.

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Cycling For Your Health

cycling.pngNext to running, cycling is my favorite way to stay active. There is just something so liberating about hopping on a bike, taking in the sights and sounds of the great outdoors, leaning in to the curves of the road and flying down hills with the wind (and a few bugs) in your face! I don’t think I’ve ever gone for a ride that, at some point, my mind didn’t wander back to childhood memories of all of us neighborhood kids riding around on our bikes all day exploring and maybe even getting into a little trouble from time to time. If you’re as old as I am, you would most likely have had a bike with a ‘banana seat’, streamers hanging from your handlebar grips and a basket on the front ….and you would have been one of the ‘cool kids’!

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You could ride two people on those seats!

Now that I have you reminiscing, I’ll also tell you that aside from the liberating feeling and the wind and bugs in your face, there are quite a few health benefits to cycling as well. If you are new to the whole fitness scene, trying to lose weight or an injured runner, cycling may be the perfect way to get the body moving again. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Coasting in to Utah

Welcome to this week’s Gallivantin’! It’s Memorial Day weekend and just two short weeks out from the Utah Valley Half Marathon! It hasn’t been a spectacular training cycle but at the same time, it hasn’t been a total train wreck either. But then again, I don’t know that I’ve ever had a perfect training cycle …is there such a thing? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until the day arrives that I cannot put one foot in front of the other ….at my age and with the injuries I’ve had in the past, I’m just grateful anytime I can cross a finish line of any distance. Yes, grateful and blessed! Running is a gift, never take it for granted. With that being said, let’s see what the past week had in store for me.Untitled design

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This Week’s Gallivantin’: Unraveling at 50

Unraveling (1)It’s been a bumpy ride for the LadyBird the past couple of weeks. After going in for what was supposed to be my routine annual checkup, I came out with an abnormal mammogram and a couple of abnormal lab results leaving me feeling confused and a little worried. Who knew you could be ‘sick’ while feeling so great! It can be somewhat deflating to find out that despite all of your efforts at exercising and eating healthy, one can still have an elevated cholesterol level.  Apparently, this sort of thing is 70% hereditary and 30% diet/exercise. So there. Not my fault, right? Something else to blame the parentals for! Anyway, I will attempt to tighten up the old diet a little more, eliminate more sodium and do what I can to prevent having to take a pill. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Changing Gears

Hello and happy Monday from the deep south where the sun is shining and the weather is fabulously warm! We had a beautiful week which felt more like summertime than a typical February week. My Saturday morning run was filled with the smell of fresh-cut grass and the sound of weed eaters ….I hope it never ends! However, I’ve lived in the South long enough to know that there is always a frost just before Easter, so I’ll not be packing my cold weather clothes up just yet …but spring is near folks and it inspires me to take all of my workouts outside! Speaking of workouts …this is the “Weekly Wrap” so let’s see what was done this week.

Monday: 4 miles (tank and skirt) and dinner with friends

Tuesday: Spin class

Wednesday: Rest ….oh yeah, there was Mexican food and Margaritas!

 

Thursday: Spin class, 4 mile run with Chester Boy (yes, it was cold in the morning but was in shorts by noon) and date night with Major Hubs!

Friday: Rest and spent a little time with the tool box assembling my new toy! (I love the bright orange …because if you have to be pedaling 15 to 16 mph and going nowhere  ….you might as well have some color under your wheel!)

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Saturday: 5 mile run (again, tank and skirt) followed by 16 miles on the trainer.

Okay, so it was just an average week of working out. I never found time motivation to do strength work. Yep, I lost my mojo this week. Perhaps it got slurped up in the cocktails I had Monday evening while dining with friends or maybe it got buried in the basket of tortilla chips and salsa consumed on our Wednesday taco date. Nevertheless, I am sure to find it when I attempt to get into my jeans soon!

I’ve been thinking about switching gears a bit anyway. The custom orthotic inserts I’ve been fitted for should be in this week and was also told that I should seriously consider switching from my beloved Newton running shoes to something with a more stable structure. Ugh! I do hate the whole “looking for and trying new running shoes” process. It’s just not that easy for my finicky feet. I just can’t put on a new brand/model of shoes and head out for a 5 miler…. I have to ease into it, giving my feet plenty of time to get adjusted to the shoe. At the risk of sounding all negative here, this process could take even longer due to the fact that I will be adjusting to not only a new brand of shoes but also the new orthotics.  So, with all of this in mind, I’m thinking that my grand ideas of running a spring half marathon is probably not in the cards for me. I need to change gears and focus on other goals ….maybe a duathlon, metric century, more strength work or just focus on adding even more variety of cross-training.  Whatever it is, I will remember to find joy in the journey …because that’s what this beautiful, wonderful life is all about ….the journey, not just the destination.

Speaking of enjoying the journey …I’ll leave you with a few fun pictures from my boot scootin’ date night with the hubs at the rodeo!20170210_081642

 

How was your week? Anyone else having unusually warm weather in your corner of the world? What fun date nights are you having with your Valentine’s this month? Tell me about them and be sure to check out other bloggers and the hostesses, Holly and Tricia of the Weekly Wrap link. They are all having a fun-filled heart-felt February! weeklywrap

 

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one gear at a time!

This Weeks Gallivantin’: Mile after Mile

Whew! The last week of October was spent mile after mile on the road. Unfortunately, these miles were not spent running, but rather in the car, sitting on my rear …no calories burned there! Yes, the hubs and I got in a lot of windshield time together and while there is no one on earth I’d rather ride shotgun with; we’re tired. However; I’m happy to report that after three trips to Jackson, we have signed a lease on our new “temporary” home. We decided to rent until our current house sells, allowing us time to look around and be sure of the area/town/suburb that we want to buy a home in. Now, for the “not so fun” part…packing and actually moving, ugh! It’s during these big life changes that my body likes to remind me that I’m not as young as I used to be. The mental “thinking” alone about this move has zapped all energy for running; I’m afraid the actual “physical”  move will shut any and all running completely down for a while. Speaking of…. this is what my week looked like in the way of being active: Continue reading