This was my view for an hour yesterday as I sat on my bike trainer on the driveway, peddling away. Well, until dusk, then dark – then I wasn’t seeing much of anything (smile).
Yesterday’s workout was a “brick” – meaning 2 disciplines right after each other. First, the bike for an hour. This involved warming up for 10 minutes, then doing 10 repeats of 3 minutes at 100 RPM, and then 1 minute at 80 RPM, using the hardest gear that you can maintain.
When I started, I was on the middle ring in front and back. But when I had to do the 100 RPM (I don’t have a bike computer, so I had to time it at 25 RPM in 15 seconds and keep timing every now and again to be sure I was still “on”), I had to drop down to 3rd from the easiest gear, or I was way outside of my aerobic zone.
After I had done about the 5th or so repeat of the 10, for some reason, it got easier. I was able to slowly and carefully shift down (I think it’s “down” – meaning “harder”), and wound up ultimately doing it on that “middle middle” ring. That made me feel very happy!
After a 10 minute “cool down” on the bike, I grabbed the flashlight and headed out on the road. I just ran in my bike shorts, to see what that was like. I thought it would be awful, and in fact it was fine. I was supposed to do a 10 minute warmup, but I was pretty doggone warm from the biking. So I just started from the house down the driveway, doing the 5 repeats that were required. It was run 7 minutes at a pace you could hold for a long time, then 1 minute walk, repeating it 5 times (for a total of 40 minutes). I got to G Street and turned around, and the 40 minutes got me back up around the curve from River Oaks to Moody. Then I finished by walking to the house. Total was a little under 50 minutes, 2.78 miles. I know it’s WAY too slow, but I felt GOOD – in fact, really super good. I had spent a very frustrating day of realizing that I have no $ and bills coming out my ears – it felt when I was out there that here is SOMETHING I can control. Susan and Katie (my neighbors) actually stopped when I was jogging up Moody Court (at the VERY steep “turn” from River Oaks) and shouted out from their car that I was their Hero. That made me feel WONDERFUL!
I biked/ran to songs that folks had suggested for a Playlist, and then filled in with others. If you have any songs that really inspire you, BRING’EM ON! I am taking all comers! (smile)
Playlist for Bike/Run Brick (total of about 2 hours):
Oh Oh Oh Sexy Vampire (JustinB Video Edit), Fright Ranger
Calle Ocho, Pitbull
Sex On Fire, Kings of Leon
This is How A Heart Breaks, Rob Thomas
Supermassive Black Hole, Muse
Say Hey (I Love You), Michael Franti
The Time Of My Life, David Cook
Whatcha Say, Jason Derulo
Pursuit, Cirque de Soleil (this is one of the ALL TIME great bike trainer songs)
When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down), Great Big Sea (I really love this song)
Scar That Never Heals, Jeremy Fisher (ditto – ok I played this twice actually)
My Sharona, The Knack
Love Shack, B-52s
Everybody Knows, Elizabeth & The Catapult
She’s Got the (Who-Hoo), Sugar Ray
Jerk It, Thunderheist
Single Ladies, Beyonce
Daniella, John Butler Trio (another GREAT song)
Get The Party Started, P!nk
Mony Mony, Billy Idol
Hiphip Chinchin, Club des Belugas
U Can’t Touch This, MC Hammer
I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
Let’s Get Loud, Jennifer Lopez
Real Wild Child, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Real Wild Child (Wild One), Iggy Pop
I’m Alright (Theme from Caddyshack), Kenny Loggins
Who has some great songs for me to try??
Happy Thanksgiving everyone – today is a Run – and I have to do Strength Training, too. (I was supposed to do it yesterday too, just ran out of time.) Hopefully (maybe?) I can get H to run with me – it’s going to have to be in the dark again, because I have a TON of cooking and cleaning to do. In fact, time to make some coffee and wake the Big Man up! Have a Great One!