Sunday, November 8, 2015

Maniacal Training (WW # 14)


This weekly linkup is hosted by yours truly and my good friend Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.  The purpose is to connect with and support other active women.  We want to hear about your adventures. 

You can summarize your whole week or just a small portion of it.  It's up to you!  Race recaps are also encouraged!   {See rules}

If you are visiting, Welcome!  Tricia and I would be honored if you would link with us here on the Weekly Wrap. 



For the last few weeks, I've been excessively active on the weekends (oh, let's be honest -- perhaps maniacal?) and have taken two rest days after.  For those who don't know, I have a foot injury -- just finished week #6.  BAM.  I'm desperately working to save my January marathon registration and not lose much fitness.  I'm kicking my own butt (again, maniacal?)If it doesn't work, it will not be from lack of trying.  

This is my yard -- LAST YEAR!  Where is Fall?


Wednesday morning I biked 15 miles.  It was almost daylight when I started, a pleasant change after falling back on the clock.  I was thrilled with my average heart rate of 164.  That's the best yet!  It was warm and muggy, like August.  Thursday morning I rode again for 17 miles.  It was even warmer!  Ugh.  My clothes were absolutely soaked with sweat.  My HR was a slightly lower 158, but still a decent workout.  Friday was another rest day.



Saturday it appeared the forecasted rain would hold off until afternoon so I rode again.  I cranked out 40 miles, a personal record.  Last week I somehow lost my phone while riding -- I still haven't figured that out!  As a result, Kelli @ Destination Awesome very thoughtfully sent me some cycling clothes she could not use.  The tops have wonderful deep pockets on the back.  My new extra big phone stayed securely in the pocket.  Thank you so much, Kelli!
 


I recently admitted to putting my Fitbit on my foot to count my pedal strokes.  I felt guilty because it earned me the 125 Floors Badge.  On this ride, it was back in it's proper place on my stationary wrist...and it earned me the 150 Floors Badge.  

I don't get it.  

At this point, I'm very confused how Fitbit counts floors.  Oh, I also had over 18,000 steps.  {Sweet... Oh, What?}
 
I purchased a new gel seat cover made by Just Bike There.  My old one had fallen to pieces.  It was comfy and stayed in place.  However even with padded shorts and a gel seat cover, I still get a little saddle sore.  I hope that is something that goes away with time.


We cheered for our football team Saturday night and they came away with a huge victory and ranking-changing winRoll Tide.

 

Sunday morning I made gingerbread by Hogsdon Mill for breakfast.  Nothing says Fall or Happy Holidays better than gingerbread.  This brand has such a hearty, satisfying textureMy kids love it with honey butter.  It's also good with a little pumpkin spice cream cheese, just sayin'.  


It rained all day Sunday. I returned to the pool and ran for 112 minutes, keeping to my plus 10 minutes rule.  There's not much to say about these sessions.  You just keep moving until you get it done.  It's a mental workout as much as a physical one.  I play little games to help pass the time.  For example, using my music I make up certain rhythms to run with.  Let me say, I feel it simply adds more flair to my Crazy Lady in the Pool persona.  My HR average was 137.  Not too bad.

I've been really stale with my cooking and recently decided to try new recipes for Sunday suppers.  I made Butternut Squash soup using a recipe from Debra @ Confessions of a Mother Runner.  I did vary it slightly by cutting my squash in half to roast it and scooping out the flesh when it cooledAt PoPo's request, I also added lobster pieces.  I served it with crusty bread.  It was scrumptious.  As expected, the kids thought it was just OK.

In summary, I rode 3 times for 72 miles and pool ran 1 time for 112 minutes.  And yes I plan to rest for a day, um...probably two

And that's a wrap! 


Any suggestions for next Sunday's supper?

If you cycle, how do you avoid getting saddle sore?

Tell me about your week! 




83 comments:

  1. Every week I'm amazed at how much biking and pool running you do. You are guaranteed not to lose fitness! How many more weeks before you can try running again? I love gingerbread. It's almost time for me to start my holiday cooking baking, and I love making gingerbread men. "Crazy Lady in the Pool persona"=>LOL! Have a great week!

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    1. It's not hard to get the biking mileage because you can do so much of it in an hour. I guess the trick is to do it at an appropriate HR and just not take a leisurely ride. I could run right now if I could keep my 2nd & 3rd toes off the ground. If I engage them, I still feel some pain (on the top of my foot). So, hopefully a couple more weeks.

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  2. It has been unseasonably warm here. That's the only good thing about all this rain is it seems to be cooling things down a bit. Your cycling gear looks great! I'm amazed at how much cycling and pool running your fitting in each week. That Bama/LSU game was incredible! That's the best we've played all year. We control our own destiny now. I see another SEC Championship in our future!

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    1. Correction: *you're* fitting in each week. The teacher in me couldn't leave this comment without correcting that.

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    2. Honestly, with it being so warm I haven't felt too bad about missing out on running. When we get nice weather, it will be tougher. I'm just doing what I need to do. It does sounds a little crazy to me sometimes. I'm completely pruned up after all of that time in the pool.

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  3. Awesome job once again with the cross training. When I used to take spin classes the seat would bother me for the first few classes and I would eventually get used to it. I definitely think you are doing a great job keeping up with your fitness during this injury!

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    1. The saddle soreness is better. After all, I did ride 40 miles and have just a little bruising. A month ago, I probably wouldn't have been able to walk afterwards. I know your race is getting close! Good luck!

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  4. I think I need to get one of those gel seats. I just keep shifting around when I ride. You did great getting your HR up on the bike! Those trees are gorgeous. Have they not yet changed this year?

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    1. The gel seat does help. I was pleasantly surprised by the bike HR this week. That picture was taken around Thanksgiving last year. Unfortunately, PoPo trimmed those bad boys back this year. They will not be very pretty this year -- when (if) they finally turn.

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  5. 112 minutes running in the pool? You are my hero!

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    1. Gee, thanks. Or just the Crazy Lady in the Pool! Using my + 10 rule, I will hit 2 hours next visit. Yikes.

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  6. Your seat will get used to it over time...if it is a chafing issue then you can get chamois cream to put on the sensitive parts. If it is more bruised sit bones that will get better. Glad the tops worked! The gingerbread sounds amazing!! yum...

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    1. No chafing, just that bruised feeling. And, I supposed it is better than 6 weeks ago. I would be walking funny after 40 miles back then. I didn't realize cycling jerseys had elastic at the bottom. Do all of them? But it does make sense. They do stay in place!

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    2. Not every brand has elastic on the bottom. Some are less fitted and cut plain, some have those latex grippers, some have elastic. Did the capri cycling bibs also fit you? I assume so since you mentioned some padding. Bibs are great cause you don't get the cold weather draf on your back if your top rides up. If you have to layer in the winter put your top base layer under the bibs.

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    3. The capri length bib did fit, but it was so excessively warm Saturday I went with my normal padded shorts. I noticed they seemed to have some great padding! So, I'm looking forward to trying those.

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  7. What a ballgame, the Tide played a great game Saturday night! I am so interested in trying the butternut squash soup and I think PoPo was right the lobster sounds amazing!!! Gingerbread oh dear this post is so making me hungry, I haven't even had supper yet. I'll tell you again that is so very cool Kelli sending you clothes to bike in! :)

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    1. I'm a big fan of Gingerbread. And yes, I love the Starbucks Gingerbread Latte too. Bama played great. I hope they can keep it up for the remainder of the year. Sending those clothes is just another example of the incredible support in this group of women.

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  8. I hope you're able to salvage your marathon training! And I hope your foot heals quickly!! I think it's great that you're able to run in the pool... I will just bet that's exhausting!! Probably more exhausting than running outside! I'm crossing my fingers for you! And thanks for hosting the Weekly Wrap! I love this idea! I'll get around to mine tomorrow! :)

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    1. There is a huge amount of resistance in the pool, so it is exhausting. The first few times I did it, my lungs were so sore for a couple of days afterwards. I've gotten used to it...somewhat. I'm so glad you will be joining us for the WW!

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  9. I love the format of your wrap up! I hope you are able to race as you intended and that your foot heals soon! I had surgery on both of my feet about ten years ago, and I can relate - foot injuries are simply no fun!

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    1. We'd love for you to join us! I think feet are extra sensitive, like hands. It's getting better, so I'm happy about that.

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  10. Your mileage on the cycle is impressive :) I get so saddle sore, especially on those longer rides...I have a gel seat too, but I guess you can't avoid some soreness.
    Great job on adding to your pool runs!
    I can not handle going back to the pool, I had to drive too far, and need medical forms to join temporarily, so I guess I may be cycling with you this week while I nurse my left foot. I am not caving and seeing the doctor yet, I just need a break after the race.

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    1. I'm just swimming at two of our local Y's. They have no requirements. One is 5 minutes away, the other about 10 - so I'm lucky on that. If you need your watch, you let me know!! I'll ship it ASAP. I'm perplexed about your foot - I know you are! The best thing you can do is stay off of it. That won't affect your race this weekend. And yes, I know that is hard to do. :)

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    2. No, please use the watch. I am not going to the pool anytime soon.
      You know last year I had something brewing too...(my stress fracture) I only ran 3 miles on Monday and a 1.5 miles on Friday and race day turned out okay. I keep telling myself it will be okay, but I am not very convincing. The muscle/tissue just feels very stressed, it is odd it hasn't hurt while running (till Saturday)

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    3. Just rest, rest, rest it this week. If it is muscle/tissue related, does massage seem to help? Or is it too inflamed for that?

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  11. That's a lot of miles! Great job biking and pool running! Lol, I don't get how you got 150 floors on your Fitbit, wow!

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    1. I understand how pedaling with it attached to my foot would earn me floors...up and down, up and down. But on my wrist, holding on to handlebars? It must just be from 40 miles of road vibrations. Weird.

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  12. I am not a gingerbread fan,but anything with butternut squash ? I'll be there ! Isn't this weather crazy ? 75 degrees here all weekend !

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    1. I love this soup, but had never attempted to make it myself. I'm not a fan of the gingerbread you get in the typical cookies, etc. This is different. It is very dark and textured and not very sweet.

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  13. Sounds like another great week of biking and pool running! 112 minutes in the pool of running wow! Gingerbread sounds good! The kiddos saw the gingerbread houses at Costco today and wanted to make it but I thought it was a bit too early. :p

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    1. When my kids were small, I would try my best to keep them out of stores this time of year because of all of the Christmas stuff they put out so early. We made quite a few houses over the years. They aren't easy, even with the kits!

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  14. A gel seat sounds like a great plan!. So does your soup..with LOBSTER in it. yum!! You have been doing a lot of riding!

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    1. The seat does help, especially on a shorter ride. I think the longer runs will be a little uncomfortable no matter what. Thanks for stopping by!

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  15. It drives me nuts when the FitBit doesn't get it all right... people move so many other ways besides just walking. They need to figure out how to incorporate biking or swimming or weight lifting... even walking pushing a grocery cart.

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    1. No complaints with my Fitbit clocking movement on the road bike, it's definitely doing that. But yeah, go to the grocery store and you get nothing! LOL.

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  16. I think considering how far you got in training for Chicago, all the hard work you're doing now, the fact that ti will be your first and therefore it's okay to take it a bit easier (although I suspect that's not in your DNA), I think you'll get to run with Tricia. And then you'll both be marathoners & how sweet is that?

    The running community really is the best, isn't it?

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    1. I feel a little bad because I twisted Tricia's arm to run that marathon with me! Well, not that it took much twisting, but still. I feel responsible. So I hope I can make it. I keep telling myself it won't matter what my pace is. Just to get healthy and go do it, even if I haven't run much beforehand. Yikes.

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  17. Sounds like a great week for cardio. I hope you can get better and still do your marathon. I don't bike, but whenever I did try spin class, I got so saddle sore. It's my own fault because I wouldn't stick with it.

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    1. It felt like I had a solid week or cardio workouts. I think (hope) that bruising feeling eventually goes away. It is not nearly as bad as it was. I know some people take their seat covers to spin class. You could try that.

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  18. Sounds like you had an excellent week, despite still dealing with your injury. That's fantastic! And keep us posted about that bike seat. I don't ride very often but my butt is always super sore and I'd be interested in a new seat if it actually helped prevent the butt pain. :)

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    1. Thank you. I've used a gel cover for a long time. My old one had disintegrated. It does make a difference! Although when you get really high in mileage, I would think you'd still have some soreness.

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  19. Wow, you are really active. Can't wait until you start running again. You'll be in great shape (esp with that pool running.)

    My butt...That's what I hated most about biking!! Ouchy!

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    1. It's really just all for my own sanity, Darlene. I'd go crazy if I was stuck unable to do anything. The gel seat cover does help, along with padded shorts. Maybe you should give it another shot?

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  20. I love your workout recap. I am a little surprised that your heart rate went DOWN after biking 17 miles. Or did I read it wrong?
    I get saddle sore too. padded shorts do their bit but it's just not enough - right now, I'm recovering from a the effects of a spin class too.

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    1. I did not ride with as much intensity (speed) on the 17 miler as I did the day before. So, my heart rate reflected a lower number. I know some people take their gel seat covers to spin class. Have you tried that?

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  21. Tough loss for us. Y'all just played much better! Great win for you guys. Loving all the work you are putting in while injured. Keep it up, lady!

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    1. We were very worried about the LSU game. LSU has had an awesome year! When those two get together, it always super intense too. I appreciate the kind words.

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  22. I'm planning on getting back to the the pool for the first time in a long time this week, but I'm a little nervous about going when it's busy and sharing the lane with a faster/more experienced swimmer!

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    1. That was a huge concern of mine. The last two weeks I've gone on the weekends to a different pool. They leave a huge area open (probably half the pool) for free swim. The real swimmers are over in their lanes and the rest of us are doing our own thing. It is more relaxed.

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  23. We do Sunday supper at our house every week. It's my favorite meal! That gingerbread looks yummy!

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    1. We've always had a big Sunday night meal. But lately, I'm just cooking the same old stuff and am getting tired of it. I saw your stuffed squash recipe. I may try that next!

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  24. Good gracious! I am always so impressed and inspired by your weekly wrap-ups!!

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  25. ooh whole wheat ginger bread sounds amazing! I need to find that

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    1. I forgot to mention it's not too sweet either. It's more of a bread than cake. Delicious.

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  26. what a great active week! :) not a fan of ginger but that ginger bread made me super excited for christmas!

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    1. I'm not crazy about the cookies, but this tastes unique. I do love the smell of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg -- all the ones you associate with the holidays.

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  27. Lobster squash soup sounds amazing!!! And I love your new bike jersey!

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    1. It was pretty yummy! I felt so "official" in the jersey. Like I knew what I was doing (not!). Ha.

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  28. The mental aspect of pool running is just mind-boggling! Definitely a huge mental workout! I love fall baking too but my son is allergic to cinnamon so I don't get to do nearly as many of our favorites anymore, unfortunately. :(

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    1. It definitely test the mind...how long can you actually do this and not go crazy. I don't think I've ever heard of a cinnamon allergy.

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  29. Congrats on all the miles you rode! I can't wait to get back on my bike this spring. I missed riding this year more than anything.

    Have you tried a less is more approach to your saddle discomfort? Too much padding can actually be just as uncomfortable and cause you to wiggle more on your seat just because there's so much for you to sink into, which creates more friction and more saddle soreness. I don't even own real padded shorts. I ride in regular workout bottoms for anything under 30 miles and will throw on lightly padded triathlon shorts for anything over 30 miles. Granted I still have a crappy seat, but I can plug along for hours that way without much discomfort.

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    1. That's a very good point. Too much softness would cause problems in itself. I'll definitely keep that in mind.

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  30. Last week was muggy here all week! I was like, come on weather, it is November! Thankfully this weekend and today it is much more seasonal appropriate!
    That bike seat looks awesome! I need a new one before I do anymore races! Mine is a MESS! Ha
    Way to go on the rides! Glad you were able to get a new phone, but bummer that you lost your old one.

    That dinner sounds awesome as well as the good looking gingerbread! Yum!
    If you haven't yet, check out some Foodie Friday posts and the link-ups! There are some awesome recipes that are pretty simple yet so tasty on there!
    Here is last weeks: http://www.inlinkz.com/new/view.php?id=559873

    Have an awesome day!

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    1. Thanks for the Foodie Friday tip. I'll definitely check there for recipes. I like easy with few ingredients, especially during the week.

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  31. Good for you compensating for your foot by pool running. I have not tried that and I totally should have. Sounds like a safe recover exercise. I do also like riding my bike and canNOT get away from the saddle soreness. I wear the padded pants. I have a cushier kind of seat. It seems ok just to about 30 miles but after that...ouch. I do think that bike riding is great cross training though. I hope your foot is back in action soon!

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    1. Pool running is like a necessary evil. Ha. I hope your injury is getting better. I think when you get to a certain mileage on a bike, you will have a little soreness regardless. It is fun.

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  32. It's the elevation gain motion that gains the steps. I have the same problem If I walk or run up the street leading up my house in 1 mile I am at 50 floors and not any stairs, not much we can do about it I guess. But on the plus side mine is almost spot on with accuracy for distance and steps so I guess that is most important:)
    But I hit a 250 floors once hiking up a mountain, I decided to keep it and own it since it was a climb up, and then back down again, LOL
    Those fall tree's of yours look beautiful. I hear you guys are holding onto summer there. We held out here too, in fact it was the latest fall ever that I remember the leaves changing, and we have a few tree's that are still quite green. However, the snow we are getting tomorrow will likely get those changing, or break of all the branches one or the other, LOL
    Hopefully, some of this storm system decides to eventually make it's way your way!

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    1. I don't feel that bad about the Fitbit numbers. After all I'm out there working very hard, it's just on a bike. I think we will probably skip from summer to winter this year. We usually have great color around Thanksgiving, but the leaves are already falling. now I just have to enjoy everyone else's pics I guess.

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  33. I can't even imagine pool running for 112 minutes. You rock!

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  34. Ohhhh, amazing idea to add lobster!! And that is a lot of pool running. I have never done it and to be honest I'm a bit scared that I would get bored and quit!

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    1. We had squash and lobster bisque once in the Virgin Islands, and my husband still hasn't gotten over how good it was. Pool running is mind boggling boring. I choose to let it be a mental challenge...like, how long can you do this before you break. And I'm sure I will eventually find the breaking point.

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  35. Take 2 days! PoPo sounds like my hubby everything is better with a little lobster in it! The Gator game was not spectacular but a win is a win! and SE East champs! Keep out all the great training efforts- you have really rallied!

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    1. PoPo and I once had Squash & Lobster Bisque in the Virgin Islands. He has never gotten over how good it was. So, this was my feeble attempt at it. I only saw a few minutes of your game. The score was close! And low!

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  36. Okay this is seriously like the only blog post that has ever made me want to get into riding a bike! I have no idea why - maybe it's your cute shirt or the fact that you make it sound so easy? Anyways, it's totally motivating me to actually make it to spin class tomorrow. And I may need to check out that seat cover because that's the worst part about riding a bike!

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    1. Although it's not my activity of choice, I do enjoy it. I should probably incorporate some cycling as cross training when I return to running. I'm not sure I could do it (or would enjoy it) in cold weather, though. I've heard some people take their gel seat covers to spin class.

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  37. Wow, I happily think i'm pretty active, until I read posts like this! Haha, And all while injured?
    I do a lot, but I can do more :)
    Meg x
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    1. Well, I'm just be crazy right now. LOL. I just rested for 2 days, so don't be impressed!!

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  38. I often end up hammering on the weekend like that, too, taking advantage of work-free days. Then I spend the first day or two of the week recovering. Whatever works, right? You have been getting the miles in on the bike, chica! Wow! That's some serious mileage and I bet the riding and pool time are definitely helping your cardiovascular system stay fit.

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    1. With it getting cooler with shorter days, it's easier to do more on the weekends becvause you don't have to go out at the obscene before crack of dawn. I'll be very interested in how this cross training effects my running. It won't be much longer! :)

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  39. Thanks for the invite to the link-up! I enjoyed reading your post! I'll be sure to make my weekends exciting to share. And take photos! I always have a hard time snapping good shots to feature on the blog. I love that you bike ride so much! I've wanted to get into it myself since taking my first spin class. But sadly I've bought two bikes (just normal mountain ones) to ride around my neighborhood or college when I lived in the dorms, and BOTH were stolen. So I'm a bit skeptical and afraid to invest in a cycling bike just yet. Any tips for a starter in biking though? Do you feel spin classes prepare you for biking competitively?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I took one spin class and was kicked out after 10 minutes when someone showed up late that had reserved a spot. I occasionally rode a mountain bike off and on for years and it stayed outside in our shed. My new road bike lives inside. I don't ride it and "park it" at any location so I don't have the theft issue. I have a Trek Lexa (SL model) which I like. They make several levels of this bike to fit your budget.

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