- I ran 8 miles on Saturday and my knee felt good. No issues with it on Sunday either, which was the real test! I wouldn't say it's 100%, but it's the best it's been since.... January?
- I had planned to ride long on Sunday, but the forecast called for rain, so I decided to ride Saturday instead. So Saturday was an 8 mile run, a 1 hour pilates class, and a 24 mile bike ride. I spaced them out a little so I could eat breakfast and lunch.
- Nobody took me up on plea for company on my ride, so I went alone. I put one earbud in so I could listen to music, which is a first for me on the bike. It was nice. I wouldn't do it on a "real" road, but I was okay with it on the metropark trail and roads.
|Photos from a lovely gray day at Kensington. I rode at Island Lake as well (they connect).|
- Normally I do my lifting routine after I run (it seems to help most that way), but since I moved my bike ride to Saturday, I moved my lifting to Sunday. It actually worked really well. One problem I've been having is riding my bike the day after I lift, because my legs are so sore. Biking is much more leg muscle intensive than running. I have an easier time running on sore legs than I do biking. I might have to stick with biking then lifting one day, and running the next. I'll try it. I'm not good at bullets. Each bullet is becoming a paragraph. Sorry.
- Sunday = swim and lifting at the gym. My swim went pretty well. Somehow with the drills and classes I've been doing, I've become more comfortable breathing every 5 strokes instead of 3, especially when swimming fast. I think that's a good thing!
Shoes and Cadence
- I have been really working on my running form. Specifically, I have been trying to increase my cadence, and stop overstriding. I was terrible about really reaching my lead foot out in front of me, heel-striking, and then hanging onto the ground for a really long time. I've gotten a lot better, but it still takes a ton of focus.
- I'm aiming for a more mid-foot strike that occurs right underneath me, instead of in front.
- I had been basically staring at the cadence display on my watch on my runs recently, until I had a "duh" moment and realized my 910xt probably has a cadence alert. It does. I set it so now it beeps when my stride rate (single foot) drops below 85, and I don't have to stare at my watch. Yay! I do okay when I'm fresh, but if I zone out or get tired, I tend to drop back to my "old faithful" 82/164.
- In support of my new form goals, I have been shoe shopping, and have settled on some new kicks with a 4mm heel to toe drop. I'll save that for another post. Here's a preview:
- I am really enjoying pilates classes. They are not very intense, but I like the muscles I work there, plus I get a little stretch. I like it better than the yoga classes at WCC. I'm going to try to go at least twice a week, maybe 3x.
|New book! Excited to try it. More cool books on the way.....|
- I so far hate the spinning classes at WCC. I've only been to two so far though, and there are plenty of instructors I haven't tried yet (including @ajgillespie!).
- I bought a Groupon for Power Cycling today. I'm pretty excited about it. I've heard great things, and I think I could really benefit from their analysis and tips. I still feel really weak on the bike. It was a great deal. I got the 10-class coupon.
- It occurred to me today that my gym gives a free fitness assessment with membership. I never did make an appointment for that. I think I'll do that one of these days.
|How do I always get covered in bike grease????|
- Looking at those shoes reminds me to tell you: I have yet to crash my bike. I was warned by the bike shop people and by a variety of bloggers that I would inevitably crash while learning to ride with clipless pedals. It didn't happen. I've ridden on roads through intersections and traffic lights and had to stop/start quickly and never even came close. The closest I came was in my driveway the very very first time I tried them when I clipped one foot in and didn't realize I had to start moving before I could clip the other one in. I managed to throw my weight to the unclipped side and put that foot down without falling, but it was a close call. Since then? Not once. Knock on wood. I did have my right foot unclip twice at spinning class this past week, but that's because there was something wrong with the right pedal on the bike-- it was super loose. Not that matters, it's damn hard to crash a stationary bike. (I only did spinning this week because of the rain on my other bike day).
- I really want a tattoo. I think I want a kinda big tattoo. I don't think I'll make it until my Ironman. I want one now. I'll get another one after IM, too.
|I really like the location of these, assuming they also wrap onto the shoulder in the back a bit too. I just want it to be somewhat meaningful and not just a random design, so I'll have to think about that. I think both of these are awesome though. Check out my pinterest board of tattoos I've pinned. I like some part of each of them, but not the entirety of any of them, so I have some designing to do. Anybody have tattoo artist they'd recommend in my area?? So far from portfolio browsing my top pick is Brad Nugent at Lucky Monkey, but I don't know anybody that's actually had work done by him.|
- I keep telling myself I'm going to blog as things happen or occur to me to write about so I don't have to vomit everything on you guys in one huge nasty brain dump. It hasn't been happening. Obviously.
|Because, why not?? See other photos from my visit with my nephew at the cornmaze here.|