Not a bad gig if I do say so myself. And that GIG is the reason I hit a bit of a depression for a week upon return. We left 90 degree weather in AZ and returned to 40 degree weather in MN (but with the wind it felt like 35 on a good day). The sun went away and the clouds set in.
I didn't exercise that first week at all.
I ate A.L.O.T!!
I went to bed early each night. I felt like crying most days, but I knew I had to suck it up and pull on my granny adult pants, put a fake smile on each day at work, and drink a beer each night with hopes that soon spring will come again.
Guess what? Those first 7 days turned into 8 days, 9 days, and then 10 days.....but finally the weather turned!!! YES! This weekend was and is GLORIOUS~see I am using that (Arizona) word again! It has been sunny, even hot, we got out the patio furniture, we enjoyed happy hour Friday night, and I got my butt on my bike and exercised!!!
I HAD to get out and bike because my Tour de Cure is fast approaching. Not really but kinda. I have 43 miles to bike on June 4th for the American Diabetes Association and prior to Saturday I hadn't biked outside since last fall and I had only biked inside during my cycle classes 8 -13 miles per 45 minute.
Soooo, Saturday morning turned into this: 15.53 miles in 1hour 23 minutes
and today I cranked this out: 23.48 miles in 1 hour 56 minutes.
I am not a biker/cyclist and I have no idea what would be considered "slow", or "moderate" however, I am pretty sure Lance Armstrong would be considered "fast". I am just posting my times here to gauge where I am at at the start of my so called "training" and to have something to compare it to on future rides this summer.
Give or take wind, temperature, and time of day I ride of course. ;-)
Just as some of the hills I biked today literally took my breathe away....the realization once home after Arizona kind of took my life away (not literally but figuratively). I kept going. One pedal after another, one breath after another, one beer after another...ha! Whatever~I kept going and got through it.
Proof there is happier times ahead once you get over the hill.
Climbed any hills lately???