Thursday, September 4, 2014

Don't stop! Get it, get it!

Hello My Dears!

Nothing major to report. Nothing bad. Some slight improvements if anything. I have been able to jump on 2 feet pain free and I can jog around the house. I'm so paranoid of reinjuring myself that I'm going to extend bike-a-thon and even add in pool-a-thon.

I don't want to jog out a few 8:30's just to set myself back a week. So I will hold off and reassess daily. I feel that I'm in good shape. I'm keeping my cardio on the bike. I'm a complete gym rat. My core and glutes are strong.

climb this for 30 mins
It's been 8 days on the bike so I feel I should add aqua jogging to keep the running motions alive. I always say that and get frustrated and end up swimming freestyle like a bat out of hell. But I will try, again.

Oh, I would like to extend a stair mill challenge to my co-honey badgers. I have a little contest going locally to see who can climb the most floors in 30 minutes. So far, it's me : ). haha. 200 is the number to beat.  That's about 3,300 stairs. Send a photo to : laurafrey@aol.com
beat this and contact me. : )
 I mean a girl has to get her competition on! It's great for your buns too.

Here are some lame bike selfies. I've been doing about 20ish miles at 16-17mph avg daily plus gym and core and glutes and arms and drinking my fish oil inbetween. Just because it feels badass!  For me, that speed feels like a Ducati on the Autobahn. haha.
all day every day

As a runner this is a defeated pose. As a cyclist it's a beautiful way to extend your legs post hard effort.



Yes, my shorts are rolled up. #notacyclist!


Party on guys! PS. if anyone has tips that would help my aching bum please let me know. I'm riding out of the saddle more than I should because my butt bones are bruised. I have a girl seat on my bike and HUGE padding in my shorts. Thanks!!


Laura

16 comments:

  1. Hmmm. Your butt issue could be a seat thing. Make sure you're not bouncing when you pedal. Try raising the seat. Play around with different seat heights and seat front back positions. You should be steady in the upper body when pedaling. You should not bounce at all. Also a harder seat helps with keeping you steady because it doesn't give as much.

    The other thing is having the right form in terms of your back, shoulders and arms. Push your lower back forward a little and pull your shoulders back. Keep your head up looking ahead level. Your lower back needs to be slightly flexed when riding. And the back of your neck should be on the same plane as your back. Not slouched forward. Your arms just extend out and are loose. Then push down with your heels when pedaling more than with your toes. Also pedal from the hips not the knees. I spent $250 on a bike fit a little while after I started and it was huge for me. So that's an option. I've also watched countless hours of tour de france footage. Their form eventually sinks in.

    A video of you riding would be helpful. I'd say the biggest issue is that your falling on the seat too much instead of bracing yourself up with your pedal style and posture.

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    1. This is great advice!! That you so much! I'm going to pay attention to everything today. You rock!!

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  2. Never been on one off those stair machines, so I won't be challenging you...

    As for the butt, get a massage!!!

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    1. With the hills out your backyard Coach Dion I'm pretty sure you'd kill my 200 floors!

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  3. No advice to offer as regards yer butt, nor will I and my sore knee be competing with you on that stair mill, but it was nice to meet you on the trail yesterday. I'm impressed with your mileage and speed! (but then, I'm just an old fat guy on a bike!) Good luck with your rehab, kiddo.
    Tom, who's training to do some bike touring

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    1. Holy moly Tom!! I saw your name pop up on my phone and thought, no way! Small world! I was telling all my friends about you. I said, mid morning bike rides only have the most badass of the bunch. I'm sure I'll see you out there again. Keep that knee healthy!!

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    2. Well, don't tell 'em too much - I don't know that my left knee is gonna want to go! At any rate, it's just biking, one mile at a time - ain't like I'm going into the wilderness or anything! :D Though the Continental Divide Route is kind of... interesting. You should look it up. I think a rowdy person such as yourself could find any number of utterly cool and challenging things to do on a bicycle!

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    4. I misspoke - it's "The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route". It's 2765 miles of off paved road (but not just single track MTB paths) touring, from New Mexico to Banff Canada! Here ya go:

      http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-maps/adventure-cycling-route-network/great-divide-mountain-bike-route/

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    5. that's crazy awesome!! You'll get there!

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    6. I'm doing the much milder Atlantic Coast Route from (possibly) Key West to Bar Harbor Maine, then across Canada to Michigan, and over lake Michigan to Oshkosh Wisconsin. :) And then I have to get home...f

      (all assuming that my knee wants to go - I'm doing a short 300 mile tour later this month to test that out)

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  4. Love the abs! Keep on movin on!

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  5. As a cyclist I can tell the more important thing aside from getting used to the seat is to make sure you're using the correct seat width for your bones. The tell you that when you get fitted the bike

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    1. You probably are right. Thanks for the comment : )

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  6. Hopefully you can get back to running soon :-)

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