Thursday, October 20, 2011

Against the Wind (Bike Ride)

The sun came back out today (never saw it on Wuss Wed) and by mid-afternoon it had finally climbed into the very low 50's, but the wind (W-NW) was still in full force.  I picked up the kiddos, worked with my husband to give the house a "lick and a promise" kind of cleaning and then took off the last hour he was home to get in a bike ride.  I missed saying goodbye to him by a few minutes, but knew that would probably happen.  I did about 11 (slow) miles by myself and then added another mile and some change with my daughter who wanted to brave the cool wind for a quick ride down the road and back. 

I did a few hills to get that heart rate up.  But I also had a lot of thoughts about one thing:  when I start doing my "bike rides" indoors I won't have to go "against the wind" (queu music).  Oh dear Lord in Heaven - I felt like I was pedaling and going nowhere heading west - even on the flats!  It was not a good time.  And it was so weird to be sweaty and cold at the same time.  I had trouble remembering to drink although my mouth got dry a couple times. 

I still don't own a trainer and haven't figured out if I am going to buy one or just use a stationary bike at the ARC or maybe even suck it up and get a Y membership.  So many things to spend our money on in this crazy sport.  But I decided that is a whole other post.


  1. I found the trainer very convenient. It seems harder that outside though (no down hills and no gliding). To be effective inside, you need to have a circular fan pointed at you (otherwise you will over heat or worse).

    Good job counting swim strokes the other day. You have a baseline to work from.

  2. I suggest you check ebay. I think you might be able to find a good trainer at a reasonable price.

    I love my trainer. I put in a movie and just go to town during the winter months.

    Wind seems to be a constant here in Colorado. I try to think of it as a training advantage but there are days when I just wish it would go away!

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) I love my trainer. It is cheaper than a gym membership.