Monday, December 24, 2012

First Trainer Ride (etc)

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  I've had a busy week as I'm sure most of us have.  My crazy procrastination is getting the better of me as my last package from Amazon is stuck somewhere between Lenexa, KS and Jefferson City, MO (though UPS is still showing a delivery of this afternoon).  But I did spend most of an afternoon/early evening getting everything else wrapped.  I baked cookies with my daughter (3 economy tubes of dough - I just wasn't into mixing them all up).  I gave myself a break and didn't fret over the cards not ordered or sent.  I am slowly coming to grips with the fact that Christmas is tomorrow and whatever will be, will be.

Didn't get a workout in on Wednesday, but had planned to run with Susan on Thursday.  That got nixed because of a storm that included high winds and "wintery mix" (snow/sleet/rain).  Not fun.  I had all good intentions of doing some kind of indoor workout, but I punted.  Friday, the weather was nicer, but I traded the time I could have danced around the ice patches for watching my kids' Christmas assembly.  When the kindergarteners sang a song about Happy Birthday to Jesus, I teared up for all the families who don't have their precious, innocent children with them this Christmas.  I ran a few more Christmas errands and then headed to pick up the kids (early release).

But Saturday, my daughter had basketball practice at a school across town (St. Joe).  Her regular season is over, but they are combining with another team for a tournament next weekend.  They were going to have 1.5 hours to get to know the other girls and practice with the higher rim height (the tournament is at schools without adjustable heights).  Thankfully, Memorial Park is across the street from the school and it has a nice paved trail.  I had arranged to meet Susan for a run there, but she bailed that morning because it was her son's birthday and she needed to do some errands to prep for the party. 

The City web site says the park has 1.1 miles of trail, but that must include some of the little "spurs" because the loop we took measures out on the GIS more like 0.6.  Anyway, I talked one of the other moms into joining me for a long walk.  We got in about 3.6 miles with a lot of visiting that made the time fly by.  Then we walked back over to get the girls and go home.  It wasn't what I'd call a super cardio workout, but it was better than sitting on my butt and with my ankle still feeling sore, probably a good move.  I only had pain one time and it was when I came home and torqued it a bit taking off my shoes. 

Sunday was so busy with church, baking, visiting some family friends, etc - that there was really no time for a workout.  I guess I could have done squats while cutting out my cookies, but I didn't.  So I got up this morning before anything else could get in the way and knocked out my first trainer (bike) ride.  My husband set my trainer up in our downstairs garage which was pretty chilly (it was 20° outside, but probably about 40° or so in the garage).  I wore a long sleeve shirt and tights.  I liked the warmth on my legs, but think I'll go with short sleeves next time.  I never did get dripping wet, but I dabbed my face with my sleeve a few times.  I kept the resistence about the same, but varied the cadence some.  I listened to music, but think I'll try movies on the laptop next time.  I was really watching the clock.  I don't have a way to measure "distance" on the trainer, but since I average 13 mph on most rides, I'll go with 60 minutes = 13 miles.  Ankle felt good most of the time save unclipping (OUCH).  Having some issues with numbness in my toes while riding that I'm not sure the cause.  Any thoughts?  Cleat position?  Bike shoe fit? Hmm....

Really want to do the Christmas virtual 5K tomorrow like I did last year.  We'll see if the ankle is up for it.  I bought a cheap brace the other day.  I'll see if that helps.  Weather is supposed to turn crappy though.

MMNW = 161.0 (no luck keeping the loss from the flu with all these goodies around, but happy that it hasn't gone higher). 

Swim: 15,700 yds / 25,000
Bike: 817.9 mi / 1000
Run: 334.0 mi / 350

Days until Tour De Cure: 159

HBBC Points: 4.3 points today + 3.6 for Saturday

Merry Christmas to one and all! 


  1. Going to your kids' school function > working out. You're a good mom.

    Nice job on the trainer ride! I need to get mine set up...and then actually use it. Appreciate that garage space...mine goes in our basement, which feels like a sauna when I've been riding for a while.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

  2. The toe numbness could definitely be a fit issue if it happens consistently, or maybe you were just mashing the pedals. :)

    Have a great holiday week!

    1. Happens pretty consistently on longer rides. Left foot much moreso than right. Will have to work it out before I start getting to the really long rides this spring.

  3. It takes some time getting used to riding on the trainer, clock watching is completely normal in the early days. As to your point, video tends to work better for me than music, so you should try it.

    Numbness in the toes is probably more down to shoe fit than cleat position as the effects of cleat position is more apt to affect the knees and at least for me, hamstrings - when I am traveling and jump on any old spin bike it's my hammies that are the first to tell me I'm in the wrong position.