Where The Bike Takes Me

Continuing this journey of cycling in efforts to get into shape, lose weight, enjoy the outdoors, and save my knees from their arthritic state at 28 years of age.

The Holiday Cruiser for Adults November 17, 2008

Filed under: Gear,Great Ideas — f8th637 @ 12:24 pm

A friend of mine pointed me out to this little piece of retro heaven that Gap is apparently toting around this year.  Sweeeeeetttt . . .

A truly original Gap gift, designed exclusively for us by Electra Bicycle Company. In our signature argyle pattern.

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First Indoor Training Class with Melissa Dalio November 9, 2008

Filed under: bike,cycling,Cycling in the DC Metro Area,Great Ideas — f8th637 @ 4:34 pm

So, I’m behind in some blog posting.  I meant to blog about how The BIke Lane in Reston was holding classes for Yoga and indoor training classes twice a week starting this month.  The indoor training class is either Wednesday morning or Sunday morning and costs $30 for a month.  Last year, I was thinking about how great it would be if there was a place I could take a spinning-type class in the winter months where I wouldn’t have to commit myself for a year.  With these classes in Reston, I sign up monthly.

I missed last week’s first class since I was in Orlando on vacation but I did go today.  We worked on leg speed.  I was clearly the most inexperienced out of everyone (that always seems to be the case.)  There were four of us.  We worked for 1.5 hours on cadence and pedaling techniques using intervals.  The 1-legged intervals were PAINFUL.  You wouldn’t think that it would be difficult to do these but they are.  I challenge you to maintain a cadence of 90 RPM with a clean pedal stroke for 2 minutes.

I came home after the a stop at the Starbucks for one of their Banana-chocolate drinks (yum!) and a quick stop at the craft store.  I promptly passed out.  I am TIRED and I know I’ll be sore tomorrow.  My quads are kinda fatigued but nothing like that Pilates class I attempted a few weeks ago.  This’ll be good for me even if it may hurt a bit.  This is what I need to motivate me at the moment.

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