Posts Tagged ‘plant based’

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We are good enough

December 22, 2015

The title picture rings perfectly true – I’m sick of it. I look in the mirror, go out for a group ride, walk down the street, sit in class, check my bank account – the list could go on and on. But here’s the truth:

Not only are we good enough, we are f’ing awesome. We are badasses! Look in that mirror once again and really look. Look into those eyes and realize how far you’ve come in your life – there are a million negative things we could think of right now but I want you to see the greatness that is you as you live and breathe right this moment. Now this doesn’t mean we have to stop being better than we were yesterday. We can keep pushing for further greatness, our next promotion, leading the group ride up that last hill and then dropping them (this is a cycling blog after all).

I did the mirror exercise last week and I DID IT WRONG. I was done in about 30 seconds and when I walked away I felt no better than I had when I started except to try and pat myself on the back by saying “right on you did that”. I thought about what I had done (not done) later in the day and vowed to do it right the next time. But truth be told, I couldn’t get my head into the right space. Yesterday I finally found the right space for my head. The mirror took me almost 10 minutes of staring into it before I saw what I was looking for in my eyes. Actually it wasn’t in my eyes at all if I’m writing for full disclosure. It was so much deeper inside me where I found it. It was really something to find that part of me within the depths of what felt like my soul.

Today I feel great! I got up early, set my intention for the day and started to work the plan I’ve set. I will first and foremost be kind today. Kind to myself and others I meet during the day. This is how I can change my part of the world one interaction at a time. I will be generous with time when I can and with my attention. Investing in these interactions, building relationships or just providing support. It is not about just me.

Today try the mirror exercise for yourself – I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with for yourself or if I can help in any way. We are one people spread across this world – let’s reach out to one another and build greatness.

You are more than good enough!!

Ride safe my friends

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A work in progress

December 21, 2015

We are all exactly what the title suggests, a work in progress. We are either going up, staying the same or going down in our lives and/or performance.

Today I’m going to talk about training more than I normally do. How can we cycle better? It’s a question I think we all ask ourselves all the time – I know I do. The easy answer is ride your bike more. But I have to work, I have a family, I might be in school, (insert your answer here). we have to find our best training time in the most limited amount of space some days.

Intervals!! These are the best things you can do to drive performance. This year I intend to ride less than I ever have and have the best year I ever have as well. All through the power of intervals. I’m starting off with a warning right now – these aren’t fun most times and they do hurt-A LOT! They also provide our bodies with the biggest bang for the buck in terms of time spent/results gained. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different times so far this training season. I’ve done 60 second intervals, 5 minute ones and also 10 minutes intervals as well. I’m fortunate enough to own a power meter but I also love training with pure HR when on my trainer (see the bottom for the ones I’ve ridden for 10+ years). training with HR while on a stationary trainer is great because you are always having to pedal, no coasting. This provides a very stable accurate way of doing the work needed on any given day. With a power meter I have good days and bad days and I seem to let myself off the hook on both at times by not riding to the correct HR I am shooting for. My suggestion is to use both set your goals for each workout. One might look like this:

60 total minutes of training; 10m warm-up, 30 x 60 seconds @90% of functional power (FTP) then 60 seconds @recovery power, once completed spin easy for the rest of the workout cool down the last 5 mins. This workout kicks your butt and also builds your ability to recovery faster – 1/2 times per week if you are training 4 x week is more than enough.

Plan around with the length and intensity of your intervals but I know you’ll see results coming pretty quickly from these! Enjoy.

 

Ride safe my friends!

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Christmas party navigation fail

December 19, 2015

This is how I feel right now. Of course I don’t look this good and I’m not a woman but hopefully you get the idea. LOL

I didn’t have a fail because I drank too much or ate too much crappy food – maybe a little bit. But mostly a fail because for the second week in a row I stayed out late on the night before my long ride and now I’m too tired. I’m also a bit sore, you see – the prior three days I’ve had really solid workouts in a row, with two of them being weight training with spin bike time and another being a tough interval workout. This morning on the day of my long ride – I’m tired. My mind and my body are both tired so I’ve going to relax a bit and see how I feel.

Cycling better is not all about pushing no matter what it’s also allowing yourself to reflect on how you feel and make decisions that will lead to long term happiness and success. I’m hoping I rebound a bit and at least get 30 minutes of time on the bike today, but if not I’m not going to beat myself up over it. Last I checked my bank account I didn’t get paid to ride or train (if you’d like to sponsor me please let me know)

Ride safe my friends

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Some days though…

December 18, 2015

Yesterday the weather was cold… for us folks in SoCal cold is anything under 40 degrees and it was all the way down to 33 where I live – I didn’t want to get up. Most days the view looks a lot like the one above – but yesterday it was cloudy and cold. I though we even might have a chance for a flake of snow.. don’t laugh it happened last year – we got a whole two inches and people lost their minds!! It was so funny. Having lived in Syracuse, NY and Denver, CO previously I really have a great time listening to people here – and now I’m a convert. Thus my it was cold sentence above.

But some days you just have to say piss off weather – I’ve got work to do. Yesterday was that day. I still got out on the bike and knocked out my hour interval workout – The point is to maximize the time you have on the bike!

60 total minutes: 10 min warm, 3 x 10 at 85% of FTP with 5 min recovery between then a 10 min cool down.

Today was a weight room day with a quick 25 min spin bike workout in front of 40 minutes of circuit training. I felt great afterwards and now I am eating!!! Yay!

Have fun out there but please ride safe my friends!

 

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Fallen – but I’ve gotten up

December 15, 2015

I’m back – back from a long slumber on many levels – not much riding hardly any exercise at all and there were sweets…. oh the vegan sweets!

Now it’s time to pay the piper.

I’m back and have been for 3 weeks – riding indoors on the trainer and hitting the gym most weeks have 4-5 training days so far and on my off days I’m dying to be working out and not resting. The rest days are the most difficult ones for sure. Those are the days where I just want to keep pushing and get back into shape asap! But, I know I need to rest – I’m older now and need to stay fresh for the tough workouts I’m putting myself through on the other days.

No more base building for me – it’s intervals everyday on the bike now – the time of each interval may vary based on the workout but this is how to get better faster – ride hard.

Riding hard is how you get better at cycling. Today is a rest day so I’m dying to get out on the bike – it’s 60 degrees and sunny as well – torture!!!

Next I tell you all about the nutrition plan… this is where it gets fun.

Ride safe my friends.