Monday, February 28, 2011


We did more speed work/interval training in CycleFit today. We had to keep our cadence between 90 and 100 the whole time. I'm glad we did this as spinning fast is something I wanted to work on... and I think I did pretty well. We had a substitute again (I hope Judy is okay). I liked him pretty well. There were also some more scientists in there which was pretty cool. I forgot my pen still, but I burned 358 kJ.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Health Screening

So this post isn't really a Ride Report, but it's tangentially related.

I opted to get this health screening thing as part of my insurance to hopefully lower the amount they take from my paycheck. It was a pretty easy height, weight, blood pressure deal and they took some blood for tests.

So I'm 5'5" and a lady never tells how much she weighs. But my BMI was 25.6, which is just over the healthy range of 25 into overweight. My blood pressure was 110/70, which is around where it normally hangs out. I just got my blood test results back and I'm slightly concerned. My glucose, triglycerides, HDL (good cholesterol), and total cholesterol/HDL levels are all fine. My cholesterol is right at the top of the reference range given, but my LDL (bad cholesterol) is high at 129 compared to the reference range of 0-100 mg/dL. Wikipedia lists that as barely in the near optimal range but at a higher chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

I'm putting this here to serve as a goal to get these numbers in better shape. Which riding my bike will help with.

Monday, February 21, 2011


So I don't know why I haven't thought to blog about CycleFit class before now. Total noobness!

I take this CycleFit class on Monday nights at the SRSC with this amazing little lady named Judy. At first I really had to convince myself to go because I'd gotten into the lazy rut, but now I really look forward to it. I can tell already that I've improved a good bit and that is excellent motivation to push harder (That and the fact that my husband and I are going on a Bahamas cruise in May for our wedding anniversary which means I have to be seen in public in a bathing suit. The horror.)

Today we did some speed interval training and some jogging, which involves standing up on the machine, something I'm not super good at. But, as I said, I'm getting better.

I should start writing down my numbers for CycleFit. I do know that I burned just over 360 kJ today and hit a 108 cadence as well as a 188 W. I think these are the highest numbers I've seen to date. Although, to be honest, I don't watch the numbers constantly as I'm often just trying to keep going and breathing. Yeah, I'll try to remember a pen next week.

And finally, it's EveryBody week at the gym. There were little motivational signs up everywhere and all the mirrors in the girls' locker room had them. My favorite was the mirror covered in paper that said something about how looks aren't as important as feeling good. Oh and the one that said beauty isn't measured by size. I think every week should be EveryBody week.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Daily Commute

Time: 33:07

Distance: 6.799 miles

Average Speed: 12.3 mph

Max Speed: 22.3 mph

Calories Burned: 214.2

Fat Burned: 24.4 g

Not too bad for the first commute of 2011! I think this CycleFit class is paying off! Also, I really wanted to go faster on 1st St, but ran out of gears. I definitely think it’s time to invest in a new bike. I’ve been using my old mountain bike I got before I went to college. Sufficient, but not ideal. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to buying a new bike soon. Not only for my daily commute, but also for the SUMMER BIKE TRIP!

Yep, I’m going on a tour this summer with some cyclists from my church. We’re doing the Mississippi River Trail in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. I’m pretty excited for it, in case the all caps didn’t give it away. It will be my first tour. Should be good times with good people. :)