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Indoor Training Plan

MONDAY: 30 minute indoor ride.

Started my new indoor cycling training plan today. Since I’m training for a 2 day charity ride in June, which is NOT a race, I’m not concerned with speed or hill work, etc. I’m mostly training for endurance, especially for my butt. Although a decent speed will help shorten each days’ ride, haha.

The plan goes: 30 minute ride, a long ride, 30 minute ride, rest day, medium ride, 30 minute ride, rest day. The medium and long rides gradually increase in length over several months, but the 30 minute rides stay the same. I don’t have weekends off, so my long ride is on my day off (a weekday). 

And of course within each ride I have to keep it fresh by mixing up the intensity with cadence and gear changes. Impossible for me to make it up as I go along so I also follow a strict schedule of so many minutes of this, a minute of that, etc. I won’t bore you with the details….

Wish me luck!

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My new healthy eating plan

This will work for losing and/or maintaining weight, plus it eventually trains you on how to judge how much you’re actually consuming without having to constantly count calories or points.

1. Take a picture with your mobile device of EVERYTHING you eat all day long.
2. DO NOT calculate the calories, just try to make wise decisions on types of food & portion control.
3. The following morning, review the previous days’ food & THEN do your calculations. Log your total calories (or points) in your app or logbook.
4. Keep repeating steps 1 to 3 until you are able to eat a normal & healthy amount of food. You should be able to eventually come very close to guessing how well you did before calculating your numbers.

Voila! Now you know how much to eat every day.

Your welcome.

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Froze my a$$ off

on an outdoor ride today. Toque, gloves, 2 pairs of wool socks. I was fine from neck to knees, but the rest of me was not happy. I think this will be the last ride outside for a while now. Only did 125 miles in November. 80 outside & 45 inside. December will be more miles, but all indoors. I would have done more in November, but the weather was so bad, and I didn’t buy my trainer until more than halfway thru the month.

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45 minutes on my new trainer today. If I use the “recommended skewer & cone for safety reasons” then what do I do when it’s time to go outside? Do I leave the trainer skewer on, or put the OEM part back on? Opinions?

45 minutes on my new trainer today. If I use the “recommended skewer & cone for safety reasons” then what do I do when it’s time to go outside? Do I leave the trainer skewer on, or put the OEM part back on? Opinions?

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well, it snowed last night

but it only stuck a little bit, & by this morning it was mostly gone. Still cold and damp, so bike, route, & clothing decisions had to be made.

For the bike I chose the MTB instead of the road bike. The roads are wet & dirty this time of year and I don’t like getting my ‘baby’ dirty.

For the route I chose flat, gently curved trails, with a few side streets to access them.

For clothes I went with long pants with a thin fleece lining (bike shorts underneath), wool socks, track jacket, full fingered gloves, & a toque.

Last month I bought a new helmet and spent HOURS adjusting the straps for the proper fit. There is no way I’m messing with this to fit over my toque, ergo, today’s ride was without a helmet. Given the route a chose, it wasn’t a big risk.

My gloves are actually wrist length motorbike gloves. Leather on the underside, mesh on top, with vents at the base of each finger. Perfect for today’s weather.

My toes are getting cold, so I need to do something about that soon. They can only handle about 45 minutes. I should probably purchase an indoor trainer.

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Gym Day: 50 minutes Adaptive Motion Trainer because today looks like this & is a couple degrees above freezing. Checked out what movies were on TV before going because I need something entertaining to watch. Mission: Impossible was on AMC; good enough to pass the time.

Gym Day: 50 minutes Adaptive Motion Trainer because today looks like this & is a couple degrees above freezing. Checked out what movies were on TV before going because I need something entertaining to watch. Mission: Impossible was on AMC; good enough to pass the time.

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