Friday, February 5, 2010

Training Days

Well, my big news is.....I will be riding in the MS bike tour this year. For those of you that don't know, it's a 160km round trip from Stonewall to Gimli over two days. I have started training on the stationary bike at the gym, and, well, I have a long way to go. Right now I'm really slow, my average speed this morning was around 18km/hr, and I need to work on my endurance.

The funny thing is, normally I would be really frustrated with my slowness, and eventually this would cause me to give up too soon and go eat a cupcake. This time things are different. Honestly, I can only go up from here, and the fact that it will take me a while to bike at a decent clip is the whole reason I started training early in the first place. So, my plan is to get on the bike three times a week, pay attention to my rpms and steadily increase my average speed. I am also going to try some weight lifting classes to increase my upper body and core strength, because if I'm going to be on the bike for three plus hours, I'm going to need all the help I can get.

That being said, I'm super pumped about this. I have never really done anything "athletic", at least nothing I've had to train for. I think this will be a great way to work on my long term goal setting issues, and rediscover my love of cycling. Two birds with one stone.....love it!

3 comments:

Shauna said...

Hey Cara - this is an awesome goal. You may want to try a spinning class or two as well. I hated them at first, but they are great for endurance as well as for sprints and cardio.

Shauna

Edwin said...

Go for it! Is Ken going to join you on the bike trail, or is he going to wuss out and use the girls as an excuse? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Actually you can get to Gimli and back in a couople of hours by car, so why bik?. Seriously, this is a gutsy goal so best of luck.

Dad-in-law