This here blog

If anyone still reads this blog, you likely know that I’ve run hot and cold with blogging.  Lately it’s been cold, cold, cold.

I started this blog to focus on spinning and then added overall health, wellness, and fitness into the mix.  And while I was pretty good at that for a while, I’d feel a bit like a liar if I were to continue to post about those things now.

It’s not that I’m totally unhealthy or unfit, it’s just that i’m struggling.  I’m struggling with my work/life/gym balance and having a child dog at home. 🙂  My motivation is lacking and I’m tired, a lot.  I’d like to think that I’m close to back on track and I’m really going to try.  Mentally i’m there, just need to make it happen.

So I think I’m going to start blogging again, but in a slightly different capacity.  I’m also going to do it for me.  If people read and enjoy it, then of course that’s wonderful, but i’m also hoping it can act a bit like a journal and help me get my thoughts out of my head, and allow me to see things a bit clearer.

I’m still posting playlists but the easiest way to follow those is on Spotify.  Send me a message if you want to find and follow me.

Now that I’ve beat myself up a bit, I’m going to try to look at the very few accomplishments I’ve had over the past month or so…

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photo courtesy of Bike New York
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photo courtesy of Bike New York

I rode in the 5 Borough Bike Tour in NYC.  If you’re not familiar with this event, it’s about 40+ miles and the only cycling event in the area where they shut down the roads/highways/bridges.  As a resident, it’s a nightmare, but as a cyclist it’s pretty cool.  The ride goes through all 5 boroughs (hence the name) and ends in Staten Island after you’ve ridden over the Verrazano Bridge.

I was kind of anxious about this ride.  40+ miles is the longest distance I’d ever done and I had done no training.  I don’t even think i’d been on my bike since the fall.  Not smart.  Thankfully spinning 2x’s a week REALLY makes a difference.  I will admit I got a little tired around mile 38 or so, but a quick break and a snack made all the difference.  I finished it feeling pretty good and not nearly as sore as I had expected.

People have varied opinions on this ride as there are 32,000 participants and at times it gets VERY congested (even stop and go).  With clipless pedals, that’s kind of a nightmare.  Thanks to some tips from a friend, we managed to not get stuck in the crowds and have a really pleasant experience!

In staying with biking, I’ve also managed to go on one ride each weekend, anywhere from 8-15 miles.  I really enjoying getting out on the bike so this is something I plan to continue with.  In addition I’m keeping my eyes out for organized rides.

I was “this” close to signing up for a sprint triathlon, but I didn’t do it.  I will, just not yet.  One day…

And last, I bought new running sneakers with the intention of getting back out there.

brooks

I pretty much went in to a sneaker shop (where I knew they knew their stuff) and told the guy, “I don’t care what brand, I don’t care what color, they just need to be light an cushioned.”  After trying on lots of sneaks, these were the winners.

Right now they’re still sitting in the box, but I’m really excited to get out there and use them.  Running needs to happen again.

On the topic of running, I’m totally hung up on my music situation.  I stopped using iTunes and now only use spotify.  That said, spotify requires devices to have wifi, and I believe the only MP3 type player they official support is the iPod touch.  Quite honestly I don’t want to pay for an iPod.  I’m thinking my next best option is to use my iPhone from work (my personal phone is older and the battery life stinks!), although i’m just a little apprehensive about putting it in an armband.  Any recommendations for armbands for an iPhone 4s?  Thanks in advance.

So that’s where I stand.  I hope to be back to somewhat regular posts as I attempt to get back to where I once was.  Wish me luck!

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6 thoughts on “This here blog

  1. Jessica, I always love to read your blog posts! I miss you when you go away 😦 Great job on the 5 Boroughs ride! Indoor Cycling really is a great way to prepare for this type of ride. When I did my 100 m. charity ride (I didn’t ride this year), the people that took my indoor training classes were SO much more prepared than the people that just attended outdoor training rides.

    I totally understand where you are at right now. Sometimes life gets in the way with careers and kids (even the four legged kind), but it always seems to find a way to work out. I was very inconsistent about working out between the birth of my kids (they are two years apart). I really didn’t get back into a routine until my younger son was almost a year old.

    I’m still teaching 2-3 cycling classes/week, but I’ve been plagued with arthritis in my knees so no more running or high impact/intensity workouts for me. Other than cycling, I’ve been doing weight training, yoga and walking. This summer I’m planning on trying out deep water jogging and ‘hydro spin’. 🙂

    Totally long comment, but I wanted you to know that I always love to see your posts! 🙂 Take Care!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment (and for reading).

      I’m so sorry to hear about your knees, but at least your still staying active and taking it as an opportunity to try new things. Definitely let me know about hydro spin!

      You must be so ready for the summer! (I’m jealous!)

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