Monthly Archives: September 2011

I can ride my bike with no (brakes and when I, by divine intervention, don’t fall over the) handlebars.

I’m usually pretty hesitant to get on my bike (Lucille) and just go for a spin, even though it could be an excellent way to get to and from short distance errands and appointments. Maybe it has something to do with the problems stopping while going down hills that I’ve had since it’s lived in California with me.

I found out just how out of shape Lucille was too, when I very ambitiously decided to ride her the 5.4 miles home from grad school. (A bike shuttle brought my bike and me up to school in the morning). Obviously that’s not very far on a bike, any inexperienced person could ride downhill 5 miles without much exertion besides white-knuckle brake-gripping. As I glided down the hill from campus to a red light at the very first intersection at the bottom of the campus hill, I squeezed my brakes and promptly slid into the intersection. Lucille probably only had her front wheel in the intersection, but it felt too close to the cross traffic for the brakes to be acceptable.

Months previous to that, I had asked my parents to *send* me my bike by postal mail so that I could have it for school. I have NO idea why I considered that to be a good idea, besides that I thought that I could save money by using an old bike rather than buying a new one. Yes, the ones in Santa Cruz started at $200 in many stores, and easily went upwards of $500 for a nice “cruiser”, but I couldn’t be bothered with style choices. At this point, I’m fairly certain I had four or 5 brake tightening events since receiving my bike in the mail, all of which definitely added up to more than the bike’s cost. Good choice, me.

This morning…

The hubby and I are going for our first bike ride in our new hometown, which is mostly flat ground (yay!) I’m pumping myself up for it with a nice beaker of coffee.

Here’s some excellent literature on the benefits (and non-issues) of drinking coffee before a workout:

Runner’s world- Good Buzz

NYtimes- Time to Make a Coffee Run

Freshly brewed

Just as I start every day with a hot cup of almost opaque coffee, thus starts my journey to a healthy, running life (with opaque goals, and fresh energy for what is ahead…and an actual cup of coffee of course!)

One of the important motivations for me to maintain healthy habits is avoiding boredom. I get easily bored with eating the same foods every week and doing the same exercise activities, and let’s face it, I stop doing them altogether.

Goals for the next six months:

#1    Try a new *healthy* cooking ingredient each week, not counting dishes eaten at restaurants.

I’m a compulsive planner and like to plan out an entire week of meals at once for the purposes of having fewer grocery trips and determining the most cost-effective meals for the week/season.

#2    10k by December 25th and half-marathon by February 25th.

These will require some planning for training.

#3   Seek out active hobbies or activities to add to our lives!

I’m looking forward to trying some new sports and hopefully modes of transportation (depending on where my current job search yields a position).

Weekly goals:

#1     Oatmeal 6 / 7 days this week for breakfast

#2    3 runs, min. 5 miles

1.5 miles x1, 1.9 miles x2

#3    Yoga 3x

min. 30 minutes

#4    Tennis 1x

min. 1 hour

Cheers!