This weekend I had no plan to ride. I hadn't even tried to organize a ride. I planned to work in a couple of trainer rides and do whatever my family wanted to do. We had a blast.
Saturday morning I slept late (8:00am!) and then got up to make cinnamon rolls. While we ate them and I drank some of Lisa's delicious coffee I found a Classic to watch "Live" on CyclingFans.com . How fortunate! My girls and I sat and watched Spartacus power out a victory in the first Classic race of the year in Europe, the Strade Bianche.
|Cinnamon Rolls and a Classic. Breakfast for roadies.|
So after a hearty breakfast and two cups of coffee...and some cantaloupe...I headed downstairs to push through 2 hours of endurance on my Cyclops Power Cycle. I assembled my bottles, food and a towel and began pedaling. The tough thing about doing a long ride on the indoor cycle is that it's a fixed gear with no free wheel. In other words there's no coasting. Once I start, I don't stop pedaling until I'm finished. I have no idea if pedaling for 2 hours straight helps me at all but I think it does. Yes. It does. Sure.
My oldest daughter (12) Molly came down to run on the tread mill while I was there. She's been training hard for the Dirty Spokes Duathlon we're doing together on March 10th. She will be running 3.8 miles and then handing off to me for a 10 mile mountain bike. Lisa will run with her.
I rode...she talked. She gets that from her mother.
We horsed around the house for a while and then headed to Red Lobster at the Mall of Georgia to meet my parents and my brother Jeremy and his family for an early dinner at 4:30pm. We debated on whether it's called Dunch or Linner. And we had plenty of time to debate because we were supposed to go to Red Lobster in Gainesville! Blah! My Dad and brother, we call him Germ, both have birthday's in March so it was a Birthday Seafood Extravaganza! All good until Germ started telling stories from our high school days. I did some pretty stupid stuff in those days and unfortunately he was a witness to most of it. My Mom just shook her head the whole time.
|Watching TV with my girls.|
|Ellie and Erin "riding" the elliptical.|
My Fitness Pal
This is the "app" my wife Lisa uses to monitor her fitness and healthy eating habits. She was introduced to it by her friend Nikki Grizzle who lost around 25 pounds and her husband Randy who lost at least 40 pounds. It's spread like wild fire among the ladies in our circle of friends. And I don't mind telling you I'm a very happy camper because of it. Lisa looks GREAT! Jessica Pattillo is having to buy new clothes. And our friend Julie Pritchard is now classified as skinny because of her dedication to using My Fitness Pal.
I suppose this is my endorsement of the app but more than that it's my plea to each of you who struggles with your weight. This tool can give you a game to play on your phone that will help you get control. The benefits are so liberating. You will love it!
This weekend I'll be competing with my daughter Molly in a Dirty Spokes Duathlon at Fort Yargo in Winder, Georgia. Then I'll be joining friends on March 17th at the Chainbuster 6/9 Hr MTB Race at the Georgia International Horse Park. David Shabat and I need a third team mate if anyone is interested. We simply want to do the "Just Having Fun" category. It's going to be great!
Thanks for reading! Have a great weekend!