Monday, August 3, 2009

Good weekend

I was totally pooped Thursday night, so I took the night off from the usual women's group ride. But this weekend turned out to be a great one for fitness.

Saturday morning, I headed over to my local bike shop to check out their sale. I wanted to pick up a floor pump that would handle the higher pressure of road bike tires, some new sunglasses and a new jersey (I finally decided that one jersey is not enough). Thanks to Jack "Ghost Rider" Sweeney at for his advice on a good pump. I went with the Specialized Air Tool. I'll let you know how it works after I've tried it out!

My hubby also said that he would go out mountain biking with me if I got his bike in working order. It was not shifting properly, the rear wheel was crooked and the saddle is uncomfortable. So I also took his bike with me to the shop, and a few cable adjustments and two new spokes later, it's ready to ride! He'll have to pick out a new saddle himself. I can't guess on that one.

Then, Saturday afternoon I wanted to ride, but it was raining just a little. So I decided to go running instead. I have always loved running in the rain when it's warm out. It was one of those days where I just felt really good out there, so I kept going until I felt tired. I ended up running about 5.5 miles, which is a lot for me since I haven't been running much the past couple years. I have paid for feeling good during the run, though. My hips have been sore ever since. I read that cycling strengthens the glutes quite a bit (which I've noticed), but it does not develop the hip flexors very well. I think that's why mine are sore. I guess I need to cross train more.

And on Sunday, I got out for about 13 miles on my bike before the hubby and I drove to Brighton to celebrate my grandparents' birthdays (they're three days apart).

So I'm feeling good and looking forward to maybe going mountain biking again this week!

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