Sunday, December 26, 2010

The hubby on a penny farthing

My birthday was last week!  I turned 31.  As my gift, I asked the hubby to take me to the Bodies Revealed exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 

The exhibit was fascinating!  I would highly recommend seeing it.  Just avoid the examples of diseased organs if that sort of thing makes you squeamish.

Our ticket to the exhibit also gave us general admission to the museum, which I had never been to before.  It was fun to see lots of Grand Rapids history.

And I couldn't resist snapping a shot of the hubby riding this penny farthing.  Looking snazzy and really cruising down that street, isn't he?!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Fitness Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to JJ, the winner of the Cyclin’ Missy Fitness Photo Contest! JJ has won a $60 gift certificate to Wayfair.

I love this picture! It shows so much fun, humor and determination. I’ll let JJ tell the story…

Photo by Leonard Johnson at

I can see why! Thanks for sharing your story and for the inspiration to laugh and keep going when we fall down.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the contest! You sent in some really awesome shots. You all deserve to win!
I decided to try racing cyclocross this year for the first time, despite the fact that I had never ever biked off road before. Road biking, I've been doing that for years, feel comfortable at it, etc. Off road? Mud? Gravel? Not so much. Terrifying. But the races I'd attended as a spectator had made me want to try it, and with a bit of encouragement from some friends, I decided to give it a go.

This picture is one from my 2nd ever cross race (the Battle at Barlow) and my first time biking in mud. Serious mud. Slippery, thick, goopy mud that more often than not gummed up my fork and brakes and wheels so I couldn't even ride. Mud that made me fall more times than I could count. Including once into a soccer goal. I had just cleared a set of barriers, was thrilled to be back ON my bike, then promptly bit it on the edge of the goal, and got tangled up in the net. Lay there laughing at the utter ridiculousness of it all (this race also included a run-up in the woods that involved a staircase made out of railroad ties, sized for a giant), debated quitting and never doing it again. Lucky me, someone was there with a camera to capture my favorite picture from the season.

And I did get up, and I finished the damn race. And I wasn't dead last. (It wasn't until the State Championships last month that I took that honor). I did 10 more races after that one, and the mud got more intense as the season went on, but with each race, my bike handling skills and confidence increased, and I don't think I will end up in that goal next year at the Battle at Barlow. At least I hope not.

I've got lots of pictures that I love from this season, but this one is the one I keep going back to, and it always makes me smile. :)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fitness Photo Contest - Last Day to Enter!

Reminder: Today is the last day to enter the fitness event photo contest for a chance to win a $60 gift certificate to Wayfair.  Enter by 11:59pm EST today!

The winner will be announced tomorrow.

For full details on the contest, see here.  If you are looking for the email to which to send your entry, it is here.  Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fitness Photo Contest Reminder

Reminder: The last day to enter the fitness photo contest for a chance to win a $60 gift certificate to Wayfair is Thursday, December 16, 2010!

For full details, see the rules here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fitness Event Photo Contest

I love fitness. I love hearing people’s fitness stories and seeing the joyful pictures of the athletic events that they have participated in or helped make possible as a volunteer or supporter. That’s part of why I read cycling and running blogs!

I also love shopping. But I’m constantly frustrated by the fact that sport-specific gear is overpriced. It’s a real turn off and causes me to make do with what I have and activate the Dutch heritage in me to seek out good deals.

But there is something better than getting a good deal on quality stuff. Getting that stuff for free!

To share the love, I’m holding another contest with Wayfair to give away a $60 gift certificate to use on any of their sites.

If you win, you could use the money to pick up a gift for the holidays or maybe buy yourself something you didn’t get. And while you could use this $60 for fitness gear, you don’t have to. They have lots of sites: luggage stores, housewares stores, tool stores, furniture stores, outdoors stores, and lots more (click here to see the full list of options).

So here are the details:
  • To enter, email me a photo from a fitness-related event or activity that you took part in (or served as a volunteer, helped on someone’s support team, etc.) in 2010. Include a brief description so I know what I’m looking at.
  • The contest is open to US and Canadian residents only (sorry overseas readers!).
  • Entries will be accepted through December 16, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.
  • For my last contest, I chose a winner randomly. This time, I’ll pick a favorite photo, so be creative and have fun!
  • The winner will be announced on Friday, December 17, 2010.
Looking forward to your entries!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Still in the game

While I've been out of the blogging habit lately,  I have not been inactive.

The hubby is still doing great on this exercise plan, and it has been a true pleasure to work out with him multiple times a week.

Winter officially hit Grand Rapids this week leaving snow on the ground and temps in the 30's F.  It's only going to get colder.  And sadly, we now endure the one downside of living just east of Lake Michigan...grayness.  The lake effect leaves the skies cloudy and dark so much of the time that we start contemplating trips to the south and full-spectrum light bulbs.

The coming of the snowy season has also shifted my exercise choices.  Less biking, more clothes when running, and more time at the gym.  I've been really enjoying focusing on some weight training with the hubby before I start getting more serious about marathon preparation.

I've decided to do the Chicago Marathon this year, and I can't wait for registration to open up.  My awesome friend, Cat, has agreed to run it with me.  I think this will be her 4th time.

Goals and staying active have helped both of us combat the depression of the season and the stress of busier work schedules.  I have to say I'm thankful because my company recently informed me that they want to replace me and move me out of my office manager position and into more of a project management position with the opportunity to learn some of the engineering side of the business.  Awesome! 

The same day, the hubby learned that his job will be ending in December instead of March as they had previously told us.  Not exactly the Christmas present I was hoping for, but we'll find him a new opportunity soon, I'm sure.

So that's what's new in the Cyclin' Missy world.  Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone, and let's keep it moving!