Last weekend I prioritized cycling over running. Who am I? Partly it was was because I wanted to do something fun with my husband over the holiday weekend, but partly it was because I was more excited about cycling than running. Who am I?
Pedaling And Planking
Monday: After our flat 50-mile ride to Harpers Ferry on Saturday, I was ready to face some hills on Labor Day. We parked at our usual place along the George Washington Parkway and rode past Roosevelt Island to pick up the Custis Trail. It was only my second time on that hilly route, but after the hills of Lancaster, I knew I could make it up the steep, twisty climbs–as long as I didn’t end up behind a BAMR pushing a double stroller. 🙂
The first and last lumps of the elevation profile is the Custis Trail.
The middle section is a more gradual climb
–with one steep hill– along the W&OD Trail.
Tuesday: I did a strength workout at home, and joined the #plankchallenge. There are lots of #plankinggirls so I won’t try to name them all, but you can find us on Instagram!
Wednesday: I went to Orange Theory Fitness and surprised myself by selecting 8.5 mph as my push pace. I only held it for a minute at a time, but I’ve never run that fast! I also bumped up the incline to level 2-3 to try to get my heart rate up, but still only earned 5 splatpoints (orange heart rate zone) for the whole class. As Coach Brandon said, my heart is just too fit!
I forgot to do my plank before I got dressed,
but remembered before I left the house!
Thursday: I pushed myself out the door for a run. It was sticky again, and while my legs were tired from OTF, they cooperated for a decent run.
It’s still so dark outside after my run–this even was under a street light.
Friday: I did my strength routine at home with another elevated plank variation.
Saturday: Since I had to head to NYC on Sunday, we did our bike ride on Saturday. We opted for the “shady” section of the Mt. Vernon Trail towards Mt. Vernon, but there was still plenty of sun.
I won’t go fast on this section of the trail. It’s much narrower than the W&OD, and has lots of twists and turns. I spend a lot of time coasting or applying my brakes, but there are enough hills and straight stretches to make it a good ride.
You’ve got to love that hill up to Mt. Vernon!
Pedaling and planking on Saturday!
Sunday: I set my alarm in time to do some yoga at home before going to church, packing, and heading to the train station. I did two programs from Rodney Yee’s A.M. Yoga for Your Week–Standing Poses and Twists. Twists is my favorite! I finished with a 2 minute forearm plank–it really gets hard 90 seconds in.
Have you transitioned from one favorite activity to another?