Put Your Mettle To The Pedals

This summer I’ve been focusing on cycling to prepare for the Farm to Fork Fondo in hilly Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I’ve even swapped my weekend long runs for a second day on my bike. The Conte’s Bike shop ride taught me that I have to keep my head in the game to make it up those hills, but this week I realized how important my attitude is during my weekly indoor cycling classes. 

Put Your Mettle To The Pedals
When I encourage people to try indoor cycling, I remind them that the intensity of the class is up to them. No one else knows how hard the resistance is or how hard you are pedaling. (Even at places like CycleBar that display your numbers on a screen let you opt out and keep your data to yourself.) But that means it’s also up to you to challenge yourself and push yourself beyond what you feel comfortable doing, so you can get stronger. Continue reading

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Highlights Of My European Vacation In Brussels And Bremen

If you saw my Weekly Wrap post, you know that last week I was on vacation in Europe. If you’ve known me for a while, you know I am horrible at planning vacations, so when my son had an opportunity to study abroad this summer, one of my first thoughts was that it would make vacation planning easy! I even let him plan our itinerary, which is how we ended up spending the weekend in Brussels before we headed to Bremen where he is studying.

Brussels Grand Place At Night

Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium

I could go on and on about my European vacation, but I’ll try to focus on five things  for the Friday Five  link up hosted at Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness.

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Running In Bremen Germany

Last week we went to Europe to visit our son who is spending a few months studying abroad. We started our trip with a weekend in Brussels and then headed to Bremen in northwestern Germany where he is staying. I had never heard of Bremen until he had this opportunity, but it’s a fantastic place with an interesting history. Despite the jet lag and busy sightseeing schedule, I managed to carve out time to go running in Bremen on two of our three mornings there.

Running in Bremen
Bremen is proud of its starring role in the Brothers’ Grimm fairytale about the Town Musicians of Bremen,. It’s quite an odd story, but images of the donkey, dog, cat and cock are all over town and part of the city’s official logos. Continue reading

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Cycling In Prince William Forest National Park

When Conte’s Hill Ride was canceled, we decided to venture south and take our bikes to Prince William Forest National Park. Although I’ve lived here all my life, I’ve never been to this park, even though it’s less than an hour away–probably 30 minutes if you can make it down 95S without traffic. Is that even possible?

Cycling In Prince William Forest
It’s a favorite place to ride for women in my Moms Run This Town Multisport group, and the park website itself highlights cycling options.  Continue reading

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Ultimate Coffee Date — Summer Vacation Edition

Welcome to the Ultimate Coffee Date Link Up, where we imagine that we are getting together for coffee (or tea, or your favorite relaxing beverage), and share what’s going on in our lives. It’s a chance to get to know each other better and support each other in all our endeavors. Since it’s no fun to have coffee alone, make sure you leave comments on other blogs in the link up, and don’t forget to visit my co-host Deborah at Confessions Of A Mother Runner.

The Ultimate Coffee Date

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