Cycling

ElliptiGO

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What is an ElliptiGO? Is it some kind of food? Not this time. I’ve been on a foodie review kick lately so I understand if that’s the first thing that comes to mind. I’ll give you a couple of  hints. It’s a tool you use for exercise, it rides the streets (manned by a human) and it’s a cross between an Elliptical trainer like the ones you see in a gym and a bicycle.

This morning as I was taking out the trash, one of my new jobs since my hubby had knee surgery, and a man on an ElliptiGO stopped to ask me a question. He’s been riding in our neighborhood for years, and it seems like he’s ALWAYS out there. Not matter what time it is. I’ve never talked to him before, mostly because I know that once you are in your groove riding, you kind of want to keep going. He asked about a kid in our neighborhood that was giving him some trouble every time he passed by on that street, so I took the opportunity to ask him about the bike.

I’ve never seen one an organized bike ride out in the flats or the hills, but after looking this one up on the web on the ElliptiGO website, I found out that the Long-Stride is made so that it can go up hills. He said the price is kind of steep. This model is $2,500.00.  Well maybe not too shocked. My road bike cost me $1,000.00 but I’ve had that bike for 10 years and this guy has had his for at least that long. I believe if you are going to use it, then invest in something that will last. He even told me that the next time he sees me, go ahead and flag him down and he’ll let me try it out. Whhhattt?? OMG that would be awesome! When I get to test drive it I’ll write up a review.

Another interesting thing he said to me was that it doesn’t matter how much you exercise, or in his case ride, nothing helps you lose weight if you have a bad diet. Hmmm….this sounds like something my boss told me a few blog posts back. My boss is a runner and he said something to the effect of, “You can’t outrun a bad diet.” I have to admit that over the years I wondered…how does he keep the weight on when he rides all freakin day? He said years ago he was riding 25 miles and still weighed 300 pounds. He still had some powerful great looking legs i must say. Today he just rides 14 miles a day. Again   JUST 14 miles you say?? But he looks much healthier now that’s he’s also watching his diet. I’m so glad he stopped by and we talked after all these years of passing each other by on our bikes and merely waving.

Hopefully, crossing my fingers, I will be posting a review on the EllptiGO from the driver’s seat soon.

Ride Well and Prosper!

Organized Bicycle Rides

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While in search of the date for my favorite organized bicycle ride of all time I found this link that has the dates for bicycle rides in 2017. Sadly, I didn’t find the Bike for Sight ride listed. 😦 I wanted to add a date to this blog to be used as a goal for me to work towards. I’ve ridden in the Katy Flatland Century before. There’s a reason why they use a Buzzard for the picture. It’s all flatlands (means you don’t get a rest like you would going down a hill) and its HOT. But it’s doable. July should be enough time to work up to 32 miles in the flats. They have multiple lengths thank goodness. I remember way back when I rode in this ride that they had a strange set up. It was something like 8 miles to the first rest stop, and then 15 miles to the next, in a headwind. Maybe it’s different now. It has been a long time. Even though it may be the same, I can stop whenever I need to.

Here’s the link to the site that has all the dates for the rides in 2017 Wheel Brothers Texas Bike Rides

This is the link for the Katy Flatland Century Ride http://www.wheelbrothers.com/katy-flatland-century/

When I decide to commit to the ride I’ll add a calendar with it on here.

Spinning Love

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People who love spinning are insane. I remember thinking that, watching from the safety of my elliptical, as my fellow gym members walked into the spinning room dry, and came out drenched, like they had gone to a swimming class instead. What was even stranger was they always had smiles on their faces. After taking a beating like that? What gives?

Of course I had to solve the mystery so I tried it out and fell into spinning love. I was training for the MS150 at the time and figured the extra training would help, and it really did. The trainer was so upbeat, had us cheering, laughing and sweating rivers. When it was over I felt like I had really accomplished something, and after a few classes, I was stronger. My butt wasn’t happy with me though. It’s true the seats are butt killers, but with some padded cycling shorts, some time out of the saddle during class, and experience it’s not so bad.

Recently I’ve decided to give home workouts a try. I haven’t been going to the gym, and it’s largely due to lack of time, but if I’m being honest with myself I just don’t like the atmosphere of public gyms. If I’m there with a trainer or a gym buddy it’s a little bit better, but I’m just not being consistent so I’m giving this a try.

With that little bee buried in my bonnet I decided to get myself an affordable spinning bike for home and follow some online classes. Years ago I had purchased one from amazon but it came with a warped flywheel. It came with a one year warranty so I called the support number and they said we could ship the bike back and get a replacement. Sounded nice at first, but when I realized I had to pay for shipping, and that price was almost as much as the bike cost me, I decided to stash it away in the house. I tried to use it, and you still can it’s just very loud and feels wobbly as you ride it, but it’s not going to work if I’m serious about this.

After some searching I found the Bladez Fitness Stratum GS II from Sears. After taxes it came out to a little bit over $300. It was important for me to get it locally so if it breaks I don’t have to ship it back. I wish I could give it a review but it’s still in the box. It arrived at my local sears and I picked it up, but then got really sick and have been sick with bronchitis for two weeks. I’m starting to feel a bit better so I hope to assemble it this weekend and give it a brief little spin. Once I do, I’ll be back with a review. I’m super excited about trying this baby out!

Lion’s Bike for Sight

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Cycling is one of my favorite things to do. I even rode in the BP MS 150 Bicycle ride from Houston to Austin with my husband once. You really learn something about yourself doing something like that. Sadly I haven’t ridden in a couple of years and hope to get back to do it.

I’ve found that if I focus on a goal that requires me to work out and eat healthy I have good success at achieving it. One of my favorite rides is the Lion’s Bike for Sight. It usually occurs in September or October, so I have time to get ready for it. There are different distances you can take. We’ve done both the 40 mile and 22 mile. If you are getting ready for the MS 150 then the 40 mile and there’s one longer than that, are the ones to consider, but if you want a nice, challenging ride through the back roads then the 22 mile ride is the best choice. There’s even an exotic animal farm on the way.

We’ve ridden it a few times and have seen the animals a couple of times but what I’m reminded of most when I see the sign for the farm, whether they are out that day or not, is that beyond the farm there’s a long winding hill that leads to a hill that is so vertical that you would think its a cliff. So this will be goal number one for 2017 towards a healthier life. I haven’t been able to find the actual date but once I do I will post more.

Here is a picture of my road bike that carried me over the wild mini mountains of the Texas hill country and will continue on in 2017. She’s a 2001 Bianchi with Veloce Campagnolo components and Speedplay clip-in pedals.