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I want to ride my bicycle… July 26, 2006

Posted by jessicraft in bicycle, cycling, fitness, health.

I want to ride my bike; I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like!  Oh, Queen.

On and off I’ve been cycling, and I’m in a major on phase.  Getting to 10km was a big milestone and then a push to 15km, 20km and I think I’ve maxed out just under 30km.  Maxed out as in, that’s the most I’ve done – not that’s the most I’ll do.  As I’ve been better – after a couple of spotty weeks – I’m trying to get five solid days a week of cycling in.  I came across seajlorraine.wordpress.com and thought I’d point anyone who comes across this in her direction, worth a look.  In one post she discusses fitness goals vs number goals and I couldn’t agree more with the idea of setting fitness goals rather than number goals.

I’ve never been all that preoccupied with the number, my weight.  My weight has been a concern but more as it made me feel, made me look in my clothes (or stopped me from fitting into certain clothing) and I’ve always thought that as long as I could focus on feeling good then looking good will fall back into place again.  Seems to be working : )

Last week I biked 99.96km in total.  I also measured myself and weighed myself, something I hadn’t done in a while – my weight has dropped, which makes sense ’cause I can fit into my favorite old jeans again.  The measurements I took were to check out my body fat percentage – used this calculator here to do it.  It requires that you measure your waist, hips, neck, and height.  I tried several calculators and always came out about the same – 21% which is right on.  I wish I had taken those measurements before I started cycling to see how things changed, but what can ya do.

A great website that I don’t think I’ve linked to previously is Gmaps Pedometer for planning your routes (as long as you stick to roads).   I’ve used this site to plan several routes that are different but add up to the same distance so that I don’t get bored.  It works well ’cause when I compare the plan to the cycling computer I get essentailly the same thing.  Sweet.

Fitness Goal
My plan is to get a month solid of a schedule I’ve worked out – last week was week one, this is week two.  Last week my rides throughout the week were kind of inconsistent – so this week my goal is 20km rides four days a week and one longer ride, length yet to be determined.

Every other day I am additionally incorporating strength training into my routine.  For now it isn’t much, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

If I can do this well, eventually I’ll get there and can add more strength training into my workout plan and cycle and do yoga instead of just picking one.  Yoga has taken a major back seat and I’d like to re-incorporate it.

Music to make you move
I really need to figure out a way to make myself some new mixes for my work-outs, it’s a great way to listen to your new favs or some classics and music really helps me.  If I’m thinking about the great tunes I’m listening to I don’t think about the work-out so much.  It is fun finding old mixes and seeing what I’d used to motivate myself previously but I need some new stuff.  I’m craving some of my bluesfest favs like Metric, Controller.Controller and Hilotrons while I’m out there.  As iTunes Free Single of the Week I just got a MSTRKRFT track that is fantastic (“The Looks”) and some new tunes would be great.  Maybe a new mix-tape type list will be posted soon, some workout recommendations.

So that’s the goal:
20km rides 4x per week
Longer ride 1x per week
Strength training consistent for remainder of month
Re-introduce Yoga at one month (as regular routine and not occasional enjoyment)

Also, of course, keep eating well.  It’s making a huge difference in how I feel and I feel that I can be conscious about it without obsessing and calorie counting (I don’t think I’ll ever be a calorie counter, thank God).  There it is!



1. Chris - July 26, 2006

Hi jessi, good work with the cycling, don’t let the traffic get you down and go where you want.
This is a pretty wide-ranging blog eh? i didn’t even get to all the knitting! : )

Try http://tucorides.blogspot.com
for another cycling blog if you get a chance.
Be well!

2. jessicraft - July 26, 2006

Hey Chris, thank you 🙂 Yes, it is a wide-ranging blog, started out with the intention of being knitting/craft only but as the weather warmed other things have taken over, hehe!

Checking out your blog now, that’s quite the commute! I’m impressed! Take care 🙂

3. Thomas Bailey - September 3, 2006

For me, my milestones were bike rides to San Bruno (7/7/1990))
San Francisco (11/21/1992), Gilroy (6/28/1994), Sausalito (6/13/1996), Half Moon Bay (5/24/1997), Santa Cruz (10/17/2001), and Sunol (8/15/2003). I am blanning to ride my bike to Hollister, Watsonville, Oakland, San Rafael, Novato, Livermore.

4. Infism - June 24, 2007

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