Trek Women
January 29, 2008

This idea's got legs...

Trek_luv Trek Fit for Women Demo chick, Tori, is a genius! Last Thursday, she posted a comment on my blog that her Valentine’s Day plan is to bike an indoor century, which should take about 6 hours. If you haven’t checked out the thread yet, here’s why it’s so perfect for everyone like me who HATES Feb 14 with a passion. Says Tori, “Just think Friday morning when people snidely ask ‘so, what did you do for V-Day? You can say ‘rode my bike 100’ ”

Don’t you love it? Then, Jen Polo added in the married perspective –- you mean you aren’t all swooning over each other? And, Trek Demo chick, Ross, is in to it. (There’s also an interesting sideline about Project Runway if you’re interested.) Then, commenter Sue talked about a 400-mile by V-Day fudge goal she’s got going with her friends called “Shoot Cupid.”

I think we’re on to something! So, I propose that we initiate a First Annual anti V-Day indoor cycling challenge. First off, we need a sweet name for the challenge that snark-ily captures the essence of our ride. Post your suggestions as a comment by noon on Friday, Feb. 1. Then, we’ll vote.

Second, instead of measuring our soon-to-be-named ride in miles, let’s do something different. Regular century rides usually offer different distances: half-metric = 35 miles; metric century = 62 miles; and English century = 100 miles. I thought we could measure in time. Maybe for the soon-to-be-named Indoor Cycling Challenge, our distances could be:

> 1 episode of Sex and the City or guy-equivalent TV show
> 1 John Cusack movie or guy equivalent where things blow up
> Pride & Prejudice – the 5-hour BBC/A&E miniseries with Colin Firth – or guy equivalent miniseries
> Project Runway marathon (!) or guy-equivalent such as Ultimate Fighting Championship
> ______ your own guilty pleasure show or movie

Are you in?


I'm going to have to insist on an outdoor option 'caues my trainer lives at the bike shop. Now, how to creatively re-interpret distances!
Is "Men in Trees" still around? (I'm afraid my TV watching is pretty limited to The Weather Channel. I sort of traded TV time for cycling time. The plots are more interesting and the ads much better!)

Posted by: Sue | Jan 29, 2008 4:28:39 PM

I'm in if I get my indoor trainer by then. Any suggestions how else I can accomplish it. Help me Trek, you promised you would send it to me.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Jan 29, 2008 11:22:35 PM

Hi Sue and Marie!
I think Outdoor counts too (and can I say how jealous I am -- I'm a weather wuss). How to measure, hmmm. Something fun... the distance between the Arc de Triumph and the Eiffel Tower? The Golden Gate Bridge to Coit Tower?

Also, can I say that I loved "Men in Trees" too, why did ABC keep moving it around? I'm like you, I have a couple of shows that I watch, but most nights I'm in the gym training, or working on rides/music for my spin classes, or writing blogs so I rarely get home before 10. My only must-see is Project Runway, though Make Me a Supermodel on Bravo is becoming a guilty pleasure.

Marie, for your "challenge" maybe you can do like I'm going to do -- spin class (that's 45-60 min) and/or ride a stationary bike at your gym. Heck, if you know the manager, you might want to ask if they'd like to do a "Challenge" event for members. My guess is it's a pretty slow traffic day for them anyway. I'm trying to set one up at the Barracks.

Posted by: Laura | Jan 30, 2008 8:51:32 AM

I will be on vacation that day, but I think I'm going to try it out on the 16th. I know I won't get anywhere near the century mark, but just getting on my bike at all will be an improvement and knowing there are others out there doing it too will help with the encouragement. Awesome idea!

Maybe next year, I'll be able to do the century! :-)

Posted by: Rachel Dallaire | Jan 30, 2008 11:08:59 AM

Lucky you on vacation! I hope somewhere fun!! Since there are no rules for the Challenge - though feel free to send me some - I say the 16th counts too. Hey, maybe some people want to spread a century out over a few days. Works for me.

Posted by: Laura | Jan 30, 2008 1:28:50 PM

Supermodel stuff is utterly, diametrically opposed to my inner being (I like things simple and I need that "beauty time" to find my keys!) but "Men in Trees" *always* had me weeping in a good way.

Posted by: Sue | Jan 30, 2008 4:31:28 PM

I love the idea of the V-Day century ride. What a great way to take back the day. Our local YMCA has a spin-a-thon every year to raise money for ALS. Maybe you could tie your "Challenge" in with a charitable fundraiser. For what they're worth, here are my quick title ideas:

Strong Hearts, Not Candy Hearts Century Ride
No Candy Hearts Here Century Ride
No Candy *sses Century Ride
V-Day Century Ride for Change (for the fundraising concept)
Forsake the Chocolate V-Day Century Ride
The Slimmer Way to Spend V-Day Century Ride

Posted by: Becky | Jan 30, 2008 8:24:50 PM

Thanks Bec!

Posted by: Laura | Jan 30, 2008 9:33:58 PM

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