Trek Women
March 26, 2008

Can't stop these legs

Dsc_0006The fight with Minnesota Winter continues...  This last weekend we had a big snow storm that dumped 8 inches.  And it looks like tomorrow we are in for a little more snow.  The temperature still hangs in the 30s and 40s everyday.

Despite the weather, my training must go on.  I decided that the winter really "can't stop these legs".  I have found numerous ways to train and get in shape over the long winter.  I have been running on the treadmill, and swimming in the pool. I have even been going to some spinning classes. My best training tools have been my CycleOps trainer and rollers.  This picture is proof that the winter doesn't need to slow me, or anyone else down.  Look at my legs...they are a blur...so fast.
Ride on.

March 17, 2008

Bike with Brook and Brodegard

Dsc_0002 That is the name of the new class I am teaching at the club. My friend, Brook (who is also a Personal Trainer) had the idea for the class and now we both teach it. We just started on Saturday, but I can tell it is going to be great.  It is a cycling class where you get to bring your bike and bike trainer into the club and participate in a great workout.  It is a great way to get a workout, but unlike a spinning class, you get to be on your own bike. We only had one person show up to our class on the first day, but I am sure we will get a lot more next week. Thanks for coming Tonja!Dsc_0004

We all had a lot of fun during the class.  After the hour class was over, Brook still needed to ride for another hour and she also wanted to try out my CycleOps rollers. We set them up next to a treadmill so she could hold on to something till she got the hang of them.  After some wobbles and close calls, she had those rollers down and finished the rest of her workout on them. Brook is a tremendous Triathlete, and she is trying to get me to compete in a triathlon this summer.  I don't know if I can keep up with her.  I might just have to "tri" it out and see.

March 11, 2008

Rolling Away with a CycleOps!

Dsc_0139 It is fantastic!  I just got rollers for my bike.  I don't know why it took me till the end of the winter to get them. (Lesson learned- please be advised- if you live in Minnesota, you will need to ride indoors more than a couple of days during the winter)  Now that I have them, the winter no longer mocks me with it's cold air, snow and frost bite.  I can sit pleasantly inside on my own bike and ride as many miles as I want without getting cold.  In fact I got too warm on my first ride and had to turn on a fan to blow on me. 

Having a fan actually makes the ride more enjoyable and more like a real bike ride.  It is like having the wind in your face.

For those who don't know what rollers are, just check out the picture (The picture is of me just after an outdoor run- hence the warm clothes inside).  If you can't figure it out, let me explain.  Rollers are like a treadmill for your bike. There are two rollers in the back that your back tire sits on top of.  The front has one roller which is adjustable to fit your bike size.  There is an elastic band that connects the back rollers to the front one.  When you start to pedal, all the rollers start rolling and you ride on top of them.  It is a lot of fun! Well, more fun than I have ever had riding a bike indoors before.

CycleOps is the brand of rollers I have, and amazingly CycleOps just sent me a trainer for my bike.  I can't wait to try it out.  I will keep you updated on my future rides on these two new pieces of equipment.  Also, stay tuned if you want to know how I mastered getting on a trainer, clipping in, and staying on without holding on to a wall or table.

Special thanks to CycleOps for the trainer, and to Krista Rettig for her Trek Madone.  The road bike I am riding currently is a rental from Krista. Thanks Krista, she rides like a dream!

March 2, 2008

Health Hazard?

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I don't think that having a frozen door knob is a health hazard, but it should be.

This was a couple weeks ago when the temperature was down below zero.  I woke up to leave the house and found a frozen solid door knob, frost included.

I decided to document the occasion just in case I needed hard evidence that I once lived in "The Frozen Tundra" (Minnesota).

Health hazard or not, you better bundle up, and think twice about riding outdoors on these days.

Spring couldn't come any faster!