31 December, 2007

What a year 2007 has been!

So many changes and challenges! Tonight marks 23 weeks since my last cigarette. Close to that 6 month mark. I don't think I would ever have believed I could've done this anytime prior to July.

Yesterday I felt like I was coming down with bronchitis. My lungs were super tight between the shoulder blades and I was coughing like mad. I had yucky congestion. I took my vitamins, slept most of the afternoon, and by 7pm felt normal. That was very weird!

I felt great this morning so I got out today and rode my bike on the open road. I decided I wasn't going to worry so much about speed, just ride for an hour. The temp was in the high 40s so I wore the dust mask. This was good, as the air was cold. Problem was getting it to fit with the sunglasses and helmet. I'm gonna have to find better glasses or goggles for riding as these are too clunky and need to be higher above my brow. I wasn't very successful in getting the fit right as the mask kept fogging up the right lens. It's so not easy to see through a foggy lens! At least my right contact is the one for reading, not distance!

I was riding out King's Church road on the first leg. I came up to the Lassie house, but no dog. Whew! I thought maybe the other day was a fluke. The wind was variable which made the ride interesting. I turned around and was heading back just enjoying the ride and lack of traffic. All of a sudden here came Lassie, running and barking! I stood in the pedals and humped it. Which was interesting as there was a car coming in each direction, but they were cool and we had no problems.

I took my regular turn down Dawson Hill and it seems the more I rode the better I was feeling. Now, this doesn't mean I was all that happy with my speed or cadence. Just my lungs and legs felt good. As I approached the end of my Dawson Hill leg (which is a 90 degree right hand turn) I met another cyclist. We spoke and he kept going as I came to a stop to get a drink and turn around. He noticed and came back. He was very nice and we chatted for a few minutes and then rode together back to the end of my usual King's Church leg. He showed me how to draft. I feel terrible that I didn't get his name! I'm sure I'll see him out and about again. It was nice to have a buddy to ride with, even if it was just about 3 or 4 miles. I told him I wouldn't be going downhill with him. He said it's not that bad coming back up that one. I'll get out and do it. I just don't have that much self confidence yet.

I headed back and got to the neighborhood, looked at my stopwatch and did a lap before turning in. I wound up with about 53 minutes and 13 miles. Nothing to brag about. My biggest regret is we are headed into the coldest days over the next couple of months. Now you just never know how cold or for how long around here. It would be nice to have some snow, but I would love to have plenty of days in the high 40s and 50s that are dry for riding.

Biggest regret for today is that I didn't get out and do my 1st workout of week #2 for the 5K. Tomorrow is going to be cold and nasty. I should've done the run thing and saved the bike for the trainer. Oh well. I didn't. I wonder, if I ride my bike in the trainer standing, would that do any good as a simulation for running? :-) Probably not.

Now there's a group that has a New Year century planned for Saturday. I'm not ready for that this year. There's also a Hangover Classic run tomorrow, but that is a 10 miler. I'm not ready for that either. I will get on my trainer and put in 60 barring any unforeseen barriers. Hope to behave tonight and ring in the New Year quietly.

Here's wishing all of you the best for 2008. Have a very safe and Happy New Year!

Hope it's my first full year of tobacco-free-ness.

29 December, 2007

I finished week #1 of coolrunning.com's Couch to 5K in 9 weeks!

Today has been a good day for me and fitness! As I stated in my earlier post, I got in a good 60 minute workout on the trainer this morning. I felt very good following that.

I've had some issues with getting this first week behind me for the 5K program though. The weather has been either cold or rainy or both. I have no problems with running in the rain if the temps are in the higher 60s.

I have major asthma issues with any type of physical exertion in cooler temps, starts bothering me once we drop into the low 40s. I've been reading quite a lot about both cold air and exercise induced asthma recently. It seems that swimming is one of the best exercises to do if you have asthma due to the high humidity and wamer air temps. One exception is if you are sensitive to chlorine, which can trigger an attack. The drier the air is, the more likely it will irritate your bronchial tubes and cause an increase of mucus and restrict the airways which translates to wheezing.

The temps were right at 39F when I went out for my workout today. Hubby gave me a couple of his dust masks he uses when he's running his woodworking tools. They are made of paper with a metal strip over the bridge of the nose that is bendable and soft rubberband that goes around you head/neck. This worked very well for me today. I wore it during the first 2/3s of the workout. Then removed it for the walking part and put it back on for the running part for the remainder of the workout. It's not the most attractive thing to wear. It gets a little on the icky side too. Moisture builds and builds inside, but it keeps the air that you breathe nice and warm and moist. I also take 2 puffs on my fast-acting inhaler about 15 minutes before a run. This helps open those airways up nicely.

One of the girls at work is starting a once a month Yoga class for beginners in the next week or so. I'm excited about this. I'll get some stretching, which should help with the riding/running I'm doing. But what I'm most excited about is the breathing you learn with Yoga. I need better breathing techniques and learn to relax my breaths while exercising. This should also help alleviate some of the ashtma/wheezing stuff, too. At least I hope it does!

Trying to take advantage of a week away from work

It's been a full and hectic time, getting ready for Christmas festivities and hubby's birthday. Plenty of stress to go around for everyone, too.

My sleep cycle still isn't where I wish it was, but the Melatonin is helping. If I wake up before 3am, I go ahead and take one and it's good for 4 - 5 hours. Good thing I haven't had a need to get up before 8. Man, it's gonna make it difficult next week when I have to get back to work and the real world!

I have attempted to keep on my fitness schedule. Though this training program for the 5K has slipped more than I'd like to admit. We've had wet days and chilly days, I've had days of riding or running just to wheeze afterwards. It's supposed to get up to about 45F today, so I'm hoping to get out and do the 3rd workout of week 1. I put 60 minutes on the trainer on the 23rd and then went out and ran my first workout for the 5K. I put 45 minutes on the trainer on the 24th and then again on the 25th. Christmas was the day my Mom started to "coach" me and I nipped that quick!
The day after Christmas (hubby's birthday) I put approximately 35 minutes on the open road.

Had my first dog incident. Now, I've ridden this same route many times and not seen a dog that could/would chase me. This one was Lassie! Beautiful collie. I caught sight of it laying in the front yard across the road from me. I watched it sit up, look at me and stand and stretch. It then proceeded to bark, run, growl, and nip at my heels. Being the brave soul that I am, I screamed! I squirted my water bottle. All the while pedalling as fast as possible. Man, my heart was racing and then I started coughing. I had to stop riding and catch my breath and gain some composure from the coughing. I decided to turn around and head back, which of course meant I had to pass Lassie again. This time it ran with me, but not growling or nipping at my heels. I was so annoyed with myself for getting scared. I've never been afraid of a dog before in my life, ever! I think if I'd maintained my composure I wouldn't have had the coughing fit either and could've continued on my ride. I wheezed for sometime afterward.

The 27th I went out and did my 2nd workout for the 5K. It felt really good, better than the first one. However, I did begin wheezing about 30 minutes after my cool down and spent the next hour coughing. I put about 18 minutes on the trainer on the 28th. Probably should've just taken the day off. I had tightness in my lungs between my shoulder blades all day, felt like beginnings of bronchitis. Thank goodness it's gone now.

I got up this morning about 6 am, but couldn't seem to stay awake! I dozed off and on until 9. Guess I'm getting lazy being off a regular wake/sleep cycle during vacation. Of course those 2 pomegranite margaritas could've had something to do with it too. :-)

I put in a good 60 minute workout on the trainer this morning, though. Feel very good about it. If my energy level stays good, I think I'll go out and run #3.

26 December, 2007

The start of a full week + of festivities

December 23rd marked 5 months since my last cigarette. I worried about the holidays and wanting to smoke, but survived it!

We invited both our Mothers to spend Christmas Eve with us. My Mother-in-law opted out as she has a standing invitation with my Sister-in-law. My Mom took us up on the offer. We always celebrate with Hubby's family on Christmas Eve. It was a very plesant evening. My Mom went with us. We ate and played games and exchanged gifts.

It was good for Mom to be with us on Christmas morning. Hubby prepared a big breakfast of bacon, eggs, hashbrowns, milk gravy and biscuits. We cleaned up our breakfast mess and then retired to the family room and opened our gifts. It was pleasant, but so different than having littles ones on Christmas morning. There used to be excitement in the air, squeals and laughter, the sounds of ripping paper and 15 minutes later it was finished. We picked up our paper mess, hubby started reading about his new toy while Mom and I began to prepare the Christmas meal.

My side of the family is small. Just my brother and sister and our children. All of her grandkids came. My brother's oldest flew in from Arizona, which made it even more special. We all got to see each other. It was so nice! My Sister broke the rules and bought gifts for everyone. We adult kids aren't supposed to do that.

The day after Christmas is hubbie's birthday. His Mom, Sis, and Bro took him to lunch. Later in the day my daughters and I took him to a very nice dinner at Jack Frye's. He got an Orange Bowl print of UofL's win back in January. The youngest made him a bday cake. This was his 50th and I probably should've done a big shindig, but I didn't.

Our anniversary is just around the corner - 30th one on the 30th and then New Year's Eve the next night. I'm beginning to think I've already hit my celebration limit. Hoping for some quiet time and more reflection. Then planning for the new year and how I can schedule work, play, fitness, and some other things into the year.

Some of that will depend on what happens with raises, bonuses, and the such. Sure would be nice if the housing market opens back up a bit. Of course that means it'll be at least another year before we'll see much benefit.

Positive thinking, nose to the grindstone and a little bit of good luck are what we need in 2008. I'm working hard on the first 2 things, we'll have to wait and see about the third.

22 December, 2007

There is nothing like December in Louisville, Kentucky

The weather is unpredictable as heck. Never expect cold and snow in December. But as soon as you are positive it won't get cold and snow, you wake up to sleet or freezing rain or maybe a dusting. :-)

I've talked my BFF into training for a 5K on March 1st. It is the first of Louisville's Triple Crown of running. There is a 5K on March 1, a 10K on March 15 and a 10 miler on March 29. Coolrunning.com has a Couch to 5K in 9 weeks that looks great. http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Now yesterday was very nice. Got up to 56F or so. I went out in the neighborhood and did my first workout. It's a weird feeling to be in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt on December 21st. I saw a few other's in shorts yesterday, but there were plenty of people in sweatshirts etc. I like the way this workout slowly builds. I've heard people sing it's praises. I swear though. I haven't run since November. The last 2 60 second runs were not easy. Too much smoking damage on my lungs and heart I think. But perserverance it what it takes. And your mind can place limits that your body can overcome. I gotta retrain the mind!

Today, the temps rose to 60F. I got out and rode my bike for an hour. It was a superb day. The sun was shining bright. I wore my bike-shorts and a long sleeved t-shirt, with a sweatband on my head covering my ears. The wind was stronger than I would've preferred. I was too slow and am not happy about it. But I keep thinking, if I could get 2 weeks of back to back days out there, I would be doing great! By 45 minutes, I was feeling great and my cadence was staying closer to 80+. I also think if I had someone to ride with, a group, I would push myself more than out there alone. I've got to find the motivation within myself. This way, when I do ride with a group, I'll be ready.

I've asked for cool weather apparel for Christmas, but forgot to list the booties for my shoes. Oh well, I can always improvise on those.

Tomorrow starts out at 48F and drops all day into the 20s with winds pushing 30 mph. LOL If you don't like the weather in Kentucky wait 48 hours, it'll change.

Christmas is almost here! The weather is going to try and get us to a merrier place.
One more tobacco free day, life is good.

20 December, 2007

End of the year - should be fun - can be stressful -- Very Full Of Stress!

I thought I should post a warning to everyone that is either trying to quit smoking or have already quit in the last months.

This is a very stressful time of year for some (a lot) people. We put off the inevitable like shopping, decorating, mailing Christmas cards and so many more task. (I've bought 4 gifts to date). Money can be tight and the pressure to spend on others can be stressful. Relationship strains make us sad if we won't see loved ones this time of year. The loss of a friend or loved one in the recent past makes this time of year much more difficult and leaves an empty place.

Monday and Tuesday tested my will power. But Wednesday I wanted a cigarette all day long. I haven't had an urge like this since August! I didn't smoke, I kept trying my old diversions: Dum dums, chewing gum, nice walk in fresh air, mini altoids, finding alternative things to focus my attention. It just kept coming back. I made it through and I didn't succomb, but it was scary. Monday was 21 weeks since my last cigarette! This just goes to show how there are still triggers ready to tempt you.

I'll be sending out all the good karma and smoke-free thoughts to all of my 'quit-buddies' for this holiday season.
Merry Christmas to everyone!

I'm so grateful I found you guys and Chantix!

16 December, 2007

Well well well

It's amazing what a few good hours of sleep will do for ya. I swear, the last few weeks (probably longer) I've been more sleep deprived than when the girls were babies (now this could be an exaggeration as that was decades ago).

It has a horrible affect on my ability to function properly. I felt like I was going to lose my mind a few times. My sis and friends were wonderfully supportive, I am one lucky girl!

I took the Melatonin Friday night at 7 fell asleep by 8 and didn't stir until 2 am. since I didn't want to be awake yet and my mind start going like crazy I took another Melatonin and slept til 8. I spent Saturday moving slowly and thinking about nonstressful things. Took another pill about 8 Sat night and fell asleep around 10. Woke up at 1 with my mind going 100 mph so I took another pill. Slept til 4, had a few nagging thoughts, but drifted back til 8. Hubby has been wonderful. He went to the grocery today and made chili tonight.

I did get a full 60 + minutes each day on the trainer, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday plus some core bldrs and such thrown in. I am so happy I bought this bike. No matter what bad stuff is happening, I get on it and the bad goes away, even if it's just temporary. My wardrobe is shrinking! Well, my body is shrinking and my wardrobe doesn't fit! Hope I have some money left for all those sales next week.

Now, because I have postponed the inevitable, this week will be each night shopping until I'm done. I've bought one gift. And the item was emailed to me on a link all I had to do was put in my credit card info. Oh yeah, my boss is in tomorrow thru Wednesday at lunch. It should be good. I have my year-end discussion and project plan for next year.

I miss the magic of Christmas. Without any little ones around, it's just not the same. Big sigh...

12 December, 2007

There are some things that are basic to good health

Here are the ones I think are at the top of the (my) list:
nutrition - eat well balanced meals - always eat breakfast (kick start your metabolism) - smart portions
sleep - be sure to get good sound sleep each night - I need 6 hours, prefer 7 hours and relish 8 hours
moderation - in all things - don't drink too much, eat too much - anything too much

Now, I have worked very hard on my nutrition. I don't count calories, but I do manage portions. I have oatmeal morning mornings. I eat a good lunch, meat and veggies. Supper I try to be sensible and keep it light. No soft drinks! They put too much crap in your body. Drink plenty of water, especially if you are exercising. This is very important.

Sleep has been elusive for me lately. Thinks it's the hormones causing it. But it started with the Chantix. I don't like taking pills, but gonna try Melatonin tonight. Wish me luck! Haven't had more than 4 hours a night in weeks.

I rode 60 minutes today after missing 2 days in a row. I hate when I miss! But I only had one meal in the previous 24 hours - that's not enough. I only had about 3 hours sleep last night - not enough! See I broke my rules - not enough sleep or fuel.

So I have my guidelines, but fall off the wagon every so often. - Moderation!

11 December, 2007

We were blessed with a beautiful day!

Now, there's something not quite right about having a 72F day on December 11. But Mother Nature smiled on us and that is exactly what we had today. The sun came out, though we still had clouds, those rays of light were glorious hitting my skin and eyes.

I've been trying to be very focussed on my new bike, on the trainer, and put down 60 minutes a day for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This is after spending quite some time at 25 minutes, building to 30, 35, and finally 45 on Friday last week. I plan to stick with a minimum of 60 going forward, unless something prevents it. I look forward to this time. It's all mine. I can think or not. Mostly I get lost in the ride, is that meditation?

Today, I came home right after lunch, thinking I would put an hour on the open road. I was so excited! I've only been outdoors once and that was just the subdivision. Put the first 2.6 miles behind me and was feeling great. Turned back and found a 12 - 15 mph head wind in my face. Geez, it was difficult! I worked through the gears and found a comfortable place for the flat spots. As I began to come to the end of the second 2.6 I started to think I was just gonna head home. But thought I didn't want to quit yet. I hadn't been out that long and the day was so nice. I took Dawson Hill to the big bend and back for another 3 miles. Now the wind was blowing across me from side to side instead of at my face or back. I've never had the wind blow me around on a bike like that before! It was a bit scary! Like driving a high profile vehicle. Difference being, I didn't have any protection around me. :-)

I wasn't happy about the speed or how difficult it seemed. But, I had only gotten 4 hours sleep last night and ate a bologna sandwich for dinner. Don't think that was enough rest or fuel to have a great performance.

I think I'm hooked on this. When I finish a ride or a run (that's been too long now), I completely relish the burn I have in my legs. It feels so invigorating. Think that's the endorphin buzz that athletes get addicted to. You know what? I'm thrilled at being addicted to a naturally produced substance by my body. It's so much better than tobacco and nicotine.

We get rain for the next few days, so I'm sure we won't get much sunshine. That's okay, I know it'll be back soon and I had a wonderful time in it today!

09 December, 2007

These are always the most difficult days for me

as we approach the shortest day of daylight in the year. I truly think lack of sunshine wears on me. It affects how I embrace each day. This weekend has been full of gray skies. Sorry to those of you in the Northwest, but I could never live in Seattle. Too many days without sunshine.

This year has been one of depression, reflection, letting go, discontent and then there have been wondrous days of joy, pride, surprise, laughter, passion and love.

I've been enlightened by some in the professional world about the reality of my future with my current role and company due to circumstances beyond my control. Funny, if this were any other employer I would've immediately started looking for a new job, or at least answered some of those headhunters that have come knocking on my door. But I love the work (sometimes it can be crap) and I am grateful for the relationships I've maintained and people I have the opportunity to work with. So, I will continue to look for opportunities with my current employer to grow, prove myselft and advance.

I've been very emotional for a couple of months due to relationship issues between my girls and hubby and me. Thanksgiving was a BUST. Finally, drug out the Christmas tree and decorated it this afternoon. Seriously thought about skipping it this year.

So, it's time I pull my head out of my ass. I've done some good things this year and I've reaped several benefits. I have to find or make my own sunshine on a daily basis.

I quit smoking and I've slowly changed my lifestyle to one that is more healthy. I think I've spent too much time fantasizing, but if you don't have dreams and ambitions what do you have? Some of my fantasies have come to fruition, which has been marvelously delicious on so many levels. Some of my fantasies never will, which is the way it should be. Some will just take more time, serious planning and execution on my part.

What I should do is get back on my bike and ride, 'cause that always make me feel good, alive and vibrant!

Hopefully, the next post will be back to boring fitness stuff.

05 December, 2007

Will it ever be good enough? I don't think so

Guess I should find a few other hobbies to get interested in, 'cause I spend too much time riding, running, or typing about it. :-) BUT I am not smoking tobacco!

I've attempted to jot down all of the information I know about my fitness each day I have something to record. Once I've gotten finished with a ride, run, or other activity I've sent myself an email with the statistics. Last weekend, instead of decorating the house for Christmas, I went through all of those emails and entered the info into a spreadsheet.

My first thought about the results, once I got everything entered, was disappointment. Now, what is wrong with me? I've done things I haven't done in decades and my first reaction is, "is that all?". Am I the only person that has such expectations? Are we always ready to set ourselves up for failure?

Maybe it is the American way, the reason we are such successful entrepreneurs. The reason my parents were disappointed with anything less than all A's. (My Dad was a high school Biology teacher).

Should it ever be good enough? I don't care about racing and out-doing running/riding/whatever other people. At least not yet. First, I want to do better each time than my previous time. No, that is second. First, I want to enjoy what I am doing and relish in the sweat, my surroundings, listen and feel my heart beat in my chest and hear my breath between my ears.

Yoga in January! Not sure there's much to measure or record with that. But if there is I will record it.

Was too busy to ride tonight. I feel guilty about it! I miss riding. It's going to be in the 60s again this weekend. I need some rain gear with reflective tape. I want to get out on the open road and put down some miles on this new bike. I'd love to get 15 behind me, maybe more if my legs will hold.

It's "Over the Hump Day"! Weekend is right around the corner now. ;-)

02 December, 2007

I love my new bike on the open road!

Now I'm praying for a dry day to get back out and ride.

The ground was already wet when I got out of bed this morning. The rain varied between hard and steady to a soft mist most of the morning. I checked the forecast, which is always wrong, and prediction was for rain all day and high of 65F. I went to the Hour by Hour and still had rain listed for each hour. I kept sticking my head out the back door checking. Somewhere between 1:30 and 2:00 PM the rain had stopped, it was about 60F, but windy. I went out and did 4 neighbourhood laps (a little more than 3 miles). Wore my headband/sweatband, made sure it covered my ears. Man talk about nice! Now I'm gonna be jonesin' for a nice dry day to get out and ride!

I was really enjoying myself. I played with the gears just a little. It was definitely much better than the old bike. Gears shift so much more smoothly. The shoes and pedals make for great speed and were so much better when climbing the hill. Bastian decided to run the first lap with me, I'm surprised he did the full lap. He caught up with me again about 3/4 of the way through the 4th lap and raced me to the house.

Now, everyone has told me that I will fall. On one level I knew they were right. But, ya know, on another level I kept thinking, if I stay aware and keep focussed, I won't fall. Thought I was being so smart, before getting to the driveway I unclipped right shoe. Slowed as I hit the gutter at the drive and slowed further as I approached the garage. Oh deary me! I went down on my left side. Dummy me, should've unclipped the left shoe since that is the foot I always put down first! Boogered my left knee, but the bike is fine! Now, just like anytime a person is walking down the street and trips (not necessarily on anything), I had to look up to see if anyone was outside or driving down the street. Then I just started laughing out loud. Bastian stood there watching me. Here I am, this 49 year old woman that is trying desperately to get into some kind of shape, falling off of my bike just like I did when I was a pre-teen.

Gave myself about 20 minutes to catch my breath and then decided to do ride indoors on the trainer. Took me 15 minutes just to get setup and ready to ride. Hubby had a box fan in the garage. He blew the sawdust off of the fan with his air compressor. I got so hot so fast yesterday I knew having a fan would help keep me a little cooler. Found a tall stool to set beside the bike so I have a place for my water, stopwatch and remote controls for the big screen and surround sound. I had no preset idea of how long to ride, except was calculating if I'd ridden 3 miles outside that took at least 15 minutes. I knew I wanted to ride at minimum of a total of 30 minutes. I also wanted to make sure and ride long enough to keep my left knee from getting sore from that fall. At the end of 15 minutes, I thought, "I feel pretty good let's go 5 more". At then end of 20 I thought the same thing and went for a total of 30 inside. If I'd had more water I coulda gone longer, but decided that I shouldn't push too far too soon. I want to stay healthy and not strain, pull, damage any muscles, tendons, or ligaments. It takes to long to heal!

So happy to not be smoking. I wouldn't feel as alive or as happy if I was still a smoke. Life is good and I'm thrilled to be living it!

I brought it home!

The new bicycle is in the trainer, just waiting for me to jump on anytime I want. It's very different riding from the stationary. I think I need (want) a gadget (odometer) so I'll have an idea of the distance I'm travelling and then can determine my mph.

The stationary's front wheel has a fan blade built-in, this is what creates the resistance. However, it also provides a nice breeze in your face while you are riding, which helps to keep your core temperature cool. It has a gadget that tells distance and estimates calories burned, etc. The handle bars also move alternating in a front to back motion which gives some upper body workout, though not a tremendous amount. Helps tighten up those loose areas though.
The road bike in a trainer is just that. The trainer fits the rear wheel between 2 connectors and there is a metal roller you adjust against the tire. This roller is what provides resistance. I can manually adjust the resistance or use a remote. For now, the front tire in sitting on the Yellow Pages to keep the bike level. Not exactly making any fashion statements, but I'm not trying to impress anyone, YET!

My first time out, I decided on 30 minutes, 'cause that's what I've been doing this week. Within 5-6 minutes I was sweating profusely! I was getting much warmer much faster than on the stationary. I need a box fan, in the worst way! I ran through the gears a few times, spending time in each one. Then I settled in and just rode. It's gonna take a few days to get comfy in the seat I think. I haven't been leaning so forward as I do on this bike. Need to work on my core abs a little more strenuously. These should keep my back in better alignment while riding.

I was very surprised by the fact that my right leg is stronger than my left. I am ambidextrious and I thought most tendencies were to my left. I didn't realise how uneven my gait/cadence is from left to right leg. It made the bike and pedals bump and clink a bit while riding.

The clipless pedals allow for working on one leg at a time as well as take advantage of the 'upswing' part of the pedaling. This is going to take patience and perseverance on my part. Find a comfortable way to sit and pedal one leg at a time and find a place to put the other foot. This is also going to be working new muscle groups. I could feel some new sensations in my legs both as I was riding and this morning before getting out of bed.

It's raining this morning, but forecast says it should get to 66F. If the hour-by-hour is accurate, I may be able to get outside and ride the neighborhood around 1pm or 2. I would love to get out on the road, even if it's only 10 or 15 minutes. Just to get the feel one time. If not, I'll ride indoors. If I get bored, I can pop in the racing DVD that came with the bike. That should provide some inspiration!

Just need to stay hydrated and find that fan!