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Ok, admit it! who else was lazy this winter?

Old 02-18-09, 11:15 PM
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5 pounds of laziness...not much I guess. The only thing that changed down in El Paso was the "cold." I limit myself to 25 F, and it hardly ever goes lower than that, so I have at least been out twice a week. Not too bad. But I also have been eating terribly.

Last two weeks though I've ridden about 10 days out of the 14. Not bad, eh?

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Old 02-18-09, 11:17 PM
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Not I.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:19 PM
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I haven't been on the bike since November....I was thinking of buying a trainer soon. I hear my bike whispering to me when I walk past it every day. It misses me. The weather here was brutally cold in January and February. I don't have much of an excuse for November or December other than a lack of cold weather gear as I am a noob. In place of cycling I have been swimming a few times a week for at least an hour. I had a few weeks where I was swimming 2 hours a day, every day in preparation for a swim test for work. I've also been lifting 5 days a week. So I haven't been a complete slob.

I miss the bike. Warmer weather better get here soon.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:42 PM
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Semi-lazy. I've been exercising several days per week just not very hard.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:55 PM
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I've been less lazy this winter than I've ever been.

Except for this week, because I am incapable of moving from my computer while there's racing on it.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:57 PM
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Not me, I was out at least as much as in the summer, if not more.
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Old 02-19-09, 12:02 AM
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good to hear I wasn't alone "taking it easy". I'm really itching to get on the road though. anxiously fidgeting with the bikes (especially my, new for me, used cannondale cx beater - mechanically perfect, just cosmetic improvements and couple new accessories - PBK FTW, buying schwag is fun). Hope and believe the motivation stays with me.
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Old 02-19-09, 03:02 AM
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I did more this winter than I ever have before, both riding outside and on the trainer. I still have issues though sometimes with getting the motivation to head outside when it's in the low 30's or something. Sometimes it sounds like just the ticket, and other times I blow it off and sit inside and read this stupid forum.
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Old 02-19-09, 05:41 AM
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I got some rollers in December, and I've been on those about twice a week ever since. It's just so boring. I also built a single speed mountain bike that currently needs a new tube, but is a blast in the snow.

So pumped for spring.
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Old 02-19-09, 08:07 AM
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I was having a pretty good winter until the last week or so, where, as the weather really started to warm up, I got the flu and spent the last seven days stricken with crushing malaise and a nagging cough.
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Old 02-19-09, 08:12 AM
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I wasn't totally lazy but I could have hit the MTB a lot more.
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Old 02-19-09, 08:15 AM
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I have one of my bikes on a trainer in the basement.

With that said, the holidays are always hectic with a decent size family all within driving distance.

At best, I get on the trainer about once every one to two weeks.

I do eat less though to counter the lesser physical activity, so I only gain no more than 5 pounds.
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Old 02-19-09, 08:39 AM
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What is this "winter" of which you speak?
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Old 02-19-09, 08:40 AM
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I'm riding when I can and running 1 or 2 days a week just so I can get my heart rate up. I'm just holding on til March 8 and DST. The weather hasn't stopped me as much as the lack of daylight. (I know get a light kit but my wife doesn't like that idea and she is cool with me spending 2 or 3 hours after work riding during spring and summer so I can't complain.) Anyway, I've gained 7 pounds this winter and it's driving my mad.

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Old 02-19-09, 09:02 AM
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I've just been on the bike less this winter.

I've try to do intervals on a spin bike 2-3 days a week, the most boring torture. This, along with my strength+conditioning program that I do 4-5 times a week. I have to mix up the cardio with the anerobic training some days just for the pure torture of it.

My new torture device is a weight vest and ankle weights. 30 minutes of skipping rope with a 20lb weight vest and 5 lb ankle weights to warm up before doing strength conditioning. I like to torture myself, maybe that's why i like cycling so much.

No laziness here. I've lost 3-4lbs over the winter and I didn't think had much to lose in the first place.
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Old 02-19-09, 09:15 AM
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I set the Ti bike up on the trainer and bought some Spinervals dvd's. thats was in mid-November. I've used it once. However since the first week of december i've gotten in 45 days on the cross country skis. Between that and having to deal with blow-down trees, hauling and splitting wood I've gotten some exercise. Usually I would be playing handball 1-2 times a week in the winter but I'm trying to rest my elbows from an extreme tendonitis I picked up last spring.
Even though the season is still a couple of months away up here I',m starting to think more and more about the bike.
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Old 02-19-09, 09:16 AM
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Actually I have been the opposite of lazy this winter...I think it's been a rather productive off season...

My first step was staying on the bike through the winter. This was easier in November and December since the snow gods stayed away. I also pulled out the old mountain biking lights so the lack of sunlight didn't cause a problem. I was able to get out a couple times a week and then fill in the rest of the time with trainer workouts.

Once January hit the snow came and the road rides dropped off, but the trainer time increased. I also ramped up my before work morning workout to concentrate on core and legs. I was still able to get 5 road rides in for January.

In February we got our much anticipated thaw and the bike was on the road again quickly. I kept the morning workouts, plus was riding at night. So far I've been on the bike, outdoors, 10 times this month and only had to resort to the trainer a few times.

I'm feeling much stronger on the bike and my form has not suffered as it has in the past when I have only ridden the trainer. I can also tell that my body is getting leaner. I actually do believe I see some abs...Something I never thought I would see again...wait ever see...since I've never had abs...

Now I just need spring to arrive so I can get on the bike full-time...Of course I still need to get through March and the first couple weeks of April...
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60+ trainer rides... about 6 road rides. I hate the cold. I'm a transplanted Florida boy in western NC. Until someone is paying me I only ride when it's above 50. But as I said... 60+ trainer rides... so I'm in OK shape. Can't wait till spring!
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Lazy is who I am.
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This was my first non-lazy winter in 5 years of cycling and it taught me two things. First, that I can cycle in winter, regardless of temperature/windchill. And second, that I can cycle for cycling's sake, for fitness and for fun. With respect to the second point, the preponderance of my rides in March-October are 25km commutes each way on my Spec Allez. Cycling as a primary means to get to and from work, while fun, lacks the spontainiety of cycling for fun. Now I look forward to a brisk 30-60 minute ride after work on a hybrid when weather permits whereas before my epiphany, it would have been the couch and remote. The results so far include logging some decent base miles, shedding a couple of pounds vice gaining 10-15 and being more cognizant of my diet/meal portions.
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Old 02-19-09, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I'm working on it ....... that list is not the complete list of disasters and distractions going on right now either. One day at a time ... one hour at a time.
Great outlook. I'm sure things will get better with that attitude.
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Originally Posted by halfspeed View Post
Did Spinervals and weight training from the end of November through December and went to a structured training plan since then with weights, the trainer and rollers seven days a week. Been riding outside every weekend and a few evenings since the end of a brutal January. I'm down about eight pounds. Feel bad about being lazy yet? Good.
I did the much of the same...minus the weights and evening rides. Down from 156~158 in May-July to 146~147. Got some nice lean muscle built up with some seperation in Guads...Go Hammer Whey.
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In Southern California we don't have Winter
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In Southern California we don't have Winter
but you do have smog, crime, hella traffic, earthquakes, and according to La Terminator - your state is broke, so it all evens out.
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Glad I'm not the only lazy one. I haven't been on a bike outside since December 31, and that was a last-ditch effort to get my mileage goal in. I moved my trainer out of the garage, and was doing well keeping up there, but then I just got burned out on it.



The trainer is currently holding my Cannondale rebuild, so that's my excuse for not using it
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