Randoms… Mainly About Cardio

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  • I haven’t been writing much because I’m always working. There always seems to be work to get done but I appreciate it because I had 3 weeks of NO freelance work a couple of months ago (first time ever) and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I love working!
  • Maybe that’s a sign I need to learn how to relax.
  • All I want to do is cycle right now but my body needs variety and since I hate running, I’m back on the elliptical again and I’m enjoying it! You can really get an awesome HIIT workout on it and I can vouch because I lost 25lbs from my elliptical-queen phase (okay well, weightlifting should probably take most of the credit).
  • I haven’t had a real workout on the elliptical since #323 in August 2011.
  • I really really love cycling whether it be on a real bike or a stationary bike at the gym. When I plan a cardio/spin day, it’s seriously the highlight of my day and no, I don’t get bored spinning indoors. As long as I have some good EDM to listen to, I’m good to go.
  • You may not believe this but I LOOK FORWARD to indoor cardio. It’s the only time in the day where I can relax and let my mind wander OR get some thinking done.
  • I just did a quickie powerlift day at the gym so that means tomorrow is cardio day. I’m. So. Excited.
  • Cardio is awesome when it’s not a chore.
  • The women’s change room is closed next week (worst news ever) which means I have to be armed with dry shampoo and wipes to avoid smelling like a wet towel at work.
  • The past month I’ve been super bloated from way too much sodium. I make giant pots of soups often so I don’t have to cook dinner for the week. I made Pho for 2 weeks in a row, then Kimchi Stew the last two weeks. I think I will take a break and then do a couple of weeks of Bun Bo Hue in January. ;) Once I start obsessing over something, I’ll eat it until I’m sick of it!

How have your workouts been lately?


    How to Dress For Winter Cycling

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    Cold-weather cycling calls for a pretty scarf. As you can see, I’m wearing shorts in this photo because it was taken in mid-October where it was still kind of warm in Vancouver (gasp!!). But as long as my head and neck is warm, the rest of my body will be okay.

    I love cycling in the cold but the secret is to dress for it so you don’t cry with misery during your ride. Once you got that down, you’ll get to enjoy the other benefits such as not sweating and no tanlines— how great is that? Dressing for cold-weather cycling can get tricky because if you overdress, you will may overheat especially if there are a lot of hills on your route.

    You know you’ve dressed properly if you are slightly cold in the first 10-15 minutes of your ride but after that, your body would’ve warmed up. My worst memories are always the first 10 minutes of riding after a long break— I can remember being so cold that my entire body will be shaking uncontrollably, making it hard to stay on the bike and my hands will be completely numb despite my gloves, but I always know that my body will warm up so I just sucked it up.

    How to Dress For Winter Cycling:

    1. Keep your head warm with a cap. This Pearl iZUMi Transfer Skull Cap is my favorite.
    2. Keep your neck warm with a pretty scarf. I like to wear my own scarves, nothing cycling specific.
    3. Keep your hands and fingers warm. When your fingers are too numb to switch gears, it really-fucking-sucks. And it gets worse when you arrive at your warm destination because your finger tips will feel like they are BURNING.
    4. Keep your feet and toes warm with thick wool socks and this Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Shoe Cover.
    5. Layer your clothes: base layer + a soft or wind/water resistant shell depending on weather. I find anything more could be overkill because my body tends to heat up. If it’s freezing out, wear an extra fleece/light jacket in between but of course, this all depends how easy/hard you are planning to ride.

    I have a leaner build so I lose body heat really quickly and when I get cold, it is really-fucking-miserable, but I find that as long as I tackle the first four on the list, I can wear anything— as long as I have a base layer and some kind of light jacket. If I start feeling cold, I will just rider harder. ;)

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      Why You Should Cycle in the Winter

      It started snowing today and although I don’t think I’d cycle in snowy conditions with my road bike, I live in Vancouver where we only get snow for a couple of weeks out of the year, so there are still plenty of opportunities for me to cycle and commute during the cold winter months. The temperature has been hovering around zero lately and I still see plenty of cyclists out which really warms my heart! Please continue warming my heart. ;)

      I Fucking Love Fitness | Winter Cycling

      All bundled up to cycle in the cold.

      Why You Should Cycle in the Winter

      1. You don’t sweat.

      Well, you may if you are planning to hammer it but you will cool down and dry off almost immediately. I can bike to work in the cold and even do some hill training or HIIT sprints on the way and not have to shower right away because I don’t smell like a wet rag when I get to the office like I do during summer.

      2. You won’t get tan lines.

      How. Great. Is. That. Seriously, that is one of the best things ever. Tan lines are always a #vaincyclist’s worst enemy.

      3. You get to bundle up.

      I don’t know about you but I love winter and fall fashion and that goes for workout gear as well. I love long sleeves and jackets and cycling in the cold means I get to put all that gear to use (because I usually never get a chance to wear them since I do a lot of gym-ratting in the winter).

      4. It’s invigorating.

      Cold showers are awesome for you so I’m sure cold bike rides are too (to some extent). Harhar. But really, there is something invigorating about riding in the frigid air. Commuting in the cold mornings really wakes you up and sets the tone for the day.

      5. You feel really fucking awesome when you’re done.

      You get to consume more delicious calories, you got to ride right by all those cars stuck in rush hour traffic, you just got an amazing workout while everyone was bundled up in their cars with their heaters on, you’re burning calories not fuel… how badass is that?