Day 280: Winter training

10 10 2010

There was an interesting article in today’s New York Times about a couple of stationary bicycle classes (a.k.a. spin classes) that have become very popular. I know quite a few people who enjoy spin classes and they say they’re a great (and fun) workout, but I’ve never tried one myself. I tend to despise exercising with someone yelling at me. It just makes me angry. One of the local bike groups here in town has an indoor training class each week during winter months. Cyclists are encouraged to bring their own trainers or rollers and enjoy riding with fellow cyclists of varying skill levels, and the leaders are supposedly not the types to yell at participants. A dollar donation is requested, so the price certainly seems reasonable.

Last winter I had good intentions and told myself I’d continue cycling throughout the winter (at least until the snow and ice came). I have the winter clothing to make it bearable, I just lacked the motivation. Once it becomes cold outside, I want to stay snuggly and warm indoors. I’m not a cold weather fan. But this winter, I’m determined to continue training indoors — whether that means working out with fellow cyclists at one of the local spin classes or training with my Sufferfest video. Carrick and I are thinking about buying an additional stationary trainer so we can do the videos together. Might as well suffer together, right? 🙂 While my weight loss has moved slower than I had hoped with Weight Watchers (through no one’s fault but my own), I’ve at least made it to the 8 pound mark. This week I hope to reach my milestone of my first 10 pounds lost. Which is another reason to continue training throughout the winter. I don’t want to start over next spring.

Do you train during the winter? If so, do you train indoors or outdoors? What type of training do you prefer – with a group or on your own?

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Organic LF vanilla yogurt with 1/2 cup granola = 5 points

Lunch/Dinner:
— Grilled chicken salad with ranch dressing = 7.5 points (est.)
— Iced tea = 0 points

Snack (during a birthday celebration. I ate a salad instead of pizza during dinner so I could use the points for dessert.):
— 1/2 piece pumpkin pie = 2.5 points
— 1/2 piece chocolate pie = 3.5 points

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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