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ActiveMSers 01-05-2016 11:47 AM

MSers in Training 2016
Thought I'd kick off our 2016 training thread with my first big ride of the year. On Sunday, January 3, took out my hand trike for a 2 hour spin in some brisk temps with Laura. Turned out to be a bit of an adventure!

Exercise wise it was all aces:
1,100 calories burned
1:30 in the cardio zone
121 bpm average heart rate

Temperatures were in the low 40s, which was actually comfortable in the Albuquerque sun even wearing bike shorts (and ski socks, though). But I forgot about the shade on one portion of the trail that is all north facing. The snow from Christmas weekend hadn't melted and was packed and icy. For once, our trikes had a significant advantage. Even though we slipped all over the place, we were able to stay on the trail. Here is a pic from a tamer portion of the trail.


But the highlight of the ride was the Albuquerque cliché that had everything but the anvil. We spotted a coyote, which I snapped a pic of here. Moments later it crossed the bike trail 10 yards ahead of us. Naturally right after I had put away my camera, doh!


And then five short minutes up the trail, we spotted, naturally, a roadrunner. And it too posed for a better pic the second I zipped up my camera.


And then at the end of the ride I ran into a couple of wheelchair tennis players at a court near our house and got all the info to give that a try. All in all a great start to 2016! (Alas for the next week the bike will be parked. El Nino has generously lined up four storms for us with snows and chilly temps.)

How are all of you guys starting out the New Year? Getting fit? Staying fit? Making resolutions to remove butt from couch? Inquiring minds want to know!

MSRunner26 01-05-2016 05:18 PM

2016 Here We Come!
WooHoo Dave! Great ride and pictures. I love to stop along the way and snap as many cool shots as I can.
I made it into the NYC Half Marathon in March. Although I did not get in via the lottery, I was able to secure a spot with the NY MS Chapter! Super excited! Official training starts in a few weeks, so for right now I am babying some angry knees (well trying to, running tonight with temps at 10) and strength training.
Is anyone in the NY area running this?

Veronica 01-05-2016 10:59 PM

Quick post here! Dave, I just had to comment on your ride report.... I swear I can see your s**t eating grin right through the back of your head/helmet! What a wonderful way to start the New Year...loved the photos....and loved that you are really living in the moment of the rides...nothing better than that.... Roll on Dave, Triker Dude!

Marinadca 01-06-2016 02:37 PM

Way to go Dave, that's an awesome ride and you saw some really cool stuff!

I am a baby when it comes to cold whether, so I have done 2 rides this year, inside on my trainer. I tried to to a third yesterday but dropped the chain on my trike 6 minutes into the ride, tried to fix it, failed and gave up!

AMFADVENTURES 01-06-2016 07:35 PM

Great pics Dave! I guess if I have a New Years resolution it will be to take more pics while I'm on the bike. And thanks for starting the thread.

I also got outside last Tuesday. It was cold, wet, windy and icy but there seemed to always be a way through the crap for my two wheeled skinny tire bike. I found, not having ridden since the Tour de Tucson in late November, that my strength was impressively good, my cardio was also just fine but my endurance was completely trashed. I only managed a scant 12 miles over a hilly course and was very happy to be done at that.

In place of riding, I've been hitting the weights and the elliptical, each twice a week, increasing weight and time every week. I need to get some core going.

As for goals, I've had that Pikes Peak climb on my mind for a couple of years now so I've determined this is the year, "Pikes Peak or Bust." Although I don't expect to ever make it all the way to the top, I do think it'll be interesting to see just how far I can get. Of course if, by some form of divine intervention or what not, I did make it all the way, I would most certainly acquire enormous bragging rights, which I would then be forced to exercise at various cycling events such as the Copper Triangle and possibly the NM MS 150.

We shall see, we shall see,


ActiveMSers 01-12-2016 07:59 PM

Ah, never underestimate bragging rights. Wise words, Larry.

We've had below average temps in Albuquerque since Christmas, so we have been mired in the 30s mostly (never above 43), but today it got close so I was back out on the bike! With the sun, temps like that are fine. Got into the cardio zone for 58 minutes. Always bugs me when I miss a milestone like an hour. Laura suggested I flail my arms frantically for a few minutes, ha, ha.

AMFADVENTURES 01-19-2016 01:09 PM

Got out for one ride last week too, 23 miles, took it easy and felt good afterward. Also did weights twice and elliptical twice. The temperature swings must be getting to me though because I seem to have contracted some kind of chest crud. Oh well, hopefully back at it soon.

teena marie 01-20-2016 11:34 AM

Belated good wishes to all for 2016!

Dave, love the kick off to the year with your ride.

Training is going well. In addition to a daily swim and pool workout, I'm working with a trainer twice a week. Incorporating many things I've learned along the way with other physios,trainers and new exercises with her. Always interesting, I'm much more fatigued after a muscle building session than a big swim. Of course, it's temporary and it feels good the next day.

Take care all, I love hearing about everyone's winter training.

Teena Marie

AMFADVENTURES 01-26-2016 01:28 PM

Had a head and chest cold last week, exercised my mind by reading a couple of trash novels. Back at it today though with some light exercise at the club. The weather's looking up here, 60's in the forecast, should be out on the bike again soon!

Hope you guys back east are getting dug out. What a storm!


Marinadca 02-02-2016 05:06 PM

So today Facebook helpfully shared that 4 years ago I was bringing home my new 2-wheeled bike Ruby. Now I am entering season 2 on my trike. Oh what a difference 4 years have made!

So to drag myself out of my pity party and do my planned work out, a sufferfest video with my bike on the trainer.

I was still feeling a bit sorry for myself so I reviews my year to date info on Strava. 15 rides this year, 183 miles and 15 h 2 m on the bike. Not bad.

Still feeling a little down I updated my bikeMS page, something I have been putting off for weeks. And NOW I feel better. I did the 150 miles last year, this year I am really hoping all these hard indoor work outs amount to something and that I am faster then next year.

On another note, I signed up for an early May Century. Less then 300 feet of elevations for the 100 miles. My dream course :)

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