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Old 01-06-2014, 04:47 PM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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Happy New Year everyone. And that means itís time to get going with training. I donít have any fan fare to start this year off with, I donít know what I did to piss off the idea fairy but she hasnít come to visit for a while so weíll just have to get right down to business.

Normally I donít make New Years resolutions, unless itís a resolution not to make resolutions, but this year I am going to make a resolution and that single resolution is - to enjoy the ride. If I figure out how to do that, while hammering out those intervals or straining up that hill, Iíll let you know. Wish me luck.

So, what have I been doing and whatís on the agenda for this year? Although it hasnít been snowing volumes, it has been snowing often. Half of the exercise Iíve gotten in the last two weeks has been shoveling an inch or two of snow. When it doesnít snow, Iíve been walking. The longest continuous walk Iíd done in the last decade was about a half-mile. Then a couple of weeks ago, having been inspired by a fellow Active MSer, I managed to walk continuously for about 2 miles. Iíve done it 3 or 4 more times since then. I use a walking stick and I am a total stumbling spaz at the end of the two miles, but itís a start. Thereís a move afoot to gather a group of MSers and climb Pikes Peak in 2015. Obviously, for me, itís not too early to start training. http://activemsers.wssnoc.net/showthread.php?t=1400

I also managed to get out on the bike a couple of times but there is still a little too much ice and snow around for my taste. On the clear patches though, when we didnít have to ride in traffic to avoid the ice or walk when we couldnít, it was nice to be back in the saddle. With a little luck and a little more snow, I should also be able to get out on the XC skis, I hope it's sooner rather than later.

This years agenda will include at least the Colorado and New Mexico Bike MS rides and probably the Copper Triangle. I've been eying the "Waves to Wine" ride in California for a while, maybe this will be the year. I'm always looking for new and exciting rides to try, new rides in new places are part of the fun.

Take a minute if you can, and let us know what youíve been doing lately and what form your plans are taking for the New Year. Then join us as we train toward our goals, and try to have a little fun along the way to staying Active with MS.

AMF Adventures
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:12 PM
kristen.gallegos kristen.gallegos is offline
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I'm not much of a resolutions girl either. I think they're great in theory, but I'm very goal oriented and resolutions seems much easier to break. I have several goals for 2014:
-Run 1000 miles
-Run a half marathon with my dad
-Incorporate strength training and yoga into my schedule at least once a week
-Lower my sugar intake (yeah right, mark that as a failure already )
-Respond to messages in a timely manner
-Pray and listen for the Lord to reveal who He created me to be (most important of all)

Good luck with your activities! Your Waves to Wine ride sounds awesome, but then again, you can't go wrong with wine!
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:51 PM
pawpaw pawpaw is offline
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Default 2014 non-resolutions

Larry and Kristen,
It sounds like you have your work cut out for you. I don't really have specific training plan, but I am trying to be active every day- goal is to move 60 minutes/day. Tonight I am going to ride the trainer for the 1st half of the UK basketball game.
A friend has challenged a group of us to sit on the floor and then stand without the use of our hands or knees. I can sit and get up from my BOSU and I am practicing on it for now. It's not clear I can get up off the floor, but I am working on it.
We did ride 17 miles on New Year's Day into a serious head wind. No riding since then but I have done a spinning class and some walking.
In 2 weeks my sister and I are going to Pearl Laguna Spa- read boot camp- to hike, yoga and lose weight.
The first week in March my nephew and I are off to Tucson for a weeklong cycling camp.
So, I am going to get in shape or go broke trying!
Pell

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Old 01-11-2014, 05:46 PM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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Kristen, glad you joined us, I like your 1000 mile running goal. Mine for last year was 5000 on the bike, I got to within 250 miles of it, would have made it easily except for an accident early in the year. I'll keep it the same this year.

Pell, I'm doing about the same thing you are, just trying to keep moving. If I can ride I do that, otherwise I walk. If it's too icy to even walk I might spin or do weights or stairs and core. If we ever get enough snow I'll get on the cross country skis. No real set schedule except for yoga twice a week, kind of letting the weather guide me right now. My near term goal is to be back in shape by end of February. Also joined the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club. They don't cater to beginners, only A and B groups. Hope I can keep up.

Larry
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:00 PM
AMFADVENTURES AMFADVENTURES is offline
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I've been trying to do something active every day. I've sort of settled into a 5 day pattern of cycling one day, walking one day doing weights and core one day and yoga one day which, depending how tired I am by then, I may or may not combine with one of the other activities. On the fifth day, I may rest or, again depending on how tired I am, one of the other activities.

All in all things are going pretty well. I managed 77 miles in 6:15 on the bike last week at a slow pace, kept my heart rate down, just trying to re-tune the muscles and get everything working again. Weather permitting I'll shoot for 100 miles this week.

I've also been walking, 2 miles at a time, but I'm going to decrease the distance because it seems my knees aren't quite ready for that much yet, especially if I do it two or more times in a week.

Weights, core and stairs are once or twice a week. I'm up to two sets of 20 reps taking the stairs two at a time with hand rail support. I've also been doing supported lunges and shallow squats, balance ball sit ups, planks, pushups and a few specialized hip flexor exercises. The weights are all upper body.

I do yoga twice a week religiously and try to combine it with one of the other activities. Otherwise I just do the yoga and consider it a rest day.

Can't tell you all how spectacular the weather has been around here, a little on the cold side but oh so beautiful.

Everybody getting some time in?

It has begun!

Larry

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Old 01-22-2014, 01:00 PM
milesandtrials milesandtrials is offline
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Happy New Year, everyone. Awesome 2014 goals.
AMF, already riding 77 miles last week? Impressive start to 2014!

Kristin, I love your goals, seeing as I'm a runner myself! I also love your blog, great work.

Pell, a cycling camp in Tucson sounds wonderful, I was there over the holidays, but only got 2 short rides in. It left me wanting more!
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