Saturday, June 19, 2010

Biking with bunnies is the perfect workout

I removed the BP oil spill widget from my blog. I'm still sadden by the whole thing, but it was taking forever to load my blog page. The combination of the video widget and my own pictures was too much. If you still want to look at it, here's the link to the widget. Today BP is dumping 15 gallons a second into the gulf, and that's by moderate estimates.
I finally found my perfect workout last week. In a perfect world I'd do it every day. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel quite so perfect when it rains, and it's raining a lot lately.

Three times last week I biked to the gym in the early morning, did a strength training routine for 50 minutes, then biked home. The round-trip on the bike takes about 40 minutes. Total burned calories according to my heart rate monitor was almost 600 calories.

The best part of the workout is the bike ride, but since I love lifting weights, I don't mind the gym visit. I take great delight in walking past all the boring cardio equipment and getting right into my weight routine.

Unfortunately, today isn't bike riding weather. It's only 52 degrees at 12:30 p.m. and the skies are dark, with rain in the forecast. I'll have to get my cardio workout on an elliptical or some other boring piece of equipment.

My weight is still the same. I just can't seem to lose anything. To be really honest, I'm not trying that hard. I wanted to make 150 by my 55th birthday on August 7, but it's probably not going to happen. Maybe I can make 155. That's the maximum healthy weight for my height, 5' 6, according to Weight Watchers. I know that's really too high so I'm still debating on a healthy weight for me.

A few pictures from the week:

I saw at least 15 - 20 bunnies every day, but capturing a picture is a tricky task. They are fast!

Scotch Broom, a noxious weed in King County, Washington. Even though it's a weed and it's everywhere, it's really pretty. Lots of people are allergic to it, but fortunately, it doesn't bother me.

The trail at about 6 a.m. Dark and gloomy looking, but really pretty.

Wild roses

Me, freezing to death. It was about 50 degrees, but the wind was blowing. The next day I wore gloves with fingers on them. It was so dark because of the cloud cover that the flash went off.


✯FiTCETERA✯ said...

We're long lost sisters, aren't we? I love the biking! I'll have to pick up the weights soon too.

Biking with bunnies at nighttime is a different story, though. I nearly ran over two of them last week. Yikes.

If we could mix up some of your 50˚ and my 90˚ temps we could actually have a perfect biking weather day.

My birthday is August 3 ... my 50th! Yahoo!

It's nice to see your biking mug! :D

Alan said...

That's great how you combine biking and your gym. I should bike for transportation, but I don't have my nerves up for street riding yet.

Grace said...

I had a training class at the airport Hilton yesterday, and right after I got off on the S. 188th street exit, I saw a black bunny in the grass on the side of the road. He was so cute! He may be a wild bunny now, but obviously he didn't start out that way. I wonder how a domesticated rabbit ends up wild.

Sounds like biking combined with weight lifting is your thing. Glad you figured out what you really like.

I couldn't believe it was raining again today...I am SOOO sick of this weather.