Friday, April 20, 2012

Mountain biking and more

I forgot post it but I did a mountain bike ride on Tuesday night.  The Tuesday night rides are fun because it is an all-women's group where we take both beginners and intermediates out on the trails at Lake Crabtree. I'm co-leading the rides this year and plan to be out there every Tuesday at 6 pm to help other women have fun mountain biking!  This was our first ride of the season and it was a great turnout and a great ride. 

I took a break from working out on Wednesday and Thursday because my back was acting up and hurting a lot in the morning. I wanted to see if resting for two days would make it any better, but it didn't.  I think I'm just going to have to live with a little pain while I continue to do the stretching and seeing a physical therapist twice a week. 

On Thursday night, I went for a 4 mile walk, at an 18 minute/mile pace, I really tried to do a 15 minute/mile pace but it was too hard!  I know I could jog faster than that but I didn't want to risk hurting my back.  Anyway, it was good to walk and I'm going to make an effort to walk more either in the morning or at lunchtime. 

Friday morning, I finally got up and went to the gym for an early morning workout at 6 am.  I did the requisite number of upright rows, bicep curls, shoulder shrugs, lateral raises, wrist curls and dips.  I'm still using 10 lb and 15 lb dumbbells.  I saw the physical therapist at 8 am and she did her magic.  I felt so much better and she worked on me and was pain free for the rest of the day.  After work, I went for a mountain bike ride! It was so much fun. We did 11.4 miles at a 7.5 mph pace.  All in all a good way to end the work week. Tomorrow the plan is to try some new (to me) trails in Wilkesboro, NC.  If the rain stays away, I'll be out biking for a portion of the day and will have much to recap.  Keep moving!

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