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Old 06-13-2010, 07:51 PM
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Alright........it's almost summer! Any special plans? Any plans to increase or update your fitness routines???

I'm soooooo ready for summer.........around where I live, it just gets better around this time. My plans: triathlon, of course!! ~~ Other than that, camping and kayaking!

(Trying to psych myself out)

So....anyone else excited about summer?

I'm glad you're all here....and looking forward to hearing how you're taking this fitness thing to the next level!

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:54 PM
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Hey Truth,

A triathalon sounds like a great plan !

I'm continuing with my cycling routine to rehab this calamatous knee , so far, so good. The last 5 days , my new odometer says it been 72 mi. total. Took Sat off, but still got a little work with some Lt Weights. -- (My usual 40 minute warm up before cycling ) At 53 , and not having worked out for 12 years, I'm esp. focused on avoiding any early injury right now.

Clean and sober since 4-4-10.


Just using my Trek FX 7.3 as a training bike for now. Hope to try some slow run-walks in a month or two , to see if the knee will hold up. It's been 100* the last two days , so my next additional cross training will definitely be in the water.


Y'all keep moving out there !


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Old 06-14-2010, 05:57 PM
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Washburn ,

Your progress sounds really good !!

Keep it up and you'll have to change your screen name to Washboard !!!!!!




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Old 06-14-2010, 11:09 PM
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I ran 3 miles tonight. I tried to get into some maximum oxygen consumption and play with maximum speed a little.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:51 AM
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Good morning, all! Good to see so many posters! Keep it up......I need all the incentive I can get!

Haven't done any cardio since Friday, so I'm off to hit it hard. It's windy, so I'll see what hits who!

Interesting weekend. Ended up having to take care of some family business. It feels so good, to be able to do that....sober. No putting things off so I can find a drink. No shortcuts for same reason.

I think sometimes we forget to celebrate every breath of sobriety we have. So, I guess I'm celebrating today! Yay, Us! Have a good one, friends!
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Freepath View Post
I ran 3 miles tonight. I tried to get into some maximum oxygen consumption and play with maximum speed a little.
Nice. I'm working up to that with interval sprints and stuff. Right now, I'm at about half that. What do you do for the pain in your shins. All the info on the net is like, rest until you feel better, but I'm thinking more along the lines of power through it.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:10 AM
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Hi All,

I'm nursing a summer cold and can't ride right now (I have asthma, so being sick = no exercise)....but I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend if I feel better! The weather here in CA is finally calming down (lots of rain lately, which is unusual for this time of year). Any plans for this weekend? Keep up the posts...you all inspire me!
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:08 AM
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Far: Summer colds are the worst! Feel better soon!

Detroit: Shinsplints are not fun. How long have you been running? I used to get them a LOT when I first started running. What I found...shoes are key. Make sure you have good ones that fit you (half size larger than street shoes)....and they don't have too many miles on them (I change mine out between 350-500 miles). Once my shoes go, so do my shins.

And.....once you get shinsplints, I do think you need to ramp down the miles. You won't want to, but if you don't, you could really do some damage....yes, that is experience speaking.

Stay healthy!
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:48 PM
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Hi Coffee, just wanted to say hi! Busy as heck.............miss you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:00 PM
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Glad you're back out , Free

Yea,Far; ....... those summer colds require a little rest. I've tried ignoring them in the past ; ...never a good idea

Coffee, ....good to hear you've gone to hit it hard. You're so right about every breath in sobriety being precious.

Detroit, those splints can be brutal. I'm working up to running next year; ...can't wait for my first shin splints ! I've heard the same thing Coffee has , I think.

Swapped out the saddle from the old beater off-road to my hybrid today, ....what a difference! Didn't have enough time before work tonight to get in a longer route, but managed over 18 mi. anyway.

Plan to get a front rack on the hybrid to use for a commuter later in the Fall. Saving up for a road bike sometime in the beginning of 2011. Trying to learn more on some bike forums. Lotta gear heads (and lifers ) out there !!!

Y'all keep postin' and moving'


Lovin' this 100* heat ....who needs a sauna ?


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Old 06-17-2010, 06:16 AM
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Hey coffee, how did the wind workout go? You are completely spot on. Sobriety beats being drunk all the time, and taking care of things becomes immeasurably easier.

Detroit, welcome! The canned answer is always to rest and take ibuprofen. I donít agree. If you are getting pain in your shins, it is probably because you are lifting your toes when you bring your foot forward. Your foot should be somewhat relaxed when you bring it forward; you will be able to land on your foot without raising your toes. Be careful about where your foot hits the ground. If you are landing on your heel, your form is going to hurt you. Landing on your heel puts pressure on your ankle, your knee, your hip and your low back. Land on the soft spot of your foot, just behind your toes. The arch in your foot, your ankle, your knee and your hip all serve as a spring to soften the landing. Whether you are running 3 miles per hour or 10 miles per hour, whether you are 3 feet tall or 7 feet tall, your foot fall pace should be about the same, 180 per minute, never less. That will help your form. With a more efficient form you will run faster with less chance for injury. Also, drink water until you pee clear and get one of those foam roll things from a fitness store or Wall Mart. Those things will get the lactic acid out of your muscles.

Far, hope you feel better!

Hi VC!

Good to see you Top! I need to get my bike out!

I ran 8 miles last night. It was a good workout.
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Old 06-18-2010, 04:13 PM
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Thanks for the running advice Free - even if it was in answer to Detroit. I'm learning there's a lot to this training stuff. For example, there are rules for the triathlon - stuff I've never even heard of. Guess I'll need to google them!

Topspin - 100 degrees! Wow! I've been reading up in some forums too....there's so much information out there.

OK. So, I've been a bum this week. Hope you all are doing better at keeping up on fitness. I read at article on WebMD about how exercise can help depression and the accompanying energy loss. Yet another reason to get back on track.

TGIF
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by coffeenut View Post
Shinsplints are not fun. How long have you been running? I used to get them a LOT when I first started running. What I found...shoes are key. Make sure you have good ones that fit you (half size larger than street shoes)....and they don't have too many miles on them (I change mine out between 350-500 miles). Once my shoes go, so do my shins.

And.....once you get shinsplints, I do think you need to ramp down the miles. You won't want to, but if you don't, you could really do some damage....yes, that is experience speaking.

Stay healthy!
WOW! Maybe that's what the deal is. These shoes are a couple of years old, but only have recently been getting some serious mileage. The splints haven't been a problem since I posted last, so maybe I'm okay now.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:13 AM
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Hey, VC! How is summer treating you? Busy is Good!

Top: 100* heat...........blech! That's Almost worse than 30 below!

Free: The wind workout was actually okay. The windless one the next day kicked my butt.....go figure!

Truth: Without some form of exercise, I do believe depression would be a factor in my life. Keep reading!

Detroit: Get some New Shoes (besides that....they make you run bouncier! Just kidding).

Lots of running and walking. Training for the next race starts next week......hmmm...

Have a Great Weekend, all!
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Its...yes! Exercise is a HUGE mood lifter! I personally find it also helps anxiety, which I am prone to. Back on the bike this weekend...felt great!
Wishing everyone good fitness for the rest of the weekend and following week!
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Far , ....Glad you're back on the bike this weekend.

Today , I warmed up my upper body with the usual 30 minutes of high rep/ low wt. dumb bell work; 1/2 on a flat bench, all outside in the heat. Then headed out for a 16 mi. workout on the bike . (limited time because of work )

Kicked it up occasionally to my highest gear and stayed out of the saddle for a 1/4 mile or so. Trying to simulate a climb as it's flat-flat around here except for the bridges. I'm finding that intensity ( 3/4 mi. sprints mixed in ) in these training rides is really helping.

This journey in sobriety is awsome. Noticed a little more mental clarity lately too.


Woo-Hoo to that !!!


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Good for you, Top! Sounds like you have a great routine under your belt so far.

I'm planning (weather permitting) a ride for tomorrow before work--last day of the current semester--woo hoo!

Happy exercise everyone!
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:43 AM
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Before my latest relapse (on day 8 AGAIN) I was running 3 times a week. Did a couple of 5k races at about 22mins. Then I had a problem with my hip which then affected my hip. My doc reckons it was my IT band and needed to rest it. Well I took that as an excuse to go on a 2 week session.

Starting again tonight with a gentle 2k. Been told I was upped my distance too quickly so going to take my time this time around.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:51 AM
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May I join?

Since getting sober seven days ago I have been to the gym five times. Each time I do 90 minutes of cardio. For this is walking at 3 mph on a 15% incline. The little counter tells me I burn about 1000 calories during the 90 minutes.

When I'm done I lift weight to shape my shoulders, arms, and abs.

I have lost ten lbs in the past month. In that month I had 25 sober days. But, I am not the official day seven now.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:09 AM
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Top: Nice job ramping up the bike! And...the mental clarity part just feels great, doesn't it?! Good for you!

Far: Last day of the semester.....Ahhhhhhhhh! Enjoy it!

Spen: You must start back slowly. Maybe walk a block and jog a block? I've read not to increase more than 10% per week. Glad you are here!

Melinda: Of course you can join! Glad you have you. 7 days sober is Awesome, and the most important thing! Careful of those little counters....they may not be set to your weight. It may be close.....but don't bet the farm on it.

Off for a run here. 80% humidity today! Ick! Oh, well....I'll enjoy stopping. :P

Have a GREAT week, all! Keep it moving.....and keep it sober!
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