I often tell people that I lead a full and productive life before I get to work in the morning. What I mean by that is that I’ve got a consistent workout schedule where I rarely miss a workout of some sort before I get to work. More often than not, it consists of some sort of workout before I ride to work.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Pam and I run together. Saturday is reserved for a longer run, with the weekday distances being anywhere between 3 and 5 miles. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Pam goes to the fitness center for classes, and I’ve been using those days to lift weights in our home exercise room.
The problem with that is I don’t really like to lift weights three times a week. I stopped doing any form of lower body weight lifting years ago when I figured out that while I could quickly and easily build great strength in my legs, it came at the price of performance while running or riding. That leaves me three days a week to work on upper body strength…which in my mind is too much. You see, I don’t want to look like a muscle-bound moron (No offense intended if you happen to have well defined muscles!). I lift for strength, metabolism, health, and injury prevention. I feel like I can accomplish that with two upper body workouts a week.
So…that leaves me with a morning to burn. When the weather is warm and the days are longer, that’s not a problem. I simply go for a bike ride. During these dark, cold days of winter, however, I try to rotate other activities into the mix on that morning. I’ve walked, incorporated a light weight workout, tried to split up my normal weight workout, and played on the WII Fit, but today I tried something that I hadn’t given much thought before – yoga.
Before today, I had tried yoga one time in my life, and that was in conjunction with a running class Pam and I took last spring. I was thinking about that a couple of weeks ago and decided to try to find a yoga video for cyclists. I found one on the internet, and was about to buy it when I spotted a yoga for cycling podcast out there that I could use for free! Being the frugal sucker that I am, I decided to give that a try before spending money on one.
We’ve got a TV in the workout room, but I don’t have the right cable from my laptop up to it, so I just scooted my lifting bench out of the way, plugged my laptop into the speakers I normally use for my phone, and pushed play. I really enjoyed myself and felt awesome afterward. In fact, I still feel nice and loose and mellow, so I guess that’s a good thing! I’ll definitely do that again, and may go ahead and buy the DVD I found. The video itself is just about a 20 minute workout, but it seemed about right to a beginner like me.
Here’s a link if you’re interested in checking it out yourself:
Afterward, I hit the road into a cold north wind that reminded me the nice weather earlier in the week was just a teaser. It was only 29 degrees at the time, but that wind made it seem considerably colder, and riding into it most of the way to work was not very fun.
As I pulled into the parking lot, I was rewarded with the view at the top of this post.
Have a very merry Christmas, and God bless….