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The Motivator

by Meghann on April 25, 2011

This post is for my Mom because even after I BEGGED for a bike trainer for my birthday, it still took me two months to finally take it out of the box and put it to use.

But, look Mom!, it’s out of the box now and I even have the review to go with it. ;)

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My Mom got me the Bell Motivator, which she ordered off of Amazon (linked here). It came in a big box as one piece and the only assembly required involved mounting the bike to the trainer. It took a few minutes, but the mounting was pretty easy to figure out with the help of a diagram.

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It was weird when I hopped on at first. I wasn’t sure what the gears should be in and I wasn’t sure how much resistance I should give the back wheel. It took a couple of adjustments, a fall, and 20 minutes, but eventually I got it to a setting I preferred. Now, if it was the right setting – I have no idea. I really, really need to take a cycling class some day.

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I pointed the bike towards the television, flipped on an episode of Army Wives, and rode until the episode ended. I pedaled my little heart out and worked up quite a sweat, there even was a nice little puddle under my bike when I was done. I’m still not sure if I had it in the right setting, but it sure felt like the right setting by the time I was done.

I have a feeling The Motivator and I are going to become good friend over the next few weeks. I have this vision of an hour on the bike trainer in the house, followed by a 30 minute run outside. It’s hard to pack the bike in my car – and with no trails within riding distance – this is the best solution. Plus, this may be the easiest way to practice transitions, something I really, really need to improve on!

My 45 minutes on the bike trainer was followed by a quick 30 minutes Jacker Warner full body circuit DVD to squeeze in some light strength training.

The DVD was followed by oatmeal.

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We’re out of cinnamon. Can you believe it? What’s oatmeal without cinnamon?

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Cinnamon-less oatmeal

In the Pot

  • 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • Chia Seeds
  • Apple
  • Raisins

On Top:

  • Naturally Nutty Coconut Peanut Butter
  • Pumpkin Bread

I missed the cinnamon, but the pumpkin bread made up for it. :)

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This is going to be a CRAZY week

  • Monday – normal day in Tampa
  • Tuesday – Orlando to shoot an episode of Meals & Miles, stay with Kelly
  • Wednesday – Orlando/ Titusville
  • Thursday – Drive to Tennessee
  • Friday – Nashville (anyone have any pasta dinner recommendations?)
  • Saturday – Cheer Kelly & Ben on at the Marathon
  • Sunday – Drive to Titusville
  • Monday – Drive to Tampa

My head is spinning just thinking about it!

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