Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Back on the trainer

by Meghann on February 6, 2013

Just when I thought my lunches couldn’t get more random… I pull together something like this.

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Cucumber, carrot sticks, hummus, crackers, cheese, leftover chicken breast, and avocado.

Really, who ever said a meal had to make sense? As long as tastes good (and makes sense to you), that’s all that really matters, right?

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p.s. it was awesome.

A little bowl of greek yogurt, walnuts, almonds, cereal, and fresh strawberries made a killer snack this afternoon.

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It also acted as fuel for this:

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Yes, that’s our messy garage. In the background you’ll see a dresser (psstt… anyone in Tampa want a free dresser? Please. Take it. Now.), Christmas decorations, golf clubs, and luggage. You are welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hate the bike trainer, but not for the same reasons most people do. Mostly people hate it because it’s boring, I hate it because I have no idea how to operate it. It took me 45 minutes to set it up this afternoon. 45 minutes! When they popped my bike in the trainer at the bike store last week it took them less than two minutes. I spent 45 minutes lining everything up and making sure it was secure, having no confidence in my abilities.

Alright, maybe hate is a strong word. Perhaps fear is what it is. We “fear” things we don’t understand, and the trainer is something I don’t understand.

I had a bad fall off the trainer last summer. The back tire wasn’t secure and 10 minutes into my workout the bike toppled over (with me still attached to it). I landed hard and my butt and ego were both bruised. I was so afraid of the trainer after that, that I set it in the garage to collect dust for the next 10 months.

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I know the trainer and I are about to become good friends during Ironman training, so I dusted it off this afternoon for a test ride. Once the bike was secured, I just hopped on and sort of rode.

On top of being afraid of falling again, there are other aspects of the trainer I’m still not sure about. Like what gear I should be in when riding, how much pressure should be on the tire, or how to execute a trainer workout. I’m working on figuring these things out. I’m a visual learner and need to see something in person in order for it to make sense. Luckily a friend said he was willing to walk me through a workout on a trainer soon (where we would be without awesome friends?). Until then I’m just going to sort of do my own thing. My own thing this evening was riding 30 minute while listening to this month’s book club selection”Red Tent.”

The good news is I didn’t fall (yay!) and the 30 minutes on the bike wasn’t terrible (double yay!). Hopefully next time it won’t take me so long to setup the darn trainer and I’ll have more time to ride. ๐Ÿ™‚

Is there a piece of gym equipment you’re afraid to use because of a bad experience? What happened? Have you conquered your fear?

Oh, I made this eggplant dip for dinner and it was delicious!

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Unfortunately it wasn’t very pretty. We used the eggplant dip as a sauce for steak tonight and it was, um, not very photogenic.

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Sigh. At least it tasted good. ๐Ÿ™‚

I updated the wedding page today. Check out the details behind the reception here.

Good night!

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