THE PICKLE – Women Specific cycling clothes

Women know that it is hard to find any clothing that really fits well, not to mention specialized cycling clothing! Up until the the first week or two of the Cycling Slimdown, I was wearing typical cycling shorts and jerseys. While they were functional, they were a little long on my legs, and the waist came up really high on my torso. As you know men and women are not built the same, so naturally we canʼt perfectly fit into the exact same cycling shorts.

Shebeest has come out with a plus size line; this is great because our goal is to get out of the plus size clothing but what do you wear before you get there? When I found out that Shebeest had shorts and jerseys in my size I was overjoyed. Not only would I look cute in the wonderful designs (yes, I am still a girly girl!), but the clothing would fit me correctly.

Shebeest has put together a chamois for the womens plus line. They have designed a chamois that moves with you to help eliminate friction and as you know, friction can lead to chafing. No one wants chafing in sensitive areas.

http://www.sunandski.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=7732055902100

Long ago are the days where I must wear shorts that are too long for me, or be forced to wear jerseys that come down to my thighs. I would be in work out clothes and still look like a girl!

Cycling Slimdown Update – 1 Month Recap and Results

Anna & I have just completed the first 28 days of our weight loss challenge! It hasn’t been as rough as we thought it would be, for two reasons:

1)  Diet- we are better educated on food choices (keeping a food journal is extremely helpful).  Avoiding fast food restaurants altogether allows us the flexibility to eat that small piece of cake every once in a while.  We both eat at restaurants 5 times a week, and can still manage to pick out the healthy options.

2)  Excercise- Anna works out about 5-6 times a week, and I work out 4-5.  We are one with our bikes, and look forward to riding them.  Heck, our spin class is even exciting when we’re not out of breath!

For the first time in 2 weeks, I took my blood pressure, and was pleasantly surprised by the number last night: 129/78.  I couldn’t believe it, so at 10pm I went to Walgreens and H-E-B to verify.  My “normal” is in the 145/95 range.  I’ve always known my “normal” is not healthy, and always thought that “proper diet and excercise” was just the doctor’s excuse not to give me medicine.

We have participated in the Conoco-Phillips Training rides every Saturday.  These rides get progressively longer and harder over a 13 week period.  3 weeks ago, we started out going 12 miles, and three days ago we completed 36!  By the end of the series, we will be able to complete 60+ within a few hours.  At this rate, the MS 150 will still be challenging, but it is definitely within our reach.

This afternoon, we were interviewed by Rich Lord from Sports Radio 610.  The interview went well, but at the end we had to meet the dreaded scale for the first time in 4 weeks.  With Trainer Mark officiating, we one-by-one looked down at the wretched needle going around the numbers on the scale.  Ok, I am not going to sugar-coat it anymore, or blog on and on (Anna hates my blogs because they’re too long… “a blog should be a little blurb, not paragraphs!  Wayne, people don’t want to read everything that goes through your  mind!”)  So, to spare Anna and everyone else from reading my long paragraphs and other nonsense, here’s how we fared:

Anna — 259 lbs.  Weight loss of 11 lbs.

Wayne — 253 lbs.  Weight loss of 17 lbs.

We are well on the road to success, and look forward to continuing this Cycling Slimdown Challenge.  We want to once again thank Sun & Ski Sports for offering us the opportunity of a lifetime, and the hopes of extending our lives by decades!

THE PICKLE – T-SHIRTS!

As Wayne and I pursue a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer waist line, we can not forget our goal in April: to complete the MS-150 Houston to Austin . In addition to bettering our own lives, we are peddling for much needed MS research, which is our most important goal. As part of our fund raising efforts, Sun and Ski Sports has graciously offered to sell T-Shirts, with proceeds donated to our pledge amounts. ALL profits go the MS foundation!

If you would like to contribute to the MS Foundation, and to support Wayne & mine’s Cycling Slim Down, the T-shirt are only $20. Get your shirt today!

Thank you so much!

Anna & Wayne

THE PICKLE – Pictures from 1/17/09 Ride

Hello all,

I just wanted to post some pictures from our ride on Saturday. I hope you enjoy them and I look forward to any comments or questions.

Also, please don’t forget about Bike University at the 6100 Westheimer. Friday Jan. 23rd from 5-10pm and Sat Jan. 24th from 12-6pm There will be representatives from over 40 cycling manufactures.  Come on by and say Hi to Wayne and I.

Anna

Bicycling Essentials #2 — Bicycle Trainer Stand

On my last blog, I jokingly compared going to a Spin Class to church. It’s funny, because it actually turned out to be true. Throughout the hour and a half of constant pedaling, I definitely found religion. It was tough for both Anna and I, but we are looking forward to continuing our spin classes weekly. Our thanks go to Richard, our instructor, who made us laugh just enough not to hurt.

Spin classes are offered at a variety of gyms around town, usually on a stationary bike. This makes sense, as the user is able to effectively adjust levels and resistance. But I wondered how could we possibly do such a hardcore workout utilizing our own bikes? After all, a comfortable bicycle becomes nothing more than an extension of oneself. Remember when you drove the first car you fell in love with? You could drive all crazy, but you trusted the brakes, and knew how to parallel park without so much as grazing any other vehicles. That is exactly how Anna and I feel about our bikes. Having said that, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to actually perform those complex cardio exercises on my own bike.

How did we do it? A Bicycle Trainer, of course! It’s a very simple solution whereby you attach the back wheel of your bicycle to a tripod-like contraption. And Voila! A stationary bike is created! And the best part is that you are already familiar with your gears and saddle. It is great for days like today, where you don’t even want to go outside in the cold, not to mention having a freezer blowing at 20 mph in your face!

Our particular model of trainer, Blackburn Trak Stand Mag Trainer ($159.99), allows us the ability to choose from 3 different levels of resistance. It was great, because I could focus on my gear shifting skills without worrying about the “passing on your left!” scurry and hubbub at Memorial Park. Having the ability to adjust resistance, in my opinion, is as beneficial as riding on the open road. Actually it is more beneficial, because it allows the user to simulate wind or uphill obstacles, thereby providing a comprehensive cardio and strength workout.

Trainers will range from $100-$300, with the main price point being resistance levels or noise reduction. The model we ride on, though not top-‘o-the line, works fine. There is a small amount of noise, but nothing greater than any normal stationary bike contraption around.

I would definitely recommend this product to any “advanced novice” rider who plans on cycling at least twice a week. This contraption will come in handy throughout this winter, and in the spring when rainy days will come. Oh, I am so excited to ride in the comforts of my 72 degree living room when it’s 95 degrees outside!