22 July 2014

Howe Street stairs | bike commute | Fleet Feet run

My first day of actual running on the Howe Street stairs! And my workout was appropriately much shorter. :)

Saw this up on Capitol Hill. I always think it's funny when people spend money on a colored chain and NEW CRANKS for a bike that has stamped steel dropouts. Really, (perceived) style is all that matters.

21 July 2014

bike commute | treadmill run

Didn't make it to the gym this morning but I did try a treadmill run at lunch. I figured this would be easier on my calf...? Not so much. It never felt good and I was just about as stiff and tender when I got off as when I climbed on.

On the way to the IMA I saw this.

Someone served this rear wheel up on a silver platter.

20 July 2014

New Order - finally

There are tons of bands I wish I had seen before it was too late (The Clash, Led Zeppelin, X, etc.) but luckily I have had the chance to see a few (Queen, Black Flag).

A couple of weeks ago Shelley and I were able to add another to the 'have seen' list - New Order.

What. A. Good. Time!

19 July 2014

Cougar 10 | SRC Trail Work Party | north end of Lake WA on a single speed

What a day of being outdoors! And my first trail run in ages! Super bonus.

After my run I joined the Seattle Running Club for a Trail Work Party on Cougar Mountain. Good times (read: hard work) and great people. And a delicious lunch after. Can't complain.

Topped off the exercising with a great ride with Chance Reschke and then we both topped off the day with a visit to Stoup Brewing.

18 July 2014

core | walk home from bus stop

Feeling kind of lazy today. Oh yeah, and my weight is back up over 185. Saw this on the my way to the bus stop, it helped cheer me up.

17 July 2014

bike commute | PT

Went to see Neal Goldberg at FootWorks PT this morning for a check-in and progress report. It was promising!

After running Tuesday I was worried I had done too much but today I feel pretty good. Neal worked my calf and then I did tons of balancing exercises and some jump rope. He officially gave me the green light to start running stairs (I have been walking them so far) and to jump more rope. Progress.

It was another great afternoon so I took the long way home.

ASIDE - I only air the tires on my commute bike about every three weeks. Today I noticed I had let it go just a little too long. My bike was pushing out in corners and felt really squishy (read: slow) as I rode. Oh well, resistance training! :)

15 July 2014

Howe Street stairs | bike commute | Fleet Feet run

Another day of fitness AND my first Fleet Feet Sports Seattle run in almost two months! I did feel a little tentative, my runs this weekend were not overly inspiring in terms of confidence but they went okay so I resolved to take it ultra easy and walk it out of necessary.

I didn't need to walk during the run. Bonus. But I was pretty tight at the end and did need to walk and stretch quite a bit after. Once again riding home after helped some.

I hooked up with Ned (forgot his last name) for the run and he was great company. Truth be told, it was fun to run and talk and not be maxed out. And on the up side, I didn't have to walk the hill!

My Garmin Fenix 2 has a 'recovery' feature. If you wear a heart rate strap, when you are done it will tell you how long you need to recover. After the stairs it said 31 hours. After the run it said 24 hours. Not sure how to use this yet.

14 July 2014

walk home from Capitol Hill

This morning I just didn't feel like riding to work. So I didn't.

And so much for my calf healing up - at least as fast as I want it to. This morning it did not feel so hot and I could tell it had gotten a bit worse since this weekend. I guess my runs Saturday set me back a little.

At least my walk felt fine, I wore my super comfy Brooks Transcend shoes to work just for this purpose.

13 July 2014

May Valley, Cedar Grove, Jones Rd on a single speed

I bounced back great after yesterday, whew.

Went for a ride with my neighbor Don Norbury today and had a blast. We hit some primo asphalt and chatted all the way. Once again I chose the Kona Paddy Wagon, it seems yesterday didn't scare me off single speeds. :)

Summer is in full swing! When I got home I watched the final game in the 2014 World Cup and then went swimming in the lake. Freaking love that. AND being able to do that in the first place.

12 July 2014

ride to and from Cougar Mt, tail runs on Cougar Mt

My first trail run! Heck, today was my first run of any kind since I blitzed my right calf about six weeks ago. And it was pain free. Happy Day.

The Seattle Running Club (of which I am a member) puts on a trail run race series on Cougar Mountain every year and today I volunteered to help out. Wince I was going out there anyway, and since my calf has been feeling better and better lately I figured why not try a short jog while I was there. So happy that worked out.

11 July 2014

core | bike commute

I felt great at the gym today! Then on my ride home I felt pretty flat again. I took a longer way home and perhaps I should have cut it shorter, I did trim all the hills from my usual 'long' route.

Oh well, the stellar summer weather persists and I am loving it. No doubt the sun frequently causes me to extend my ride home. :)

10 July 2014

bike commute

Slept in today, I sure needed that.

09 July 2014

core | bike commute

Another descent day in the gym in spite of not getting as much sleep as I wanted.

On my ride home I felt pretty spent. Probably due to the aforementioned lack of sleep and not eating enough during the day.

Still, awesome day out. And I still took the long way home. :)

08 July 2014

Howe Street stairs | bike commute | Breathe Hot Yoga

Whew...! The efficiency of a stair workout never fails to become obvious when you are on Howe Street. I managed to survive for one hour today and my calf didn't bother me in the least. That's some exciting shit.

I'm test driving the Samsung S Health app specifically because my new phone has a heart rate sensor and it's been ages since I knew what my waking heart rate was.

07 July 2014

core | bike commute

I was a little sleepy tired from staying up late last night but core went well and my right calf is feeling better all the time. Going to try another stair workout this week and if that goes well then perhaps an actual run...?!

06 July 2014

weights | Grand Ridge + Duthie MTB ride

Got to the gym this morning for what has become my standard leg routine and then rode over Grand Ridge to the Duthie Hill MTB park for three quick laps with Tony Callen.

It was a freaking fantastic day! At Duthie I was impressed by the number of children riding in the park. How cool that so many kids are doing this instead of playing video games or some other sedentary activity. Hanging out in positive/healthy circles has to be so crucial to growing up healthy and active.

05 July 2014

Alki, Lincoln Park on a single speed

I'm starting to like my commuter bike with clipless pedals...

I did this ride two weeks ago and it was great fun then so I went to the well again. It is a super flat ride but sometimes that is just fine. With clipless pedals on now I can spin along pretty good. It started to drip a bit half way in but I didn't get drenched, just damp. And it was warm the whole time so no worries.

I love riding along Alki Beach Park just to people watch.

03 July 2014

Howe Street stairs | bike commute

YES. I was finally able to do some exercising on my feet instead of on wheels.

Howe Street is such a constant/staple/benchmark/great workout. So glad to finally be able to do this again. I was slow and my calf is far from 100% but my glass is half full! This also gives me hope that I might be able to run on the flats in a week or two.

Saw this while walking to the dentist today, glad the job market is recovering.

02 July 2014

core | bike commute

News flash - I noticed yesterday and this morning that going up (mostly) and down (for sure) stairs that my calf is finally feeling better! It might be time for a little test tomorrow.

Took the long way home again. I get to ride through so many different neighborhoods on this route, I love it.

01 July 2014

weights | bike commute | Breathe Hot Yoga

Another complete day of fitness! Some strength training, a little cardio and some balance/core. Not bad.

It was HOT at Breathe Hot Yoga today, total sweat fest. During one pose where my arms were clasped together in front of me, the sweat simply would not stop dripping from my elbows. Some real faucet action.

On the way home I rode past a water park and the water has finally been turned on, nice. Nothing screams summer like a water park in action.