April Challenge, Day 30!

Today’s Movement: Cycling (outdoors) & Stretching

Thirty days of movement – I made it! It seemed fitting to end as I began with a bike ride. I jumped on the light rail for a few stops then cycled another five miles or so to meet my spouse (her first ride of the year!) and a good friend and their toddler (her first ride ever!). We did a leisurely seven miles on the Burke-Gilman, all of us having our own challenges for the day (ask me about falling over in while still clipped into my bike…THAT’S going to take some practice), but enjoying the morning and camaraderie.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: The city waking up and being active on a Sunday morning – Cyclists, divers, runners, kayakers…
I loved: Being part of a toddler’s first ride and also being out the bikes for the first time with my spouse this year.
#RealTalk: Did I mention that clipless pedals / cycling shoes are going to take me a while to get used to? Ouch.

 

A multimodal morning!

 

April Challenge, Day 22

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I look forward to this class. I fear this class. It’s hard in a familiar way, and I know I’m going to make it through, I know it’s going to be challenging, and I know I’ll be so sweaty my clothes will be saturated as if I was outside in the rain.

Thanks, Melissa and Live Love Flow for meeting all of my expectation this Saturday morning!

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: An athletic team of some sort (my guess at least) from the university across the street running early on a Saturday!
I loved: To learn that Cycle & Flow is coming back as an option during the week!
#Realtalk: I honestly think that more often than not, yoga is the hard part of this combo for me.

April Challenge, Day 15

Today’s Movement: Cycling (outdoors)

Halfway! Fifteen days of movement and blogging. I wanted to “celebrate” the halfway point with a hike with my sweetie. We headed out with a Plan A and a Plan B, but both were squashed due to every Seattleite on the planet also deciding to go hiking. Every parking lot was completely full. So we took a detour and stopped by Snoqualmie Falls (our unplanned Plan C) and then got burgers. Since I didn’t get any movement in in the morning, I decided to go back to where this all started (Day 1) and jump on my bike. We’ll try our hike again tomorrow.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: A lot of people braving short sleeves and tank tops. It was a sweltering 57°F.
I loved: ALL. THE. SUN.
#Realtalk: Whoa…ALL. THE. POTHOLES. It’s Spring in Seattle! Maybe there will be some relief with the “Pothole Palooza” that starts next week.

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April Challenge, Day 14

Today’s Movement: Tempo Cycle

There is a dry, sunny, relatively “warm” weekend on the horizon! Instead of planning for a weekend Cycle & Flow class, I decided to hit up the very early, very sweaty 5:45am 60-minute Tempo Cycle class at Live Love Flow. Don teaches this early class…with a whistle.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: A full class of folks who really love Don, our instructor! It is his 50th birthday and there was lots of love (and cupcakes).
I loved: Singing and dancing emphatically to Beyoncé and Mariah Carey on my drive home from spin.
#Realtalk: There is a certain brand of masochism that comes with waking up at 5:00am to go to a class that is an hour of suck.

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Thanks, Live Love Flow!

April Challenge, Day 8

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

Back for Cycle & Flow at Live, Love, Flow. I really like this class, especially the instructor on Saturdays. I also really like the anonymity of going to a place that feels familiar but isn’t “my” gym. While the front desk staff and trainers recognize me, it’s not a place I’m necessarily seeking friendship or community. It’s a place I get to drop-in mostly undetected and slightly suffer (and sweat) with a whole bunch of strangers.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: All the cute leggings. While I do not think expensive, matching, or stylish workout clothes are required for any type of movement, I am a sucker for some fun patterns (they make me feel like superwoman).
I loved:
 The playlist during spin. There was definitely a series of some “fuck that shit” lyrics over and over, which was pretty much what I was thinking in my head a the time.
#Realtalk: There is no where I sweat more than in this class. It makes for some slippery yoga. Good for balance, right?

April Challenge, Day 2

Today’s Movement: Cycle & Flow

I started going to Live Love Flow about 15 months ago after the urging of a friend. My first experience was a yoga class that, honestly, wasn’t my favorite. I came back for a combination Cycle & Flow class (40 minutes of tempo cycling and 30 minutes of Vinyasa yoga), and I was hooked. I was sweaty and slightly defeated…and loved it! At the time, I was in a movement slump and needed some motivation. The almost weekly friend-date combo of class then coffee was exactly what I needed! Since then, I’ve continued to take cycling classes about once a week, even after my original inspiration moved away.

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: The sun through the windows during yoga.
I loved: Feeling strong on the bike even after biking late yesterday.
#Realtalk: I took my tank top off during spin and rode only in my sports bra – Amazing!

FIT-PRO TIP!

I don’t pay for a monthly membership, since I only go about four times a month. Instead, I buy a 10-class punch cards when they have special deals (I just got a “spring” deal for $149 vs. the regular $200)

April Challenge, Day 1

Today’s Movement: Cycling (outdoors)

It was finally not raining on a weekend day, and I couldn’t resist jumping on my bike for a ride in the fresh air. This is only the second time in 2017 I’ve been out on my bike (the first time was over a month ago…and it was cold).

ON THE MOVE:

I saw: Cherry blossoms!
I loved: That I didn’t get rained on.
#Realtalk: I should have worn cycling shorts.

 

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