Clip-in Cycling Shoes

Ice Ice Baby

90 Degrees! Woohoo! Apparently the sunshine followed me home from Las Vegas. The weather was wonderful most of last week. I got in another bike ride to work. Man, this might become a weekly thing! One can hope.

It was around 60 degrees when I biked halfway into work last Wednesday. I wore my sleeveless bike jersey and arm warmers and honestly didn’t need the arm warmers.

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The temperature was perfect. I parked the car a little further away from the Springwater Trail this time around. Each week I’ll park further away and eventually will bike from home (I hope).

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The mileage in the morning was a little more, so that’s cool. My knees were a bit sore and achy for most of the morning. I’m not sure what that was about…was it the run I did on Tuesday? Was I just tight and sore? Did I push it too hard on the bike? (I had to remind myself to slow down several times.) Or was it just a “bad knee day”? Not sure. I iced my knees a few times at work and tried to take it easy.

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The day got hotter and hotter and it was 90 degrees when it was time to go home. I had 2 water bottles with me and took it easy. But honestly, it’s a short ride back to the car in the afternoon so it’s not too bad. I went slow–the heat made it impossible to go very fast, so that was good!

Even though it was 90 degrees it wasn’t uncomfortable. Thank you Vegas for conditioning me to hot weather! It wasn’t such a shocker. I got back to the car in no time at all.

biking1I was happy that I had no knee issues on the ride home or afterwards. My IT Bands were slightly tighter than normal (and they are usually tight) so there was that. I used the foam roller and stretched before bed. I should have stretched more than I did and when I first got home. I REALLY need to be better about that!

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I was famished! Increased cardio does that for me. For dinner I made rice and green beans and curry shrimp. I love this dinner. It’s so filling and it makes me feel healthy and satisfied. Dinner was quick and easy, too.

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My knees were tight and sore the next few days, which didn’t make me happy. In fact it make me very grumpy and sad that I had a flare up after so many months of doing well. I’m not sure what happened. Maybe it was biking several weeks in a row after not biking for months. Maybe it’s my clip-in shoes (I’ve been thinking about switching back to the shoe cages to see if there is a difference). Or maybe it’s just that I’ve been doing more cardio and less weight lifting like I’d been doing all winter long. That could be contributing to weaker glutes which leads to knee pain for me. I’m going to try a few things and see what helps.

Fighting it Off

Fat Kitty makes me happy. He’s the sweetest, cutest little snuggle-bug. And he’s obsessed with the bubbles. Whenever Michael and I watch TV now I blow bubbles for him to play with (no, not Michael, but the cat). We were watching the latest episode of Breaking Bad on Sunday night and it was Bubble Time.


He gets so cracked out on it. He jumps in the air, tries to catch the bubbles and is so confused when they disappear. It’s a riot to watch him. The above picture is a little dark but if you look carefully you can see the bubbles.

Over the weekend I did a little bit of gardening (in between rain bursts). It seems that my squash plant is not doing so well. I’m not sure what’s wrong with it:


The actual squash looks fine, it’s the leaves that look gross. I don’t know if it’s dying? Rotten? Mildew? What gives? Is there anything I can do to fix it?


At least my tomatoes and onions are still a success. I picked a ton of tomatoes in the last week and took half into work to share with coworkers. The onions are small but they are fragrant and delicious.  The zucchini is also flourishing but I think with the recent colder weather here it might be done.


The weather has gone from hot to cold and rainy just in a matter of days. This means I probably won’t be biking into work much. I see people commuting by bike in the pouring rain and they all looks so miserable. I’d much rather commute in the cold than in the rain! I hope next week looks better for that. I even got some new shoe covers for biking in cold weather:


I bought a Groupon deal for Veloclothes.com and Michael helped me pick out the right pair for me. It was a super quick service. I placed my order online and received the booties just a few days later. Very fast service! I hope I have the opportunity to use my booties soon!

Other than those exciting updates my weekend was uneventful. I wasn’t feeling the best. I just had a nagging feeling of being run-down. I am not the type to spend my weekends doing nothing and that’s exactly what I did. Other than working out on Saturday and swimming on Sunday I watched TV and napped! I am NOT a napper. That’s not a good sign if you ask me. I’m now taking extra vitamins and Emergen-C like crazy to avoid getting whatever yuck is going around!

QUESTION: What was the highlight of your weekend?