Gym-free

Back to Biking

I tried to remember the last time I was on my bike (for real) . And it was when I was pregnant with Logan. I think I was in the middle of my second trimester. I was starting to feel vulnerable on the bike commuting to work and so I stopped. And then I never got back to it. It got complicated–home with a newborn, sleep deprived, then when I went back to work I was pumping and had to haul a ginormous hospital grade pump and supplies to work with me and it wasn’t feasible to bike.

As Logan got older I thought I would pick it back up but I just never did. Our life got busy and taking Logan to daycare and picking him up complicated things and took up time, time I didn’t have to bike to work.

I’d go for bike rides in the neighborhood periodically but it wasn’t the same.

Being at home, the gym closed, I had to get creative with my workouts. Thankfully, the weather has been getting better here in Oregon so I was able to dust off my bike. I pumped the tires, they weren’t completely dead! And have gone for a bike ride once a week since this started.

Getting back to “biking shape” takes time. Trust me. Your butt and parts will be SORE (even with padded bike shorts). Your shoulders and neck will be sore from the positioning of a cycling bike. But each times gets easier and you are less sore. So I am taking it easy and only doing about 7 or 8 miles at a time, just to get used to sitting on the bike again.

So far, Fridays have been my biking days. I still work out 5 days a week (run one day, weights a few days, walking a lot, bike one day, etc). I miss swimming SO MUCH. Like so much. πŸ™

I take an early lunch break from work (teleworking) to avoid the crowds outside and go for a bike ride.

It’s so great! It feels great to be back on the bike again. I am definitely going to figure out how to do it once a week when we go back to work…eventually…I need a bike rack for my car. Then I figure I can drop Logan off at daycare, park at the park and ride nearby and then bike to downtown from there. I just need to get used to doing 20 miles again. So this is good practice.

Friday was a perfect, gorgeous day in Portland! 75 degrees and sunny! I wore a tank top and shorts. <3

Biking is great. I love it. It’s good exercise. It’s fun. I feel good. I love getting outside. I can listen to my podcasts while I do it. It’s “me time” when I don’t have any “me time” right now (I know you all feel me on this right now). Part of me misses the days when it was just Michael and me and we used to 40 miles in a day around the city and then go out for a giant Mexican food dinner with our favorite beer (that restaurant has now closed, which SUCKS). Of course our life has changed in so many ways, so many GOOD ways. Logan is amazing and he goes on “Bike rides” with Michael every day (on his balance bike). I’m really looking forward to the days when Logan is on a REAL bike and as a family we can bike to downtown Oregon City and have dinner outside at the pub and eat bratwurst in the sun and then bike home.

For now, Michael and I take turns on our bike rides so the other one can watch the little gremlin (who misses his friends and teachers at preschool something FIERCE) and Friday night we had brisket that Michael smoked outside on the Traeger. Despite the horror of our current situation and Michael being laid off, life is good.

Life is good…

<3

Quarantine Week Whatever

Some Random Things I’ve Bought on Amazon Lately:

  1. Jump Ropes (adjustable ones for adults or kids)
  2. This AWESOME activity book for Logan.
  3. This adult coloring book (for me).

I’ve been taking care of my indoor plants (and got a few more). I also split one of our plants into two pots. It was looking a little choked and too big for the pot it was in, so I divided the plant. It seems to be doing well. In a week or so I will move them both up to our bedroom once I know they are doing well. Right now they are living right in front of a big window in our dining room:

On Friday I went for a bike ride on my lunch break. But I went early because I was trying to avoid crowds outside and on the bike trail, which was smart. I only saw one other biker and one walker out there when I went. Friday was SUCH a gorgeous day! It felt like summer! I am trying to slowly build up my biking after many years off.

Saturday morning we went for a hike. We are exploring local nature parks that have walking trails (that are open) since all hiking in the Gorge and Mount Hood is closed (rightly so, I get it). We are staying local so trying to find places that are 5 miles or less from our house so we don’t have to travel. We go at “off” times when we can so we avoid crowds. If we arrive somewhere and there are too many people (or cars in the parking lot), we leave and go somewhere else. We practice 6 feet distancing on trails when we see people (not everyone does, which is disappointing) and we don’t touch anything (we didn’t really touch anything hiking before anyways).

So Saturday we checked out the Old Canemah Park in Oregon City. It is seriously a cool hidden gem! I can’t believe we never knew of it before! There were so many paths and trails in the park! And they were all the perfect length for a toddler with lots of energy but a toddler that doesn’t have 4 miles in him!

There is a small parking lot (for maybe a dozen cars) at the end of a dead end in a cute, historic residential area. There’s a picnic area (which is closed right now) and some GREAT looking kids toys! Also closed, we will be back when it’s open! Looks super fun.

Since it’s a nature preserve they don’t want dogs there. We left Bella at home. We did see evidence that people do bring their dogs, though. The paths are very well maintained and well-marked, which is nice! You can easily figure out the paths and they all pretty much connect each other.

We were there early and the only people in the park. πŸ™‚ It was about 50-54 degrees, slightly chilly and overcast but not cold. Just right for hiking. It was nice to be out in the wilderness by ourselves!

We did one trail that had a pretty good elevation and got our hearts pumping! It was a good work out. But not too strenuous that Logan couldn’t do it.

We ended up doing 1.75 miles and as we headed back towards the bluff loop towards the parking lot more people were arriving.

I burned a little over 300 calories. It was a really nice hike and we’ll definitely go back. It’s obviously a favorite neighborhood park, too, so we’ll definitely go when it’s less crowded. This one is by far our favorite discovery so far.

In other news, on Saturday my friend Sam dropped off a package of toilet paper on our front porch. We haven’t been able to find any in any grocery stores but they found some and bought us a package! It was seriously so sweet. We weren’t running low yet, we had about 2 weeks or so left of our stock, but it was stressing me out that I couldn’t find any ANYWHERE. It really warmed my heart that she found some and thought of us!