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CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Spin Club Studio

Becoming a Spin Goddess in 2019

Okay, a couple of months ago I joined CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike with guns blazing and worked so hard too quickly and got a killer cold that grounded me for weeks. I’m heading back today to take a class tonight at 7:30 PM called “Classic”—this ride has something for everyone with a rocking mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills—and plan to onboard really slowly. 

Natalie will try anything once! When she first tried indoor cycling, she loved it, because it reminded her so much of dance. She enjoys the satisfaction of nailing a beat drop in the cycling studio just as much as she does when she’s performing on a dance floor. As an instructor, Natalie believes that a good class is structured like a story. The build, ebb, and flow always make you feel like you are approaching something new. When you ride with Natalie, she hopes to deliver dope music that leaves you feeling a sense of community.

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In support of this, I have unchecked the “Yes, I want to participate” in the studio performance board.

When I checked that box, I found myself killing myself—and still be DFL. So, I am going to take the pressure off and just ride my own ride, nobody else’s.

Thanks to Marina Ryan for generously inviting me back with a Mulligan! She’s a goddess. Wish me luck. My goal for 2019 is to become a Spin Goddess (don’t judge me)!

CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike Spin Club Reception Desk
CYCLEBAR Columbia Pike reception desk
Self check-in tablets and SPD rental riding shoes
Self check-in tablets and SPD rental riding shoes
All the Schwinn spin bikes lined up in the studio are
All the Schwinn spin bikes lined up in the studio!
The locker room and ready area just outside the studio
The locker room and ready area just outside the studio
The powerhouse goddess riders who kick my butt ever ride and motivate me!
The powerhouse goddess riders who kick my butt ever ride and motivate me!
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Running: Sun, 4 Nov 2018 16:01:05

Cycling: Thu, 4 Oct 2018 10:21:43

Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Good and happy news for my Tuesday Fall Team Challenge update

I got in 10,085 meters today and got in some much faster power-10s and power-20s and was able to bring down my pace down to a 1:50-2:02 pace. It’s not reflected in the log below but I am sure it’ll start manifesting in greatness, speed, and power down the road as I just get physically stronger, fitter, with bigger lungs and a stronger heart. I believe!

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UEA Boat Club rowing University of East Anglia Norwich UEABC

Advice for college rowing from British university rowers

UEABC Crest University of East Anglia UEA NorwichWhen I studied at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, rowing was very amateur. Now, UEA Rowing has a Facebook Page, a Wikipedia Page, and a Student Union page for The University of East Anglia Boat Club (UEABC). Apparently, our slogan was and is ‘Fortune Favours the Brave.’ I was on a boat and actually rowed in Cambridge. And lost, then drank lots of red wine. Here’s some advice about rowing at uni from British Rowing (I am sure that the lads and ladies are brill now at the UEABC as Norwich has been approved as an England Talent Pathway for Rowing.  Here’s the list:

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Monday night Fall Team Challenge update

I added 16,643 meters over the last couple days, adding them to the 86,442 meters I had on Saturday. That puts me over 100km so far.

As of tonight, I have pulled a total of 103,085 meters towards my goal of 200,000 meters on my Model C Concept2 (with PM5 upgrade) by midnight on October 15 for the Concept2 Fall Team Challenge.

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Saturday Night Fall Team Challenge Update

I flaked on September 28th but am back today, the 29th. I rowed 11,231 meters tonight, adding it to the 75,211 meters I had already logged.

So, as of now, my total challenge meters are 86,442 meters. I’m 43.221% to my goal of reaching 200 kilometers by October 15 at midnight. Wish me luck! 

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Thursday Fall Team Challenge Update

At least I am getting some meters in. Slow but sure. Wish me luck. All goes well! Commitment, dedication, and hard word—perserverance—is indeed rewarded. And I learned something: while the top competitors in a Concept2 challenge row hard and far every day of the challenge, everyone else is like the people who join a gym for their new year’s resolution: they’re hot and heavy for a week and then it all goes to pot. Life is just a game of last man standing, I guess. Lesson learned.

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A fresh and simple arugula and walnut pesto recipe from my sisters at 1970 Dogwood Street

arugula basil walnut pesto and pastaWhen Anne Haas and Jen Tucker post a recipe, I jot it down. I love pesto, though I don’t think I’ve ever had an arugula and walnut variant.

Ever since I got right with pasta and potatoes, I am back in love with lovely sauces, and pesto is one of the most refreshing, healthy, restoring, and delicious. Please enjoy this lovely, simple, recipe.

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Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Planning for 20 more erging days left in the Concept2 Fall Team Challenge

Concept2 Model C PM3Between now and midnight, October 15, I have 20 full days to row at least 200,000 meters. So far, I’ve rowed 59,508 meters and have 140,492 meters left to go.

That requires me to erg an average of 7,024.6 meters-per-day between now and then. I feel pretty good about this as I’ve been getting in between 8-12km each day I’ve gotten onto the sliding seat.

Concept2 Model C with Red Saucony Jazz TrainersIt’s those missed days that mess everything up.

So, it’s 6:10 am now, Wednesday, 26 September, and I think I’ll start the day with some coffee and then maybe half an hour of rowing, which should be 5,000-6,000 meters logged even before the day gets started, which is good things should go.

Wish me luck! Good morning!

double-thick concept2 indoor rower sliding seat pad

My double-thick Concept2 indoor rower sliding seat pad