Saturday, May 30, 2015

OBMAO update

I can't remember (or keep track of) what day it is, so here's the update: it's working.

Since May 2, I've lost 5.6" and 2.2 pounds.
I can comfortably fit into clothes clothes I couldn't just two weeks ago.

I biked almost 10 km today on my regular trails without stopping or gasping for breath (and without a single hit of ventolin).

I'd say that's a win. =D

Monday, May 25, 2015


I've lost count of what day I'm on. But the biking continues:
Thursday was 11km on trails in Nose Hill. Loads of fun on some new trails in the trees.

Friday root canal. Third time on the same tooth. Ouch. Then a two and a half hour long meeting with the builders. There *may* be progress. Followed by an another 11km on the trails in Nose Hill with AF. Loads of fun. Even the big ass hill at the end.

Saturday: up bright and early to head to banff with AF & D. Tunnel mountain rocked! There was evidence of bears but we didn't see any up close or personal, which I'm quite all right with. I did my first log, tried the skinny on Star Wars (and then promptly bailed) and practiced riding some berms. So. Much. Fun!!

Sunday: my tooth is hurting more and more. Time to combine Advil and Tylenol. And go for a ride. CD and I headed to to ride the Legacy a Trail from Canmore to Banff. Just under 40km for the day. Loads of fun, but my mouth hurt more and more as the day went on.

No sleep. Nary a wink. Call dentist. $85 in steroids, pain killers and antibiotics later, I sure hope the pain goes away soon! And sleep. Sleep will be good, too.

Friday, May 15, 2015

OBMAO days 23-25

It's working! Down 5 1/8" in two weeks!

Day 23 6.2 km mountain biking
Day 24 hard core shopping! Clothes on! Clothes off! Repeat multiple times!
Day 25 35 min standing yoga poses

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

OBMAO Updates

Day 18 (Friday): walked in the big mall with mom
Day 19: walked out past the park
Day 20: biked in Nose Hill. Raced to get back before the rain.
Day 21: biked in Nose Hill. Best ride of the year so far! Why? I'm standing there, gasping for breath and my friend Kimmy rides up! She's on her way home from work. So we had an impromptu group ride!! So much fun that we're going to do it again. But plan it this time!
Day 22: biked in nose hill again. 13 km. solo. Found some new trails. Frick. That park is just one hill after another. Slowly getting stronger. I need more shorts and a new sports bra! I hate doing laundry this often! Ok, I just hate doing laundry.

The scale showed my hard work on the weekend. Down 3 pounds. =)

Friday, May 8, 2015

OBMAO Day 17

Walked down by the river. Head wind on the way out, drenched on the way back. It was snowing by the time I got home.  30 minutes. Done.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

OBMAO Day 16

it was cold and icky here today. I stayed inside and did Turkish get ups. My abs hurt already. It's a safe bet I won't be able to move tomorrow. And this without added weights! I blame Deb T. She's the one who reminded me about them.

Hopefully it'll be warm enough to ride tomorrow...I'll pack long sleeves and tights just in case.

I need an extra pair of bike shorts. Laundry every other day is getting old fast!

Monday, May 4, 2015

OBMAO Day 15

My legs are tired from yesterday's climb. I went for a walk along the pathways. It's gorgeous out there! The sun is shining and there's a bit of a breeze to keep the temperature comfortable. 

30 minute walk: done. 

Tomorrow I'm going to hit up the trails in Nose Hill after work. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

OBMAO Day 14

Two weeks!! I took my measurements yesterday. As a scientist, I'm all about data collection.

Today was 53 minutes straight up a mountain. Well, 50 minutes up. Three down. My legs and lungs burned. But it was fun! Afterwards, I hit the paths by the river and took a spin around the skills park for another 37 minutes.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

OBMAO Day 13

A quick 30 spin around east lands before the snow blew in! Legs and lungs are feeling the burn!

Friday, May 1, 2015

OBMAO Day 12

Rode the Eastlands for the first time ever. I certainly hope the city doesn't turn it into some retail wasteland! I think it's my favourite place to ride do far. Weather permitting, I'm headed back there tomorrow.

My app shows just over 4 km in 42 min, but there were lots of hills and lots of grins. I was drenched in sweat and other than that steep black diamond bit I had to walk down, so much fun!!

I used to think mountain biking wasn't a workout, until I tried it, obviously. but powering up those trails filled with roots and rocks requires stamina and balance. And staying control going down a hill is just like in yoga, when you draw everything in towards the midline. Holy moly Batman, i feel my abs!!

So. Much. Fun!!!

Oh, and nary a wipeout!