I can’t believe it’s Wednesday!!
After my radiology final exam on Monday morning (last exam of all of medical school whoop!!!) I ran a bunch of errands, went to yoga, and went to bed early.
Yesterday when I woke up, I felt like it was Saturday! I had no where to be, no alarm set, nothing to do… ahhh it was glorious.
I started my day with some greek yogurt, strawberries, and almonds.
I really think that Fage should make me their spokesperson instead of Bobby Flay 😉 I definitely eat their yogurt enough to be a spokesperson!
After breakfast, Kyle and I went out to Bicycle Garage Indy, a local bike shop, to look at new bikes for me. I really really want to get into cycling. I love being outside, I love cardio, but I don’t like running long distances because it hurts my knees. I don’t think I have a great body for distance running. I love spin class and really enjoy the challenge of a hard ride. So, all those factors make me believe I would love to cycle outside! Apparently, Minnesota has great cycling and I think it would be an awesome hobby to have for summer weekends. Lastly, Kyle has a nice bike and enjoys cycling, so I think it is something we could do together! We don’t really have too many activities that we do together (I wish we could golf and play tennis more but I suck- I mean really suck, so it’s no fun!!)
After looking at bikes yesterday, I’m feeling so torn! I told the saleslady that I wanted an entry level road bike. I told her I would be new to cycling but I am decently in shape to start, so I think I will take it seriously.
She recommended starting with a more mid-level bike. She said that with my level of fitness, I would enjoy a nicer bike much more. She said that after long rides I would notice a big difference between a mid-level bike and a bike with entry level components. (I have no idea what she meant by “my level of fitness” I don’t think I look like a triathlete….?)
Anyway, the problem is that the mid-level bike she recommended is $1400. That is a lot of money to spend on a bike. Especially since I’ve never cycled before.
Kyle thinks I should start with an entry level bike and then wait to see if I really get into it. I kind of think he’s right. I mean, I hope I get into it; I hope I become a crazy cyclist who rides 50 miles on a Saturday. But having never done it before, I just don’t know.
The entry level bike I was looking at has the same frame and fits the same as the more expensive bike. The components which include brakes, gears, etc. are just lesser quality. The saleslady quoted us $989 for the entry level bike. Considerably less expensive… but still, that’s a big purchase to make! I definitely don’t feel comfortable spending almost $1500 for a bike. But even $1000 for a bike is hard for me to swallow. I just bought a new computer, I’m moving to Minnesota, it’s a lot! Part of me thinks I should wait until I start getting a paycheck from Mayo. But if I do that, I will miss this whole summers worth of riding. It gets cold in Minnesota in September!
So what do you guys think? Any cyclists out there? I would LOVE to hear your advice!!
After bike shopping, I left mildly frustrated and decided a grocery shopping trip would help make me feel better 🙂 Kyle and I stocked up for the week and then came home starving for lunch.
I made a “greek” turkey wrap with olives, cherry tomatoes, and feta cheese. So yummy!
Then I relaxed outside on my front porch and did a bunch of emails/school work stuff. It was so beautiful outside yesterday. Today it’s raining and according to the weatherman will stay like this all week! Boo.
At 5pm it was time to hit the gym. I grabbed a quick snack of an apple and peanut butter before driving to my gym for a little cardio.
I did 20 minutes on the stairs at a faster pace than usual (level 11, normally I do level 8-9) and then finished with 20 minutes of sprints on the treadmill. After the gym I drove to my yoga studio for 2 classes. The first was an hour long slow-flow class, a less-intense vinyassa flow but still super sweaty because the room is 100 degrees. The second class immediately followed slow-flow was a complimentary 30 minute meditation. I’d never taken a meditation class at my yoga studio so I thought I would try it out.
It was okay. Honestly, I get so uncomfortable sitting cross-legged for 30 minutes. My back and neck start to hurt and the longer I sit, the more of a distraction it becomes. Maybe I should try it again?
And that was my day!
All you cyclers out there- I need your advice!!
All you yogis out there- how do you sit to meditate?