Fitness Friday…a day early

This post is partially for all “my girls” running in the Disney Marathon this weekend.  I want to start by telling you all how proud I am of all of you – you are an inspiration. Reading all your posts and tweets about your training runs has kept me exercising through the “cold season”.  Sure, I’m not biking much (at all, really, other than New Years Day when it got unseasonably warm), but I am playing exercise games on my Wii, and just generally trying to keep active.

Here’s what I hope is a bit of inspiration: I’m a morbidly obese woman (as in, the doctors think I should just keel over an die from fatness), but I did a 50-mile bike ride in September. That ride took me a bit over 7 hours to do did I mention I’m a little slow. However, despite being slow, it was an intense ride for me – my average heart rate for that 7-hour ride was 154, or 85% of my max heart rate. Did you hear that? I kept my HR at 85% of my max for 7 hours.

This isn’t meant to downplay anyone else’s accomplishments – all I’m saying is that if you are out there on race day, thinking that you can’t do this, I say that you can. My longest training ride (40 miles) took me 4 hours 45 minutes with a similar intensity, and I had to add more than 2 hours on my half-century day. And I did it. You’ve done the training, so I’m certain you’ll succeed, too.

My mantra on my ride was: “Just keep pedaling, just keep pedaling”, sung to the tune of “Just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo. Find your mantra, dig deep, and enjoy the day. You’ve earned it.


  1. Kirsten said,

    January 6, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Thanks, hooker-date. And I know I’m ready. And I know I’ll finish. And I’m pretty damn sure I’m gonna cry. And that’s all okay. Thanks for your support. It means so much. And, dammit, now I’m crying.

  2. Brooke said,

    January 6, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    I’m at work so you really shouldn’t be making me cry!

    You have taught me so much. Thank you! The first real interaction with you that I recall (I’m sure we visited each others blogs, but I’m talking digging deep) was when I had my breakdown over my picture at the 10 miler.

    How far I’ve come since then! Nothing since then has been as difficult as that 10 miler. Both physcially (it was 90+ degrees and the course was ill-equipped with water) and mentally (the picture).

    I love you. Thank you for being a wonderful Tinsel Vixen. I really appreciate your kind words and support.

  3. Kim said,

    January 7, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    You, my dear, are a rockstar! only a rockstar could do that bike ride @ that rate!! NICELY DONE!! 🙂

  4. xj said,

    January 8, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! You are an inspiration!! Keep pedaling!

  5. AnnG said,

    January 10, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    Great story and I’m so glad that you were there to support our marathoners!! Keep pedaling and before you know it the doctors will wonder how you got so thin!!

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