Monday, August 20, 2018

This and That

Why oh why do the weekends go so fast?????   Or maybe I should be saying, why can’t I be independently wealthy so that every day is like a weekend???   Another weekend is in the books and it’s back to work for me. So this post is a bit of this and a bit of that...riding, weigh in results, cleaning and organizing and whatever else comes to mind.

Bike Bedroom

We have designated the den/second bedroom as the bike bedroom.  It’s also kinda the junk room.   Don’t know where to put something?  Drop it into the den!  It gets junked up quickly!   The dining room is also a quick easy place to dump stuff (shoes, helmets and  whatever else!). This weekend I decided to organize and try to find a home for some of those items that end up just sitting around.  So I worked on the den.   Really I just rearranged one or two things and put some stuff away.  I also added a rack for hanging packs and a small shelf.

Behind the door on the right is two more bikes.  You can see the black shelf on the right by the bikes...that’s what I added.  The bike helmets sit on top of that shelf.   (They were in the car so they didn’t make the picture). The next shelf down holds my hiking boots, my road bike shoes and the chin guard attachment for Jason’s helmet. The middle shelf holds two bins...one holds knee pads and elbow pads and the other holds random bike parts that we use more frequently than the parts that are in the bin in our storage closet.  The bottom shelf holds  both pairs of Jason’s hiking boots.  It works perfectly and really adds a sense of organization and order to the room!!!  The other big change?  Was the rack for the bags.

We have a nice place to hang our hydration packs...and to let the bladders dry! (And a close up shot of the shelf!). I want to get a rack to stack our bikes.  My brother has a wooden one...it leans against the wall and  has space to two bikes .  (Not the wooden one...but the affiliate link gives the idea of what I’m looking at.)  The road bike would be hung high and out of the way. And in that way we would be able to eliminate some of the floor space that the bikes use.  (Although we will probably keep the old trek on the trainer!)

Riding
We did get out and ride.   We rode at Little Bennett Park again...but in a different trail.  LOTS of climbing.  Lots of tree roots.  Some rocks to navigate. A lot more technical than I am used to!  I did have to get off to walk around one or two things (mainly because I let my fear get to me) and I did have to walk up some inclines.   I was experiencing some weird cramping in my stomach throughout the afternoon (even before we started...so that made the ride a bit uncomfortable.)  But, I felt refreshed at the end...and sore!


Hydration packs
The  hydration packs worked wonderfully!!!!!  We definitely loaded them up and strapped them on!   They say nicely on our backs.  The water didn’t slosh around messing up our balance.  And it was SOOO nice to be out and know that I had 3 liters of water with me...it allowed me to drink when I wanted and not have to conserve!

Weight: did I break the pattern?

So, the pattern I wrote about the other day.  Where my weight is low on Saturday...and on Sunday pops up, and takes until about Thursday to start to drop again?  It was its lowest on Saturday. (By 2/10’s of a pound).  On Sunday it was still low.   I was cautiously optimistic!  And this morning?  I have popped up three pounds!   

In fairness, I did eat more yesterday.  I ate 1600 calories....which is NOT three pounds of overeating!!!  Oh and I also did mountain biking for 1.5-2 hours...which the apps (MapMyFitness And myfitnesspal) say earned me 2000 calories.   So the extra food should not be an issue!!!!!

I am so bummed!  Grrr!   But I’m still within that three pound ‘it’s ok fluctuation range’  so I’m ok...just confused as to why!!!  I’m thinking it has to do with the riding.   Because typically we ride on Saturday’s and my weight pops on Sunday.   This week we didnt ride on Saturday...and my weight didn’t pop on Sunday.   But when I rode on Sunday my weight popped on Monday.  So that’s my current theory!!! 









17 comments:

Quiet Country Living said...

Thats interesting that a form of exercise could have such an effect, not something I have ever considered but now might. Have a good week.

Grace said...

I think you should not worry about the day to day fluctuations. Keep biking and eating right, and the weight loss will follow! It sounds like you are doing good things for your body!

LOL that your bikes have their own room. :-)

jen said...



I always find my weight is up after exercise.

Love that your bikes have their own room !!

MaryFran said...

Food for thought! I know that muscles retain water while they are healing....but who knows!

MaryFran said...

I have been working on not being controlled by the day to day fluctuations. I allow myself a three pound range before I start to panic!

MaryFran said...

So maybe I am not off base with my exercise fluctuation!!!!

mxtodis123 said...

Could be anything. Water build up from exercise, hormones, salty foods the day before. I used to get so frustrated when I thought I had done so well and then the scale goes up. As our leader used to tell me, "The check is in the mail."

SANRDJ said...

My weight always goes up after a work out! ANd usually goes up after the weekend from over indulges :) . keep at it, you are doing great...

love the organization!!! Always feels good to find a proper home for our goodies :)

*My Stalker Is Fat* said...

I always seem to have a gain when I first get back into serious weight training, so like you already mentioned, maybe it has to do with muscles retaining water as part of the healing process.

Sarah said...

I think you're on the right track. Just keep peddling....

Lynn said...

I like your bike room! Try not to get too worried about day to day fluctuations. It happens to everyone!

MaryFran said...

I’ve been telling myself to stay the course...the scales will catch up!

MaryFran said...

If does feel good to be organized!!

MaryFran said...

I’m hoping!!!!!!!

MaryFran said...

Thanks!!! I plan on it!!!

MaryFran said...

Thanks! I was told the other day that ‘we may need to upgrade to a larger place if we keep getting fun toys’. Lol

Felicia Khamylle said...

I love this post, it really makes one think about what makes us fluctuate in our weight.