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Monday, September 24, 2012

Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run NYC: HOLY SPACE LUMPS!!

My first mud run is only 5 days away!! I am all kinds of emotions right now. The biggest emotion I have right now is nervousness! When I signed up earlier this year I wasn't nervous. Click click click and I was signed up. I learned from the mud run from one of my favorite bloggers, Sheryl. She wrote about her experiences and it seems so much fun. I was very very VERY close to signing up for last year's run but I totally chickened out. I stalked the mud run web site  until the registration opened up for NYC. Now I am thinking to myself what the heck was thinking?! I am not a runner. I am running 5K. I know most of that is going to be walking 5K. OH MY GLOB!!!

Maybe this will be my start at running. When I signed up I download the 5K Runner app with all intentions in using it to prep for Sunday. I didn't use it at all. Maybe Sunday is what I need to get going. Just like when I did the Tour de Bronx last year cold turkey and now I have a love affair with my bike.

This is just the beginning.....right?


Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run NYC: HOLY SPACE LUMPS!!

My first mud run is only 5 days away!! I am all kinds of emotions right now. The biggest emotion I have right now is nervousness! When I signed up earlier this year I wasn't nervous. Click click click and I was signed up. I learned from the mud run from one of my favorite bloggers, Sheryl. She wrote about her experiences and it seems so much fun. I was very very VERY close to signing up for last year's run but I totally chickened out. I stalked the mud run web site  until the registration opened up for NYC. Now I am thinking to myself what the heck was thinking?! I am not a runner. I am running 5K. I know most of that is going to be walking 5K. OH MY GLOB!!!

Maybe this will be my start at running. When I signed up I download the 5K Runner app with all intentions in using it to prep for Sunday. I didn't use it at all. Maybe Sunday is what I need to get going. Just like when I did the Tour de Bronx last year cold turkey and now I have a love affair with my bike.

This is just the beginning.....right?


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Amy & ActiveLink



It has been four weeks since I un-boxed my ActiveLink. When I read the description of it in the Weight Watchers Online Store I knew that I wanted it. 

"ActiveLink combines a state of the art activity monitor with a personal Web experience to seamlessly help you set personalized goals, track your activity, and motivate you to reach those goals.  It just might change the way you get active. Take the ActiveLink monitor with you wherever you go, whether you’re taking the stairs or going on a hike. It's easy. Simply wear the ActiveLink monitor. Its three-way accelerometer will track your moves, so you can seamlessly sync your activity with your Weight Watchers Online account. Then all your moves can count toward activity PointsPlus® values." (WeightWatcher Online, 2012)

The description pulled me in. I wanted it but first I needed to know what others thought. When it became available to me I didn't realized that it wasn't available to all. WW is releasing the monitors regionally. So what is available to me is still not available to WW member, let's say, in Texas. Not many of my social media WW member had it either. *sad face*

Most are skeptical when deciding to buy it. Here's another product to spend money on that I am not sure if it works. When the reviews of the product started coming out it was clear that not everyone was please with it. Half of the reviews were positive and the other half not. I had to get it! I needed to see if it was for me. Well....I LOVE IT! 

That's break down why I love it. 

First, there is an eight day assessment period. This period is needed so that the ActiveLink learns your movements. Are you a mover? or are you a couch potato? It wants to know what's up with you. This assessment felt like forever. After the fifth or sixth day, the site started to report how many activity points you have earned during the assessment. (I am not sure if it does this for everyone.) This doesn't count towards points earned for that week on the WW tracker. The assessment period is the only down side I see. I couldn't name my activates and I couldn't really do anything. I was so used to adding my activities to my tracker and seeing my points add up. I felt lost that I couldn't do anything. Hey! people at WW let us name our activities during assessment. Thanks! In the end, I was labelled an Occasional Athlete. That pretty much tells me that I am not "lazy" all the time. I use that lazy word lightly because my lazy is someone else's busy.


Once the assessment period was over, it was on! I was able to plug in my ActiveLink and get my results and use them. The points synced up with my WW tracker without me adding my activities. I wear my ActiveLink on my bra at all time. If I am not wearing a bra I attached it to my shirt. It can be placed: Tight on your chest, on your belt, in your pocket or loose on your chest on a chain. One day I actually forget to put it back on my bra and my day was shot! I earned no activity points that day even after I had it on during my evening workout. #epicfail

The true test was when I rode the NYC Century Bike Tour.  I rode my bike 35 miles in 4 hours. When I got home and plug it in it told me that I earned 15 activity points for my 4 hour adventure. I named my activity and my points jumped to 25. ActiveLink adjusted to the needs of my activity and gave me the points I know I earned. That's the moment I fell in love with my ActiveLink

I found that there are two types of WW members that they ActiveLink sorts out. Those like me who are VERY (sometimes insanely) active and the other are those hope thought they were active but ActiveLink told them they are not. I noticed (I maybe wrong) most of these are the people that hate Activelink. I've read they many times, "I earn more points when I input the acitivties myself." Well maybe you are being too generous with the intensity of your workouts. I feel that it is tracking my activity very close to how I was tracking it. It actually gives me more credit then what I was giving myself. I never counted the amount of walking around I did at work and now it does it for me. 

I have been able to reach my 4 point goal everyday before I make it home from work. I usually end my day with 6 + points. Now 6 points is my 12-week challenge that was set for me at the end of my assessment. Pretty much in the next 12 weeks I am suppose to push myself to earn 6 points everyday. But wait?....I am reaching 6 points everyday now how can that be my challenge? Well When I did my assessment I was on vacation. So my activity levels were lower and if I did not go back to work 6 points would be very difficult to reach. On top of that I started Insanity again. Earning an "easy" 3 points per workout. Soooo....I increased my challenge to 8! Yes ....I think I am a little nutty for increasing it after only 3 weeks in. I want to push my self a little more and 8 seems like the right thing to do. YAY! 




Amy & ActiveLink



It has been four weeks since I un-boxed my ActiveLink. When I read the description of it in the Weight Watchers Online Store I knew that I wanted it. 

"ActiveLink combines a state of the art activity monitor with a personal Web experience to seamlessly help you set personalized goals, track your activity, and motivate you to reach those goals.  It just might change the way you get active. Take the ActiveLink monitor with you wherever you go, whether you’re taking the stairs or going on a hike. It's easy. Simply wear the ActiveLink monitor. Its three-way accelerometer will track your moves, so you can seamlessly sync your activity with your Weight Watchers Online account. Then all your moves can count toward activity PointsPlus® values." (WeightWatcher Online, 2012)

The description pulled me in. I wanted it but first I needed to know what others thought. When it became available to me I didn't realized that it wasn't available to all. WW is releasing the monitors regionally. So what is available to me is still not available to WW member, let's say, in Texas. Not many of my social media WW member had it either. *sad face*

Most are skeptical when deciding to buy it. Here's another product to spend money on that I am not sure if it works. When the reviews of the product started coming out it was clear that not everyone was please with it. Half of the reviews were positive and the other half not. I had to get it! I needed to see if it was for me. Well....I LOVE IT! 

That's break down why I love it. 

First, there is an eight day assessment period. This period is needed so that the ActiveLink learns your movements. Are you a mover? or are you a couch potato? It wants to know what's up with you. This assessment felt like forever. After the fifth or sixth day, the site started to report how many activity points you have earned during the assessment. (I am not sure if it does this for everyone.) This doesn't count towards points earned for that week on the WW tracker. The assessment period is the only down side I see. I couldn't name my activates and I couldn't really do anything. I was so used to adding my activities to my tracker and seeing my points add up. I felt lost that I couldn't do anything. Hey! people at WW let us name our activities during assessment. Thanks! In the end, I was labelled an Occasional Athlete. That pretty much tells me that I am not "lazy" all the time. I use that lazy word lightly because my lazy is someone else's busy.


Once the assessment period was over, it was on! I was able to plug in my ActiveLink and get my results and use them. The points synced up with my WW tracker without me adding my activities. I wear my ActiveLink on my bra at all time. If I am not wearing a bra I attached it to my shirt. It can be placed: Tight on your chest, on your belt, in your pocket or loose on your chest on a chain. One day I actually forget to put it back on my bra and my day was shot! I earned no activity points that day even after I had it on during my evening workout. #epicfail

The true test was when I rode the NYC Century Bike Tour.  I rode my bike 35 miles in 4 hours. When I got home and plug it in it told me that I earned 15 activity points for my 4 hour adventure. I named my activity and my points jumped to 25. ActiveLink adjusted to the needs of my activity and gave me the points I know I earned. That's the moment I fell in love with my ActiveLink

I found that there are two types of WW members that they ActiveLink sorts out. Those like me who are VERY (sometimes insanely) active and the other are those hope thought they were active but ActiveLink told them they are not. I noticed (I maybe wrong) most of these are the people that hate Activelink. I've read they many times, "I earn more points when I input the acitivties myself." Well maybe you are being too generous with the intensity of your workouts. I feel that it is tracking my activity very close to how I was tracking it. It actually gives me more credit then what I was giving myself. I never counted the amount of walking around I did at work and now it does it for me. 

I have been able to reach my 4 point goal everyday before I make it home from work. I usually end my day with 6 + points. Now 6 points is my 12-week challenge that was set for me at the end of my assessment. Pretty much in the next 12 weeks I am suppose to push myself to earn 6 points everyday. But wait?....I am reaching 6 points everyday now how can that be my challenge? Well When I did my assessment I was on vacation. So my activity levels were lower and if I did not go back to work 6 points would be very difficult to reach. On top of that I started Insanity again. Earning an "easy" 3 points per workout. Soooo....I increased my challenge to 8! Yes ....I think I am a little nutty for increasing it after only 3 weeks in. I want to push my self a little more and 8 seems like the right thing to do. YAY! 




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NYC Century Bike Tour 2012

On Sunday I participated in the NYC Century Bike Tour. I haven't rode more then 20 miles since the Five Boro Bike Tour. I signed up for the 35 mile distance. Because of the distance, I was very nervous the night before. I didn't want something bad to happen like a flat tire, a fall or worst a crash. I worry about these things because I am am not light. My big behind can do some damage if I crash into someone or something. I stood up until midnight the night before, knowing damn well that I need to be at E110st & Lenox by 7:30am for my start time. My alarm was set to 5:30am but my body woke up at 4:45am. I had that first day of school feeling. I left my apartment at 5:45. This is the first time I left my apartment for an event and the sun was not up. Lenny looks ready for the tour in the light of my apartment building.


It was still dark when I arrived at the train station. This station has now because my tour station. I usually travelled to another station that does not have handicap access. This one does. No more bike lifting for me at the train station. YAY!

I made it the start super early. I got there just after the 100 milers took off. I found a pretty spot and waited for my turn.

Before I found my spot I walked around looking for any familiar faces. I was looking for my new events buddy, Levonda. (Hi, Levonda!) I was hoping to catch Sheryl but, like I said, I missed the 100 mile start. (Unless she was late...then I really did miss her. I loved the looks I got for the 55 & 75 milers. Their face were priceless. Their pretty much said, "Look at this chick....what is she doing here?" I didn't let it bug me. Since I didn't see anything familiar I carried on to get my cue sheet. The guy handing out the cue sheet recognized me from my blog....AWESOME! I didn't catch his name. I have to remember to catch peeps names...DANG IT! (Hi, Cue Sheet Guy!) Went off to a bench to wait for my time while the 55 & 75 milers were behind me.

The bike buddies meet up again. They were ready for their unescorted 35 mile bike tour.

If you know the type of cyclist I am you would know that I don't like hills or bridges. The incline kills my knee. I have an old softball injury that I am reminded of everything I start an incline. I usually slow down to about 4.9mph because of the discomfort and I don't want to re injure it. Needless to say I was very proud of myself when I got up this incline somewhere in Manhattan.

Our time in Manhattan was very short....or it felt very short. I was so happy that we got to the Brooklyn Bridge. Crossing over the bridge was one of my fitness goals. Now it is crossed out. I actually did have to stop at one point on the incline but I am still counting it as riding over the bridge.


I was very excited to get on to the Brooklyn Bridge. Levonda and I posed for our personal photographer. This picture is called "Suck in that belly."
Photo By T.L.


Half way

My Brooklyn Bridge Panda.
 I don't remember how we got there but we made it to the Prospect Park rest stop. While alone waiting a random guy comes up to me and says, "You're bike is too heavy and your ties are too big to do a 35 mile tour." I told him I am Wonder Women, I can do anything and brushed it off.

Grand Army Plaza

We stopped for a Lavander Lemon Fuzzy. It was so yummy and refreshing. 

Another Bridge
I made it without stopping.

 My inner child wanted a milkshake from that truck. I took a picture instead. Thanks to that ice cream I met a very nice EMT drinking a root beer float. I wanted to steal that from him so badly. I didn't catch his name either.

At this moment in time is but I gave Lenny a nickname. That nickname is fat ass. When we made it to the RFK Bridge I was too tired to think and now I had to carry Lenny. I cursed that my bike for the first time.

I couldn't do the incline for the RFK. I walked it until the decline.

 After the RFK, I can't remember much...in part because I was too tired to take more pictures. The one thing that I do remember was coming done 110 street was a pack of stranger. In my head I told myself that I am awesome. Yes I walked hard inclines and sweat like a pig but I did it. I started to tear up as slowly rode my bike until I got back to Lenox. I did it. I rode 35miles with Lenny. I looked great at the finish if I do say so myself.

Photo by T.L.
While waiting on line for our free Italian ice, we a Mom & Son team. That rode the 35 mile together. It was so great to see. (I didn't catch their names, I am terrible at this seriously) The son was trying to convince us to Marshall the Tour de Bronx. No thanks dude. I'll see you there but not as a Marshall. 
Photo by T.L.
As soon as I walked in the door, I took off my bib and hung it up on my victory wall.
 Then this happened....Everything what was on tour with me exploded on to my kitchen table and floor.
 I wear my tee shirt with tired joy. I am looking forward to do the 55 mile tour next year.

NYC Century Bike Tour 2012

On Sunday I participated in the NYC Century Bike Tour. I haven't rode more then 20 miles since the Five Boro Bike Tour. I signed up for the 35 mile distance. Because of the distance, I was very nervous the night before. I didn't want something bad to happen like a flat tire, a fall or worst a crash. I worry about these things because I am am not light. My big behind can do some damage if I crash into someone or something. I stood up until midnight the night before, knowing damn well that I need to be at E110st & Lenox by 7:30am for my start time. My alarm was set to 5:30am but my body woke up at 4:45am. I had that first day of school feeling. I left my apartment at 5:45. This is the first time I left my apartment for an event and the sun was not up. Lenny looks ready for the tour in the light of my apartment building.


It was still dark when I arrived at the train station. This station has now because my tour station. I usually travelled to another station that does not have handicap access. This one does. No more bike lifting for me at the train station. YAY!

I made it the start super early. I got there just after the 100 milers took off. I found a pretty spot and waited for my turn.

Before I found my spot I walked around looking for any familiar faces. I was looking for my new events buddy, Levonda. (Hi, Levonda!) I was hoping to catch Sheryl but, like I said, I missed the 100 mile start. (Unless she was late...then I really did miss her. I loved the looks I got for the 55 & 75 milers. Their face were priceless. Their pretty much said, "Look at this chick....what is she doing here?" I didn't let it bug me. Since I didn't see anything familiar I carried on to get my cue sheet. The guy handing out the cue sheet recognized me from my blog....AWESOME! I didn't catch his name. I have to remember to catch peeps names...DANG IT! (Hi, Cue Sheet Guy!) Went off to a bench to wait for my time while the 55 & 75 milers were behind me.

The bike buddies meet up again. They were ready for their unescorted 35 mile bike tour.

If you know the type of cyclist I am you would know that I don't like hills or bridges. The incline kills my knee. I have an old softball injury that I am reminded of everything I start an incline. I usually slow down to about 4.9mph because of the discomfort and I don't want to re injure it. Needless to say I was very proud of myself when I got up this incline somewhere in Manhattan.

Our time in Manhattan was very short....or it felt very short. I was so happy that we got to the Brooklyn Bridge. Crossing over the bridge was one of my fitness goals. Now it is crossed out. I actually did have to stop at one point on the incline but I am still counting it as riding over the bridge.


I was very excited to get on to the Brooklyn Bridge. Levonda and I posed for our personal photographer. This picture is called "Suck in that belly."
Photo By T.L.


Half way

My Brooklyn Bridge Panda.
 I don't remember how we got there but we made it to the Prospect Park rest stop. While alone waiting a random guy comes up to me and says, "You're bike is too heavy and your ties are too big to do a 35 mile tour." I told him I am Wonder Women, I can do anything and brushed it off.

Grand Army Plaza

We stopped for a Lavander Lemon Fuzzy. It was so yummy and refreshing. 

Another Bridge
I made it without stopping.

 My inner child wanted a milkshake from that truck. I took a picture instead. Thanks to that ice cream I met a very nice EMT drinking a root beer float. I wanted to steal that from him so badly. I didn't catch his name either.

At this moment in time is but I gave Lenny a nickname. That nickname is fat ass. When we made it to the RFK Bridge I was too tired to think and now I had to carry Lenny. I cursed that my bike for the first time.

I couldn't do the incline for the RFK. I walked it until the decline.

 After the RFK, I can't remember much...in part because I was too tired to take more pictures. The one thing that I do remember was coming done 110 street was a pack of stranger. In my head I told myself that I am awesome. Yes I walked hard inclines and sweat like a pig but I did it. I started to tear up as slowly rode my bike until I got back to Lenox. I did it. I rode 35miles with Lenny. I looked great at the finish if I do say so myself.

Photo by T.L.
While waiting on line for our free Italian ice, we a Mom & Son team. That rode the 35 mile together. It was so great to see. (I didn't catch their names, I am terrible at this seriously) The son was trying to convince us to Marshall the Tour de Bronx. No thanks dude. I'll see you there but not as a Marshall. 
Photo by T.L.
As soon as I walked in the door, I took off my bib and hung it up on my victory wall.
 Then this happened....Everything what was on tour with me exploded on to my kitchen table and floor.
 I wear my tee shirt with tired joy. I am looking forward to do the 55 mile tour next year.