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1/20/13 4:27 P

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That's cool. Thanks for the info.

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1/19/13 2:49 P

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GREBJACK, I can answer at least one of your questions. I own a Buff. Here's the link for one on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Buff-33015-Wool-Head
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This link shows a wool one, which is a few more dollars than a lighter one. I own a lighter Buff, and it does the job for me just fine. It's basically a tube of breathable fabric that you pull over your head to keep warm. You can have it only around your neck, or pulled up enough over the top of your head so that only your eyeballs show. I typically go somewhere in between, making sure my ears are covered and sometimes my nose. It's a lot easier to use than a neck covering plus a hat under my bike helmet plus earmuffs, and a lot less bulky. I'd never heard of one before joining this team, but I will vouch for how much I really like mine.

For gloves, I simply have a pair of thicker fleece ones that work ok in most colder weather (I've never ridden under 30F). Some people advocate putting hot packs (the kind hunters use in their pockets) in the gloves, but I've not found the need yet.

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1/19/13 11:09 A

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I have two questions for your all.

My typical winter plan is snow shoveling and walking for transportation - every year I lose my base and when spring rolls around my first runs and rides feel like I've never gotten exercise before in my life. I hate the treadmill and imagine mounting my bike on rollers would be just as boring, although maybe it would give me an opportunity to watch more movies. Anyway...

The streets here (Massachusetts) get cleared pretty quickly after each snowstorm, so aside from being narrower - it's harder for me to let cars pass - I have the traction to ride (but not to run - people don't clean their sidewalks) but my hands get so cold sitting still and out front taking the wind. Anyone found a pair of gloves light enough to safely manage the brakes, but warm enough to avoid numbness and pain? I think that would be the thing that would give me back winter cycling.

Second question is what's a buff?

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11/15/12 5:18 P

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Glad you're feeling better AND the weather cooperated!

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11/15/12 4:28 P

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I did bike to court today, as it was a lovely day and I just HAD to get out!

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11/13/12 1:55 P

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Thanks for the heads-up, Miss G! I would have been worried that you were much sicker than previously thought, if you weren't around on the team conversations.

I hope your project gets done with time to spare, plus maybe a few relaxing times for you to exercise off the stress of it all.

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11/12/12 2:34 P

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I just realized that a HUGE project has a deadline 2 weeks earlier than I thought, so I'm pretty much toast for the rest of November. I will probably not be around much at all, ladies, but I will be thinking of you! Carry on, and I will try to resurface when I can. EEP!!

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11/11/12 1:33 P

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Lisa, that's a pretty scary start for a ride! Wow. Glad they got to her, and that there were no other injuries.

My biggest challenge right now is just plain getting well. I am still sick, and now the rest of the household is sick, too. Bleah!

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11/10/12 9:36 P

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I had a very exciting ride today starting with a rescue. I was just getting started when I came upon a group of cyclist with one down and someone giving compressions. I jumped off my bike as another biker was trying to explain to 911 where we were. Which happen to be along a stretch of trail that has no easy access to. I had the caller tell 911 to meet me at the nearest road and I would lead them to her. I actually beat the EMT's so I'm standing waving them down as they arrive. None of us could reach a park employee to remove the barriers so the ambulance could drive to get her so we had to run. If you can picture this I'm running with my bike along with a group of EMT's running along with me. I would say a good mile as we were running someone was cutting the bolts from the barriers to get vehicle to her. When we reach her she's up but very weak. It seemed she is diabetic and was starting to go into a diabetic coma. Finally the ambulance was able to get to her and take her to the ER.

You would think that would be enough excitement right ?? I finally found a couple of park employees and were discussing what had happened. They were sitting on the railing when Erin took a tumble backward. emoticon after we realized that he was not hurt the laughter started. After all that I ended up with a 20 mile ride. Hope you ladies had a wonderful day

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11/7/12 12:27 P

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Datmama, that is great!

I am also planning on focusing my Christmas wish list on biking/fitness items. A buff would make an excellent stocking stuffer!

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Got out today for my first ride in almost two weeks. Whew! It felt good to get back out there after so many days of cold, wet, and even a wee bit of snow yesterday.

I couldn't believe how sluggish I felt, even though the wind was only 7 mph according to accuweather.com -- but I felt great when I was done, simply because I didn't use the weather as an excuse to stay inside. Temp was 41 degrees F, but the "real feel" was stated at 32F. Sure felt like it!

I tried out my new shell jacket -- very thin layer, but it kept the wind out and I didn't feel cold, even though I only had a long-sleeved performance shirt underneath, nothing thick. And I finally got my longer pants. They're not quite what I was picturing (I was thinking longer spandex/lycra, same material as my shorts), but I'm happy with them. They're Smart Wool base layer tights, which look like black long undies without the waffle weave. 100% merino wool, very light but I was not cold at all. I wore my shorts over them so I had padding, and also so I didn't feel like I was outside in my underwear.

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Next purchase: a Buff. My mom was asking if I wanted bike "stuff" for Christmas, so I think I'm going to peruse REI and Amazon and see about adding a few things to my wish list!

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11/5/12 10:10 P

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Good plan, Skinny!

Me, I'm back on my Nordic Track and doing a bit of walk/jogging. We're supposed to get sun this week, though it is slow in arriving, and I will bike when it's nicer. Once it snows, it will be pool time--next summer's plan is triathlons! And as soon as the snow is gone, back on the bike!

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11/4/12 6:31 P

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I live in Oklahoma and this is my favorite time to bike.. why?? it's COOL and NO WIND! (There's a reason why that song says "wind comes sweeping down the plains"!).. so mostly my prep is preparing for the cold more than snow.. I also picked up a trainer (Kinetic Cyclone) off of craigslist (for a song!) and hope to figure out how to use it.. and my final back up plan is spinning class.


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11/4/12 11:08 A

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Lisa, I'm reminded of a friend in Alaska who'd lived in California all her life. The first winter she was there, her sister called and asked what the temperature was. My friend said "40 below."

Her sister said, "Below what?" Subzero temperatures were a completely foreign concept to her.

It's around 40 here, and the rain has stopped, but it's still dreary. I have not felt inspired by this weather to spend ANY time outside. I have been kind of a slug for the last week or so. Must rise to my own challenge here and get a plan underway!

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11/3/12 12:27 A

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Yeah, but we don't really know what heat is, either...when it's hot here, it's SO humid we're all cranky & miserable. You'd probably be running (riding?) circles around us, lol.

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11/2/12 5:49 P

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LOL my husband was born and raised in Fl he really doesn't know what cold is... emoticon

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11/2/12 5:40 P

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Yea 50 degrees if you are working outside is jeans and a tshirt weather, maybe a long sleeve shirt if the wind is blowing.


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Yes, 50 degrees is definitely still shorts weather here! Of course at 85 we are ready to DIE!

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11/2/12 12:38 A

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Lisa, I'm laughing at the thought of long johns in 50 degree weather. Not that I'm a weather "toughie" or anything, but I still bike in my shorts if it's 50. My hubby will wear long johns when he snowblows our driveway, but has to get right outside as soon as he's dressed, or he'll start to sweat with all the layers.

I'm willing to bet you can take the heat much better than I can, though!

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You ladies are AMAZING !!! emoticon I'll be checking in on you and by the time your weather warms up you'll all be stronger and ready to match me on miles. BTW have any of you thought of getting a trainer or some rollers for your bikes? That way you could keep pedaling and getting a good work out in as well.

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BTW we got our first little "cold" spell low 50's in the morning but warming up to 80+. My poor husband actually broke out his wool long johns to wear to work...he had to shed them before lunch though.

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11/1/12 10:31 P

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Biking is not really my primary cardio right now, but as long as it doesn't snow I plan on bundling up and getting out there as "extra" workouts. Right now I am finishing the last week of workouts on Jillian Michaels Power walking for my treadmill (ifit program) I plan on doing the next level up, which on my workout plan takes 6 weeks. This will get me well into the heart of winter. As long as the weather holds I will do bike rides to burn extra calories on nice days, or us it as an alternate workout if I really don't feel like trudging on the treadmill that day. I am doing a challenge with my DONE being the fat girl team, so there will be mini workout challenges there as well. I also do Strength Training 3 days a week and I still haven't check out the yoga class offered at the new fitness studio. The studio is between work and home but my schedule is pretty goofy until the end of the year so even if I love it I may not be able to attend regularly.

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11/1/12 10:14 P

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I guess I do have a plan after all.

On clear, dry days, I plan on riding. We get a lot of snow due to the lake effect, but I'm still going to try.

I'm also planning on walking as often as possible when I can't ride. Hikes through our woods or walking along the road, whatever works.

On the days when outside is not an option, I am going to try being consistent (3 days/week) in using my exercise videos. I tend to get tired of the same old thing, so I'm going to rotate between Zumba, kickboxing, Just Dance, and the videos here on SP. I'm going to keep doing the same thing for strength training that I do now: either dumbbell exercises, or SP videos for the various core-strengthening & weight training options. I've liked almost every one I've tried so far, and there are tons I've never gotten to try yet.

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11/1/12 10:08 P

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Yesterday I put on my walking shoes and did a couple of miles at my favorite park. They keep it plowed so I will go back to walking on my days off. I still want to do a couple of rides, just to say I did. And, then, there is always the gym...

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11/1/12 3:41 P

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Plan? There's supposed to be a fallback plan?

Yes, Minnesota and riding in Nov/Dec don't work that well. Unfortunately, I do not have a plan. I like being warm, having a cuppa tea, and sitting by a cozy fire. But that plan is not endorseable by our team leader!

I can, however, walk around town. It's a mile and a smidge, and is doable most days that don't have gale-force biting winds. That's about 5-10 days per month.

And sit-ups. I can do sit-ups.





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11/1/12 12:40 P

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Plan A: Leslie Sansone walking video. Only problem I hate doing it when someone is watching, so only an option when nobody else is home.

Plan B: Wii Fit Plus fun once in a while, but gets old fast.

Plan C: Do laps at the mall in town - boring, but an option.

Eventually, there will also be a Plan D: SHOVEL SNOW

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11/1/12 11:45 A

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*scratches out "hot chocolate and movies" plan*

Rats. I'll get back to you on my Plan B, Miss Most Difficult Taskmaster G.

Thanks for the reminder to make a plan before the month flies by. :)

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11/1/12 11:08 A

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Yikes, how did November get here so fast?!!

Bike challenges get tougher for those of us in Northern climes, come this time of year. Someone like Lisa can just keep biking, but those of us who are subject to snow and rain (and hurricanes!) probably aren't going to keep up the biking with our usual regularity.

So this month's challenge is to figure out your winter training program. If it's gearing up for cold weather riding, then report on your success in getting comfortable with that. If it's changing up to other activities, then plan your schedule and let us know how that schedule is working out.

(If it's vegging in front of the TV with a bag of chips until May, well I can't really endorse that!)

So tell us your plans, and how those plans are going!

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