Thursday, September 30, 2010

My New Friend Doug

I have a new friend.  His name is Doug.  Actually, I'm not sure what is real name is, but to me, he looks like a Doug - so Doug it is!  In the past few weeks, I have been trying everything I can to get rid of my knee pain.  After talking to a friend of my who is a PT, she suggested I do more squats, lunges and take up spinning.  Cycling has been on my list of things to add to my workout for a while.  I drool over the bikes every time I got to Sports Basement.  But I know I'm not ready to fully commit to the whole cycling thing (that sport is expen$ive!), so my next best bet was the gym.

In came Doug.  Doug is the guy on the spinning bike computer.  I wish I had found this sooner!  Has anyone else tried this? Or I'm just really late to the party?  It's a spinning bike with a computer that allows you to pick the type of workout you want to do: interval, strength, endurance, etc.  And each time I try it, it pops us something new!  Doug is so creative!  I've been sticking to the interval and strength training programs and cycling for about 45-60 minutes at a time.  I did do a longer one last week and hit 29 miles, but it really drained me.  I'll back off that for a while.  Man, do I break a crazy sweat and get my heart rate up!  Doug is a drill sergeant!  Since I've never done a trainer at home, I'm thinking this is probably pretty close.  It starts with a nice warm up, hammers down the workout, and then a great cool down.
My bike in the corner

The whole time, Doug has some cheesy music playing in the background, and it changes with the intensity of the cadence and heart rate he wants you to hit.  I think I heard a Kiss song all jazzed/elevator music'ed up at one point and laughed out loud!  Doug, you have a funny taste in music!  But the program is quite neat, it has, depending on how long you pick your session to be, about 10-12 sessions of 3-4 minutes each.  And each time, it's a different mix up of the sessions.  I'm learning form, handle bar position and how to keep my heart rate and cadence in line.  And...I'm really enjoying it!
This is Doug!  Sorry, it's on my crappy phone camera.
Doug's kind-of cute, no?
The computer screen - there's Doug!

In about 45-60 minutes I can usually bust out about 16-20 miles each time.  A real good hard effort that leaves me dripping with sweat.  And the cool thing about it being in the gym, I can easily walk over to the treadmills real quick and get a BRICK workout in!  I'm loving these, too!  You feel like such a bad ass when you leave.  And...the knee is feeling a million times better!  I haven't had the pains or the tightness.  I'm hoping to keep this in my training for a while - shooting for 2-3 times a week ;)

I can't believe tomorrow is October 1st!  You wouldn't know it by the weather around here that Fall has officially started.  The temps have been horrid (like really high 90's and even some 100's!) but thankfully we are going to see a light at the end of the tunnel here in the Bay and they should start coming down by the end of the week.  September just flew by for me.  One second I was quitting my job, starting my own business, and the next I was crossing the finish line at Lake Tahoe!  I had a great mileage week last week, thanks to the race, and finished off with 59.2 miles.  And with my run today, I hit 232 miles for the month of September!  I haven't had a month like that since last year.

This weekend I have a chance to pace some friends of mine in the San Jose Rock N Roll Half Marathon.  It should be fun - both would really love to come in around 2, so I'm hoping my legs will cooperate!  They have felt pretty fresh all week. 

Okay, I've procrastinated enough - I should get back to work.  I've already taken a really, really long 2+ hour lunch with my workout - I'm sure my boss is not going to be pleased! ;)
Happy Thursday and Happy Running peeps!


23 comments:

aron said...

GAH i would not be able to stand doug :) lol. we have a spin bike at home and the dvds that came with it drive me up the wall! they do provide a good workout though! have you thought about going to an actual spin class? those are the best!!!

Heather said...

I want Doug to come to my house! May you should do a triathlon with all these brick workouts you are going to be doing. :)

ajh said...

Is Doug seeing other women too or is it exclusive between the two of you?

Jill said...

Haha, I'm laughing at ajh's comment :). We don't have any Doug's at our 24-hour *pout*. I just try to get to spin class now and then but I'm not real good about it lately, more so when I took that long time off running. I still say you need to beef up those VMO muscles to get your knees feeling good...but lunges (and leg extensions and leg press) will help :). Hope you're feeling great and that work is picking up!! Love ya!
xoxo

Michelle Simmons said...

I smell a triathlon in your future. ;)

Char said...

Doug may be cute but if his taste in music is that bad I really don't see a future in it.

Page said...

Ooooooh, I want to meet Doug! At what gym would I find him?!

Jo Lynn said...

Sports Basement? How dare you!!

Doug would do me in. I would rather look for a nice used bike than sit inside on a machine. Blech. But, good luck with it. LOL ;)

Jamoosh said...

I think Doug is checking you out...

ShutUpandRun said...

He looks like a Doug. He should really wear a helmet even on a spin bike b/c that's what all the cool kids do. Oh, maybe that's why everyone was looking at me.

Good luck pacing this weekend! You are a never ending ball of energy!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

haha I have never seen that!! how funny and yes I think doug is fitting.

have lots and lots of fun just running without a time expectation this weekend!

Christina said...

Yes. He is a Doug.
Does he bob his head left and right when the music is playing?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Marlene said...

I wish my gym had bikes with those computer/trainer programs. FUN! Awesome that you are loving it AND it is helping with your knee.

HOLA nice mileage for September!!

PunkRockRunner said...

You know Doug isn't real right?

Tara said...

OMG I LOVE DOUG!!!! Except I think he looks more like a Brad? hahahaha I love the workouts and even though it's cheesy I love having "someone" there telling me what to do.

Christy said...

Haha can you introduce me? Miss you lady! Thanks for the note about grad school =) Hope you're doing well!

chris mcpeake said...

doug looks like he might be really annoying

Ewa said...

No Doug at our gym. Maybe that is why I am not too crazy about bikes there. All they have are those monitors with a variety of fake trails. I think I would prefer Doug.

Kristen said...

I love the cheesy spin videos!

Denise said...

i'm with you. i like biking and want to get into it but it's such a huge financial commitment. i try to ride at least once or twice a week, though at the gym. and you're right, it's nice to be able to hop right over to the treadmill to do a brick workout.

great job this wknd!!

Anonymous said...

[p]On single runner ramps, the width should be at least as wide as your tire . Soaking [url=http://www.mbtstores.co.uk/mens-mbt-pata-shoes-taupe.html]shoes on clearance online[/url] and cooking them well minimizes bloating . SSE a kick-off, he just risen to eight hundred every one thousand 7 hundred . M B T g o e s p a s t w h i c h b y g i v i n g d i f f i c u l t i n o r d e r t o f o o t , Y e t r e d u c i n g o f y o u r c u r r e n t m u s c l e g r o u p s i n s i d e h o b b y . Recall those who grow and deliver your food, Keep using solar energy and telephone running, Provide emergency health care, And protect the protection of your community and your nation . The simplest way regarding accomplishing this can be to breathe deeply even though rolling your own shoulders backwards . I seriously think that we are ideal candidates for affordable auto insurance costs as
Florida Affordable Auto Insurance Rate
they lower the premiums when you use car [url=http://www.mbtstoresuk.co.uk/women-s-mbt-kafala-shoes-black.html]footwear shoes store[/url] pool or trains and buses MBT Shoes . The consultation area featuring the most major impact isthat of e-Security leaders services, Which grow from $450million [url=http://www.mbtshoeswomen.co.uk/women-s-mbt-rafiki-gtx-shoes-sand.html]mbt shoes sandals[/url] in 2001 to $1.[/p][p]And it makes everything possible . Its bustiers area current particularly brands created for all sorts [url=http://www.cheapmbtboots.co.uk/mbt-bara-shoes-brown-womens.html]wide fitting shoes[/url] of women . still, Parents have to take notice of the size of their little one's feet . You may skip all the particular exercises and still drop a few pounds, still tone up and strengthen your muscle tissues as you work your means by way of the day in your mbt shoes . The death [url=http://www.mbtstoresuk.co.uk/womens-mbt-panda-sandals-chocolate.html]target shoes australia[/url] rate is becoming bigger . And then, you will choose the most valuable correct shoes for yourself . This design is the logo of the Adidas Company . [url=http://www.mbtstores.co.uk/women-s-mbt-tunisha-shoes-grape.html]mtb clipless shoes[/url] 7.[/p]


Anonymous said...

[p]feet warm, [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.com]ugg boots canada[/url] UGG makes some comfortable ones . Because today is the Adams Cup last war, the list of upcoming Asian Championship Cup with Sri Lanka the end of the surface, so the performance of several fringe players are very active, trying desperately to seize the last [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.com]ugg canada[/url] straw . com to achieve the right size for yourself at most competitive rate . My friends said that I am crazy about discount ugg tess suede boots 5502, and maybe I should be a model of UGG Company so that I can wear different product every day . Computer system computer software:- Ought to you acquired a windows file or boot sector error, or windows hangs or does not entirely boot right here is what it is doable to attempt:In XP and Vista essentially get started taping the f8 essential [url=http://www.uggssbottespascher.info]ugg pas cher[/url] when you hit the power button . Uggs is a brand of Australian sheepskin boots, make quite [url=http://www.cheapuggbootukonline.co.uk]cheap ugg boots[/url] a splash the US . Bag is m . And that is the answer-UGG has conquered the world with its warm comfort of snug fit and unique styles [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.info]ugg boots canada[/url] that can go with everything practically and aesthetically . The Classic Tall is also available in Baroque Black, Baroque Sand, Marbled Nickel, Bomber Jacket [url=http://www.authenticuggaustraliaboots.co.uk]ugg australia boots[/url] Leather, Marbled Copper or Mulberry Sheepskin.[/p]

Anonymous said...

[p]feet warm, [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.com]ugg boots canada[/url] UGG makes some comfortable ones . Because today is the Adams Cup last war, the list of upcoming Asian Championship Cup with Sri Lanka the end of the surface, so the performance of several fringe players are very active, trying desperately to seize the last [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.com]ugg canada[/url] straw . com to achieve the right size for yourself at most competitive rate . My friends said that I am crazy about discount ugg tess suede boots 5502, and maybe I should be a model of UGG Company so that I can wear different product every day . Computer system computer software:- Ought to you acquired a windows file or boot sector error, or windows hangs or does not entirely boot right here is what it is doable to attempt:In XP and Vista essentially get started taping the f8 essential [url=http://www.uggssbottespascher.info]ugg pas cher[/url] when you hit the power button . Uggs is a brand of Australian sheepskin boots, make quite [url=http://www.cheapuggbootukonline.co.uk]cheap ugg boots[/url] a splash the US . Bag is m . And that is the answer-UGG has conquered the world with its warm comfort of snug fit and unique styles [url=http://www.uggssbootscanada.info]ugg boots canada[/url] that can go with everything practically and aesthetically . The Classic Tall is also available in Baroque Black, Baroque Sand, Marbled Nickel, Bomber Jacket [url=http://www.authenticuggaustraliaboots.co.uk]ugg australia boots[/url] Leather, Marbled Copper or Mulberry Sheepskin.[/p]