For about a week now I’ve had this Blackburn Trak Stand in my apartment. If you don’t know what this is, it’s a nifty little contraption that you hook up to the rear wheel of your road bicycle and it turns it into an indoor stationary bicycle! Anyway, a co-worker was selling it and said for me to try it out before committing to buying it from him. Well, this last week has been a busy week for me. I wasn’t able to give it a try until yesterday morning. I hooked it up to the rear wheel of my bicycle, propped the front wheel up on my little fireproof safe (you could use a brick or a cinder block) so I wasn’t aimed in a downhill direction and therefore putting extra pressure on my hands on the handlebars. I set it on the medium resistance (that’s what the guy selling it said he set it on and was most comfortable with) and hopped on and started pedaling. Well, I hopped back off and set it on the high resistance and that was better. Then, I bumped up the gears so I’d have more resistance while pedaling and was quite happy. I strapped on my heartrate monitor and pedaled for 40 minutes while watching the news. I burned 251 calories. Felt great! What a fantastic way to watch tv and get a workout in at the same time! So, when I went into work yesterday, I brought him the $40 he was asking for and voila, it’s mine!
I will now have no problem getting my 2 cycling sessions in each week that are in my new weekly workout routine. Well, except for when I pick up overtime like I did last night. As it is, I have to do this morning’s 8 mile run tomorrow instead. I have to decide if I’m going to cycle with my Trak Stand or if I’m going to go to the gym and strength train…which I haven’t done in almost a month now…so maybe that would be the way to go.
Well, I sort of made up for not pulling that overtime shift Saturday night last night. When I went into work yesterday afternoon, my supervisor said the night shift was looking for someone to stay over and I said that I would gladly stay over. I mean, I still lost out on that $190 (after taxes amount) from Saturday. Oh well, I just need to get over it. And I’m working a shift of overtime this Saturday on my normal shift (evening). I’m hoping I can pick up another shift between now and the night shift on Saturday. That would be really nice. That would be 4 shifts of overtime on my mid-July paycheck (around $760 extra!!!). After Saturday, however, any overtime I get is up in the air. There was none to be scheduled when I asked…they said they had filled their vacancies. So, anything I get will be at the last minute like last night’s was.