Category Archives: Miscellaneous

My new bike

I mentioned I got a new bike a couple of weeks ago. Here it is!

Isn't she lovely?!

Isn’t she lovely?!

So far I’ve taken it to work and back a few times, and went out for a long ride on the parkway trail. So far so good! Not that I really know anything about bikes though ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is theย Cannondale Quick Speed 2. I’m loving the disc brakes, like, a lot. I’m not looking to do super long rides or train for any bike races, more just for recreational riding. Like I said, so far I’m pretty happy with it! It is a lot easier to ride on the ride than my super old bottom-end Trek mountain bike.

I’ve been wanting a new bike for a while, and I figured that even if I just rode it in the evenings instead of sitting on the couch it would be worth it. And my daughter is so big now that she has grown out of her bike and taken over my old one anyway! So I needed one. I’ve since made a goal that I will ride to work instead of driving at least 3 times a week.

One thing I have noticed when wearing my Fitbit while riding is that it is pretty hard to get my heart rate up. Most of the time I’m around 115-125, compared to running at an easy pace where my heart rate would be 130-135. Since I will be using it to get some of my cross training in while I’m not running, I’d like to get that heart rate up if I can! So I’ll have to play with it some more and find what works.

 

Newton Gravity IV Score

In my never ending search for THE right shoes, I came across Newtons. I’ve heard of them before but never really looked at them much. I was really happy with my old school Altras and Saucony Kinvaras for a long time. I’ve been randomly trying different shoes now since both of those models have changed too much for my liking. Most of what I’ve tried hasn’t worked out ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, I couldn’t bring myself to plunk down $150 on shoes, so I started googling for what I wanted on sale. I actually found these Newton Gravity IV in bright orange on sale online at Dick’s Sporting Goods for $89, plus I got another 25% I think off, so they only ended up being $60!! I’m sure they were on sale because of the color, but I do not care. In fact, I ended up buying another pair because they were so cheap!

#canyouseemenow?!

#canyouseemenow?!

They came on last week, and while I wasn’t sure they would work, I decided to just go for it and try them outside. They are pretty different from what I am used to, but after a short while they felt pretty good. The ‘lugs’ on the front of the shoe are pretty weird feeling when you are just walking, but running felt normal. I wasn’t feeling any aches or pains, which is the most important thing! I plan on using them for my shorter runs to see how they end up working out.