Nancy Takes a Hike!
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What about your Peloton?!
Anyone who knows me knows that the Peloton is a HUGE part of my life, so where does it fit in with this training?
A lot of my training takes place outdoors - walking and hiking, For now I'm just doing some walks but plan to head out to the mountains in a few weeks. Some days in NE just aren't good for walks, however. While I'm willing to bundle up in the cold, I draw the line at ice. Since I will be hiking in the spring in VA, seems like I don't need to do much training in icy conditions, so I would rather not injure myself.
However, I DO have a tread, and not just ANY tread, a PELOTON TREAD with incline up to 15%! And the instructors even do "hikes" . So the other day when it was icy I "hiked" for an hour!
Whether indoors or out, I wear my pack and my boots to get used to them!
I walk about 3 days a week which leaves me some time to ride - my trainer suggested since my walks are so long and essentially endurance, to do HIIT training the other days. This has worked out well and allowed me to spend less time on the bike so that I can do... strength training!
Even before I started training for this, I had started to do more strength training and now that I am training, strengthening my lower body is especially important. Peloton has tons of content including upper and lower body strength so I am working on that too!
And I'm also working had on injury prevention so lots of stretching and some yoga, again all available on the Peloton.
So, even if I'm not riding a ton I'm still addicted to my Peloton! Because, seriously, how could I not be?
by Nancy Berley on Mon, Feb 10, 2020 @ 8:22 PM
Living with crohn's
Although I am currently in remission, I wasn't always. For those of you who are not familiar with chron's let me tell you what it is like to live with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
Most people experience "flares" of their disease. I have experienced exactly two. The last one I had landed me in the hospital and then into surgery (which then put me in remission) however, most of the time my disease just "smoldered"
What does that mean? It means I was never REALLY very sick but I was never really well. So I went to work, I took care of my kids (I got through med school and residency) but I was not 100%. Most people think about how IBD affects the bowels and for many of us it means a lot of bowel movements, sometimes bloody, often diarrhea. It means needing to be near a bathroom or at least know where one is. It means not really knowing what foods may or may not set you off and trying to be careful but also not always knowing how.
But there is a lot about IBD that is "beyond the bowels". IBD is an autoimmune disorder which means that your body is fighting against itself. Do you know what that does? It makes you tired. So those of us who look like we are doing it all (and just dodging off to the bathroom when we have to) we are often exhausted from it all.
Inflammation is not only limited to the intestine, many of us have joint pain from the inflammation. there were times when my knees and ankles ached. I am so grateful that I enjoy wonderful health now and can even plan to hike a mountain without having to worry about achy joints and trips to the bathroom, but there are people out there, who cannot. I am doing this hike for them. For my fellow crohnies who can't do this right now, with the hope that someday they can. Maybe we will do it together!
by Nancy Berley on Thu, Feb 06, 2020 @ 11:17 AM
Let the training begin!
A little over a week ago I began my training in earnest. Although I am quite active (as many of you know I love my Peloton) I need to start training in order to:
1. Get the walking/hiking muscles ready
2. Get my feet ready for hours on them (time on feet)
3. Get used to all my gear!
I was reluctant at first to consider walking outdoors (much of the training involves walking in my boots with my pack) after all, it's New England in the winter and I will be hiking in VA in the spring, but I was convinced to get out there. It also helped that it's been pretty warm out for a NE winter.
So, I bought my boots and some socks and got out there. I threw on one of my kids' old back packs and threw some stuff in it and walked... and walked
I have since bought a better hat, some gloves and the pack I will use. I walked for 4 hours total last week (1 hour, 1 hour and 2 hours) and found I rather like it. I try to find hilly routes to get used to the inclines and I load up my pack. I have decided to download some books on tape to pass the time. (Let me know of any good titles!) All in all, I like the idea of trying something different. This is more endurance than I'm used to doing, but I find I really enjoy it.
I'm also getting past the fact that as I walk through my town in hiking boots with a pack on my back that I must look a sight!
So, if you are local and happen to see me on Salisbury Street, just honk and wave and know that I'm doing it all for a cause!
With much love,
by Nancy Berley on Mon, Feb 03, 2020 @ 9:04 AM
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