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Please Step Away From The BicycleBigLeadOutGuy
Nov 25, 2001 6:15 PM
Hey everyone, I was wondering what other activities everyone did when they needed to get away from teh bike.
I surf...than I play basketball...than I run...maybe not in that exact order though =)
anyone else?
re: Please Step Away From The BicycleI AM
Nov 25, 2001 9:00 PM
Ski XC&DH tennis golf fishing hunting camping archery
race MTB's. I have way too many hobbies to get really
good at any one of them, but I have fun at them all.
I turn into a gym rat for three months.Sintesi
Nov 26, 2001 11:47 AM
Try to get my spins in weather permitting.
re: Please Step Away From The BicycleBigLeadOutGuy
Nov 26, 2001 4:21 PM
wow thats alot of extracurricular fun problem is that I spend too much time with one hobby...ill surf everyday for a few years straight than get burnt out than ride everyday for a few years and so on and so on.
I should learn to have a nice happy medium.....but i cant=(
stay stoked
Snowshoe...hike...perhaps I'll try cross country skiing.Kristin
Nov 27, 2001 10:25 AM
I usually will rebel against inside exercise. I like racquetball, but can't get good enough at it to really call it exercise. Last week, I met a Cross Trainer (Lifetime Fitness). Finally there is a slight glimmer of light being emitted from inside the gym. I really like this machine. It was similar to pedaling. I'm skeptical about the HR monitor though. Could I really have worked for 30 minutes never falling below 170? Not without passing out! But time flew while I was going. I think I'll try it again tonight.
Please tell me more =)BigLeadOutGuy
Nov 28, 2001 3:43 PM
Snowshoes eh?
Are those the things that look like tennis raquets? There must be lots of snow by you? Do you live in alaska? =)
We have some cross trainers in the gym...Ill hafta check them out...Im a little more interested in the snowshoe thing!!! tell me more about this pleeeeeease =)
Nov 28, 2001 5:36 PM
Kristin lives in Chicagoland as I recall. Cold and snowy in the winter. The old snowshoes kind of looked like tennis racquets; wood frames with stretched sinew. Today's 'shoes have aircraft quality aluminium frames and plastic platforms. 'Shoes are different lengths (surface area) for different body weights and type of snow. Just strap your boots in and walk (a little bowlegged). Ski poles are a good idea. Deep snow can really be a workout. You can run in packed snow with small 'shoes.

Have fun!
Nov 29, 2001 3:52 PM
that sounds pretty rad
but hopefully i wont be seeing any snow this winter =)
Nov 29, 2001 4:30 PM
I live in the mountains of Utah. We got several feet of snow over Thanksgiving and are expecting another foot in the next 24 hours. Of course, that's why there are 3 ski areas within five minutes and the Olympics will be here in February. Snowshoeing is not an Olympic event though. Lots of fun however!
Nov 30, 2001 5:01 PM
did you say several feet?!?!?!
wow wee
Hmmm...Actually, I haven't tried it yetKristin
Dec 2, 2001 7:38 PM
I plan to snow shoe this winter, if the temperature ever drops below 60 degrees. :-)

I don't run...well, I can run, but its not pretty! (Imagine Chubaka running...thats me, but not as hairy). Snow shoeing seems (to me at least) as a way to hike through higher snow, which should be good exercise without all the stigma. This year will be my induction into winter sports. During winters gone by, I'd reconnect with the cast of Friends and eat plenty French Silk ice cream. Not this year!!

I tried that cross trainer again. Wow! I CAN maintain a 170 HR. I'm not sure that's healthy...but I can do it. Funny thing is that I can't do this on a bike. I did 80 minutes and was fine while spinning. It wasn't until I got off that I realized my brain had gone all fuzzy and my legs were shaking so badly that I needed a refresher course on walking.
Dec 3, 2001 11:28 AM
Yep, snowshoeing can be a blast. Cold air, breathing hard, enjoying the outdoors with nobody else around.

Have you ever tried a Versa-Climber? A nearly vertical contraption that you strap your feet onto the pedals and grip handles on the side. After setting the tension, you push down - pull up the pedals and handles. In five seconds your heart rate rockets up. Best cardio workout I've ever done. See how many feet you can climb in 5 minutes. Then get off and try to walk! Have a padded floor and nothing sharp nearby ;-0

Did you say chewbaka?BigLeadOutGuy
Dec 4, 2001 5:10 PM
You must be pretty tall..if i remember correctly chewie is like 8 feet tall and rips the arms off the people who beat him in space chess!
holy cow! your not going to rip my arms off now are you?
well I hope you know the movie star wars pretty well or else im sounding like a real idiot right about now =) which unfortunatley isnt too uncommon for me =)

I dunno what im going to do this winter...its my second winter in the northeast and it gets waaaaaaay too cold for me to do anything outside...ill try and nut it up and cycle on the weekends but i have a feeling I am just going to end up getting fat as a house like i did last winter =(
well see
have a good night chewie =)