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A Little Swim A Little Bike

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So, today I tried two things that I haven’t done in forever, if at all.  I swam laps, like legit lap pool laps… kind of (get to that in a moment) and I hit three laps in Central Park (18 miles) on my new bike.


So, the swimming.  I hit the Y today after dropping Lillie at camp.  I was nervous because I have never really swam laps in a lap pool before and I had to share my lane… not only a lane, but the fast lane.

So, I got in and just started going.  This is not easy!  I am so excited to keep going and get better and better.  That being said, I had to get out after 5 minutes because I forgot my ear plugs and it really hurt.  After five minutes, I already felt it in my arms, in my legs… who knew?

Then, I met my awesome cyclist cousin Alex.  I asked him to help his little cousin learn how to ride her big girl bike.  So, we met at my apartment and hit the park.  I was nervous my first time around, but by the third time, I was feeling really comfortable on the bike.  I felt comfortable clipping in and out, but what I didn’t realize is that even by spinning numerous times a week, it doesn’t necessarily translate to cycling.  The pedaling is different, getting out of the saddle is far different, even sprinting is different.  Harder.  There isn’t a torque knob, you need to learn all the gears and what places to use them in.  But, again, so excited to learn so I can just get better.

That being said, I’m pretty excited to hit 18 miles my first time out, can’t wait to be able to hit a nice 60+ mile ride over the next few weeks.

Tomorrow, I hope to hit a ride and to remember my damn earplugs so I can swim.

Let you know how it goes.




About Julia

Is a successful NYC based makeup artist - you can see her work all over TV, in top magazines all over the world and she has been featured in the New York Times, Prevention Magazine and numerous other publications, she is the former beauty editor for Bloginity and owns a small boutique beauty business called Brush Beauty. She has had a few careers ranging from construction management to radio and everything in between, however, the constant passion in her life was always fitness. Even when she lost her way from it, she was always constantly motivated by athletes and anything movement oriented around her. She is the type of person who only gets star struck by people like Gabby Douglas, Matt Long, Pat Riley or Kerri Walsh and the thought of meeting any of them puts her stomach in little girly teenage knots. Favorite workouts: Bootcamps, Spinning, swimming and lifting alone with my headphone on.
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