A Buffalo Bicycle Classic Training Blog
The sweetness of exercise vs. that of sugar?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I finished my eight week Tai Chi class at the North Boulder Rec Center last night and rewarded myself with ice cream about an hour before bedtime. I woke up this morning groggy and sluggish. I’m convinced it is a sugar hangover.
The last couple of weeks, my sugar addiction has gotten out of control. One bite of something sweet just sends me down the path of wanting more and not caring about the consequences.
Tai Chi, a form of martial arts, has been helpful in finding balance not only physically but also in the way I think about things and my relationship to the environment.
The concepts of yin/yang, balance/counterbalance, yield/resistance are applicable to training for the 50-mile ride, or, for that matter, any sport. If I practice Tai Chi every day, I feel calmer and stronger.
I recorded 9,600 steps on my pedometer this past Monday. That’s almost five miles of walking during the course of the day, but it required a long walk at lunch and then a second walk in the evening. I’ve decided that I need to start every day with a plan for some sort of physical activity.
Today, if there is no lightning or hail, I’ll walk from my office on campus to the Boulder Public Library and look for books on self-hypnosis to see if I can’t do something about my sugar cravings. Can I wrestle control of this addiction without outside intervention?
The Elevations Buffalo Bicycle Classic, which raises funds for scholarships, includes ride distances of 14, 35, 50, 70 and 100 miles. To learn more about the Sept. 11 event or to register, click here.