I don’t know why but today seems like it’s gonna be a great day!
Always makes me laugh. Have a great one.
I don’t know why but today seems like it’s gonna be a great day!
Always makes me laugh. Have a great one.
After riding the TD Boro Bike Tour alone this year, I wanted to make a list of pros and cons for solo rides. I noticed I wasn’t the only one riding alone but I also couldn’t help wishing I had someone to talk to or take my picture!
Pros for solo rides:
1. No need to make unnecessary stops because someone needs to pee.
2. You avoid someone dictating your speed. I heard one group arguing on whether or not they were going to stop at next rest point.
3. You’re forced to make new friends and talk to friendly people.
4. Lots of time to take in your surroundings.
5. You’re in and out of the finish festival quickly enough to get home and couch surf for the other half of your day.
Cons for solo rides:
1. Worst part… No one to point out cool things to.
2. Some parts of the ride are less eventful, having someone to talk to at that point, helps.
3. Pictures! You definitely need a picture living friend to join you for some fun outtakes.
4. The festival would probably be more exciting with a buddy.
5. Someone to watch your bike while you pee is bonus.
It’s all about those moments when you have to go. Lol.
As I was taking care of some chores this afternoon, I started thinking back about the time when all of my income was disposable income (over a decade ago). I was quite the budding fashionista. I loved shopping for shoes, bags, clothing, and jewelry at all types of shops. Putting together an outfit was fun and I loved telling people where I found the latest deal, etc.
All that’s changed now and I am guilty of buying the same top in different colors, matching it with black pants and calling it a day. My priorities have definitely changed.
However, what I like most about the internet is I can shop online and with Pinterest, I can put together outfits that I may purchase SOMEDAY. You know, for a treat. And that treat has arrived by way of a Vegas vacation with some of my closest girlfriends from college!
We booked the trip two months ago and since then I’ve gone mad pinning outfits and ideas. I’m reinspired to accessorize and I’m excited over shoes like this:
Or this skirt:
Or this sexy dress:
Which takes me to the point of this blog post: NastyGal.com
I am loving this online shop for all their sexy clothing but also for their free one-day shipping! Yes. I made an order on NastyGal.com on a Thursday and received my dresses in the mail on Friday FOR FREE. They offer free overnight shipping on orders over $150 in the United States. Have you checked them out? It’s easy to spend that kind of money there. They have so many cute dresses and outfits.
I purchased this dress on NastyGal and I absolutely love it. Can’t wait for the opportunity to wear it out.
It’s refreshing to have something to dress up for! Any online shops you visit for your online “window shopping”?
First off, HELLO! Where has the time gone? I have no clue. However, I am so happy spring is here and I can take part in some outdoor activities.
My awesome boyfriend woke up after 3 hours of sleep and drove me to the starting line as I didn’t want to jump on the MetroNorth and the subway that early in the morning. The meeting point for charity riders was Worth St and Church St. There were muffins, juice, bananas, and apples for us to choose from. I decided to ride alone. Not entirely my decision. I couldn’t find anyone to do the ride with me. I’ve wanted to do this tour for so long, I figured “what the heck” and did it alone. I’m kind of happy I did and I’ll let you know why in another post (this one is long enough).However, I must say EVERYONE I met was so nice and willing to help me out.
As soon as I arrived, I realized my front tire was low on air. I asked the guys standing next to me if they had an air pump I could borrow and instead of just lending it to me, they checked the pressure of my tires AND pumped air in both tires. How sweet!
Secondly, I made friends as soon as I lined up. The charity riders for the Nature Conservancy were so polite to me. I can’t remember all of their names, but I do know one of them was Madeline. Hi MADELINE! They offered me the opportunity to ride with them but they were on road bikes and much faster than I. Besides, you’ll see by this post I STOPPED A LOT.
Once I realized how awesome it was to ride my bike in a car free environment, I stopped in every borough to take it all in AND to take pictures. It was breathtaking. Thank you to everyone who makes this ride possible year after year. From the organizers to the volunteers to the men and women from the police department and other armed forces….THEY ALL ROCKED! And even though this was the first big event after Boston and nerves were high, the security did not feel like a burden at all.
So here’s my recap:
This was my view from the starting line. We had a moment of silence for Boston and I said a little prayer. The ride started right on time and it was very smooth. I had been told by people who participated in the past that it’s very slow and daunting to get through all the people at the starting line. They funnel you through two starting point areas on either side of the stage but I didn’t have a problem. The worst part is dealing with the people who treat this as a race. They make it so hard to TOUR. I was grateful for their speed so they can leave me to my pictures.
We headed north to Central Park.
It was a very cold morning and we spent most of the time in the shade. Not until 11am did I feel the rays of the sun. I wish I had stopped in Central Park and enjoyed the sites but the crowd of riders is still very heavy at this point and at the one point I stopped to take this picture, I was toppled over by my first encounter with speed riders! No worries, a very nice volunteer helped me up. No scrapes or bruises either.
I made it a point to stop in Harlem. There was a beautiful gospel choir singing for us and I wish I had taken a video. The streets were still so quiet in Harlem. It was 8:15am and many stores were still closed. Just bikes on the streets of Harlem. Really awesome.
We arrived in the Bronx via the Madison Avenue Bridge and back out the Bronx in 5 seconds via the Third Avenue Bridge. I wish we could have spent more time in the Bronx. It’s a tease really. I’m going to do the Tour De Bronx in October to enjoy my borough on a bike.
This was an awesome band playing in the Bronx near the 3rd avenue bridge. I wanted to stop and dance! I took some video of them as well. They were great. Fyi, I was born and raised steps from here, this is why I am so partial to the BX!
So, after we left the Bronx, we jumped on the FDR drive. Probably one of the most exciting things I have ever had the opportunity to do. I’ve driven on the FDR a number of times but riding on it is so different.
The best part was going under the overpass at the FDR that feels like a tunnel. Everyone screams, rings their bells, and honks their horns. It was so fun to take part and hear the echoes. I wanted to turn around and do it again! However, in that tunnel area was where I saw the first person who became ill during the ride. He was lying face up and it appeared as if he couldn’t move. Paramedics were at his aide immediately. So sad though. Hope he feels better now.
This sign is huge! I tried taking a picture in every borough. This is me on the FDR right before heading over to Queens.
Crossing the Queensboro was harder than I thought it would be! Those unexpected hill climbs are crazy but the view at the top is always wonderful. I stopped here to take it all in. “I am in Queens on my bike!” A very friendly rider stopped to make sure I was okay. I really appreciated that. I told him I was great and was just taking it all in. He said, “god bless you.” Right back at ya dude with no name! On that same bridge a man died of a heart attack during the tour. Read the story here. Bless his soul and prayers to his family.
We had a mandatory stop in Queens at the 20 mile mark. Everyone had to get off their bikes and either walk to the bike path or enjoy the rest area. I decided to enjoy it. Here I met some really awesome ladies who were kind enough to take pictures of me and chat it up. I wish I had names to put to the faces and generosity but I can just hope someone finds this blog. They had free snacks, lots of water coolers, bathrooms, and music. Not sure how long I spent here but it was a welcomed rest. You have no idea how thirsty you are until you take a sip of water.
Queens was pretty but my favorite borough was Brooklyn. You definitely spend more time in Brooklyn than you do elsewhere and there is so much to see. Like great street art.
Btw, the Verrazano Bridge IS A KILLER! Right before jumping on the bridge, there’s a guy with a bull horn announcing that its time to set your gears to one on both the left and right. Thank goodness I listened to him. That’s an uphill climb like no other on the route. Half way into it, a woman with a bull horn yells “it’s all worth it when you get to the top” and she was right.
Although there were signs everywhere telling us not to stop on the bridge. Everyone stopped to take a picture. The view is gorgeous. Me, being a rule follower, I prepared myself not to take a picture until I saw a member of the NYPD taking a pic himself. Sorry to shout you out man but if you’re doing it, so am I.
And then, just like that, it was over. The festival at the end was great. Music, food, and shopping. I bought myself t-shirt and hung out for a bit at the charity area. Met some riders and learned about the other charities people were riding for. I didn’t stay too long because we were warned that the Staten Island Ferry was a 3-mile ride and a 15-minute wait. Plus someone told me there was an amazing look out point that I needed to see.
A few of my thoughts while in Staten Island (my 2nd time in Staten Island EVER):
After the ferry, I chose to avoid the subway crowds and rode my bike back up to Grand Central Terminal on the bike paths along the East River. To my surprise my legs don’t hurt – just my booty. I love that I was able to see the city in this way and I love my body for allowing me to do it. If you’ve never been on the tour, I highly suggest it.
And if you want to donate to my charity, there is still time.
Last week, I posted this on my Facebook page:
I was excited to start and by Day 3, I was feeling pretty positive about the program. My knees weren’t in pain and I was able to get through the workouts. Originally, I was afraid of the infomercial but also intrigued. I jumped in and felt good about it. The hardest part is the warm up people! If you make it through that, Shaun T. takes you through a very nice stretch portion and then back to more cardio. However, the half after the stretch is less insane. I felt strong and on my way to those crazy six pack abs you see in the “after” pictures.
NOT ANYMORE….. ouch, my back!
I truly am careful with form and I don’t even jump very high or “explode” very fast. I land on the ball of my foot and not on my heel. I am always careful. Especially because I know how much it sucks to feel pain on my knees. However, I am experiencing lower back pain.
I searched online and found that I wasn’t the only one. Some people say its great and other people feel pain, ignore it, and then throw their back out. I’m not going to do that. I have things to do: Zumba classes to teach, a bike ride to complete, and dance classes to attend. Throwing out my back is not in the equation.
So my friends, I am shelving INSANITY for now. I’ll try to do more research but I’m actually going to avoid the workouts until I feel 100%.
Lesson of the Day: Not every workout is for every person. Listen to your body. You don’t want to hurt yourself for vanity.
Last month, I did the unthinkable. I took my measurements and bought two bathing suits on Etsy.com.
AND I DO NOT REGRET IT ONE BIT! Because, they are perfect.
If you follow my boards on Pinterest. You would note I have a “My Style” board. I keep things in there that I will one day, hopefully purchase (or at least that’s what I like to say). I’ve actually gone back and checked out some of my pins and purchased items off the board.
Well, last year, I pinned THIS:
The absolutely cutest bathing suit I have EVER seen in my entire life. I also did further research and found out that the girl in the picture is Jasmin from the Vintage Vandalizm blog. She is a real woman wearing a real bathing suit made by a REAL person.
So there the pin sat for a little less than year until I was invited to a Vegas Bachelorette party in August 2013! Vegas = Pool parties = Pool attire = Hot girls in boring bathing suits = ME NEEDING THIS WONDER WOMAN BATHING SUIT! Follow? Yes?
I finally visited Meshalo’s Etsy page, perused all her beautiful designs and decided I was going to get the high-waisted 1950′s inspired Wonder Woman bikini!
Worried that I wouldn’t fit in a standard size, I opted to take my measurements and send them to the shop owner. She can custom make the bathing suit for you. I purchased it over Etsy and then I waited a little less than a month.
OH MY GOD! It fits PERFECTLY! I can’t wait to share pictures of the bathing suit with you. I feel like Wonder Woman. I just do. I can’t wait to wear it this summer. (Insert 10,000 exclamation points).
I bought another bathing suit from the shop but I will wait until I get a photograph of me in it to share it with you. If you think it’s crazy to buy stuff over the internet, I say GET OVER IT. Meshalo was amazing and I love all her stuff. Her prices are decent but the quality is most impressive. This isn’t made overseas. This is local, made carefully, and made by someone you can actually communicate with. I’m all for it.
I was driving home just now from a morning meeting and I started thinking about my very first workout DVD.
Back in high school, I hated sports, athleticism, and gym class. I wasn’t much of a team player and my coordination in most sports was lacking… still is. I am not an athlete. However, I was always a dancer.
My high school did not consider dance a fulfillment for gym. So I suffered through being picked last and endured running laps while wheezing, etc. I was always getting into heated “arguments” with my gym teachers due to my many excuses. Except at some point, I did figure out that if I said I had my period, I wouldn’t have to play. I had my period every day/week/month. AND I FAILED GYM! Only class I’ve ever failed in my life! GYM!
Senior year, when most people had fulfilled their gym requirements, I was forced to take the class. Luckily for me, they opened up an aerobics class.
I swear, this was the beginning of who I am today.
I’ll never forget. The class was filled with 20 or so teenage girls, ALL SENIORS, who at some time or another were sitting on the sidelines with me. It was a gym losers reunion. The male gym teacher walked in, said we had to come to the class everyday and attendance was more important than participation. He then said, “I’m going to pop in my mother’s videotape and go teach the REAL gym class. I’ll check in a couple of times to make sure you are all moving.” And THAT WAS IT.
The VHS was GILAD BODIES IN MOTION!
A few girls left the class after attendance was taken but once they figured out that the teacher came back to check up on them, they got into it. Maybe it was because we were all trying to “look hot” in our prom dresses but Gilad got us sweating and no one cared. We were having fun!
AND I LOVED IT. This was actually something I was good at. It was like dancing but my guidance counselor would give me credit!
In retrospect, I owe a lot to Gilad. He got me moving and introduced me to a new avenue that has now become a career. After Gilad, I went on to Billy Blanks and TaeBo, Lucille Roberts aerobics classes, and on and on.
Here’a little look at what the DVD looked like:
I must admit, this is the first season I’ve ever tuned into The Biggest Loser. I jumped on the Jillian Michaels train earlier last year and when I heard she was back on BL, I decided to watch it every Monday night. After the first episode, I was hooked. I love listening to the stories and watching the contestants become stronger and more confident. One contestant especially caught my attention and I tune in every week to watch her succeed.
I watch the Biggest Loser because I think Danni rocks. I hope she wins the show and reaches all of her goals. Here’s why I think Danni is great:
The woman is a powerhouse. Not only is she beautiful, but she’s caring, sympathetic, and strong as hell. I doubt this is an act and if it is . . . she’s the smartest competitor. She doesn’t complain, she doesn’t fight, and she doesn’t argue. She had the toughest trainer in the house barking orders at her and she never ran away crying. I hope she gets a spot in the finally and takes it all!
What a freaking ROCK STAR.
*I used a lot of images from the web to put together this post. Tried my best to credit each one instead of downloading the image and uploading as my own. If I did so incorrectly, please let me know and I will fix it. Thanks!
Hello everyone!!! I have finally decided that I need to take on the TD Five Borough Bike Tour Challenge. And of course, I’m late. Registration is SOLD OUT! Oh typically Puerto Rican me!
But I am not letting that hold me back. Apparently, you can ride the race if you choose an organization to help raise funds for. So, after lots of consideration and two hours reading each partner charity’s page, I chose one and I am super excited about it.
I decided to raise money for First Descents. They provide young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. Any young adult with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis!
Now, I know what fitness has done for so many people . . . my students, my friends, and myself. Fitness can truly help build one’s self-esteem. Imagine what it can do for someone who’s battling cancer? What truly moved me was the survivor feedback. Here are some excerpts:
Being blind [from cancer] has created a huge void in my life. That’s why First Descents is so awesome. Just to be given that opportunity to get back into sports, it was surreal. I was finally an athlete again. -Tailz
My life post cancer has been mostly lows, very depressing, not believing in myself. FD taught me a valuable lesson…….life is like a Wave Train. There is both ups and downs, but if you believe in yourself and hop on, you will have the ride of your life!! Thank you FD! I woov choo! - Paisley, 2012
Kayaking and cancer brought us together, but the living we experienced formed life long bonds. -X2C
I’d love for you to join me by either joining the group and riding beside me OR by donating! Here’s how you can donate: Visit my fundraising page and click on the donate now button. It’s that easy!
FREE!!! That always sounds good, especially when its regarding an event held by a cool company. NYCewheels is a New York City retailer of electrical and folding bikes. I bumped into them at the Summer Streets event I attended last summer and joined their mailing list after checking out one of their bikes.
I just received an email that every Saturday 3-4:30pm starting March 9, 2013 until May 11, 2013 NYCewheels is offering free bike tours of NYC and they provide you the folding bike and the helmet.
This is what their blog says:
“The riding is easy and the sights are incredible! These tours cover a small part of Manhattan and offer you a look at some of New York’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods.
Never ridden on city streets? No problem! We ride 90% on bike lanes and our experienced tour guide will keep you safe by providing tips and keeping the group together.”
Sign up now by clicking on a date in the calendar. You’re welcome!