Next week, I’m participating in Cycle for Survival for the first time.

As you probably already know, Cycle for Survival is spinning event that raises funds to help cure rare cancers. Each biker (spinster?) fundraises to earn their spot on a bike. What you may not know is every dollar goes to actual research (for instance, no money is spent on say, maintaining their website or paying their Time Warner cable bill). I donated last year and the organization actually followed up with me and told me where my money went.  It made me feel even better about my modest contribution.
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I’m riding with the The Cycle-Angelos, a team started by my friends Blake and Timmy after Timmy’s dad was diagnosed and later passed away from cancer. Over the past 3 years, they’ve raised over $150,000 in support of pioneering research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). I am so excited to be a part of the team.

If you’d like to donate, any amount helps.  (Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!)

Hi lovelies.  How was your week?

Does anyone else read Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog? It’s on my Feedly feed, but I don’t read it every week. But I happen to take a look recently, and a post really hit home for me. I’ve been feeling a bit stressed. (I wrote about it here.)  Leo wrote about his method for dealing with stress and I thought it was worth sharing.

In other news, I want to start sharing a song of the week with these weekly fitness rundowns. Interested? Great. Let’s start right now.

This week’s tune: “I’m glad I hitched my apple wagon to your star” by The Boy Least Likely To

It’s not new, but I re-found it and re-fell in love with it. It’s upbeat and has a unique yet catchy sound.

Now for our regularly scheduled recap:

Monday: I took a class called “Endurance” at Uplift Studios. It was a fabulously fun and challenging workout. Lot’s of jumping around and tons of strength work with weights. Also, great 90s music.

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Important Question: Do you guys LIKE showering at a fitness studio? What if it’s a nice one? What if they have a fancier blow dryer than you do at home? What if they offer Malin + Goetz shower products? (M+G must be owned by the same investment group as every boutique fitness operation because their products are everywhere.)

I just don’t. I’m not a creature of habit in too many ways, but I prefer to shower and get ready at home so I can spread out, air dry my hair and waste as much time as possible. (I can floss my teeth for like 2 hours while staring off into the abyss, ask anyone who has ever lived with me.)  I also don’t enjoy packing a bag.

This means that if I want to work out before work, I need to be crafty. I can either do a run that ends at home, an early nearby spin class (luckily this option does exist for me) or a barre/pilates class where, let’s be real I don’t shower after. Any tricks for getting ready at a studio? Would love your two cents.

Here’s what I got into this week:

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As a self identified Flywheel addict, you might ask why I went to another spin studio. Answer: To chase new student intro deals!

Swerve is near my office and they offer a buy one get one free offer for first time students. I’m open to trying new things, especially when they are offered at a discount and situated in my zone of existence.

I actually originally booked a class for Monday morning but woke up feeling not so hot. I called right before to cancel and they were super accommodating. I finally did make it to a class after work on Wednesday and I was very happy I did.

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