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Old 02-08-19, 08:13 PM
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Getting around to the flooring replacement sooner than I had expected. We installed a 3/8 thk hard rubber flooring meant for gyms. I'm loving the surface. Whenever I'm doing a stretching program on the carpet, my feet slip. I won't have this problem anymore. I'll be finishing up the rest of the flooring tomorrow. I have the edge cuts left to do.

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Old 02-09-19, 09:59 AM
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Getting serious about getting into shape
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I want to be able to do some longer rides this summer, so I'm getting serious about some winter training. My wife and I cleaned out one of our basement rooms and converted it to an exercise room
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I've got to be outside.
I hike, ski, kayak, etc.
Luckily the far left coast is outdoor paradise.

Too many walls staying inside so much.
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Here's why I don't have much of a choice ...
Impressive facilities but we live in a small, but elegant condo in downtown.

Just prior to reading this thread, I posted to the Winter Cycling Forum:
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what are your favorite [Winter] conditions?

Nice descriptions @rumrunn6 . 2019 is for me a re-building year after a bad 2018 (link), so since January I've been trying to ride, on abbreviated commuter routes using Commuter Rail.

As I have frequently posted:
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I have previously posted to this thread, Why didn’t I ride
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My job; either too much to do, so I stay (comfortably) overnight and resume very early in the AM, missing my commute; or have to travel afar for a meeting.

Having a mileage-based training schedule however, effectively motivates me to make time to ride

And to a lesser extent, family activities. …
You’re cetainly right about this being a friendly winter for riding.

During the single-digit, last week of January, I was (fortunately) stymied by attending a week-long conference in Boston. At such conferences I usually offer to take visitors on an evening walking tour in downtown, but no takers…
Fitness is my prime motivator for winter commuting, as my only tenable activity, though indeed just last week I looked at indoor trainers, to keep at work, but time and disinterest in indoor riding is still a limitation.

Sufficient outdoor riding prepares me for the Spring (link) and builds up tolerance for the cold in general.

Anyways, apropos of the title of this thread, one of the best motivators I experienced was in 2016:
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...Just this week, I was presented with a golden motivation to achieve my optimal mileage. The organization I work for is promoting an “Activity Challenge,” for teams of five members to track their physical activity: type, intensity and duration, from March 6 to June 6, and points are assigned.

Two of my co-workers are on an opposing team. Results will be posted weekly.

That may be just what I need to win this one for the Gipper.”
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You must WIN, Jim. Do whatever it takes ... must win...
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Thanks for your encouragement, @Phil_gretz. The Challenge ended on June 4, and I came in third place of about 40 participants, and our team came in first, by a hair-breadth …

Those standings were released every week, and the competition was very motivating with very beneficial effects. Now that it’s over I am trying to ride at least about 150 miles per week through the summer; 147 miles last week.
This February, another facility that I work at has set up a much less "stringent" Winter Challenge for February.

So far this February as of Feb 8, I have no miles due to work and family activies, but despite temperatures of about 32 F. with a wind advisory, I’m planning a nine-mile ride from my workplace this Saturday to home (but I can drop out along the route and take a bus. )


PS: @Alfster , as a resident of Alberta, you may find this link interesting:Lexicon Of Urban Edmonton Ices

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Old 02-09-19, 11:10 AM
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Getting serious about getting into shapeImpressive facilities but we live in a small, but elegant condo in downtown.

Just prior to reading this thread, I posted to the Winter Cycling Forum: Fitness is my prime motivator for winter commuting, as my only tenable activity, though indeed just last week I looked at indoor trainers, to keep at work, but time and disinterest in indoor riding is still a limitation.

Sufficient outdoor riding prepares me for the Spring (link) and builds up tolerance for the cold in general.

Anyways, apropos of the title of this thread, one of the best motivators I experienced was in 2016: This February, another facility that I work at has set up a much less "stringent" Winter Challenge for February.

So far this February as of Feb 8, I have no miles due to work and family activies, but despite temperatures of about 32 F. with a wind advisory, Im planning a nine-mile ride from my workplace this Saturday to home (but I can drop out along the route and take a bus. )


PS: @Alfster , as a resident of Alberta, you may find this link interesting:Lexicon Of Urban Edmonton Ices
Challenges, especially with friends and/or coworkers, is definitely a great motivation. However, in our area I doubt anyone would find the motivation to get me out in our -25 to -35 degree celcius temps (-13 to -31 deg F). I've tried it before, but it's simply not any fun. I'm looking forward to getting Zwift working to see if that helps with the indoor training. Plus, I alternate my workouts so that it's not always bike training. I follow the Fitness Blender workouts online for strength, cardio and stretching exercises (mostly using mat floor work and barbells ... which is new for me but I love it).
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Just about done. Just need to install a bit of rubber tile in the closet, install a french glass door at the entrance, replace the lights with flush mount LED lights, and replace my Fluid 2 trainer with a smart trainer. I'm pretty happy with the results.






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WOW! Nice space to workout in. I'm really liking the flooring especially. I'm finding it hard to get motivated to get my own basement finished, much less well appointed, but I can do a flooring like that to at least get started. Thank you! Enjoy!
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Nice setup @Alfster . I would put you (and others here) squarely in the "Third Little Pig" camp, you know, the one who built things correctly. I on the other hand have always been a "First Little Pig" inasmuch that I'm willing to cut corners so I can start having some fun; this has bitten me from behind more times than I care to remember. My set up in the basement is a gym and a work area for my bikes, one day I'll have someone who knows what they're doing come make a proper gym out of it.



Nice dual use of the treadmill arm rail there. I like it.
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WOW! Nice space to workout in. I'm really liking the flooring especially. I'm finding it hard to get motivated to get my own basement finished, much less well appointed, but I can do a flooring like that to at least get started. Thank you! Enjoy!
The flooring was quite easy to install. See link below for the exact product I installed. It's 3/8" thick, hard rubber flooring. Very durable. You'll need a good utility knife with a fresh blade to more easily cut through the rubber. It'll take 4 or 5 passes to cut all the way through. Good luck and post some pics.

https://www.fitnessdepot.ca/ottawa/c...ti238mbsg.html
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So once I get started I usually get carried away. I just bought a receiver and in-ceiling speakers. Which of course means that I need to rip off the old wall paneling and ceiling tiles to install the wiring, new drywall and ceiling tiles. This room is getting modernized
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That is a nice space. We don't have basements in Hawaii, though many people just put workout stuff out on the lanai. My wife has a Versa-climber machine set up in the family room and uses it for an hour every day. I go to the base gym on the local army base 3xweek as I prefer the people to working out alone. It is pretty well-equipped too with free weight, aerobics, and nautilus rooms. The troops lately are getting ready for the new Army PFT, pulling the weighted sled and what-not.

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That is a nice space. We don't have basements in Hawaii, though many people just put workout stuff out on the lanai. My wife has a Versa-climber machine set up in the family room and uses it for an hour every day. I go to the base gym on the local army base 3xweek as I prefer the people to working out alone. It is pretty well-equipped too with free weight, aerobics, and nautilus rooms. The troops lately are getting ready for the new Army PFT, pulling the weighted sled and what-not.

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I wouldn't need a basement exercise room if I lived in Hawaii. I'm jealous!
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The flooring was quite easy to install. See link below for the exact product I installed. It's 3/8" thick, hard rubber flooring. Very durable. You'll need a good utility knife with a fresh blade to more easily cut through the rubber. It'll take 4 or 5 passes to cut all the way through. Good luck and post some pics.

https://www.fitnessdepot.ca/ottawa/c...ti238mbsg.html
https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piec...set-94635.html
A similar cheaper mat. I want to go look at this tomorrow. But it might be a cheaper alternative. I doubt it is as solid your mat...
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https://www.harborfreight.com/4-piec...set-94635.html
A similar cheaper mat. I want to go look at this tomorrow. But it might be a cheaper alternative. I doubt it is as solid your mat...
Looks like it should work. Just don't want too thin or too flexible of rubber as the locking edges will more easily come apart.
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Looks like it should work. Just don't want too thin or too flexible of rubber as the locking edges will more easily come apart.
They claim 1/2", I'll stop in tomorrow and look at them. I was looking at a few options for my garage as well, Racedeck is really neat stuff, but has very little "give" under foot or dampening noise.
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Don't Canadians fly south for the winter?

One week in a nice sunny and dry location will help your training a lot.

Follow the Canadian geese.
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Don't Canadians fly south for the winter?

One week in a nice sunny and dry location will help your training a lot.

Follow the Canadian geese.
Only the retired ones. I've got a ways to go yet.
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