Month: August 2009

Spinning again, I am going to need some new clothes

Okay, I promise, not all of my posts are going to be about clothing.  I do have to continue this thread for a while though.  Glad to hear a couple of you have reached out and ordered some Aerotech shorts.  Let me know how you like them.  I am here to tell you I am going to need some new ones soon.  I don’t have enought to get me through the week.  (Much to the disbelief of my friend Steve, I actually do wash the clothing and have more than one pair.)  I digress.

I wanted to let you know that I went back to spin class this morning.  I have been absent for more than weeks…it’s been months.  What a refreshing reminder of how much I can actually sweat in the course of 45 minutes.  I was very happy that the cycling instructor actually took the time to go from cyclist to cyclist to check on our form and bike set up.  Anyhow, 3 hours later and my cheecks are no longer bright red and my body temperature is back to normal.  I heard an interesting bit on NPR about the benefits of interval training this morning.  I always feel so good after class, but studies are really showing the amazing benefits of speed bursts instead of a steady consistent pace.  So, I am shaking up the system here and am going to keep it up….it is only a matter of weeks till the hilly hundred.

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Ask and you shall receive

I have been commuting to work on bike this summer.  I wear these bike shorts every day that I commute, they are awesome.  I love the inside leg hem detail…it is a great little feature and reminder of the designer.   The colleague that I ride in with asked me if I was going to continue this adventure through the winter.  I was completely dumbfounded because….hello….I live in Chicago, so the rides in will be quite chilly.  I started to think about how I am going to dress myself for the cold ass weather.  I started to do some reasearch online and remembered the folks from Aero Tech Designs.  I wondered if they might be willing to help a big girl out.  So, I posed a question to the owner to see how she feels about cold weather tights for plus size bikers.  Lo and behold, I get a message back from her, almost immediately asking if I would be willing to sample some clothes, give her feedback and by winter, she’ll have some plus size winter wear.  Gals, guys, I am here to tell you that we need to start asking for things.  This just took a simple e-mail.  I am going to blog about this in the coming weeks to let you know how the experience has been.  In the meantime, if you want some bike wear gear, check them out.

September 2, 2009

Received a great little package from Aerotech to take a look at their tights and try them out.  What fantastic material.  Just as strong and flexible as the shorts that I own.  I love them.  The padding is great and made my hilly weekend ride very comfortable.  Each pair of tights is hemmable so that people like me (shorties) can have them hemmed or hem them on their own.  I gave Cathy some other suggestions for improvement, we’ll see which, if any, were helpful.  I thought the sizing was a tad off, but that could just be that my butt has been getting bigger over the past year.  I couldn’t tell if they were true to the 2X sizing they said they were.  LOVED them though, and loved the idea that there may be some winter wear coming from aerotech for the big girls.  Can’t wait to hear what she says!!