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Pedal on the Pier 2013

Today I had the chance to be a part of a really great charity event! This morning I joined hundreds of people on the Santa Monica Pier for The Harold Robinson Foundation’s Pedal on the Pier.

Pedal on the Pier is an annual fundraiser for the Harold Robinson Foundation. Money raised is used to send inner city children to camp, all expenses paid. Last year, they raised $500,000. This year? $600,000!!!

So what is it? The event is put on by Kinetic Cycling and Keiser Spin Bikes. Basically, 100 spin bikes are set up on the pier. Individuals and teams “buy” a bike and then do their own fundraising up until the event. On the big day (today), riders and their teams hop in the saddle and ride 100 miles(per team). There are DJ’s, dancers, a dance floor, and plenty of vendors giving away free stuff. All in all, a really FUN event. And for a good cause too.

I headed out today with my team at Iron. We set up a booth and enjoyed the day giving away free gym passes and having impromptu dance parties. The weather was great and the company was even greater. The energy at this event was absolutely amazing!

Here are some photos from the day:



John(owner of Kinetic) and Spase (amazing spinning instructor and DJ) workin’ the crowd!

iron booth


The Iron Booth



The Iron Girls! (I’m in the middle)

It’s always fun to see so many people come together to do good. It’s refreshing. 🙂

Do you/have you ever attended a big charity event?


Lifting the Dead

Woah. That’s an inviting title, right?

Before you all run away thinking I’m the spawn of the devil, have no fear, it’s not what you think.(Although some may argue…?)

I’m talking about deadlifting.

By far, my favorite exercise. For one, it targets my favorite muscle groups(glutes and hamstrings), and two, it’s just fun.

The Workout

Today was a really good one. I started with a 20 minute jog on the treadmill to warm up. Then it was weight lifting time!

5 sets of Deadlifts- high reps, 95×15, 95×15, 95×15, 115×12, 115×12

3 sets of Hip Thrusts- 65×12, 65×12, 65×12

3 sets of Reverse Hyper- 10×15, 10×15, 10×15

3 sets of Reverse Lunges-15×12, 15×12, 15×12

2 sets of Quadrupled Hip Extensions using the Reverse Hyper – 40×10,40×10

2 sets of Glute Ham Raises- bwx5, bwx5

My glutes are going to be sore manana methinks!

I finished up the workout with 30 minutes on the stairmill. Speed intervals at Level 8.

Didn’t even break a sweat! (hahaha, right.)


I mentioned that eating has been really great. I’ll give a snap shot of what my days have looked like.

Meal 1: Protein shake and 1/4 cup of oats(more on this later)

Meal 2: Post workout protein shake(just protein powder +water), Ground turkey pita wrap and veggies.

Meal 3: 4 oz. turkey, 1/4 avocado, hot sauce, mas veggies

Meal 4: Usually another protein shake. or sometimes spinach and egg whites. Veggies of course.

Meal 5: Usually one of the meals above.

Meal 6: 1 cup spinach, 1 egg, 5 whites, and more veggies!

So basically I eat a lot of vegetables. 🙂

Here are my thoughts:

The past 2 ish weeks I haven’t been consuming very many complex carbs. Aside from oats/wheat bran in the morning, I haven’t had any other complex carbs such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, etc.

I feel incredible. I think that my body likes this way of eating. I am NOT saying that you shouldn’t eat those complex carbs, because they are essential. I am actually going to experiment with brown rice and see how I feel with that in a few meals of the day. Slow digesting carbs like that are really important in helping to build muscle, keep muscle, and for your body to run efficiently. This doesn’t mean I am eating low carb. Veggies contain carbs, and the amount I’m eating still gets me to about 100-150 grams of carbs each day.

Yesterday i ate my usual 1/4 cup of wheat bran with 1/4 cup oats mixture and I was exhausted  afterwards and could feel the carbs. I don’t like that weighed down feeling. This morning i left out the wheat bran and just had the 1/4 cup oats. I felt okay and couldn’t really feel the carbs again.

Basically, I am going to keep experimenting and see what works for me. The only way to be successful is to follow what fits you. For now, this is what fits me, so I will continue to document how I’m feeling, looking, etc.

Anyways, I’ve rambled enough and I’m off to take a spin class with a fellow blogger and my roommate!!

I’m high on life!!! 🙂