My Peloton: 1 Month Check-In

Last month, I shared that I was Hopping on the Peloton Trend, Kinda by setting up a non-Peloton exercise bike and using the Peloton app for my workouts. Now that I’ve been using the Peloton app for 1 month, I thought it would be a good idea to do a check-in!

Do I like the equipment I bought?

As I mentioned, I did not purchase a Peloton bike. Instead, here is what I purchased:

I very much like the CHAOKE cycling bike and the equipment mat is great too! After a few rides, I did realize that my handlebars needed to be a bit higher and that was a quick adjustment. I find the seat comfortable and the bike easy to use. I also like that the pedals have the cage pedals, so I can use my regular running shoes when I ride. After each ride, I wipe down the handlebars and seat with a bleach wipe and it’s good to go for my next workout. (Also, as an added endorsement, one of my sisters bought the exact same bike as I did and she likes hers too)

I have mixed feelings about the Wahoo Cadence Sensor. I originally bought it because when doing Peloton rides they tell you what cadence to do throughout your workout. The Peloton bikes have the cadence built in to the bike. I run the Peloton app on my iPhone during my workouts, so if I’m also running the Wahoo sensor, it is in the background. After my workout I can check to see if my cadence was where I intended, but it’s more of a reactive thing if I think about it. If I ran my Peloton workouts on my laptop rather then my phone, I could have my cadence sensor running on my phone and watch it during my workouts. All in all, I’m fine with being more intuitive for my rides. When they say “go at a cadence between 60 – 80” that is a more comfortable speed. And when they say “go 100 – 120” that is code for RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL IS CHASING YOU.

As for the bike seat cover, I found that it was completely unnecessary and I never even took it out of the packaging. I’ll returned it over the weekend, since I ended up not needing it at all.

Knowing what I know now after 1 month of use, I would have skipped the seat cover and cadence monitor and just purchased the bike and mat.

Do I like the Peloton app?

YES. I like the Peloton app SO MUCH! I purchased the individual Peloton Digital Membership app for $12.99/month but the first 30 days were free. I love that it has a variety of classes and so far I’ve done classes in cycling, stretching, strength, meditation and yoga. I love that you can sort by class type, class length, instructor and more. It makes it super easy for me to fit a workout into my day when I can narrow it down to how much time I have. Often I will do a 20 minute cycle ride and then add on a quick 5 minute strength session… because it’s only FIVE minutes and my arms still feel like jello afterwards.

Also, I really like that my iWatch and the Peloton app work together so that it can pull my heart rate into the app for each of my workouts. By keeping an eye on my heart rate while still looking at the screen, I can make sure I’m working as hard as I should be.

Who are my favorite instructors?

Ben Alldis: I have a workout crush on my buddy Ben and I love his cycling classes! Even if I pick a 20-minute ride, he has me jamming along with the music and sweating more than I’ve ever sweat during a workout in my life. And that’s including running a 10k. He’s cute, he’s positive and he has great taste in music.

Adrian Williams: I first found Adrian when I was looking for some good stretching sessions and he totally delivered. Since then, I’ve also found that I really enjoy his strength workouts. I find him motivating without being annoying and he also makes me laugh when he does something like shout out “PEEKABOO” when doing a weights move.

Ally Love: Ally has a 5 minute strength class that I love adding on to my cycle workouts. She moves the entire time and as I mentioned above, it’s pretty darn easy to get myself to pick up the weights if it’s as quick as 5 minutes. I wish there were more short strength workouts with weights!

Some other instructors I’ve taken classes with: Emma Lovewell, Cody Rigsby, Robin Arzon, Chelsea Jackson Roberts, Leanne Hainsby, Aditi Shah, Kristin McGee, Hannah Corbin, Olivia Amato, Denis Morton, Jess Sims, Sam Yo, Alex Toussaint, and more.

Am I keeping motivated?

Yes! I’ve given myself a goal of doing SOMETHING on the Peloton app each day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a cycling class + a strength class, or just a 5-minute meditation. Every single day, I take a little bit of time just to myself and it’s been wonderful.

Another way I keep motivated is that each weekend I do a Sister’s Ride with my sisters. We set up a Zoom so we can all see each other and we sweat through a cycling ride and typically add on a strength or stretch workout too. I’ve been doing both Saturday and Sunday, since not all of us can make the same time/days. It’s been a great way to see some of my favorite people AND keeps me motivated, since I certainly am not going to leave my sister’s hanging!

Overall thoughts

I’m going to be honest, I’m getting lonely. I’m still working from home every day (and have been most of the time since March) and I’m still overseeing Jack’s online school. So basically I talk to my co-workers by Slack, phone or Zoom and my kid and husband. I barely leave the house and when I do it’s to go somewhere like the grocery store, or to pick up carryout dinner. It’s cold outside, so we haven’t been meeting up with anyone to do any outdoor get togethers. By adding the Peloton to my daily routine, not only am I forcing myself to get motivated to do something, I feel more connected to the world. I take classes with hundreds or thousands of other people. I zoom with my sisters on the weekends. It gives me something to look forward to. And it’s great for my cholesterol and hopefully will help me lose a few pounds. For less than $350, I call that a win!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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I was recently chatting with my sister trying to determine if our planned April 2021 trip would happen or not, and it got me to thinking how wonderful it will be to travel again. Last year, we had to cancel our Universal Studios trip, but we did get away to Ocean City for a socially distanced beach vacation. In 2021, we were hoping to take a trip to Florida to celebrate my sister’s (twins) 30th birthdays. With the vaccine rollout, I’m thinking we will have to pass on that vacation too. Which is such a bummer.

I love having a trip to look forward to though, so I’m considering trying to tentatively plan something for Summer or Fall 2021? I mean, in a way that seems very, very far away… but also um, not.

I know I want to go somewhere warm and very importantly, somewhere with a beach. We may end up trying the Florida trip again if it falls through. Or, perhaps Hawaii… we’ve only visited Kauai so far and I’ve heard Maui is a great place to visit with kids! Really, I’d like to go someplace that is not my house…

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2021 Book List

Last year was the first year I really kept track of my reading, as I shared each book I read in real-time on my Instagram Stories and kept a list updated here on Pocketful of Joules. I ended up reading 113 books in 2020 and you can find the full list of them here: 2020 Book List.

I decided to keep it up for 2021, but wanted to improve my list by incorporating my mini-reviews. Feel free to bookmark this page, as I will keep it updated as I finish each book. I’ll also stick a link to this post over on the right sidebar for easy access.

Here are the books I’ve read so far in 2021:

Book #, Information & LinkMini Book Review
Book #1 of 2021:
One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London
Oh my gosh, this one was AMAZING! A plus-sized fashion blogger is the new star of Main Squeeze, a Bachelorette-type reality show. This book was so, so, so, so good! Add it to your MUST READ list now!
Book #2 of 2021:
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I haven’t seen the movie and wanted to give the book a try. All in all, I didn’t enjoy it and thought it was a boring name-dropping slog. Money, money, rich people, money. Just repetitive and rather boring.
Book #3 of 2021:
I Hate Your Face (and other things I wish I could tell my coworkers) by Connie O’Reyes
I wanted to love this book of short stories about office-life…but it just sounded like stories I’ve heard 1,000 times before and to me the book fell flat.
Book #4 of 2021:
Hadley & Grace by Suzanne Redfearn
A ‘Thelma & Louise’ type caper story about two moms who find themselves on the run with their kids. Overall pretty entertaining and a fun ride!
Book #5 of 2021: Widowish by Melissa GouldI thought this book would focus on her journey after her husband passed… but it was brutal to read about them falling in love, him in the hospital, and her having to make the difficult decision to let him go.
Book #6 of 2021:
Please Like Me (But Keep Away) by Mindy Kaling
I thought this was a whole book, but it was just 2 short stories. Super relatable and funny. I wish it were longer! (It looks like Amazon broke “Nothing Like I Imagined” into a bunch of shorter stories.)
Book #7 of 2021:
Chosen (Warrior Chronicles 1) by K.F. Breene
The start of the Warrior Chronicles and it was fantastic. I love a strong kickass female lead! Fantastic world building and interesting characters throughout. Can’t wait to start the next one!
Book #8 of 2021:…Coming Soon…

Many of my books are borrowed using Kindle Unlimited (you can read my full review from 2015 here). If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, it’s like an all-you-can-read for books and I’ve been using it for the last few years: Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans.

I’ve also recently started using the free OverDrive Library, through my local library website. If you have a library card, be sure to check your library’s website to see if they work with an online partner. I mean, FREE BOOKS!

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