Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Finally, the clock reached 17:00.
So, I jumped into my running gear, and hit the road directly from the office.
Beautiful sun, probably the last few days of the warm summer rays.
10K, finished below 60 min - I'm getting speedy.
I jumped on my bike, and explored a new bicycle road R11 toward Fehring.
I made a 60 min round (about 22K).
Then I took my bag at the office, pedaled home, to a shower, and hit the road to reach a movie at 20:00.
The Three Musketeers in 3D (English version) - passable. Defineatly not worth the 8.5 Euro (11.4 USD) ticket.
1708 kcal (Endomondo).
I'm not even tired.
What the heck is going on here?!
A qucik shot at the 5K mark at the running leg:
Monday, October 03, 2011
MONDAY, Oct 03, 2011
In the morning, I didn't know if I would rather swim or bike today, so I packed all my stuff into the bag. There's still a pool in Fehring, about 40min train, where there is an indoor swimming pool, that I want to explore.
But in the end, I decided to do something new, and to return to run to that gorgeous place in the forest, near the river Raba that I discovered yesterday.
I always wanted to run in the forest the full 10K, but here in Gleisdorf, there are only small spots of 1-2K, the apple fields are everywhere.
I waited all afternoon the clock to reach 17:00, so I can get out to ride the bike and get to run. Finally, I could escape at 17:30, but I was already in my running apparel, and left all other things in the office.
It took me 42min to ride down the 14K to the spot, near Oberdorf. The sun started to set, and the temperature to drop, and I just kept pedaling. I noticed it's quite difficult to get my heart rate over 150 bpm on the bike.
Then, I finally ran in the forest my daily 10K. It was so beautiful, one side the river, the other side the forest with the hills. Also, it was much better for my knees. On the way back, I sped up to be near 5 min/K, and on the last 1K, I managed to push even below the 5 min mark - although the slight downhill slope also helped me.
The ride back was more challenging due to the chill, but after a couple of minutes, I got used to the colder temperature, and just kept pedaling to home. I got faster backwards, I even managed to pass the 40 km/h mark. This simply and heavy city bike is really not meant for speed, I can't even understand how I managed to do it.
Arriving back, usual stretching, then post-exercise carbs in the kitchen (banana, 2 glasses of water, a pack of lean ham). I checked on endomondo.com, and it estimates that I've burned 1817 kcal, in 2h 20min.
I can't get this. In May, I was struggling to find the time to finally make that little 20 min run, and couldn't imagine how people find the time for those 120 min exercises. And here I am, the exercise become the most interesting activity of all the day.
The river Raba
Thanks for all the comments on Yoga! I never thought it's so popular - looks like I was the only one not Yoging. :-)
Any of you doing bike-run together?
Any experiences for tips-recommendation?
Monday, October 03, 2011
SUNDAY, Oct 02, 2011
For some reason, after so many months, I finally took my bike to the car-wash station, gave it a wash, and fitted the mount for my Nokia N8 phone, so I can use Endomondo on it. This was on Saturday.
On Sunday, I really didn't feel like exercise, but as my 10 min rule says, only 10 min of exercise is enough for a day to reach my goal, I finally gathered myself together, and went for a little pedaling.
And I just went further and further, and in the end I made a 2h 20min 42K round trip to Weiz, the town nearby. I didn't really feel any tiredness or problems. I remember I made this trip in Spring - I looked it up and that was my 2nd blog ever written here in SP.
So, during the summer, with all this running and swimming, my endurance increased so much, that this trip didn't even make me tired. Crazy.
My ride to Weiz in May 2011, this spring.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
FRIDAY, 30 Sep 2011
After work, I decided to make a trip to Graz, swim, visit a friend, bring some clothes I shrank out to a second hand shop, run, and just explore the city a bit.
Basically, I went there mainly for the swimming, but I wanted to justify the trip and the train ticket. So, here we go, I never go to Graz, but then I make this 40+40 min train trip to go to swim.
This sparklife makes crazy turns in my life, that is for sure.
So, I had a chocolate eis + cake with my friend; hm, I ate all the calories for dinner in that Café, but that carrot-yoghurt cake was so good. She suddenly asked me if I would be interested to join here for her Yoga class in the city center.
Me on Yoga.
I'm really not that type of elastic body people, who can smoke a cigarette with their feet, and wave with their ears in different directions at the same time.
But, since I'm on this spark-track, I thought, OK, some opportunity for an exercise that I haven't done before, let's go for it.
Also, I buddy coached with a friend of mine during the summer, just checking with each other for the daily exercise, and she was doing lots of Yoga. And I was really curious what is this Yoga is, that she did with so much enthusiasm.
Starting from the city center, I ran to the swimming pool in Eggenberg (3K); Auster - the most expensive one, little treat for myself.
And then, there I was at 6pm, laying in a dark room full of women (there was another man, too, I noticed he layed his matte just next to me), listening to some very nice relaxing music.
Christine started in a calm tone in German the instructions (huh, so many new words to learn), and we did all sorts of moves I have never even imagined before doing. I have discovered I am way underdeveloped in terms of muscles on my abs. One and a half hour went by pretty fast.
Afterwards, somehow I couldn't tell why, but I was tired.
It was a very different tiredness then after intensive running or swimming.
Maybe I'll do it again some other time. It's way too expensive, 80 Euros (110 USD) for a 4 occasions beginner class, but maybe I'll do it as a reward for my next goal.
This is the yoga classroom, without the girls.
Short clip with lots of Austrian people with some Eastern touch: www.cityyoga.at/studio/
Are you doing Yoga?
What do you like about it?
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