Friday, October 15, 2010
On Monday morning at 6:30am I got on my bike to head off to work. I found that my rear tire was flat. I did not have the time or tools to attempt to repair it. So, I asked my wife to drive me to work that day.
Tuesday, Wed, & Thursday I decided to walk to the local bus stop and take the bus. That worked OK. But, just not the same thing as riding the bike.
Yesterday my wife was kind enough to take my bike in for repair. This morning I had the bike so I could ride to work again.
So, my addition to the You know you are a Spark Person when is: When a walk doesn't make you feel good enough and you have to be on your bike to get the endorphins flowing.
I am so glad to be back on the bike. Walking from a mile to 2.5 miles just didn't do it for me. I felt so energized on the bike today. I just hope I can keep up the bike riding when the weather gets colder.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
OK. I have finally decided to go the route of a Triathlete. I found a Triathlon I want to run next year. It is right here in Las Vegas out at Lake Las Vegas. It is the Showdown at Sundown on March 26th. I have decided to do the Olympic distance. That is Swim 1200 meters, Bike 20 miles (I think is is supposed to be 26) and Run 6.2 miles.
I have a training schedule which I will start next week. I know some people would say I don't need five months to train. Oh yes I do. I still weigh 242 lbs and get winded climbing the stairs. I have been riding my bike to work for a month now, but I need more.
I still haven't decided what charity I want to compete for. I know I don't need to do it for charity, but someone should benefit from my hard work. I have been studying about triathlons and how to train for them. Now it is time to put that into action.
Now, the fun part while I train. I need to go shopping. I need running gear, swimming gear and I hope to upgrade my bike. I am riding a seven speed mountain bike. It does what I need it to do for now though. I might just rent a good racing bike when I need to.
The training schedule I decided to follow is a ten week training program for beginners. I am a beginner, but I know I need the five full months to train. My training schedule will consist of swimming, riding and running. Sometimes just one a day and other time two a day. I will start out running three miles and will go up to six miles over time. I start riding eight miles and go up to riding 30 miles. Those are the easy ones. And what I mean by easy is that I have a bike to ride and streets to run on. But, there are no pools open this time of year to fit my two the three swims a week in. I have a pool at home, but it is only 20 ft long. I will have to figure something out.
So, please wish me luck and I will update when things start happening. Thanks.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Everyone knows that times change. Sometime for the better; sometimes not. But I am not talking about times in general.
Over the past two weeks I have found that I am not having enough time in the morning to get my exercise in. I would get up, do my first thing in the morning stuff, and then have twenty to thirty minutes to get in my exercise. This did all start when I started leaving earlier to get to work. I have to leave earlier because I ride my bike now and leave the car behind.
I guess I could take the car, but I am having such a blast riding my bike, I don't want to do that. So, the times, they are a changin. To give myself enough time to exercise in the morning, I have set the alarm for 4:45am instead of 5am. And, now that I am getting up earlier, I must go to bed earlier. So, now it is off to bed no later than 9:30pm.
Wow. This is quite a change for me. Day #1 has been a success. I got up when the alarm went off at 4:45 and was exercising by 5:05am. I was able to get my 45 minutes in before I had to start getting ready for work and I felt great.
I sure am looking forward to day #2. I hope it goes as well. Everyone have a great day and Happy Trails.
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