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Lesson Learned

Saturday, April 28, 2012

For three years, I have been working out on a fairly regular schedule (average every other day).
My work is quite sedentary (I spend most of my time sitting in front aof a computer).
Most of my workout activities include:
- aerobic warm up for about 1/2 hour hitting 85%+ of maximum heart rate.
- Strengthening to fatigue, etc).
- Stretching fo at least 10 minutes after workout.
I did hit my weight goal weight. I am maintaining my weight, but I never felt the 'High' that I keep hearing about, I just felt tired.
Lately, I have been out on my new bicycle riding for hours at a time. I find that at the end of a long ride I feel better than I have felt in a long time.
The clincher is noting that my blood pressure is lower the next day!

More energy
Better weight control
Less tired
Better sleep
Lower blood pressure
Just plain feel better

I will continue to ride distances!
I am not saying 'don't do intense aerobics' and I will continue to do that, but I will continue to ride longer distances!

If I can do it, so can you. Whatever your workout regime is, consider endurance training also.

  
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AUDYBEE 4/28/2012 8:51AM

    It sounds like you are enjoying your new bike. Doing something you enjoy is key emoticon emoticon

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Information on 'bent riding please

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I've been riding for many years now. Currently I ride a Marin hybrid.
My problem is arthritis in my lower back and leaning forward hurts.
I have added a handlebar extension that helps, but I still hurt after a ride.
I have been dreaming about a recumbent for years now and I even took a LWB Sun Tomahawk out for a test ride (FUN!) emoticon
I still want to try a SWB before I do anything beyond a test ride.

The questions I have are:
1. What do you ride?
2. On a long ride (45 miles or more) is it easier or harder than traditional frame bicycles?
3. Are there safety issues with the 'bent? (visibility, stability, sliding, etc).
4. When (or if) the novelty wears off, does the motivation remain, or would you rather be on a "standard" bike?
5. Any hints or suggestions?

Thanks, I appreciate any and all feedback.

  


It's been a long hard day

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Today is the day I was supposed to hear what my hours are on my new contract and to whom I should report. I also had a dr appointment, not to mention getting to the gym, getting a car in to the shop to have new tires mounted, etc.
The call I was waiting for never came, I was late for the appointment, and just about everything else went bad. By the time the Dr. checked my BP it was 157/73!
That's the worst I've been in years. I was not happy emoticon.
I never got to the gym either emoticon.

With absolutely no motivation, I sat in the recliner and sparked instead, all the time thinking "I NEED to get some cardio time in".
I finally went down to the basement (that place that my grandchildren refer to as the dungeon) and logged my time there (not too bad for a fairly short workout).
Oh well ... tomorrow is another day, and it can only go uphill from here.

I did find out that the contract will definitely begin Monday anyway.

  


Ok, I'm hooked

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Good morning!

Not too long ago, I saw my Dr. and asked him why I was having such a hard time getting my BP (Systolic) under 130. He said that when we reach the age of 60-65 the arteries get stiff and it would not go down, but rather, systolic would slowly climb up and diastolic would go down. I was disheartened, and I was beginning to believe it. I was even wondering if this (genetic) BP problem would finally take me home.
Well, today I checked my BP (right after getting out of bed) and it was 119/66 with a rate of 46!
I am very happy to say that it looks like he was wrong.
I know this is only one data point, but I also know that if I can do it at all, continuing with what I am doing will only improve it.

Stay tuned for more progress emoticon

  
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CYSCOKITTY 2/3/2010 9:59AM

    Keep up the training and I prove your doctor wrong long term! And welcome to SparkPeople - this site is one of the best things that has happened to me.
Sheri
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PSHANKEY 2/2/2010 9:35AM

    Awesome! Sometimes our medical folks give us an "easy out." Way to push through!

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TIMEGATES 2/1/2010 8:11AM

    Second day:
BP = 120/161
Rate= 41

I just love to prove the Doctor wrong.

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JOEYSGIRL71 1/31/2010 9:06AM

    Good For You!! That is Awesome!!
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MCKM57 1/31/2010 9:06AM

  great

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I love schedules ...

Saturday, January 30, 2010

... I especially love the "Whooshing" sound they make as they fly past me...

I am currently training for a 45 mile bicycle charity ride in June, and I am only up to about 40 minutes on the trainer. Seems I have a long way to go. It looks like I will have to spend at least 2 hours / day, 6 days / week to hit my training goals.

So ... what are those goals?
1. Maintain a 90 beat cadence for at least 1 hour at a time.
2. Loose another 10 lb.
3. Maintain the gym membership (insurance will pay 1/2 of the fee if we work out at least 12 times per month there). Not a huge expense, but the time is the problem here.
4. Balance home, work and fitness schedules.
5. Oh yea, I also need to get about 8 hrs of sleep at night.

Progress to date:
1. I'm up to 40 min on the trainer, but cannot hold the higher resistances for more than a couple minutes. (Going to try for 1 hour today).
2. I'm about one lb from my mini goal (180). I should be able to make 170 by June.
3. Clueless. We eat on a schedule as my wife is a type 2 diabetic. It looks like I either work out very late in the day or stop on the way home from work creating a late dinner. I do not see an early morning workout in the near future. I'm not too crazy about either option here.
I would bicycle to work (about 22 mi), but the traffic between here and there is quite dangerous with little to no room on a shoulder, and no paths.
If only I could add another couple hours to my day ... sigh emoticon

  
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GOLDDUSTTWIN 1/30/2010 5:15PM

    Hmmmm....add two hours to your day? Dare I suggest less time on Sparks (Grin!) I hear your muscles are warmed up by afternoon and 4-6 pm is the best time to exercise anyway...so maximize your effort and don't worry 'bout what you can't change. emoticon

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