Tuesday, November 01, 2011
I was reviewing my activity log and noticed that after my 50 mile bike ride last Saturday (my longest yet), I have now crossed over 1000 miles of tracked walking, running or biking (I use the GPS on my phone to track outdoor mileage). I started focussing on improving my fitness back at the end of July 2010. At first, I started off walking around the block every other night or so. Then I started adding some distance, and increasing the frequency of my walks until I was regularly walking 3-4 miles. At one point, I remember listening to an MP3 on my phone and being inspired to actually break out into a run. It was only for maybe a quarter of a mile, but my legs didn't have any of the knee problems that I'd experienced with running in the past. I decided to get back into running after more than a 10 year break. I quickly discovered the C25k (Couch to 5k) training program, which helped me ramp up my running while keeping my over-enthusiasm from overwhelming me and pushing me into injury. My first 5k in more than a decade was just a little more than a year ago. Since then, I've done several other races including 3 half marathons (and have another one scheduled in about 3 weeks). I've also become hooked on triathlons, and thus I've become reacquainted with my childhood joy of riding a bike... although I never hit 30+ mph on a bike as kid. I've also become a swimmer (as opposed to someone who previously just soaked&splashed in a swimming pool). I don't really track my yardage for my swim practices, so I don't know the distance I've accumulated in the water. However, I do know that I've gone from being barely able to swim a 25yard pool length, to swimming 1km (.6 miles) open water in my season ending triathlon. Additionally, this Saturday (Nov 5, 2011) I'll be competing in my first ever swim meet.
Anyway... just over a 1000 miles of activity that otherwise would have likely been spent on the couch was a nice milestone, so I figured I'd blog about it. :-)