I'm enjoying getting back to routine this week. I've got 2 workouts in so far on the bike, though neither was the 15 miles I was aiming for, 10 miles each is still pretty darned good. Dealing with some mild soreness in my thighs/quads, but nothing I can't handle. I've got one more bike workout on Saturday. Maybe I can hit the 15 miles then.
Tomorrow will hopefully be my first morning in the pool. I plan on starting out with some drills. This will likely be my only chance to get in the pool this week. Next week I'm aiming for 2 pool workouts, 3 bike sessions. Thursday nights will be an hour full-body ST class, and I'm going to try to do at least 1 other ST session for each area during the week. Once I get my biking up to par (within the first 2-3 weeks), I plan to drop that to 2 and swimming up to 3 sessions.
So one of the things I've been struggling with is calorie burn estimation and SP's calorie ranges. Based on SP's calorie burn estimators, I was burning 2000 calories a week with 2 ST, 2-3 bike, and 1 Zumba session(s). But the bike calorie burn estimator was showing way lower calorie burn than what SP or other online calculators showed. It used to not be an issue, but with all the extra exercise I'm throwing in, I want to make sure I'm getting the right amount of calories in to stay as energized as possible and still lose weight (albeit slowly). And the 1800-2000 calories a day to eat with just seemed crazy excessive.
So I bought a new toy. I'd been waffling over a FitBit, or a JawBone, or a BodyBugg...but with all the research, I realized that they focused mostly on steps taken. Which doesn't work so well if you're swimming or biking. And the JawBone does not have Android connectivity yet (BOO. That should be standard with the rising popularity of Android devices). I also didn't like the price of any of them. I'm also more focused on heart rate this time because I want to build endurance and heart health.
At the end of the day, I settled on this.
It's a Polar FT4. The wristwatch keeps track of heart rate, workout length, and calories burned. It connects wirelessly to an elastic chest strap/transmitter.
I will likely post a review after a few weeks of wearing it, but today was the first day I tried it out. For 45 minutes on the bike (roughly 10 miles), I burned about 424 calories and averaged a 146 heart rate (basically right in the middle of my workout range). Like I suspected, it was pretty much in the middle of the bike/SP calculations on calories burned.
So with that in mind, I readjusted a bit and now my calories to eat seem a little more realistic. Basically, if I get between 1500-1800 a day, I'm golden. Which sounds about right for me. Though with all this working out I am way hungrier than usual and will likely stick closer to 1800 for a while.
I did complete my first morning workout today. I've been doing them in the evening, but the pool is pretty busy at that time, and when trying to coordinate pool time, showers, and exercise times, the morning is the one time that I am consistently "free". So eventually just about everything will move to mornings. But I am NOT a morning person, so I can already tell this is going to be a struggle.