Adapting to the weather
Friday, June 28, 2013
The problem with biking is, it's weather dependent. Rain and outdoor biking don't mix well. Yes, I've ridden in the rain; but only because I had to get home or get the bike home. I don't start rides in conditions that promote wet brakes.
This morning it was raining. No big deal, it's a work in the office day. At noon, I set out for a walk. That quickly got cut short, as my left foot proved it wouldn't support a brisk walk and a long slow walk seemed to have a bad risk/reward profile. I could have biked in the noon weather; but I was at the office and the bike was at home. Well, I hope the cloudy but no precipitation weather holds till evening.
It didn't hold. There was a pretty thundershower to see from the office window in the afternoon, and I got some light rain on the way home shifting to steady rain by the time I could be outside. Steady light rain at 63° F is no big deal for walking, and better running weather than sunshine and 85° F; but right now I can't run and can't walk briskly.
Three days ago, this would have broken the 10 minutes exercise streak. Today, that streak seemed important to me. So . . . I dusted off my pair of 25 lb. kettlebells that I rarely use. Did a few practice reps of double cleans and double presses, which was enough to convince me I couldn't keep that up aerobically. Put one down, started the timer on the iPhone, and set out to see if I could do 10 minutes of continual kettlebell work with a light KB instead of the 45 lb. KB I normally use for a more strength-based routine.
That KB was light. One handed swings were pretty easy. Cleans were kind of pointless with that light a weight, but I did a few anyway. It took me 3 reps to get the hang of snatches with that light a weight. And I went on to do a routine of mostly swings and snatches, with some hand to hand swings and a few cleans and presses thrown in. When the iPhone screen went dark, I regretted not using an app with an audio readout; but I watched my watch and made my best guess about how long I'd been going. I ended up doing 15 minutes with the light KB. The cardio streak lives, even if it wasn't very long at cardio today.
I'll see tomorrow whether 15 minutes with a light KB was a big muscle straining effort on the upper body. Right now, it doesn't feel like it was; but it's something I haven't been doing regularly. OTOH, up till a week ago I was doing TGU/windmill combos and snatches regularly enough with a 45 lb. KB that I might be okay with the longer routine and a lighter KB.
I'd still rather be running, but you do what you can. And it's a lot easier to figure out something to do when the motivation is there. Chalk up one more day of savoring the return of my motivation.