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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.
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    Way to go keeping on with your exercise streak!
    1546 days ago
    Good you maintained that streak. Funny how guarding one becomes it's own goal as the streak gets longer.
    1546 days ago
    Just so-do what you have to do to keep the streak alive!
    1547 days ago
    You do what you can. Indeed. Something I have to keep on learning.
    1547 days ago
    Yeah, weather has been an element in choosing the workouts on this end, too. Two days bike commuting was definitely NOT indicated. Today, it was fine for it. In fact, on the back end, I got a brick in... a short walk/jog (15 minutes) after the bike ride home.

    Tomorrow: going in to work for 4 hours. Feeling good about that, because... NOBODY on my team will be there... NO INTERRUPTIONS. Should be good for code/testing! emoticon
    1547 days ago
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