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:::My Fitness Improvements on the Bike:::

Monday, October 29, 2012

I start off small, like testing the temperature of the water with your toes before deciding to jump into the lake.

I had acquired a back injury following a car accident a few years ago, and it was the worst pain and hell I had gone through physically. It limited me more than I had been.

I had to learn to love exercises I previously thought were boring. I just couldn't do high-impact exercises like my kick-boxing videos or jogging down the street like I had done once upon a time. What I was looking at: the bike and swimming.

The best thing for me to do was get off the weight. It would help my back, a no-brainer, and eventually save my knees as I get older. I know this. We all know this. But we all have excuses.

The little steps to progress have motivated me to keep going.
Here is my current program:

1. Started on the bike, and after a few times I realized I could enjoy it. I assessed where I was fitness-wise on the bike and thought of some things I would like to improve on.

2. Set my first goal:

How did this go? After practicing at the resistance level for some sessions (I can't remember how many) for 20 minutes each time and increasing time after a few sessions, I was able to complete the full 12 miles in UNDER 45 minutes!! I did 13 miles.

This felt amazing! If I can do this, what is going to stop me from doing it again at a higher resistance. So, I made another goal. Same time, same distance, but different resistance.

I have been practicing at resistance 9 for some weeks now, doing 20-25 minutes to try to increase my time/distance.


I practiced at resistance 9 for 30 minutes. I wanted to see if I could complete 9 miles in 30 minutes or less. If so, I was most likely ready to test myself for the full time and distance the next session [tomorrow.]

I did it! I made it to mile 9 at time 29:50. Tomorrow I am going to test myself again. Hopefully after that I will be on to resistance 10!!

I did not practice at level 10 very many times. There was a strength/conditioning class at the gym I was trying to make it to, and I ended up showing up 45 minutes early. I used this time to just jump into a test since I had the time. Results: I did 12 miles at level 10 in 41 minutes exactly!!! I was pumped, warmed up, and ready for the class! Now on to level 11.....

Tried level 11 today, and I made it past 6 miles in half the time. If I had kept it up, I might have beaten it! And I haven't even been working up to it. I was just going to jump on the bike and see if I could do it....if it weren't for my mp3 player actin up, I really think I could have at least gotten close if I couldn't do it today. I still feel good about what I did. I look at it this way as well: It gives me another reason to get on the bike again tomorrow!

Beat level 11 the very next time. I beat it in less time than level 10, too! It felt so great!

Tried level 12, and gosh did it kick my butt! I did 25 minutes, making good distance for time along the way, but it was hard. I will have to build up the strength and endurance before this test, for sure!
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