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Functional Workouts: Love 'em!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

My idea of a "functional workout" is one where I'm accomplishing something beyond working my body. You know, stuff like shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, moving a couple tons of 40# wood pellet bags, etc. One addition to the list in the past has been what I call "greencycling" which has been my strategy for bringing my car to the mechanic for servicing: bring the bike along, drop the car off, ride my bike to work and then back to pick up the car afterward.

Well today another opportunity presented itself so I took the challenge! My original plan was after joining with the bike club on the roadside clean up this morning I would take the car to the shop, which happens to be at the north end of Otsiningo Park, and then go for another 5K jog through the park while they were working on the car.

Problem was: they were backed up and would probably not get my car done until way later in the day.

So with nary a skip in my beat I came up with Plan B: Jog back home! It can't be TOO much further than the 5K I had intended to do anyway, right? Well it WAS a tad further...6 miles! And I managed to jog nearly the whole distance. The two times I walked: one of the bike club members caught up with me after this morning's ride and rode along side me while we chatted for a few...it was good to catch up with him. Plus on the way DOWN Kattelville hill I walked (after having jogged UP!). For some reason I would rather jog up hills than down...don't feel like I can manage my pace well while jogging down a steeper grade.

It was nice to jog back by the roadside our club had spruced up so well earlier today! :-)

I was a bit torn in deciding whether or not to join the club in the post clean up ride in that it was precisely the ride I thought I might do to get back on my back at long last...relatively flat, low traffic, good road conditions. But two things held me back: getting the car serviced & feeling a need to do my first ride of the year privately just in case I do something silly from lack of riding...rather work out the kinks without an audience...lol!

I spoke with another bike club member who takes anti-coagulants and he just gets on the bike and rides the same as ever, packing no first-aid kit at ALL!

So the question now is: do I let 'em keep the car overnight and jog back tomorrow to pick it up? OR...drum roll...do I just get back on that bike with "precautions" packed in my pannier such as band-aids, cloths and the like...?

Stay Tuned and Stay Sparked!


ps...and OH MY what PERFECT weather to savor out there!! Cloudless, sunny blue, low 60s...YES!
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    Came to this late -- so glad you're back on the bike (and sensibly, with the precautions just in case . . . . ). Best of all possible worlds, right??
    2819 days ago
    That's a great idea for when the car needs work! Awesome! I can't yet use my regular bike yet, I'm a bit too big for it and I think it'll not survive the ride if I tried, nor would I, but that really is a great idea - one I'll be saving for my future.

    No matter what you decide to, it sounds like you've got some great ideas! Enjoy the biking! Awesome! emoticon
    2820 days ago
    When I take my Jeep in to get serviced I got for very long walks on a bike/walking path along the highway and pick up trash!
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    2821 days ago
    Great blog! Sounds like you are ready for the bike... be prepared and have fun!!!
    2821 days ago
    "Functional workouts" That's the ideal. Kind of like what previous generations had to do. Nice blog.
    2821 days ago
    I think you should just keep your cell PHONE on hand and get on your bike and ride! BE careful, but have fun!
    (keep the cell PHONE in case you need medical help - and IF you do - TELL THEM repeatedly if necessary - that you are on Coumadin) Have some FUN, Don!
    2821 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2013 1:08:07 AM
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    2821 days ago
    My functional work out is gardening and gardening. Today I sawed limbs that needed to come off of one of our evergreens. It is not like exercising emoticon . It is out side and it is fun and I will enjoy the results for many days to come. Sounds like you are doing great.
    2821 days ago
    Well, if something were to go wrong for your first ride, wouldn't you want to have some people around you if you needed help versus by yourself?

    Whatever you decide, good for you for "functional" workouts. They are the best.
    2822 days ago
    "funcional workout" -- I like the ring of that! And actually I do that with much of my bicycling -- pass by the post office, Kroger's, the hardware store, etc. And I also ride my bike to campus most of the semester.

    Sorry to report that we do NOT have the idyllic weather here in the mid-south today. It's gray and rainy. No bicycling for me today. My yoga mat is laid out, however....

    Keep it up...you're a great role model, Don!
    2822 days ago
    Love functional workouts too! It is like the ultimate multitasking. My favorite is to push mow the ditches and pond edge. Will have to post some pictures this summer. Glad you are contemplating getting "back in the saddle". Your writings speak to how much you enjoy biking. Impressed with the run, my friend-totally impressed!!! emoticon
    2822 days ago
    Well, it's only six miles and the weather is fantastic. If your bike is ready, and you haven't made a decision yet, you have plenty of time for a careful ride.
    2822 days ago
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