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Walk or bike???

Monday, May 27, 2013

Since I started walking it became my go to fitness routine. From time to time I would do a video or go to gym, but walking I could do anywhere and at anytime. My lunch hour turned into how far can I go in 50 mins, leaving time to change back into work clothes. My mornings and evenings were available as well and Saturday mornings turned into, how far can I go after, when I wanted to push myself after group walks. While I am not a racer I see distance as a true test and if I am able to push myself at a speed I consider fast for some distance, then everything I am doing must be working. I never anticipated adding bicycling into my routine that it would become as important as walking.

When seeing a fellow Sparkers, LIVESTRONG2010 and SFLORES216 on the trails riding, my talks with them had me take my bike in for a tuneup and the roads and a new story has begun.

LIVESTRONG2010 is my biking inspiration, coach and riding partner. I can't thank her enough for teaching me the rules of the road and tips that have made me a stronger rider. Because of her I have completed my first century ride and have accomplished something I never thought I could do.

There is only one problem...time. I have the time to do both but what I do not have is the time to do both with my friends. I feel bad when missing Saturday walks with NANNBIRD and TERRYT09, I enjoy the time with them. So there are times I am torn on what to do but I know either choice is a good one.

As for my first organized ride, it was San Antonio Tour de Cure.

Distance: 101.16 mi
Time: 7:38:58
Avg Speed: 13.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,167 ft
Calories: 7,281 C
Time: 7:38:58
Moving Time: 7:35:48
Elapsed Time: 9:00:30
Avg Speed: 13.2 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 13.3 mph
Max Speed: 37.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,167 ft
Elevation Loss: 3,097 ft
Min Elevation: 579 ft
Max Elevation: 1,406 ft
Heart Rate
Avg HR: 154 bpm
Max HR: 184 bpm
Zones% of Maxbpm
Avg Bike Cadence: 61 rpm
Max Bike Cadence: 109 rpm
1 21:33.1 5.00 13.9
2 23:43.3 5.00 12.6
3 26:49.9 5.00 11.2
4 21:25.9 5.00 14.0
5 25:45.9 5.00 11.6
6 24:27.9 5.00 12.3
7 19:50.9 5.00 15.1
8 18:45.7 5.00 16.0
9 19:49.5 5.00 15.1
10 21:06.7 5.00 14.2
11 21:26.7 5.00 14.0
12 24:11.9 5.00 12.4
13 22:20.4 5.00 13.4
14 20:33.9 5.00 14.6
15 22:22.1 5.00 13.4
16 24:29.3 5.00 12.3
17 29:56.4 5.00 10.0
18 22:37.6 5.00 13.3
19 23:25.1 5.00 12.8
20 19:52.5 5.00 15.1
21 4:23.5 1.16 15.8
Summary 7:38:58.0 101.16 13.
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  • GHK1962
    Dude!!! Not a cyclist? You did a century! Wooohooo!
    1627 days ago
    James you are the one that makes me want to ride. You can do anything you set you mind to. I am willing to share you with your wife(she always comes first) and your walking buddies! I will be around as well when you want to ride. You may just need to push me some times.

    See you on the road someday soon my cycling friend!

    Ride Strong and Pedal Safe!!!
    1716 days ago
    I think you are what we call a double threat!! James, you impress me constantly with your perserverance, your focus, and your energy!! Terry and I will always be there, whenever you have time for us, because we so enjoy walking with you. See you on the trails soon!!!
    1794 days ago
    It started with you MJ, I wouldn't be where I am had I not found your post to walk a half-marathon.

    Thank you.
    1794 days ago
    Every person you listed in this blog has served as an inspiration for me in one way or another - you included, of course! You guys are sort of the SA Spark Dream Team for me. I'm so happy to read this blog and see how you motivate yourself and are motivated by others. Congratulations again on all of your accomplishments!
    1794 days ago
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    1795 days ago
  • JGRAY76
    Wow, I hadn't even considered a 100 mile ride. Now I have something to work towards. Thanks!
    1795 days ago
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