Easy Jog & Cycling In The Sunday Paper
So this morning, Shana was back from her week in Turkey. Actually she and her husband took last week as a holiday at rather short notice. The official rumour going around the neighbourhood is that the couple of easy hill repeats we did a couple of weeks back almost killed her, and she had to flee the country to escape me.
Anyway, mindful of the fact that I’m supposed to be getting her fitness up slowly, and relatively painlessly, I thought we’d better do something easier today. So we just did an easy out and back to the Park Hotel. This is further than Shana’s run before, but we took it nice and slow, making sure that she had plenty of breath to keep up a conversation.
So now Shana’s got a baseline for doing two miles - 21:00. She didn’t seem very impressed by this, but it’s quite an achievement, which now means she’s got something from which to measure her progress against.
- Type: Run
- Date: 08/28/2007
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 00:21:00.00
- Distance: 2 miles
- Average Pace: 10:30.47/mile
In other news . . . there were a couple of cycling articles in this week’s Sunday Times that might be worth a quick read:
- In the now regular “Backpedallar” column (actually I’m not sure it’s long enough to be called a column, but at least it’s a start), Ben Laurance writes about fixed-wheel riding. The opening paragraph brought a smile to my face:
” In 1900 a magazine called The Engineer remarked that on bicycles the freewheel was becoming “almost as universal as the pneumatic tyre”. Cyclists no longer needed to keep spinning their legs as they bowled along; they could rest while momentum kept them going. This was real progress.”
He’s obviously not convinced, but at least he’s tried out a fixie for a few days.
- And in the ‘Style‘ section (where else?) there was a spread on using commuting on your bike as a way to shed some pounds. “The Wheel Deal” starts out well enough, with some good basic advice on getting a bike (uh, go to the bike shop, rather than buying some unsuitable, badly fitting eye-candy from Ebay, or a friend), and how cycling to work is multi-tasking at it’s best (”. . . you need never waste another second pounding away on an exercise bike or treadmill at the gym . . “)
Where it starts to fall badly off the saddle in in the “Choose your workout” section. For a 15 minute commute, including 7 minutes as a warm up, they start to talk about using a heart rate monitor, recommending the Polar S725X (£274.50), and the use of the 220-your age for HRmax. Now I’m not saying that if you’ve got it, you shouldn’t flaunt it.
But, if your route is 15 minutes each way, do you really need to spend that kind of money? Put it this way, for most of the population (the people I’m assuming the article was aimed at), for this kind of money, you could buy either a bike which would be perfectly suitable for this level of riding, or a complete set of clothes, gortex, and luggage .
Cycling can be expensive, but it really doesn’t need to be.