Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Struggling to Add Fitness to my Commute


This week I have been trying to get more use out of my bike. Its half way through day 2 of this experiment and it is really not working out that well so far. Normally I drive and park at the bus stop, ride the bus, than proceed to walk to the office. My great plan for this week is to ride my mountain bike to the bus stop, put bike in bus bike rack, than proceed to ride my bike to the office. With a plan that simple, nothing could go wrong. Well, I'll tell you what could and has gone wrong.


Monday Day 1- Bus does not have a bike rack so I ask the driver what she wants me to do. She tells me to go to the far back of the bus with my bike. I am now blocking 5 seats and as more passengers fill up the bus I can feel that I am irritating the already very irritable early Monday commuters. After what felt like an eternity, the bus finally arrives at my stop. Somehow I was able maneuver through the aisle with my bike without injuring anyone or anyone injuring me. I than proceed to start riding to my office but soon realize that my tire pressures are still set low for riding in sand. When I finally get to my office I am out of breath and my legs are burning. The day ended good though when I was able to get air from a coworker's air compressor and the bus on the ride home had a bike rack. So I was optimistic for this morning.

See how much fun I am having?
Tuesday Day 2-Ride to different bus stop. The bus that arrives doesn't have a bike rack. The flashbacks from yesterday started flooding in and I freaked out and took off riding as fast as I could. After I had calmed down I headed over to my plan B bus stop. After sitting on the sidewalk for half an hour in 30 degree weather at the new bus stop, the bus arrived and had a bike rack. Which I was grateful for because I did not have a plan C.

Yep, like I said. It is not working out very well so far.

On a better note, I am excited for the Apple Valley Turkey Run 5k/10k this weekend on Nov 30th. It was actually supposed to be on the previous weekend but the rainy weather caused them to reschedule it. I was looking forward to running a 10k last weekend though so I ran the distance around town in the rain. Even though there are a couple long tough hills and my wet shoes were heavy I ran it in a fast for me, 57 mins. So I am confident of getting a PR this weekend.

Other things going on this week is I am going to have two Thanksgiving meals because my Wife and I don't want to choose who's family to celebrate with. Besides, who can have too much Thanksgiving. The downside of course is that according this article the average Thanksgiving meal is 3,000 calories. So I logged into my lately neglected Myfitnesspal and found out what I would have to do to burn off the equivalent of two Thanksgiving meals.

Activities that would equal 6,000~ calories
-Run for 7hrs or 42miles
-Walk for 21hrs or 63 miles
-Swim freestyle for 10hrs
-Household cleaning for 28hrs.

Looks like my week just got real busy.


What do you do to make your commute more healthy?
 Maybe I could try butt clenches on the bus ride. :)

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