On the low I have been attempting to ride to work everyday since Opal changed their pricing plan and stopped offering free trips after eight trips. As a person who enjoyed the old system so much that I used Opal around 20-30 times a week. So far the plan sometimes has little hiccups here and there as I still manage to go beyond eight trips a week.
Unfortunately this week I haven’t really had the chance to ride since I came back from a Labor Day long weekend trip to the Leura Garden Festival.
I have decided against tracking my calories or distance as generally I still travel the same routes and just calculate calories based on my lowest average of calories burn on a single route.
Presenting at one of our Open Days in 2011
Recently I was scrolling through my twitter and came across this post, and I have always what would have happened if Raffles in Vietnam didn’t shutdown. For me there wasn’t much closure as I didn’t quit or get fired. I woke up one day, went to work and by the end of the day it was announced that we would no longer be operating.
What followed was an extremely difficult period in my life, and for a 12 month period my marriage experienced a lot of strain. You move to the other side of the planet, and have to start with all over again with nothing. It makes things extremely difficult, but after going through it, it has made me a little stronger.
I loved teaching, to be honest, I probably made a lot of mistakes early in my teaching career, but without mistakes how can you reflect and improve on yourself?.
So what do I think could have happened if everything went my way?, by now 5 years later I could been the head of my department or maybe an Academic Director. My career and job choices would have drastically improved. I would have been in a position to be allowed to study and up skill. When I moved back to Australia, it seemed like and still does, that absolutely nobody wants a lecturer with 6 years teaching experience and a minimal amount of industry experience.
My job now? my career now? not really important, I work and provide for my Wife & Daughter which is more important. Seeing my Wife & Daughter happy is the best thing in the world.
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I have totally fallen off, I’ll spend this week looking at what I can do to get back on tracking, and I know one of the key issues. I am lacking MOTIVATION!, yes, I know, it is a bit slack to say this, but it is true, I found when it comes to exercise. If you do not have any motivation (setting a goal) you are bound to fail.
I started the challenge to loose some weight, but I haven’t, and I have stayed the same weight which is not very motivating. I have trimmed a little bit off the sides but nothing too noticeable. Also I don’t have a set schedule which is as important as having motivation, and I lack a solid schedule as like most days when you have a child, predictability goes out the window and it is almost impossible schedule anything.
My general preference when it comes to working out is to work out in the morning which will either be core exercises or either a early morning ride before work, or riding to work early to transform my 4km ride into a 8-10km ride by taking an extremely long way to work.
Last week I posted about my wheel being wonky after my ride to Ikea, and since then I contemplated either buying a new wheel to truing the wheel myself. In the end after watching some really helpful youtube videos. I decided that I would save myself the stress of attempting truing without the right equipment.
Lucky for me there are a few bike shops to pick from in the Parramatta CBD and cost of truing costs between $20-30, which is pretty good considering if I messed up my wheel I would be out of pocket buying a new wheel.
Where to have your wheel trued in Parramatta
So the pattern this month so far seems to be low impact Core Exercises, Walking, and a single long ride. Yesterday I rode to Ikea Rhodes via the Parramatta River Cycleway which I have to say was very enjoyable since the ride was 90% cycle paths and I rarely had to ride on the road. Which resulted in my ride being much shorter in relation to time and distance.
From the beginning of my ride till the end my rear wheel was really wobbly, not unstable, just wobbly, and it too me a while to put two and two together. It turns out my spokes are really loose, so because I am really clumsy when it comes to bike repairs I will probably end up ordering a new rear wheel and practice repairing the wheel with loose spokes. I am a bit worried since if I
To give you an example of how clumsy I am when it comes to repairs, I am the type of person who will puncture a new tube when replacing a flat. I can at count at least three times I have done this, and probably another occasion was when I was replacing the tire with an new one and punctured the tube inside the wheel.
I rode to Ikea to buy my daughter a book and plush doll, but in the end I could only buy the book as the doll was sold out. I really wanted the doll so I attempted to take the display one, but I got caught by an Ikea staff member, and was told “We cannot sell you display items”. I was totally gutted, and tried to search the whole kids area but no dice. When I went to check out, said Ikea staff member was working the check out. I guess she wanted to make sure I didn’t try and take the display item.
Since I was in Rhodes (an official hot spot for Pokemon Go) I decided before riding home I would play for a few minutes, but unfortunately my phone did not want to cooperate and crashed several times.
At the end of Week 4 I had a flat tire and spent the week doing core exercises (Push Ups, Candle Sticks, Side Planks, and Spiderman Planks). On the Saturday of week 5 I decided pick up from I left off my last ride in Week 4 when I was attempting to ride from Wenty to Cabra and back.
I turns out my ride was 13.5 km each way, when I originally though it was 10km each way, and when I got home I was so exhausted, then I went food shopping and tried to hatch an 5km Egg in Pokemon Go*. Needless to say after all that I ended up passing out on the couch for two hours (luckily at the same time my wife and daughter).
Again, like Week 4, it was mostly made up of core exercises and some walking, I have switched to S Health for tracking my walks. Unless I walk at the beginning of the day, I will only record the data as exercise if I go over 6000 steps.
*I walked really really far but the app only registered 1km of walking and needless to say I was super pissed
So far so good, is all I can really say and to round off the blog I have attached some charts to represent the first for weeks of this challenge. On the last day of Week 4 I ended up getting a flat tire mid ride. Like a newbie I did not pack with my kit a spare tube, which resulted in me having to walk back home. I was 4km into a 20km ride so I cannot complain to much, and it could have been much worse. But I was still a bit pissed at myself for not having a spare tube at all.
So while I was walking my silly self home I hoped online to buy some tubes from Pushys, who have some pretty good deals. So I bought in bulk 5 tubes because the bike shops in my area sell everything overpriced. With that being said until I get my new tubes I will just have to do my core workouts instead.
Yesterday I walked around 9.4km so my arthritic ankle is not thanking me one bit.