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.
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.
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.
Recently I upgraded my phone after a very long period of time, I moved up to a Samsung phone with S Health. Which is an app that tracks your walking via some sort of Stepometer function.
When comparing the two applications I found that Strava was more generous when it came to Calories burnt per Kilometer than S Health. I know the reason why which is because in Strava there are only two options Cycling or Running. The algorithm used to calculate KM > CAL is based on running rather than walking.
Average Calories per Kilometer
- Strava: 140 Calories per Kilometer
- S Health: 50 Calories per Kilometer
Based on this I will need to re-evaluate the Calories burnt recorded with Strava Weeks 1-3, I feel slightly annoyed but I am not surprised that if I used an app calibrated for running to record walking that the Calories could be a bit off.
I will keep Strava to record my cycling, but I will look at using S Health in favor of Strava when recording my walking.
There was only one day where I didn’t work out and Week 3 ended up being what I would call “low impact”. I wasn’t really able to clock up burnt calories throughout the week as I was unable to go for consistent rides or walks.
In place of Rides & Walks I had to opt for core workouts, to be honest as little as I like to do my core, it is actually very important especially for functionality and keeping balanced.
I am not going to post my Riding or Walking stats this time as I only went for two rides and two walks, which in total only burnt 1103 calories.