13 July 2011

Bike-commute day 52—to gym and home

Wednesday, 13 July 2011.

I noticed a relatively low energy level early on in today's ride, even before I stopped by the Shell station to replenish my lotto tickets. (C'mon, didja really think I needed to buy gasoline?)

The bikeway was still littered with debris from the rain-wind storm of Monday evening, so the lower energy gave me opportunity to use more care in avoiding the larger twigs and small branch pieces that remained. In the outer Belmont area, trees were still in the streets and power lines still down, making a small detour necessary again today. Shirtless workers hauled fallen branches to their treelawns, and two tree trimming trucks were busy making wood mulch.

My weight training consisted of three sets on each of four abdominal machines. I rationalized myself out of doing the leg lifts in the Roman chair, since I was "so far out of shape for my core work."

Back on the road, I seemed to gain some energy, though I knew my pace was below my average.

Ride conditions
Temperature: 82 to 87°F at 16:45
Precipitation: none
Winds: 5 to 10 mph from the north
Clothing: Skinsuit, ankle socks, open-finger gloves.
Bike: Lotus Legend fixed gear
Time:  01:01:20 for 16.09 miles
Heart rate: 119 bpm HRave, 141 bpm HRmax
Bikeway users: 15 cyclists, 12 pedestrians, 1 dog
Here is a playback of the ride.

1 comment:

TonyV said...

My core has always been my weakness. And because my core is weak, I've always avoided working it. I've got access to the P90X stuff, so I should get to work!