Base Level of Fitness - Week 5 (Live)

Posted on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 12:01 PM into personal, exercise & fitness by Steve Woods.
Roughly a 5 minute read.

So that was month one - first week, second week, third week, fourth week.

I feel it went okay - I certainly feel better than I have done in ages but I don't feel like I've fully committed to the regime yet, I feel I could do more.

So instead of just doing the bare minimum to keep my unbroken streak going, I'm going to attempt to do more each day and set a minimum bike ride goal of 3 miles per session. That way I know it's going to be at least a small effort rather than the "just going for a bike ride to get it over with" that I feel was taking over towards the end.

Month Progress

Wednesday August 1st 2018

Late Evening Bike Ride

So I went out this evening and set my goal for 3 miles - my only motivation this evening was to improve on the last few rides by setting the goal and meeting it, which is exactly what I did.

If I'm honest, I'm finding that taking a couple of days "easy" has a knock-on effect on my fitness, so I do need to keep it ramped in order to improve rather than letting myself slide again.

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

Late evening bike ride

So I went out late this evening with a 3 mile goal set which I easily managed because it was lovely weather and I felt pretty good.

No sign of lethargy tonight which was nice, so I'll continue as I'm going on - with a view to increasing my goal month on month.

Hopefully the weather will hold out!

Oh yea - here's a quick video update :)

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Friday 3rd August 2018

Late Evening Bike Ride

The goal for this evening was 3 miles and I completed it despite it starting to rain around 1 mile in - I figured I was going to get soaked on the way back anyway so I might as well hit my goal instead of going home early. 

I was a little bit tired this evening but it was fairly stressful at work and I had just eaten before I went out so hopefully just a little glitch. It seemed to get easier the further I rode which was weird.

Anyway - goal reached, so job done :)

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Saturday 4th August 2018

Late Evening Bike Ride

Left it late to go out on the bike tonight, primarily because it was pretty hot again and I know for a fact that cycling in the heat would sap my energy straight away.

I was actually worried about how I was going to track this route, because my trusty old Nokia Lumia 735 which I use to run Endomondo has decided to give up the ghost and not allow me to charge it - I've ordered an iPhone 5s to replace it but in the meantime I had to pinch one of the old spare iPhone 5's that we use for the kids to track my route - first world problems I know.

Hopefully my new phone will arrive sooner rather than later - why an iPhone 5s? Well they're cheap, I like the 5 but the 5s allows me to connect to 4G on Vodafone - since I'm SIM free and on a great contract I don't want to change anything so I'm happy to drop the ~£120 on a pristine refurb to get me going again. 

Anyway - about the ride. Five miles, woohoo. I figured I'd just keep pedalling after I reached the 3 mile goal as I was feeling pretty good. 

On that subject I've noticed that I feel lethargic up until about 2 miles each time, and it's only as I keep cycling that I start feeling good - maybe that's how long it takes my body to warm up? Who knows.

Goal reached anyway, on to tomorrow :)

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Sunday August 5th 2018

Late evening bike ride

Tonights ride was pretty nice - good weather and I felt strong.

I noticed I had a lot more energy this evening than usual - could it be the Ryvita I've been gorging on? Who knows - I felt good, and kept some decent speed up throughout, even though I spent a lot of the time on grassy trails.

Good pace, nice weather - what more could you want?

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Monday 6th August 2018

Late evening bike ride

It was a very late ride out tonight but good in some ways because I managed to catch a cracking sunset.

No real drama, I met my goal of 3 miles easily - I feel like I'm getting a little stronger too so that's good. I've been eating a load of ryvita like I said in my last update - maybe that's it?? Regardless, I'll take it :)

Video Update

On to tomorrow :)

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Tuesday 7th August 2018

Late evening bike ride

Pretty windy tonight but I still managed to reach my goal of 3 miles with no problems - I'm noticing a massive change in the amount of strength I seem to have in my legs which is awesome. I did a 3m 24sec mile which is pretty nice.

I think I need to start thinking about discounting the distance I travel and instead go for duration to make sure I definitely do a fixed amount of exercise every day - say 20 minutes or 30 minutes and see how far I can get.

Anyway - pretty happy with tonights ride, I enjoyed it. Cool.

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Wednesday 8th August 2018

Evening Bike Ride

It was a beautiful evening tonight - an uneventful 3 miler in the sunset and I felt pretty good considering how busy today was. I was up at 6:30 then a 95 mile drive each way to a meeting with a client, which lasted 6 and a half hours. Amazed that I actually motivated myself to get out despite feeling tired.

Thursday 9th August 2018

Late evening bike ride

Thoroughly enjoyed tonights bike ride, I feel like I have plenty of energy at the minute and it's definitely down to the dietary changes I've made recently - I've pulled in a lot more fruit and been eating loads of ryvita (seeds!) which seems to have transformed things - it also tastes awesome :)

Goal reached, 3 miles in approx 16 minutes which means my pace is on target.

I also did a very brief weight-lifting session before giving up because it was too late and I couldn't be arsed to be honest. Still, five minutes is better than nowt.

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Friday 10th August 2018

Evening bike ride

Another uneventful ride this evening but it has gotten a little bit colder so I'm wondering what to buy to use as a mask for ear and mouth protection when it turns into winter.

If you have any recommendations, please get in touch!

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Saturday 11th August 2018

Late evening bike ride

I went out a little earlier than planned because I looked on XCWeather and saw it was going to piss down.

I noticed I was a little bit tired tonight - in fact I've noticed the last couple of rides that the first mile feels like I'm hitting the wall and "ugh this one will be cut short" but thankfully I keep pushing through and it gets easier as I continue riding.

I think it was because I was a little stressed out today - my daughter had a scary issue that made me a bit anxious to say the least, and I also wasn't drinking much water which wouldn't have helped.

Still, met my goal and not too much detriment occurred to my pace so all good.

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Sunday 12th August 2018

Late evening bike ride

Tonights ride was pretty good, it was fairly windy but nice and cool and my pace seemed a little higher than usual, certainly in the last segment.

I've decided not to document these rides from now on because a) they're fairly insignificant and b) it's becoming a chore - I'd rather just do the exercise and comment on any new / interesting stuff, rather than the monotony of it.

On that note though, you can always track my latest stats on Endomondo here if you are interested in following along.

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