Took the weekend off (hey, I’m allowed!), as the weather was crappy and I was feeling a little lazy, and was happy to get out to Fish Creek again with a friend. Unfortunately my right shoe started bothering me shortly into the walk. A piece of the plasticy stuff that makes up the shape of the back of the shoe wore through the fabric of the shoe and poked right into the back of my foot. Stubbornly, I continued the walk and ended up with a nasty sore when done. Serves me right. Well, at least I was able to return the shoes, as I had them for less than a month (I also had fantastic customer service at Softmoc in Market Mall, Calgary). Despite the shoe issue, it was good to get out, and I was glad my buddy was able to join me for the walk.
As it is really freakin’ crappy outside right now, here is something that made me laugh (I’d give credit to the creator but I have no idea who that is!):
After taking the weekend off, I got back to walking today with a late afternoon twelve kilometer stroll through Baker, Bowmont and Bowness parks on an absolutely grey day.
I didn’t get going until about one thirty in the afternoon. It was cool out, but I like that when walking (but hate it when lounging), and the skies were completely grey – Boy did it feel like a “first day of school” day from my childhood! I originally toyed with the idea of biking, but I decided that after two days off, perhaps I should stick to walking today. Besides, I had some podcasts to catch up on, and a couple hours walking in the park is a great way to do that.
Well, after twelve kilometers I was hurting. My legs were aching and my back (a constant problem), was giving me grief. Most of the time when I am walking, I try to jog at least part of the route, but not today – my damn legs would have fallen off or something. Still, I needed this walk, as it had been two days since my last one. I think the next time I take two days off, I’m going to make sure I stay just a little more active than I did this time! lol.
Have a fantastic day, folks!!!
I finally managed to get out about one thirty in the afternoon, to the usual spot. Started out with a walk, completing a loop of the three parks in about an hour. It was nice and sunny, and a bit warm. Quite a few people were out enjoying the day, especially for a Thursday mid afternoon. I took my SLR camera with me, so jogging would have been impractical, but I managed to snap a few nice pictures with it, so it was worth carrying around. As I was cycling for the next part of my workout, taking the camera would just be stupid, so I tried to really take advantage of it. I mean, what’s the point of lugging a heavy camera if you’re not going to take pictures with it?
After the walk at the car, I put the camera away, refilled my water bottle, pulled my bike out of the car, and headed off for two loops through these three beautiful parks. I tried to keep the pace up a bit, but still manage a leisurely ride. I averaged 16 kilometers per hour, over a forty-three minute ride (11.6 km). I was thinking about possibly another loop or two, but I was feeling a little wiped after these two and decided to not over do it today and stopped at the two. I have to say that II really noticed that on this ride that I have to adjust the height of my seat, as I’m not extending my legs enough when riding. I’m pretty sure that will improve my efficiency when riding, as it feels like I’m expending more energy than necessary on these rides. I’m looking forward to seeing how adjusting that will affect the ride. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Check out some of the photos from today below, or click here to go to the album on Flickr
Well, I own a bike. Yes, I own a bike.
I told myself 24 years ago that I would never ride or own a bike ever again, yet I now own a bike. Maybe someday I will tell you fine folks the reason why I told myself I would never own a bike again, but not today. It’s enough that I now own a bike.
Since I own the damn thing now, I’ve decided that I should use it. I’m special that way. I guess I’m lucky it’s a bike and not dental equipment… But I digress: my good buddy set me up with this bike, as I am determined to lose this belly, and I know biking is a good exercise. It’s also reasonably easy to do, and I am reasonably lazy, so it’s kind of perfect for me. I took the bike for a short two kilometer ride around the neighbourhood the other day, just to get the feel of it – I mean, it’s been just short of a quarter century since I last rode- and that went well so this morning I decided to ride my bike instead of walking my normal route through Bowmont, Baker and Bowness parks. Well, the plan was to ride one loop through the parks (six kilometers), and then walk the second loop. This way I get a good ride in (well a good ride for a first ride), and a good walk in, burning a good amount of calories and having a good time at the same time.
I had an absolute freakin’ blast on my lazy ride through the park. The six kilometers zipped by in no time, and it felt great. Getting back to the car, I loaded up the bike into it, refilled my water and headed out to repeat the circuit, but walking this time. It was a great walk, and I got to enjoy some good tunes, but when I finished my loop I had one thought in my head: I should do one more loop on the bike. So I unloaded the bike, hopped on and took off for another loop.
In the end I did thee more circuits of the park on my bike, for a total of four, or twenty four kilometers, as well as a six kilometer walk for a total of more than thirty kilometers. That’s freakin’ awesome. I am so happy I broke my bike “fast” – Thanks to Manfred for making that happen.
Check out the pics from today below – clicking on them will take you to the album on my Flickr page.
So, I’m having problems with my blog due to the amount of photos I post. Yep, I’ve run out of storage on WordPress.com. Now, I have a crap load of photo storage in the cloud, with Google Photos, Flickr and other online photo services, but it seems to be a real pain in the ass to embed photos from these services when using a WordPress.com hosted blog. There are plugins for WordPress that lets you easily add photos and galleries from these services, but these don’t work on the aforementioned WordPress.com hosted sites. I’ve kind of found a kludgy work a round, but it’s freakin’ time consuming and awkward. I could use Blogger.com which has good integration with Google Photos (as they are a Google – or ABC- property), and I have used Tumblr, but neither are really what I’m looking for. They’re both okay… Well, I think blogger is just really ugly, and something about Tumblr screams Hipster to me (tell me and prove to me I’m wrong, please). But, yeah, both seem kind of lacking. One of the major issues is that I can’t currently think about paying for a good, proper host, like Squarespace or something, as funds are kind of tight at the moment. Eventually, though, something like that will be the ultimate answer.
Hmmm… Any suggestions, My Internet savvy friends? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Have an awesome day.