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 yesterdays painful walk, I awoke this morning with the idea of a bike ride for today. The logic being that a bike ride should technically be a lower imapct workout. I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s true, but it was a good ride nonetheless. The only real downside to riding ober walking, is that I take a lot fewer photos.
I headed out to the usual places (Baker, Bowmont and Bowness parks), aroung 1:30 PM. Although still a little cool, it was a less gloomy today, with a mix of sun and clouds as opposed to the dark, grey day that was yesterday in Calgary.
The route I took today is my usual walking route, and it crosses the Bow river in two places.
The total distance is right around six kilometers, so when I’m walking I usually do two loops for a twelve kilometer walk. Occasionally I will walk the loop third time. Riding a bike is a hell of a lot faster, so I add several extra loops, so I can burn some more calories. Today I did the loop four times for a total of twenty four kilometers. I was contemplating a fifth, making it thirty kilometers, but to be honest, my ass was starting to get sore from sitting on the bike seat. Twenty four would have to do!
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, the biking thing hasn’t killed me yet…
Decided to head out late this morning with the bike to ride my usual walking route of Baker, Bowmont and Bowness parks. The weather was just amazing, and I was originally thinking that I would ride a loop or two, and then end by walking the route, but instead I just ended up having so much fun riding that I just rode the loop five times. That ended up being a good thirty-one kilometer workout… Sweet!
The parks were pretty busy for a Tuesday morning/afternoon, but the weather was most likely the main reason for that. Quite a few people were taking advantage of the rays and renting canoes and paddle boats, or riding the train in Bowness Park. Me? I just rode and rode.
I’m pretty sure my ass will be sore tomorrow, as I’m not used to the bike seat, but I know it could be way worse, as I have a pretty comfy seat. That said, maybe tomorrow I will walk!