Sunday, 20 May 2012

On The Road At Last...

Yay! At last I hit the road running today. It was only 10 miles and it took over an hour, but they all count.

I took my other half out for an easy 10 mile an hour meander on the Cathorpe, Lilbourne route I used to use as my 10 mile time trial, it's linked in one of the old posts so I won't go over it again here.

I felt really good to be out on two wheels at last. I fitted my new Cateye Velo bike computer before we left (my Polar CS200 head units LCD went a spanner in January) and even remembered the HRM up before we left. I don't know why I bothered with the Polar unit, it was a nightmare from start to finish. The Cateye was fitted in 5 minutes and worked perfectly straight out of the box with idiot proof instructions. Note to self, stick with what you know is good.

The reason I was joined by the Mrs was that we have both signed up to do the Rugby and Coventry Bikeathon for Leukaemia Research in June and need to get some miles in before the event which is in about four weeks. Whilst taking our time so as not to put her off too early I have to say that I felt really strong on the hills and had no problem with my back which I usually do when starting out again.

I can only put the fitness down to the Body Revolution DVDs I'm doing each morning. Speaking of which I am now finished with Week Two and tomorrow sees the first time I'll do Workout Three. Having given it a preview, it's safe to say they intensity steps up noticeably this week, cue aching and moaning again for a couple of days!

Below are the starting and current measurements from my Body Revolution journey as previously promised. All measurements are at the widest points possible i.e. thighs are right at the top of the leg, waist's right around the belly etc.

Starting Stats:
Neck: 17"
Chest: 50"
Bicep: 14"
Waist: 47"
Hips: 45"
Thigh: 28"
Calf: 17"

Current Stats:

Neck: 16.5"
Chest: 47.5"
Bicep: 13.75"
Waist: 46"
Hips: 43"
Thigh: 27"
Calf: 17"

Whilst still a daunting set of statistics, the progress in only two weeks is great, 2 inches from my hips and 2 1/2 inches off the chest is great, even the old beer belly is starting to look noticeably smaller. I also have noticeably increased flexibility in my back and legs which can only get better, you never know, I'll be doing yoga next!

If I don't crack 18 stone tomorrow then something is seriously amiss which it doesn't feel like it is, so here's hoping.

The ride stats were:

Distance: 10.02 miles
Time: 1hr 3mins
Avg Speed: 9.5 mph
Avg HR: 127
Total Burn: 840 cals

Next week's ride will be 15 miles with a couple of serious hills in it, that'll test the legs.

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