...And now for something completely different.
I did not ride today. After a full workday and a rare weeknight dinner with the family, I wasn't able to workout until about 7:45pm. I just couldn't bring myself to get on that bike (on the indoor trainer) and didn't want to ride for an hour or more in the dark.
But I knew that I had to burn some calories...third day in a row. I had read recently about the "Couch to 5K" program and wondered if I was even able to jog. My last jog might have been about 20 years ago. The first week of the program includes a 3x/week routine of 30 minutes of alternating between walking and jogging. I did it, it was fun and a good aerobic workout for me, even though it was only 30 minutes.
We'll see how the knees and feet feel soon.
I'm not sure yet if I will try to convert these walking/running miles into equivalent "cycling" miles. I have heard that some studies compare the workouts like this: 4 cycling miles = 1 jogging mile. I'm sure there are many theories. I don't have an opinion, other than I think this 30 minutes did in fact seem close to the workout of a one hour bike ride for me. My standard cycling pace is about 13 mph. If I had to pick a number of "cycling miles" tonight for my 30 minute jog/walk, I'd pick 9 miles. Is that a cop-out?
I just want to claim some credit for my sweaty workout. What are your thoughts?