For the month of March, I have focused simply on working out (cycling or running) at least six days a week. After this month, I'll evaluate what's next for me.
Some initial observations:
- This marks my most consistent exercise pattern that I have had since 1987, when I was on a tennis team in college in Japan. We worked out constantly. We played tennis at times. Weird.
- My goals are 12 running miles per week and 25 cycling miles per week. Pretty light on the cycling, but remember, I am focused this month on six days of activity per week. That means fitting in a daily workout schedule that varies between 30 and 60 minutes. That is 50 running miles per month and 100 cycling miles, give or take a few. Seems pretty good for a guy like me.
- Though the primary goal is consistency, I am working on intensity for the bike rides. I am noticing that I am going faster on the bike. I feel stronger on the hills.and faster on the flats.
- I dropped two pounds last week, but have not changed my diet much at all.
- It seems that this activity alone won't drop the weight. I have to combine it with good choices.
- But, the activity is great for my legs, my heart and my overall fitness level.
- One interesting run was last Tuesday. I had plenty of time for the run, but I just felt horrible when I started. I wondered if I would quit early. There was no particular pain, just an overall achey, plodding feeling to the run. That feeling lasted for the first 10 minutes. Then, I felt better...and then, awesome! I felt like I had hit a rhythm and could just keep going. I ran for 65 minutes, with no walking or stopping. 5.4 miles. If I didn't have family duties back home, I could have kept going.
For now, I am enjoying the routine that I am developing.