I went for my second bicycle ride. 9.2 miles in 47 minutes. It’s not too shabby. The only problem I had was my seat tearing my ass up. I also felt some numbness in my private bits. AGING IS NOT FOR COWARDS!
I also felt some weirdness in my hands. I have had carpal tunnel repair in both. It wasn’t pain. They just felt weird, then, extra weird after the ride was over. It didn’t last long.
I did have to stop after mile 8 to rest a bit (about 4 minutes). Mostly because of the pain in my butt. I was fine after resting. I look forward to riding again and feeling stronger. I don’t know if it will help in my weight loss efforts but, it is sure to help my cardiovascular health. And in fact, it felt pretty good today. I think all that running while in the Navy has paid off in spades.
I really liked running while I could do it. I have tried running short distances since my back surgery in 2010. I just can’t do it. Too much shin and lower back pain. And for some reason, it taxes my breathing way more than riding the bicycle. I’m guessing more muscles are involved in actually running. On the bike, not so many.
At any rate, with the bicycle, I do get some exercise. Also, there is the passing scenery. And, I have my Bluetooth headset for music and vocal prompts from my exercise app (Endomondo), all of which helps to take my mind somewhere else while the exercise is happening. Otherwise, it would be just boring grueling self-torture. I’m not into that sort of thing.
Well, that’s all for now. I have no idea how many calories I burned. And I don’t really care. It was just bicycling. It was fun.
I figured out how to get more info from the app I used to track my progress. My distance was 9.21 miles, avg pace was 5:09 per mile, avg speed 11.6 mph, burned 916 calories, minimum altitude 54 feet, That a lot of info. Thanks Endomondo!
916 calories! Oh my, you are doing very well, Tony!
I love running, but just like you my breathing takes a much harder hit from that than from cycling. And yea, the butt… I suppose it gets better with time and as you cycle more and get more practised. At least that’s what my dad says, and he loves his bicycle.
All in all, you are doing fabulous, Tony! And enjoying yourself, it’s good to read that. Keep up the good vibes, my friend!