If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you will have noticed I went for a run yesterday. Exciting I know! Well I have been trying again to help my bike fitness by adding some other exercise to my routine. Running is an easy one to fit in to short spaces of time and if I get fit enough, I am sure I will find some pleasure in trail running at some point.
A lot is said of the 10,000stepschallenge to improve your health and I bought a Garmin Vivofit last year to track my general activity levels other than my mountain bike rides. I was surprised and started to make an effort. We got a dog last year – that helped! Since last summer I have been conscious of my daily steps more than my weekly cycling and its been good to keep an eye on such things. I felt bad if I had a day of less than 5000 steps and made up for it by going for a run or taking the dog for an extra walk around the field… Anyway to my experiment..
10000 steps and 10km cycling everyday for the whole month with no compromises and making up for poor days.
Starting today 1st July I am going to do 10000 steps a day, my average is up on this figure but I want to make sure I do 10000 each day. I am also going to cycle 10000 meters a day – or 10km. Again my recent average is above this but I am going to do 10k a day and not use a 40k ride to make up for 3 days off the bike.
Running, walking and cycling everyday is good for you
Finding new/alternative 10km bike routes will be interesting
Why not… Lets see if it has an impact or benefit.
Oh and I get to write blog posts and tweet about it…
I have started June well and so far 3 days in I have ridden my bike twice and ran once. Tomorrow is the turn of running again.
A friend told me that 30-45 min of running was a good way to help with bike fitness. It exercises the heart, lungs and legs which I guess is a good thing. But what is a better form of exercise – a 30 minute run or an hour on the mountain bike?
According to Strava I used approx the same amount of calories doing these two activities yesterday and today. But which did me the most good in terms of bike fitness?
So I said I needed to do a little something every day in June and today I did a little run.
6.1km after work took me about 35 mins. Doesn’t too bad but something was a bit dodgy about the first km as it looks like I had the Strava app paused for most of it!
I wore a pair of North Face cross trainers that I have had for a while, they seemed like they should be perfect for the job. I was wrong. While they are comfy to wear they don’t have enough bounce for running.
To add to the pain I climbed 90m over the duration of the run too – I really need to find some flat areas to run!
Yes, tomorrow is the 1st of June 2014. That means it less than 3 weeks before I go to Bike Village again. I’m excited, but this year I feel totally unprepared. A rotten Winter and Spring have simply meant that the amount of riding has been lower than it should be and my fitness is not great. So I need to make some tracks over the next few weeks to soften the blow of a week of alpine riding!
We intend to raise some money this year for the National Autistic Society as my friends son has autism so we want to raise awareness of this complex developmental disability. All money raised will be donated to the National Autistic Society. They are the leading UK charity for people with Autism, and their families. Click on the Just Giving Page link below for details:
We are going to attempt to climb the equivalent height of Everest during our week away and I’ve got to prepare for this. I need to do some form of exercise everyday – running, cycling, walking, digging the garden! Anything… I have joined a few Strava challenges to keep me motivated and this Thursday is Run 2 Work Day! What am I thinking?
A busy few weeks are ahead at work also, but I need to get fit. Watch this space and check my progress – if you are interested that is!