Monday, 28 February 2011

Round up

After the write-off that was January, I have had a much better February. I was aiming for regular gym visits and cycling, and I've been working out 3-4 times a week, on average.

Last week I managed 2 trips to the gym. On Friday I forgot my headphones, and I was really annoyed as it meant I couldn't watch morning tv while training. But I learnt something interesting - while I was on the cross-trainer, I found myself more focused, and soon realised I could go faster than I usually do. I ended up completing 5km in under 23 minutes, when it's normally more like 26-27 minutes. If only I could run it in that time! So in future trips to the gym, I'm going to have to decide whether I want the enjoyment factor of zoning out and watching tv, or slight boredom mixed with better training. Tough choice.

I also had a sneaky run - 10 minutes on the treadmill. It was hard work, and so slow, it made me realise that if/when I get back to running properly, it might take a long time to get back to where I was before the injury. Anyway, my foot felt fine, but I'm not ready to up the miles yet. It's far from recovered, but seeing as it's not improving anyway, I thought I may as well get the benefits of a little run as well.

I only cycled twice last week - one ride of 7 miles and one of 8 miles. Both times I followed a similar route, but there was a huge difference in the weather. The sun has finally reappeared, and it was fantastic to go out in sunshine yesterday. I have missed it so much! In the last couple of days, we have suddenly gone from this:


to this:


What a relief!

So in February I cycled 67 miles in total, and went to the gym 8 times. Not bad considering I had to build up gradually after 'illness-January'. Long may the sunny days, bike rides and fun in the gym continue!


  1. Does this mean that Winter's finally over?!!
    Your comment on my blog was truly terrible but it made me laugh out loud. :)

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  3. Congrats on the exercise improvement. Love the difference in those two pictures. And I feel it takes awhile for sure to regain running speed, endurance etc. but that's okay because I am running!

  4. Nice job increasing your milage. It's so hard in the winter to get out so I'm always impressed that you are out biking around. Interesting about the headphones...I may try to ditch them next time I'm on the mill, too, just to see what happens.

  5. Very jealous of your bike time. Right now the days are too short to ride after work, and marathon training gets the limited time on weekends. I'm really looking forward to the longer days so I can fit in some after dinner rides.