29 October 2009

An Indian Summer

Have you ever wondered why an Indian Summer is called an Indian Summer. Well so have I & no-one seems to know why?? If you can tell me please email me on pc.clare@gmail.com

I was joined by Rae & Chris as we enjoyed the last of the glorious weather on what will possibly be our last ride of the year? We did a 40 mile circuit which was a tad misty to start with!!

Some famous Kent Oast houses in fog!

The ride was uneventful, I am amazed at just how quickly your stamina & endurance can go. It was only a few months ago that I cycled 80 miles a day for 12 days & I struggled in places today!

Boys Toys 1 - my heart rate recorded on my Garmin Satnav

Boys Toys 2 - my heart rate recorded on my Garmin watch

The 2 Garmin products seem to vary quite considerably when recording my heart rate. I know it's only a guide, but as they work off the same chest band, surely they should be closer???

My favourite download of the route, shows it in clear detail. What more could you want??

Alas I am now working this weekend & Chris & Rae are off to cycle to Brighton tomorrow & I wish I was with them. I am off from Monday for 3 weeks before I start my new job. Hopefully the weather will be kind to me & I can get out on the road! Failing that I'll keep on spinning & running at the gym

23 October 2009

The winter months

The training is very much continuing as the nights draw in. I am spinning when ever I can & have now taken to getting to the class about 2 hours before it starts. This is helping me to burn off some extra 1000 calories a day & more importantly to regain some of the stamina & endurance I lost since finishing LEJOG back in August.

Rae & I are going out on Thursday next week & doing a 50 mile ride around the North Downs (I so love hills!) & then I would imagine my road bike will be hung up in the garage for next year rides' to start.

The spin classes are hard & I sweat so much that it runs down my legs into my socks & shoes & I can actually wring my socks out at the end.... isn't that a pleasant thought??

My heart rate for (the class is the huge bit at the end!)

15 October 2009

Boys toys!

I went to the London Cycle Show last week at Earls Court & to be honest I was a little disappointed with it. There were some wonderful looking bikes & I saw about 3 that I think I need, however I settled for a new heart rate monitor to help me with my training. As the winter will soon be with us, I am concentrating on spinning & have added running to my regime. I have often been asked a few questions:

1) What is a spin class??

It's an exercise class on a static bike in a group set to music. The bikes have gears & the display records your gear, cadence & heart rate (if you have a transmitter on) & total distance travelled along with the time spent on the machine.

The dreaded machine!!

The Handlebars & display unit

2) How hard is it?

If you look at the 2 downloads below they are me on the last couple of days warming up then spinning for an hour & then running for 25 mins. I think my sustained high heart rate gives some indication of effort used!!

Camerons Class (45mins) & 25 min jog
Marcia's class, can you spot where it started!!

5 October 2009

Where has it gone?

I am amazed at how quickly my fitness has disappeared. I have had roughly 4 weeks off training & doing very little & today I did Marcia's spin class..... where has my fitness gone?? It was extremely hard work & I am now looking forward to spinning as often as I can until next years ride to help boost my fitness level back up. I will be below 15 stone next year!!

Other news I didn't get a place in the 2010 London Marathon, so to make up for this I have entered Carol & I in the Silverstone half marathon in March.... should be fun?? I am also changing roles & will soon be at Lewisham Police Station. I can cycle to there easily & may soon start to jog too & fro??

Spinning again tomorrow & I do hope it gets easier!