Fully Paid

My Strava 60 day trial ended this month, but decided to bite the bullet and pay the annual fee. It seems to make a difference to my workout incentive; having a few achievable, but not too unrealistic goals.

Did actually achieve the final two, for this month - though the Arcteryx one took until the final day to complete.

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Pleased with getting them both; and have now enrolled in a few more for September. Mixing it up next month, with walking, cycling, workout, weights and Yoga.

It's A Heatwave!

An unreasonable, but perhaps not unseasonal, hot spell has hit the UK.
Averaging around 36 Centigrade /97 Fahrenheit, for the past six days; has led (at least for me) to a lot of unprecedented sweating from doing almost next to nothing. It's also left me feeling rather lethargic and withdrawn, plus a little annoyed with myself for not getting out on the bike - but it's too damn hot!
Perhaps that is an age thing, but, who knows? Although this blog is supposed to be about getting fit at the age I am!

I am walking a bit more than last month, which is a plus; and I did start the month with three targets; one of which I've completed.


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Another one I should, but the other one I have doubts about.

Another plus does seem to have been that I've lost some weight, about 2 kilos; which I put down to sweating a lot; that, and probably not eating as much - I don't get so hungry in the heat.


Hopefully the 'wave' will break soon, and I'll find the energy to get back on my bike Happy


Work (and no play?)

It now seems, as we enter August, that the Film and TV world is getting its act together; thus enabling me to get back to earning some money, after a long, long, 'sabbatical'. This is great news, and fingers are diligently crossed, that it all comes to fruition.

Downside:
Much less time to work on fitness.

So, I've set myself some challenges, courtesy of Strava.
50 kilometres walking, this month
20 hours, mixed, walking and cycling, over 28 days.
320 minutes of general exercise over 10 days.
Obviously, they'll somewhat blend into each other; but I'm finding that setting a few goals does give me a certain impetus to complete them, and they do all fit into my fitness criteria.

A Month of Challenges

So, it's been a month; and in that period, thanks (or maybe not) to Strava for the encouragement that you can get to achieve some 'fairly' realistic goals.
In July I have purely concentrated on one thing; and that has been to cycle the 100 miles necessary to complete the Alzheimer's Society - Cycle for Dementia ride, which, on Sunday 26th, I achieved; along with raising some money for that charity.
Coinciding with that, I also managed to complete 5 other challenges.


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Most pleased about?
Cycling 100 miles, and for a very good cause.
It's also inspired me to do more cycling for charitable causes, if I can. Which, of course, has the knock on effect of getting me riding more, and improving my overall fitness.

Two Weeks Gone

It has now been two weeks since I started this blog.
Flown by.

I have to admit though, that I am tired.
Training, if that is in any small way what I am doing, can really take its toll on the body. And, in my case, because I am certainly not used to it; all these stretches, walks and cycles can have a rather exhausting accumulative affect.

Which brings me to the moments of rest and relaxation.

In all all the vlogs and blogs that I've read and seen regarding exercise - most of them concerning weights and HIIT - you are already told to factor in a rest day, or three.
Purely because I am not doing those things, I disregarded that advice. Beware!

Although I am not doing those particular workouts, I am still putting stresses and strains on my body; and as such I do actually need to rest and let the body repair.

I actually, although inadvertently, did so last Saturday; and felt an awful lot better having done so. Whereby the Sunday after was my most productive (kcal burning-wise) of the whole week. So, I'm doing it again today - resting and recuperating.

At present, with my not overly taxing workload (fitness-wise), I don't believe that I need more than one day of rest, from the grindstone, per week. But, as things progress, I may well need more; but that's a bridge to cross in the weeks and months to come.

The moral - or message to myself - don't rush, don't over extend, it'll come; it's a marathon, not a sprint.