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.

Work Harder/Harder Work

Even after only two weeks, I am beginning to see some small gains; mostly in energy levels, but a little in fitness.
And what I've discovered, is that the fitter you get, the harder that you have to work to remain at that new level, and beyond.
Perhaps it's self-evident to most people; but it's just something that I hadn't actually considered.
I tend to work from my wrist heart rate watch, which shows different colours for different levels of exertion - i.e. how hard that your heart is working - red being the highest level.
As you get fitter, for the same route/exercise, you spend less time in the red zone, if exercising at the same level as before. Which, if you're trying to trim down a bit, means that you're burning less kcal, simply because you don't need to work so hard.
So, if you do want that trim, slim and enviable body; you have to work that much harder. The walks get longer, the rides get longer and the Yoga positions get held for a longer time and/or become more.
There's a benefit, of course; as I mentioned before, energy levels increase; more endorphins are released, making you happier, one hopes.
It seems the only goal that there can be is to get fitter, not just get fit. Find your level and maintain it, or go on and test yourself to see just how good you can be.
As I stated I'm only two weeks in, so very early stages; but I'm very glad to have started.

How A 65 year old man regains (retains) his lust for life.

Jumped onto the Strava bandwagon, with a 60 day free trial. Should know whether it's going to happen in that time-scale. Joined the Mammut Local Adventure Challenge, which is to do 10 hours of 'outdoor' exercise in 30 days - chosen purely because it seemed like the easiest one at which to succeed. In five days I've actually done six hours already; in part, due to a two and a half hour walk yesterday, which has left me feeling less than elated and a little tired. From now on, regular and shorter would seem the better option.