Workday Walking – Make It Count

activeMany days, I’m working in our office in Mississauga, ON…meaning I’m not very active. To combat that, and get some calories burnt, I try to get out over a lunch hour and go for a walk. I’m typically alone, so I am just armed with my phone, some headphones playing some good heavy walking music and my Garmin vivoactive. I enjoy getting out on nice days (year-round) and have a couple of routes that I mix up depending what I feel like…one is about a 3KM route that takes 25-30 minutes and the other is 5KM and I can do that in 45-50 minutes. It’s all extra activity and calories burnt, and you get out in the fresh (Toronto-area) air and, for me, it’s a great “decompress” from the office stress, which in turn, I believe makes me much more productive for the balance of the day! I’ve been reading up about different ways to make the walks more beneficial from a calorie-burn perspective, and here are just a few things I’ve learned along the way…I hope you find them helpful…and if you’ve never tried a lunch-time walk, I urge you to…you may just like it! Read on for more… Continue reading

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What a Week!

As you can probably tell from the lack of posts here, it was a very crazy week. My apologies for not showing myself in the blogosphere, but hopefully it’s back to a manageable, sane pace again. I did manage to enjoy IMG_0616a Leafs game on Thursday evening, which, of course, they lost by a goal that they gave up close to the end of the game. It was still a great environment, and the seats were great, so a superb evening for sure!

On Saturday a couple cycling friends and I headed to the Toronto International Bike Show, which was jam-packed with great deals from wall to wall! Initially, the idea for one of the friends and I was to look for a deal on a road wheel and tire IMG_0632set for his hybrid and my Cyclocross. We have both been finding we enjoy pure road riding most, so wanted the option of swapping out for thinner, slicker road sets when the ride warranted that. After pricing a few out, and discussing with the experts, we realized we were only getting halfway to a real road experience (our drivetrains are not geared as high), so then the deals started showing themselves on some entry-level endurance racers, and we both ended up wheeling out new purchases! Here’s my new (2014) Trek Domane 2.3 after a quick 10KM test ridetestride this afternoon (a bit chilly, but it was sunny, so that helped keep me warm). I wasn’t going too fast, as I need to do some adjustments to the new shoes (first time using clip pedals and shoes). My cadence sensor may not be completely aligned properly either, so will fiddle with that. All in all, though, MUCH more acceleration with this bike than the Giant AnyRoad, and it definitely rolls along much easier. Once I get back my biking legs this spring it will be interesting to see how much more speed and endurance I can get with this setup.

Off to do some steaks for dinner now…enjoy the last bits of the weekend!

Spin-O-Rama (My First Spin Class)

Lately I’ve been looking at cycling trainers so that I can get some good cycling time in over the Canadian winter months, and I’ve been chatting about it with some biking friends, one of whom, invited me as a guest this morning to a spin class at the local YMCA.

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Wow! I am very glad that I went! 605 Calories burned in 52 minutes of riding, to me, is pretty darn good seeing as I haven’t been on a bike since October 11th (Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada).

This morning’s workout really made me start to rethink how I can best keep in shape over the winter months, as well as augment the cycling season with other activities, too!  I can go as a guest a couple more times to get a better feel for it, and I think that’s exactly what I will do before jumping in with a membership. Going the trainer route was likely going to be a problem, anyway, due to space, so this will alleviate that issue. Now, this takes a possible Zwift membership out of the equation, too, which looked like it would be a ton o’ fun, but hey, going to the Y and doing spin classes gets me with…wait for it…this is scary stuff kids…REAL PEOPLE! I was pleasantly surprised with how welcoming everyone was, and encouraging (since I was feeling slightly out of shape compared to the others). I think it would be fun to see how I improve over several classes as my legs get back into shape and the lungs and heart adjust to being worked again.

I would love to hear from any of my cycling followers about your off-season fitness activities…I know some of you bike all year-round, so you may not need the gym, but throw your two cents in…I’m still mulling all of this over!

For now, though, great start to my Saturday…feels great to have a good workout under the belt to attack the rest of the day!

A Look Back – My “Ride of 2015”

This morning I amportcredit feeling tired and just generally run-down, so I have been sitting here at my desk trying to “force” motivation of some sort for our fourth Blogging 101 assignment, and then it finally hit me…I should be looking for something that totally energized me; something that will pick up my day…thus, I give to you my “Ride of the Year” last year.

Since this is a relatively new blog, and I’m just getting to know my followers and readers, just like you’re getting to know me, I thought this would be a great peek into my cycling skills (or lack thereof) and interests.

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New Cycling Toys from Garmin @ CES2016!

Let me start by saying I love my Garmin stuff when it comes to biking. Up until last year, I used an Edge 705 bike computer, and last year, was lucky enough to get a vivoactive watch, which when I use with my iPhone 6 Plus running MapMyRide mounted to my QuadLock mount, well, let’s just say I love the data that I get back!

When I saw the news from CES yesterday about Garmin’s new products, as well as some new Connect enhancements, I thought it was worth a share!

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