Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fell Off...

... took a while to get back on.  Walked from Stadium and Grimes past Dairy Rd, then back, at 126 on MetroTimer.  Turned around at ten minutes on the stopwatch.  Physically kind of rough, with some airway problems (but no spitting) and tightness in my back muscles.

A beautiful day, just a little cool so great for exercise.  Sun and puffy clouds, a fresh breeze.  So why can't I enjoy it, in spite of a little physical discomfort?

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Back in the Saddle

... after nearly six months off, during which a family crisis, bad weather, and bad health interfered with my self-care (not to mention personal factors).

Today I walked from my new work-digs in the Information Technology building to Dairy Road and back.  Due to some first-time issues, I can only approximate the time at 20 minutes.  A new technique:  I used the MetroTimer app on my iPhone to set a cadence.  At first I used 132 bpm, but that proved too fast aerobically, so I dropped to 120, which proved too slow for my legs.  I Goldilocks'ed in at 126.  After 20 minutes at that tempo, I am somewhat weary, more in the legs than aerobically.  I believe my layoff cost me almost all of my conditioning.  I can only hope that the rebound will be quicker and easier than the original build-up.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Couple of Olys

Yesterday and today I took the Olympia Avenue route from Math Annex. Google Maps says it's 1.9 miles.  It includes a steep uphill from Olympia at Nevada to approximately Olympia at Forest way (about 1300 feet or.25 miles. **get elevation change estimate**

Times were comparable to times from CUE, all things considered. I didn't record yesterday's times;  today's are in the Walk Times spreadsheet. 

What impressed me is that I had little respiratory distress, no bronchial spasm or hacking/spitting. I also did not need a break at all. I think that taking a dose of water plus a salt signal helps the exercise be easier. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

More Dairy (Road, that is)

Math Annex to Dairy Rd outbound on 15:27, about the same as previous trials. Up to the CUB to run errands in about 11:15. Pretty tired after. The weather was warm, 80+which may have contributed to tiredness. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dairy Rd - More Like the Norm

15:15 out, 15:30 back. Mostly a "purposeful" cadence and step. I would have to really "hurry" to cut many seconds off. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Math Annexto Dairy Rd

... Out in15 minutes plus ( I stopped to look at a CR-V), back in 16:22. The original intent was a 30-minute walk, but I'll have to hoof it to make it to Dairy Rd in that time. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Time-Delimited Walk up Grimes Way

... notionally the first of a series.

I set my timer for 15 minutes at the door of Math Annex and walked east on College, north on Stadium, then east on Grimes toward Airport Rd.  I got up to the "Stop" sign at Dairy Rd. before the timer went off.  Google says that's 1.0 miles.

My count of paces was 1001 (though there's a delta of maybe 20 paces due to losing count while trying to multi-task counting and arithmetic).  I believe my pace is slightly shorter than the Roman pace of 5280 ft / 1000 paces (where the arithmetic came in -- about 63.36  inches) but I haven't stepped off a measured track.

My cadence (in steps) was about 133/min, or 22 per 10 seconds, which is consistent with my subjective evaluation.  Upping the cadence to 24 (a lot of work, in my experience) would result in less than 500 additional feet in 15 minutes, but would probably do more for my aerobic conditioning and insulin acceptance.