Tonight was day 8 of the Stronglifts 5×5 strength program. Squats @85 lbs, Overhead press @60 lbs, dead lift @ 120 lbs plus pull-ups and prone bridges. Pull-ups still seem to be evading me, I’ll get them eventually, I just got to build my strength up more. Push-ups are getting easier though!
Weight: 262.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 101 / 130 / 157 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:46:45 (HH:MM:SS)
After the weights, I blew the dust off the ol’ bike and went for a ride. I started out riding around the neighborhood and passed by a golf course that as best as I can tell is abandoned. The buildings are rotting apart and the grass is knee high. Most of the golf trails are cracked and broken up; nature is reclaiming them. Most of the trails I tried to go down ended in swamp. Had I taken my Palm Pre with me, I would have snapped some photos. This is the first time I’ve been off the road on my mountain bike since I don’t know how long. I’d been using it mostly for commuting and riding on roads, so I swapped out the old knobby tires for high psi road slicks which didn’t work too well on broken trails with deep sand.
After it started getting too dark to feel comfortable riding the unknown trails in a presumably abandoned and swampy golf course, I got back on the road and kept riding. I took a route that took me up and down as many hills as I could. The only way to get good on hills is to ride em! The hills in my neighborhood however aren’t much to talk about, but since I’d not ridden since last year, my legs are a bit out of shape and these hills will do for now until they get easy.
Distance: 5.60 mi.
Weight: 262.0 lbs.
Heart Rate: 119 / 156 / 169 – bpm (min/avg/max)
Pace: 56:37 / 07:49 / 02:19 (min/avg/max)
Speed: 56 / 7.65 / 25.74 mi/hr (min/avg/max)
Duration: 00:43:55 (HH:MM:SS)
All said, it was a pretty good day, workout wise.