Operation Exercise going well … so far

Close-up photograph of a bicycle wheel

Out twice this week on our bikes?! You’d better believe it. I returned home from church just before midday and an hour later we had our cycling gear on and were out on our bicycles tearing up the back streets of Cramond.

This was only our third time out since we decided that we really did need to get out and exercise more — me especially, but I’ll write more about that another time. We consciously took the same route as last Thursday: Drum Brae to Cramond Road South and on to Davidson’s Mains then back up Queensferry Road to Drum Brae, and back home.

I learned today that I don’t get enough energy from a banana roll eaten one hour before going out; my legs felt like lead most of the way round. It was so cold too (around 1°C) that it took me about 25 minutes to feel warmed up and begin to really enjoy the cycling.

Still, we followed the same route as Thursday and knocked a couple of minutes off. Here’s the data from my Cateye Velo 8:

Comparison of cycling odometer data between Thursday and Sunday
Thursday Sunday
Time 38 min 21 sec 35 min 38 sec
Distance 6.50 miles 6.52 miles
Average speed 10.1 mph 10.9 mph
Max speed 33.7 mph 37.4 mph
Calories burned 145.0 160.6

The thing I was most pleased with was getting just above 30 mph pedalling down Queensferry Road (which is a 40 mph). The 37.4 mph was free-wheeling down Drum Brae — I’ll have to watch that in future. And at least during this time out we weren’t chased down the road by a dog!

All we need to do now is keep at it. I’m determined to get fit again.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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