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Rebirth

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by nc, Jun 25, 2015.

  1. nc

    nc Senior Member

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    I'll get into my story more later but for now I just want to talk about my exercise today.

    I've been very, very lazy over the last several years and about 5-6 weeks ago I got a new bike. I started off slow, left it just lying there most of the time for a few days, but lately I've been biking to and from work every weekday and as of a week or two ago at least a couple times a week I will ride somewhere else after work.

    Work is about 3km (~1.85mi) from my home and when I first started biking in to work I felt like I was going to puke by the time I arrived. I was panting and could not even speak to my coworkers for a while after arriving.

    Today I worked from home and I kept telling myself throughout the day "gotta get my ride in!" but I was lazy and did go for a nice walk late today and so I kept putting it off. Fortunately I have lights and a helmet for my bike (though, I think I need to get much brighter ones, now) and by the time 11pm rolled around I said "fuck it, gotta go now or else I won't." It definitely helped that I was reading the front page/JSF blog today and in the Random Old Blogs section, this one came up: http://www.johnstonefitness.com/2011/01/13/thursday-morning-motivational-speech-the-mental-aspect-of-transformation/


    Anyway - that's way more context than I wanted to write - but 11pm rolled around, and I said fuck it, got on the bike and because I don't know many good bike routes yet, I just rode over to work. And then I rode back. And it was fucking easy!!! Well, at least not nearly vomit inducing, anyway!

    Felt so good, man. I think I definitely feel safer riding in the daytime when I can see what I'm doing better, and I think I'd prefer to do a workout earlier than later, but hell, I got it done.
     
  2. Shamie

    Shamie Senior Member

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    You are off to a good start. What was the motivation to get a new bike?
     
  3. volleyball

    volleyball Pickled

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    :claplow:

    Keep it up!
     
  4. nc

    nc Senior Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement :)

    I am not 100% sure what convinced me to get a bike, but it had been something I'd been thinking about for a while and not done anything about. I guess I just figured it was time to get to work.

    On Friday on my way to work I took an alternate route. Same distance, maybe even a small bit shorter, but it has some killer hills on the way there. I felt like I was going to puke by the time I was done, once again.

    Something tells me I'll be taking that route more often...
     
  5. jcarson702

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    Pretty soon you are going to be taking the long way home from work, just to challenge yourself.
     
  6. nc

    nc Senior Member

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    So, a few months back my heart rate was often 90-100bpm or even higher (especially after smoking cigarettes). I was doing some web searches and found that this is a condition called tachycardia and some website, WebMD I think, said I should see a doctor if it persisted for more than 3 days.

    Unfortunately it definitely did persist for more than 3 days, but I knew the cause was my shit lifestyle, and I was too ashamed to go.

    I've been continuing to bike ~5x a week as I mentioned in the root post, and been monitoring my heart rate, and it is steadily slowing down. On Sunday, I was lying around and decided to measure it once more: 72bpm :) I was so shocked I did it again, and got the exact same result. (I don't have a heart rate monitor, I just set a timer to beep after 10s, start the timer and count my heartbeats at my jugular until then, and multiple by 6.)

    I just went and did it again, and it's 78bpm right now, which I can totally believe. Either way, it's well under 90, no tachycardia right now, and thank god I was right that it was just lifestyle stuff.

    Not that I'd at all recommend not seeing a doctor if you are having similar issues...

    [EDIT - BTW: Just in case anyone thinks my method is bunk, at a dinner party I was at not long ago and someone was handing around their Apple watch and people were measuring their heart rate, I had the unfortunate experience of having a 104bpm heart rate and was the highest there... I'd just come in from smoking a cigarette... something tells me it would really, really help to stop doing that.]
     
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  7. leftyx

    leftyx Senior Member

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    Nice job in lowering your resting heat rate. Stopping smoking it's an awesome goal. But be realistic and set up a plan.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
     
  8. jcarson702

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    Quitting smoking last year after 27 years was the hardest thing I had to mentally endure. When your ready you will.
     
  9. nc

    nc Senior Member

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    As of about 6:30pm today (in about 7 hours) I'll be 2 weeks smoke free. I am done. Pardon my language, but fuck that. Cigarettes are total bullshit. No one is ever glad they started smoking. Also: My heart rate at this moment is between 66 and 72bpm. This is probably the lowest it's been in many years.
     

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