My 2018 year on Strava. Not too bad really, my best year yet so i’m happy with that. Click on pic for a nice little video.
232,807 calories is over 4 stone of pure fat burned off your butt.
Yoga & Stretch:
My highest ever calorie burn in a week at 9,494 calories:
That’s over 1 kg of pure fat. So any quack telling you that exercise isn’t any use for weight loss is talking out of their arses. A kilo of fat a week is 52 kilos a year which is over 8 stone of fat in just one year. Admittedly, it took me 3 years to get this fit, but along the way i’ve burned well over 15 stone of fat just in pure exercise.
So after my few lazy days today was the big one. My first attempt at the full triathlon.
The swim was horrible with awful south westerly swells making everything a lot harder:
That’s 9 minutes longer than my last 1500m swim and that swim was after a 10.5km skate, so that’s nearly 25% extra effort due to the swells. But i got through it and hopped on the bike:
That went better than i thought it would. First time i’ve rode the bike straight after the swim.
Then it was back to the beach for the run, but the tide was coming in and i had to go run on the prom instead. I really hate running on tarmac, not very nice barefoot, but having got this far i wasn’t going to let a bit of tarmac keep me from my goal:
So yeah, now i’m a triathlete. It happened, it’s on Strava!
So now what? Start training up to half ironman distance. So will start by increasing the swim to 1900 meters, keeping the bike and run as they are. Oooh yeah!
People usually look at me like i’m quite mad when they find out that i go out cycling between 3.30 and 4.30 am.
The main reason i do this is because there’s hardly any metal monsters on the roads. Not only is this safer, but also a hell of a lot less stressful and also it means i don’t have to breath any of the pollutants that come out of their tailpipes.
No matter where you live the air will always be cleaner in the early hours of the morning, so it makes more sense to do your exercise then if you really care about being fit and healthy. Just stop watching that stupid television in the evenings and go to bed early instead. Today is far more fulfilling if you start with some good exercise and didn’t end yesterday watching a load of soul numbing shite on the moron box.
The other advantage to this, if you have a job, is that you do your post exercise, knackered bit on the company time. No point in ruining your own spare time being knackered after exercise if you can do it on company time!
And the other thing is that there’s also no one around to look at you funny when you ride along talking to yourself or singing songs, which can attract odd looks, to say the least, at more busy times of day when the madding crowd are out and about and being their judgemental selves. A good long cycle ride is a great time to have that conversation with yourself that you’ve been putting off for ages because you don’t want people to think you’re mental when you sit there talking to yourself.
But all that aside, i really do think the best reason for getting out and about so early in the morning is the wildlife. British song birds giving their dawn chorus has to be one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. We really do have the most amazing dawn choruses on these islands, and sadly most people will never hear it.
And talking of wildlife, this very morning i was riding out of Otterton to ascend Peak Hill and there, running along the hedgerow in my general direction, was a polecat. All these years i’ve lived on this planet and i had never before seen a polecat in the wild. Such beautiful little animals, their markings all the more striking in the glare of my LED front lights. There is such an abundance of wildlife around early in the morning, just before dawn, and they don’t tend to run and hide from bicycles as they haven’t learned to fear cyclists because we’re such lovely people. So get a bike and get out there and enjoy our beautiful countryside and its wildlife in the peace and quiet.
Do be careful with deer though, you don’t want to go charging towards a rutting stag on a bicycle — somehow i think the cyclist will lose that battle. My advice for when encountering deer is to simply stop as soon as you see them and wait for the deer to move away in its own time. When possible, stand still and enjoy the time you spend with these beautiful animals whenever you’re given the opportunity — it’s something you never get the chance to do in cars as you just tend to kill them as you run them over at 80mph.
The Beeb have put up a good article on websites like Strava and how they’re impacting on people’s health and fitness:
From the article:
We have all heard the philosophical head-scratcher about whether a tree falling over in the forest makes a sound if there is no-one to hear it.
Keen cyclists will be aware of a new variant to the famous question: does a bike ride take place if you do not “Strava it”?
For those addicted to the GPS-based ride-and-run tracker, the answer is a resounding “no”.
If you forget to hit record on your bike computer, smart phone or sports watch, those calories you burned, the effort you expended, the sweat you perspired… it never happened.
And yesterday my run wouldn’t upload to Garmin Connect from my XT920 for some odd reason. And my Strava account is directly fed from my Garmin Connect account, so if it doesn’t go on Garmin Connect, it doesn’t get to Strava. So did i really do my run? My 920 says i did, but my Strava account doesn’t say i did. Mmmm… more philosophy. Schroedinger’s cat, is it alive or dead?
But, i managed to think that if i plug my XT920 into my desktop i can grab the .fit file and put it on my desktop and try to upload it to Garmin Connect that way. Still not happening. ARGH! That’s my run! All for nothing! The fitness benefits will never happen to my body if it doesn’t go on Strava — will they?
But then i thought, again, that i could try uploading the .fit file direct into Strava from my desktop. And yes, it worked! I finally finished my run — for real!
Now why it wouldn’t work with Garmin Connect i still don’t know. But that doesn’t matter, because Garmin Connect is just a personal fitness thing for me, myself and i. What matters is Strava and having my run on there, and it is now, so i did do those miles and i did do them at the top of a soft sandy beach and i did mostly keep my heart rate in Zone 2 and now i can enjoy the fitness benefits to myself as it’s become Strava’d. And as we now know, thanks to the BBC, that only Strava’d exercise counts, the rest is just some meaningless, unrecognised activity.