Thursday, 25 December 2014

Pain In The Calf

Resolutions of any kind can be a pain in…. my left calf muscle. I was doing my daily walk 15,000 steps, with a 7 kilo backpack the day before Christmas. At around the 8000 steps on the walk, I felt severe tightness on my calf. Soon after, I had to stop and take a taxi home.

Fortunately, I had some old friends in the cabinet. A set of walking sticks I bought in Paris about 15 years ago when I tore my left calf muscle. I used that for a month while visiting Paris, Hungary, Greece, & Istanbul.

It was a fantastic holiday. I got priority service at all the Restaurants, anyway!

After Boxing Day, I purchased a pair of compression calf sleeves from Rebel on Chapel Street. Sixty bucks, the things you need are never on special!

Now I can leave the stick behind and start from the beginning.

Happy New Year.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

New Year's Resolution

New Year's resolution in mid-December?  When you get to my age there is no time to waste.  I intend to take a backpacker walking tour of 60-90 days during the 2015 European Spring.

My current fitness level would not get me through the first day.  I have 5 months to get in shape (I hope) and must start now

I must determine where I am and where I think I need to be by the end of April 2015.  Putting this down in writing might force me not to find excuses (very good reasons) why I should divert from my goal.

My friends and family will not let me forget if I fail.  So here I go!

Exercise Bike: 3 days a week.
Current Level 25 minutes, 9.5kms
Target 1 25 minutes, 10.5kms
Target 2, 50 minutes, 20kms

Walking With Backpack: 6 days a week.
Current Level: 7000 steps, 70 minutes with 5kg backup.
Target 1: 7000 steps, 60 minutes with 7kg backpack.
Target 2: 28000 steps, 300 minutes with 7kg backup.

Floor Exercises:
Target: 20 minutes 3 days a week.

Current Weight: 90kg
Target: 80kg

All the above will keep me busy for a while.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!