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Old 02-14-2012, 04:55 PM
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So we talk a LOT about keeping our dogs fit, and there are some human diet threads, but what about our physical conditioning?

I fell off the C25K wagon this fall when the weather went to crap and haven't managed to get back into it again. That, combined with a desire to get Kes' endurance title (AD - 12 miles at 8mph with handler on a bike, dog running alongside) spurred me into bike shopping and today I came home with a used mountain bike from CL for $40.

I took it out on our street (slight incline), rode for about four tenths of a mile and I am BEAT. I can run/walk a 5K in about 30 minutes, can rollerblade 5 miles in about 45 minutes, and can hike a 9 mile mountain trail, but four tenths of a mile on a bike kicked my butt?!?! LOL

So how is everyone else staying in shape?
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:48 PM
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Well, I joined the YMCA and go almost every day, sometimes twice. I use to swim competitively, so that's kind of my favorite thing to do. I've had to work up my endurance gradually though. So, now I'm up to about 1/2 to 3/4 mile. It takes about 1/2 hour, so it's kind of slow but I'm able to go with just a few stops and a few laps of breast stroke in between when I need a rest. It use to be I'd swim a mile in about 20 to 30 minutes if I recall. So, I'm a long ways from that speed. I'm even adding flip turns now though, which are fun. LOL. My arms got so weak and finally, they're getting stronger. Then on alternate days I work out on the tread mill, elliptical, rowing machine and some weights or I go to one of the many classes they offer; zumba, cycling (spinning) which kicks my butt big time, or some other cardio type class.

That was quite a good deal on the bike. I'm sure in a little while, you'll build up to that better. It just takes a little time. When I first got back into swimming, I could only swim about 2 to 4 laps and then I'd need to stop, I was so out of shape. But it's coming along. I can only dare ride a stationary bike, unfortunately. It would be fun to do what you're doing. But I have an issue with bikes...landed in the hospital three times in serious condition from various injuries. All the years I had horses, never got hurt too badly, with one exception. But bikes! Can't seem to stay safe on a bike. lol. So, the gym is fun for me...lots of variety and great in lousy weather. I'm really glad I joined. One of these days, my daughter and I are going to play racket ball....use to do that when I worked at a big gym years ago. It's wild.
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:51 PM
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Ha ha, well right now Im not really doing anything to stay in shape. Im eating as much junk food as I can and being lazy...

Because I know once we move to BC, Im gonna be eating healthy foods and hiking and biking alot. Im also hopping to get back into jogging/walking. Last summer I was doing that alot, but backed off once it started getting cold. So thats what I will be doing in the summer to stay in shape. But right now, NADA!
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:59 PM
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I mostly just run or walk, on the aerobic side of things. I don't have a bike that's good for riding with a dog alongside so I don't bicycle. I've been slacking on running myself through the winter because it's dark when I get home, but we did a 2 miler (+2 miles walking) and a 5 miler (+2 miles walking) over the weekend and felt pretty good. Now if it would ever stop sleeting so the trails weren't a hazard...we would've been back out there today but it was a mess and I don't like tearing tendons or tearing up trails.
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:31 PM
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We live in northern IN, so outdoor winter exercise isn't all that practical unless it's an actual winter sport (which I do not do!) So for the winter, I normally just use my treadmill a bit and call it good........but this year we rejoined (were members several years back when the kids were smaller) the YMCA and have been going a few times a week I enjoy the wellness center and use the spin bikes the most. I plan to utilize the pool/sauna/hot tub starting next week!

In the summer I enjoy biking and swimming. Kevin and I both have Schwinns. We love riding down to the farmer's market on the weekends, or just cruising around town through the week..............ahhhhhhh, I can't wait to get them out of the shed again!
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:49 PM
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Burning through my half-marathon training... today I looked at my plan again and tweaked it a little to follow Hal Higdon's training plan more closely, shuffled some stuff around knowing I've got some weekends where I'm gone at agility trials in there. My long run last weekend was only 4 miles, this weekend only 5, but after next weekend (another 5) it starts progressing a mile every weekend.
The weather is getting a bit better (mostly) and the days are getting longer so I'm going to hopefully switch to running outside from here on out! That will make it easier because I absolutely despise the treadmill. =P

I have totally failed at my strength training though, EVERY week I tell myself I'm going to add it in and I don't. I focus on getting my miles in and neglect that stuff. =< I need to just make some kind of DVD or audio file that tells me "Do this! Now do this! Do this many of these!" and rock 'n roll. I have a list on paper but for some reason that doesn't work for me (because I keep having to stop and look at the list!)
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:12 PM
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Sounds like a bike problem, not a human problem.

Adjust air pressure in your tires to around the max on the tire sidewall. Make sure the brakes aren't dragging. Adjust your seat properly so your leg is nearly fully extended.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:27 PM
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I joined a gym. I go to classes. I had a session with a personal trainer tonight, OH MY GOSH... I should do that more often!

In short, I'm incredibly out of shape right now. I hope to have that changed in a couple months.
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It's the sights like this:



and this:



and this:



and this:



that get me outside and being active. Of course, at the moment, I'm not in great shape at all, but once this weather decides to cooperate and my schedule frees up, you can bet I'll be back out hiking! I've never been much for exercising just to exercise, so I'm glad that there are such great hikes, walking trails, and bike paths around me to utilize!
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:36 AM
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Jogging, and not consuming more calories than what you burn. That is the real secret to staying fit.
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