After an hour and a half in the gym on Saturday lifting (for me) heavy weights, Mrs O and I went for a run on Sunday morning. About 6.3 km (4 miles) but most notably it was the first time I’ve been outside for exercise for just over 4 months, what with the sciatica, holidays, and terrible weather.
I have noticed how fatigued my legs are for a day or two after the gym – so I must be doing something right (or wrong) … but at least I’m doing something. On Sunday I couldn’t do the ‘stand up from dining chair using only one leg’ with either leg. Monday morning I tried again and could do it easily with both.
Monday was very wet so I went to the gym again and worked pretty hard with increasing weights.
Even more radically, on Tuesday morning I got on a bike which wasn’t attached to the turbo trainer … and went for a ride outdoors. This was the first such ride since 9 November (when I fell off). Happily, this time I did not fall off, something that made a real contribution to the enjoyability of the whole experience.
The aim wasn’t to go too far, too fast or too hilly – and I rose to the challenge of delivering on all three of those. In the end I was out for a couple of hours riding 55km at 27kph with 282m of climbing (34.5 miles at 16.8mph and 925 ft).
Not too bad with the training wheels and a certain amount of excess me. I started off feeling fairly strong – but tired towards the end which might simply have been the run and gym session in the legs from the last two days.
This cycling outdoors idea could catch on.