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A Day Of Races

October 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Apparently, it was the day of races yesterday. I knew Caitlin, from the Healthy Tipping Point blog was running a marathon Saturday. She smashed her previous time by 32 minutes. She ran the Disney marathon last December. She finished the race in 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 38 seconds. This was her second marathon. Congratulations Caitlin!

My mom sent me an e-mail right before I got on my elliptical saying that the street by my parent’s house was closed due to an Ironman triathlon. A marathon is one thing, running 26.2 miles, but an Ironman is another thing. First there’s a swim that is 2.4 miles long, next is 112 mile bike race, and finally there’s a marathon run at the end, 26.2 miles. All of that has to be done within an 8 hour time period. That’s absolutely insane in my opinion. I think I would be dead just from the swim alone. Rudy Pauls from The Biggest Loser season eight participated in the Ironman triathlon in Miami. He finished the race in 8 hours, 7 minutes, and 8 seconds.

It was neat to see the race maps from the triathlon, since it was conducted in my hometown. I know I would’ve watched some of it if I’d been, there since it was so close to my old house. Apparently my mom watched for about an hour and a half. I think they were on the bike part during that time.

I’m not sure exactly how far I went on the elliptical this morning, because the display screen reset on me. I estimated that I went .6 mile, in about 20 minutes. I had intended on going 25 minutes, but since the screen reset, I decided to just go 20 minutes. I did not feel like going back through my exercise log to see how many calories are burned in 25 minutes on resistance level one. Tomorrow I plan on going 25 minutes.

Things are going well with my feet and ankles still. I went a little faster again today with no problems. I can’t wait until I’m doing one full mile again. I need to be a little patient still, and take things slow. I figure I’ll be doing 1 mile in about two weeks or so. I hope so anyway.

Elliptical stats for the day: All estimated:
Distance- .6 mile
Revolutions-1056
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- None.
Time-20:00

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.6 miles today
195.6 miles since April 28, 2008
5.78 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

The picture on the virtual tour did not change again today. I’m not sure why, but it’s a little bit annoying. I look forward to the picture changing everyday. Hopefully it will change tomorrow. Have a good Halloween, and keep on moving.

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Walker And Mileage

October 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I took Friday off from the elliptical and strength training, because I think I needed the rest. I got back on the elliptical this morning, and did .6 mile. It took me 20 minutes to do, which was my goal. Still no problems with my ankle. I even went faster than I have in the last week, about 54 RPM.. So far so good.

As for my new walker, I love it! It is so much more stable than my other walker. I’m having no problems at all getting around. Even when I’ve been sitting down for several hours, and my legs are stiff, I still have no issues with the new walker.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=keemovtee-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=B0007VNZT0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

This walker has a hand brakes, which makes it even more stable. And the basket comes in handy for sure. All in all I am very happy with this walker. I’ve only been using it since Wednesday night, or is it Thursday night? I’m losing track of my days.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance- .6 mile
Revolutions-1056
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- None.
Time-20:10

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.6 miles today
195 miles since April 28, 2008
5.78 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here is the picture of the day.

195

Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Five more miles until the big 200 mark. I should probably hit that sometime in the next week. I plan on going .6 mile at least in the next week. I might try and increase my time to 25 minutes, so I might go even further than that, like .7 mile or so. We’ll see. Until later, keep on moving.

Thursday’s Mileage

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Another day down. Got my half mile in today, and everything was fine. I keep a folded hand towel underneath my left foot, because my left leg is shorter than my right, and it gives me a bit of a lift so I’m not too uneven. I have to make sure that it doesn’t slide off the pedal. It got bunched up underneath my foot, and started to slide off and it didn’t feel right.

I went a little bit faster today, as a kind of test to see how it would feel. For the most part, it felt OK. I went as fast as 55 RPM, and that seemed to be fine.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance-0.5 mile
Revolutions-880
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- None. Need to make sure that towel stays under my left foot. It started to slide out from underneath, and made my foot feel weird.
Time-17:11

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.5 miles today
194.4 miles since April 28, 2008
6.5 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here is the picture of the day.

194.4

Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Categories: elliptical, virtual walk

Still Going

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Got in my half mile for the day on the elliptical. I went a little faster than the last couple of days, and still no problems with my ankle. I plan on finishing up the week by doing a half mile each day, and then I will go .6 miles starting Sunday. I might try and go a little faster the rest of the week, to see what happens. I think my stretching is helping a lot. I stretched my heel cords about three times before I got on the elliptical, and then once when I got off.

I just checked the status of my order for my walker, and it’s out for delivery right now. It should get here within the next hour or so I would think. It is coming from Palm Springs, which is about 30 minutes away. Looking forward to seeing what this new walker is like.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance-0.5 mile
Revolutions-880
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- None.
Time-17:33

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.5 miles today
193.8 miles since April 28, 2008
7.22 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here is the picture of the day.

193.8

Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

I’m happy to see it changed today. I can’t tell what the sign says, I wish I could zoom in and see.

Day One Done

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The first day of using my walker went OK. I used it a total of two times going to the bathroom and back. The first time, my nephew was in the kitchen making lunch. He saw me with the walker and asked if I needed help. I told him no, I was fine. I said it was time for me to get out of the wheelchair. He said, “Yeah!” The second time I went, my mother in-law was making dinner. She saw me, but didn’t say anything. That was fine with me. I also saw my father in-law in the hallway. He did a double take and said, “That’s new”.

This morning I used it after my workout, and my mother in-law asked me why I was using it. I told her I wanted to get out of the chair. She just nodded and said OK. So it’s not a big deal. My main issue right now is my self confidence, myself consciousness, and my balance. My steps are a bit hesitant sometimes, but I’ll get the hang of it. I need to get my mind away from the scary thoughts of falling. I just need to pretend I’m on the elliptical and just keep my stride smooth and continuous. If I fall, I fall.

I went ahead and bought the new walker. I think that will be a good thing. I decided to go ahead and buy it because I’m determined this time. It will come in handy for times I have to carry something, and it will force me to use it.

I did 1/2 mile today on the elliptical, and everything was fine. I did not feel the muscle knots in my lower right leg until the very end. The muscle knots are slowly fading away, and that’s a good thing.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance-0.5 mile
Revolutions-880
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- None. Felt the muscle knots only at the very end, but not bad.
Time-18:08

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.5 miles today
193.4 miles since April 28, 2008
7.94 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

The picture did not change today for some reason. I’m not sure why it didn’t. My “miles to go” also did not change. My total mileage did change though, so I don’t know what is going on. I know when I only enter .1 mile, the picture sometimes does not change. But I’ve never had that happen with a distance over .1 mile. I hope the picture changes tomorrow.

Categories: elliptical, virtual walk

I Have A Plan

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Today’s half mile went smoothly. I had no problems, but I think I see a potential for my heel or ankle to have issues. I tend to stretch with my heel stretcher after my workout. I need to use it both before and after. Also I should use it throughout the day. And I should use it for more than 30 seconds. I just do a 30 second stretch on each foot after my workout. That area needs more attention. I can feel my heel cord stretching (not in a good way) on my elliptical too much. I remember my ankle injury in August, and it felt like the muscle or tendon was being ripped off the bone. Don’t know if that was what was happening, but that’s what it felt like. So, more stretching. I do get a deeper heel cord stretch when I’m in my Five Fingers too.

I’m also getting my butt in gear finally with my walker. I’m a bit hesitant to mention anything about it here, but I suppose I will. Since I have so much better balance in these shoes, I figure it’s time to use my walker. I used it a few weeks ago at a doctor’s appointment, and once I got the feel for it, I did just fine. I think I’m finally in the right frame of mind to get out of the stinkin’ wheelchair I’ve been using. There will still be instances (for now) where I’ll need to use the wheelchair (transporting things), but I have a plan.

Right now, I have a basic walker. Two wheels in front, and two rubber stoppers in back. No basket, no shelf, nothing to put things on. So, when I need to carry something, that’s an issue. My plan is this. To get used to using my current walker. I’ll use it when I go to the bathroom, since I don’t need to carry anything on those trips. Once I use my walker consistently for about a month or two, I’m going to “upgrade”. I found a walker on Amazon.com which will do nicely. It’s got four wheels, handbrakes, a basket, and a seat. I don’t plan on sitting on the seat, I plan on using that as a shelf to carry things.

I don’t want to buy it now because I don’t want to get it and then not use it. So if I can use my current one consistently for a few months, I’ll get it. I need to get used to it first. I already had one trip to the bathroom and back, and I did fine. I was slow, and I hesitated in my steps a few times, but all in all, it went OK for my first time. I’ll get used to it more and more as I use it. My husband said I should buy it now, and I’m tempted. We’ll see. I might.

Enough about that for now. I’ll keep you all posted on my walker progress. It’s sort of what happened when I finally decided to lose weight. A light switch went off, and I’m going to do this.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance-0.5 mile
Revolutions-880
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury- No real issues.
Time-18:10

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.5 miles today
192.8 miles since April 28, 2008
7.94 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here’s the picture of today’s mileage point.

192.8

Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Looks like a nice and sunny day. Open road ahead and blue skies.

Too Early To Tell

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

First day of the elliptical using my Vibram Five Fingers shoes again. I did a half mile in 18 minutes, and I really wanted to go more. I told myself that I would not go more than a half mile or 20 minutes, whichever came first. It was really hard not to go longer, and even harder not to go too fast. I had to keep telling myself to slow down when I noticed I was going faster than I wanted to be.

The good thing is that the muscle knots aren’t as aggravated as they were on Thursday. It’s still too early to tell whether or not I will have any problems with my ankle. My mind was playing tricks on me, as I thought I felt a twinge in my right ankle. I just think that was the muscle knots that I was feeling. We’ll see how it goes the rest of this week. I plan on only going a half mile the rest of the week.

Elliptical stats for the day:
Distance-0.5 mile
Revolutions-880
Resistance level-1
Endurance-excellent
Injury-some muscle knot issue, not bad though. Not sure about the possibility of an ankle problem yet (switched shoes to Five Fingers)
Time-18:22

Virtual walk tour stats for the day:
0.5 miles today
192.4 miles since April 28, 2008
8.67 miles to Mechums River, VA, Charlottesville City County

Here’s the picture of today’s mileage point.

192.4

Copyright 2006 Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Looks like there are a couple of tractors on the side of the road. I wonder what they’re doing.

Hope everyone had a good weekend, and has a great week ahead.