Saturday, 6 July 2013

Looking back in time

In life, you get watershed moments. Those moments that live with you forever, for good reasons and bad. The data below is from a ride I had with Seeds Cycling Club in October 2010...

Dare I say it, I felt ill on that ride. It was my first time out with Seeds' Saturday group and I was almost left for dead. I couldnt keep up on the flat, I was getting dropped...badly...on the hills. Never have I hated a ride more.

However, that ride motivated me more than anything to get myself in shape. I enjoyed cycling but I never wanted to be humiliated like that again. From a ride point of view, a length of 30 miles and only 1,400ft of climbing doesnt even touch the sides these days. An average speed of 11.5mph too. Embarrassing doesnt even come close. Just goes to show how far I've come in a very short space of time.

Similarly, check out the data on the run below...

I couldnt even manage to run 5 miles in an hour. The HR data is significant. The troughs in the graph indicate I was slowing to either a stop or walking pace. Can I ever imagine myself being as unfit as that now? No chance...

Onwards and upwards!