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Speed Racer

When biking to and from work I’m using my beloved Garmin Forerunner 305 to harvest miles. The only real reason for this is to see if I’m able to get more miles under my wheels than I did last year, something that won’t happen this years since the distance to and from work is a lot shorter. I’m not much of a biker, you see. Tried to keep up with Hans Olav once, didn’t really make it.

Anyway. Every now and then I sync the Forerunner with my computer to look at the statistics. Here’s the speed graph from a random trip (click to enlarge).

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Sweat and Tears

After work today I felt unusually energized. I don’t know why, exactly. Maybe it was the nice weather or the action packed hour of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 yesterday? Unfortunately, Anniken – also known as The Branch Executive – had to work late today, so I couldn’t bother her by dancing around in the living room like I usually do when I’ve got a little too much energy left over after a day’s participation in the rat race.

So I went for a jog instead. It’s been a while now and you can probably guess how it all turned out. Yes, I’m biking to and from work, but, no, it’s not enough to keep the cardiovascular system on high alert and it got quite a shock rather early en route. I used my lovely Garmin Forerunner 3051 on the run, and it recorded information like heart rate and pace; both miserable reads when I got home.

I used 36 minutes on 5,32 kilometers (3.4 miles) giving an average speed of 8,9 km/h (5.5 miles per hour). Old grannies could have walked past me with their walkers at that speed. The Garmin Training Center software calls it a “slow jog”, which is another punch in the nuts. My only excuse is that I had a total ascent and descent of 279 meters, meaning that the route is rather bumpy. And it was hot, so hot, I tell ya! Other than that, my only excuse is that I’m in lousy shape and should get my act together.

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Fresh and Fit

I’ve had myself a Burn energy drink and now I’m high. Not high as in “oh, my god, I’m so high” because I’m boring enough to never have gone there and I probably never will. Let’s agree that I’m just a bit worked up. An energy drink doesn’t really have any effect on me, but this time it did. It might be because I had it right after I returned home from the gym. Coincidentally, this entry is also about going to the gym. What luck!

I’ve been working out on and off for over five years now (at least that’s when I posted my first entry tagged with “exercise“). For the last three or so years I’ve been going regularly to the gym, which, by simple logic, should have turned me into a walking pile of muscle and Testosterone by now. But that is not the case. When I look in the mirror, I still see the same skinny kid I’ve always been. No six-pack in sight, but rather the beginning of a small keg. My consolation is that – considering how little I move around at work – what I’d seen in the mirror if I was not going to the gym would most likely be a mess going downhill and going there fast. And it’s quite possible that some of what I see in the mirror is a product of my imagination, because there’s a beautiful girl who lives with me who tells me she likes what she sees. Or maybe she’s just a product of my imagination as well? Still, what I’m doing at the gym now is purely maintenance work – but maintenance is what will keep this thing going and going and going and going until the bitter end. Read more

Half-way Point

Luckily the start and finish are not where they usually are…

Around the Pond

Today I had my third and – so far – longest run this year. Only three runs in just as many weeks is pretty damn lazy, but I did plan to go for another one this week. Unfortunately, life is designed so that more often than not things just don’t go according to plan: Last Sunday I spent in the park with good friends; eating, drinking and talking about life, the universe and everything. The next two days I spent puking tiny pieces of typical park food and that took its toll on my ability and motivation to start running around.

But today I felt better and took off out into the wild. I was planning to plot the route in Google Maps using the GPS file from the Forerunner and use it to brag about my run by posting it here, but it turned out that getting this done was a bit of a pain. So you’ll just have to take my word for it: From Gamlebyen, via Bryn to Østensjøvannet, around that and back home again via Helsfyr. A nice route, but perhaps a bit to much up and down for my taste.

Next week looks kind of bad in terms of running because I’m busy every afternoon except for tomorrow, but it’s not very likely that I will set out on another adventure that early. My feet hurt now and there’s a good chance they’ll feel a bit funky tomorrow as well.

Now it’s time to eat some dinner before the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2010 from Montreal starts. Damn Hamilton is in pole position, but we can always hope that he spins off in the first corner, making way for the Red Bull team.

I went to Canada once, but I can’t really remember if Montreal was one of the cities I visited. Memories – they fade. Bye, bye, memories. No hard feelings, I hope?

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