Yesterday was a ‘Rest Day’ from the gym as it was my 1st day back at school in 4 months. The children had a pleasant time seeing me – I think (lol) and I set them lots of homework to do during their week off for 1/2 term. My colleagues appeared to be happy to see me back and we had a good chat about the things I’d missed. After work I went out for tea with Jan & Hannah and we put the world to rights in a more relaxed environment. By the time I got home I was really tired and enjoyed chilling on the couch and watching some TV for a few hours.
Now because I was so pleased with my own recovery over the past 3 months, since surgery – I decided to buy myself a FITBIT Charge to monitor my training data. Not that I needed one as I already had the NIKE+ Fuel Band. I spent a little time registering the FITBIT band on my phone and computer before a night of rest and comfort in bed.
This morning I got myself up and prepared for a session in the gym using both my FITBIT & my NIKE+ to make a comparison of them both. To be honest I looked a bit Bangley and over kill.
So today’s challenges included the following:
Treadmill Fitness Test – 12mins walking on an ever increasing incline. The aim is to keep your HR below 150bpm. I passed the test and recorded a VO2 sub max of 51.5%, rated as Superior Fitness and attained a level of 17.0 incline. This was a very pleasing result.
Next was the Static Bike – using the Alpine Pass Challenge I completed 23.5km in 30mins on Level 5. This was really hard and made my Cardio suffer.
Then is was the Cross Trainer – a 12mins speed challenge on Level 3 and I achieved 4.70km (1km = 2mins 46sec 2km = 5mins 20secs 3km = 7mins 50secs 4km = 10mins 20secs and then 4,70km in 12mins.)
Another time challenge was on the Rowing Machine – I did a steady pace of 5mins for 1km at Level 6.
Finally I completed my session on the Treadmill again – doing 1km speed walking in 9mins 13secs.
Now all this Cardio was a good challenge today and I am suffering now with tight and aching leg muscles. My knees are slightly stiff but that is nothing that a Hot Lobster Bath with ease quickly. For the rest of the day I will be doing my physio exercises and stretches and then a much earned chill again tonight, ready for another similar session in the gym tomorrow.