Yesterday I decided to assay my abilities and take Bear on a walk longer than a mile. First we went to “our” place, but half the city of Monte Vista was there (four pickup trucks) so we spun a U-ee in the parking lot and headed home. Our new objective: the Golf Course and BEYOND!!!
My goal was 2 miles. I achieved it, but two miles at my current pace (roughly 2 miles/hour) is pretty slow. I don’t ever want to admit to finding walking boring, but…
I’m going to have to take music if this is going to be bearable (bear-able ha ha).
The great advantage of exercise machines (oh my blessed Airdyne) is that you can get a good workout in a relatively short time. In the time it took me to walk my 1.97 miles, I could have “gone” 12 miles on the Airdyne. That’s (and right now I care) 600 vs 200 calories (264 according to the app on my phone…)
It’s funny, but back in the day when I covered 4 miles/hour walking (and was able to run if I wanted) a “walk” was a different activity completely.
I wish I could take Bear somewhere to walk — there are trails all over the nearby mountains and hills that I have not been on — but she gets sick in the car after 15 or 20 minues on the road unless she’s drugged. I should talk to my vet about something to keep her from getting sick without knocking her out. Then, maybe, these walks would be adventures.
I’ll pick up the “new” Airdyne in Colorado Springs next week. I also ordered an old, refurbished Nordic Track. It’s on the way from Boise, ID. I’m not sure I’ll be able to use it now, but probably after surgery. I am going to have a seriously retro 1970s home gym.
Yesterday, thinking about all this, I realized that an Airdyne will be great, a Nordic Track might be good, but what I really need is a Time Machine.