It’s been quite some time since I’ve put anything new on this blog. I’m a firm believer in the adage if you have nothing to say…be quiet. Hence, I’ve been quiet.
Well, I started bike riding again. Biking is less taxing on my mature lower back and hips. Riding a bike at this age is very much different than when I rode a bike as a kid. Back then we didn’t worry about helmets or even safety for that matter. We rode until we were tired or until we fell off and skinned our knees or until our moms called us inside.
At my mature age, my bike is now equipped with a host of safety and comfort gadgets. Let’s see if I can count them all:
- Rearview mirrors. They come in handy when riding through the neighborhood or venturing on public roads.
- Small rechargeable lights. I have a white one for the front and red for the back. They’re useful for when riding under less than perfectly clear weather conditions. I can set them to remain steady or flash.
- Waterproof portable JBL speaker. I don’t like using earbuds while riding. I like to hear what’s going on around me and I can do that with a portable speaker.
- Quad Lock phone holder: This neat little gadget locks my phone into place on the handlebars. No need to explain why that’s a good thing.
- Go Pro bike mount: I sometimes video my rides. The GoPro proved to be a useful troubleshooting tool. One short video gave the bike mechanic all he needed to figure out and resolve the problem of the annoying clicking and clunking sounds my bike was making.
Of course, there’s the bike helmet and rack for my water container. A far cry from the old days of just hopping on a bike and riding off.
Stat Tracking for the Anal Retentive
Now, this is the meat and potatoes of the ride for me. Don’t get me wrong, I totally enjoy the scenery, fresh air, and good feeling of a bike ride, but there’s something about tracking the stats. I like having hard facts about mileage, pace, and duration of my ride (among other things).
Since I’m early in my newfound biking journey, the best way for me to see hard-core evidence of my progress is by looking at stats. With each ride, I can see the increase in mileage, pace, and length of my ride. Of course, as I continue on this journey, my body will tell me how I’m doing, but in the beginning…stats tell me what my body can’t.
Let’s face it, this new routine has my body angry at me. Various muscles and body parts are telling me to stop riding. Since my body isn’t giving me accurate information, the VeryFit Pro app that came along with my smartwatch will.
VeryFit Pro Fitness App
While the VeryFit Pro app is serving its purpose now, there are a few features I wish it had as it relates to biking. There are other apps that do a better job of collecting biking stats, but I’ll hold off on that for now. Currently, my goal is to increase my mileage, speed, and fitness. This app will suffice for now.
Biking: Outdoors vs Indoors
In the past, I had a gym membership and took spinning classes. I even purchased an indoor bike stand to mount the bike for indoor cycling. That’s all well and good, but in my opinion, nothing beats an outdoor ride. As long as the weather holds, I’ll be pedaling outdoors. I’ll have to figure something else out when Old Man Winter pays a visit.