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The long way to the shops

If the way to the shops involves cycling past them and a loop of Hyde Park.

I couldn’t decide what to do for my Janathon exercise today.  Excuses and stay in my PJs, walk and do the shopping or go out for a cycle.  My bike easily won because we hadn’t been out together since Wednesday.

I normally avoid Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park at weekends unless it’s very early because there are too many obstacles to cycling at more than walking pace.  (Tourists, people taking selfies in the middle of the path, dogs, small children on scooters, kids with balls, Boris bikes on the wrong side of the road ,to name a few)  Today due to lack of imagination and time to plan an alternative and a lot to do with auto-pilot my bike and I ended up in that direction

It wasn’t too bad.  It was already getting late towards 3pm and had been gloomy and cold all day so few people were out.  Even the last day of Winter Wonderland didn’t make the park as overcrowded as I have seen it in the past and I made good progress.  I enjoyed the  weekend closure of South Carriage Drive and a long stretch of empty road to enjoy my relatively new bike and test out going up and down the gears and a bit of speed as far as I could dressed in skinny jeans. I didn’t see many other non Boris bike  cyclists about,  they had either been and gone early or were sensibly staying away until winter wonderland is dismantled over the next month  Even speakers corner wasn’t a complete jam today. (Why they put the cycle lane straight through it baffles me, but that’s another rant).

After half an hour my poor feet were getting cold.  (Time to upgrade from Converse as my cycling shoes of  choice.) So I headed back towards home and the shops remembering to stop and fill my panniers in Waitrose with something for supper.

Janathon day 4  8.4 miles cycled.

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Juneathon days 24 and 25

Were both about BMF classes.

One was at Ravenscourt Park, one at Hyde Park.

One involved logs (the tree type) and bench (box) jumps and the other involved lots of sets (that’s a lot of many) of squats.

I’ve decided I like box jumps but my legs and glutes have decided they are not so keen on squats in large numbers, as I discovered a day or two afterwards.  But that’s another story.

Juneathon day 24, 1  hour BMF class (3 miles run),

Juneathon day 25, 1 hour BMF class (3 miles run) plus 5 miles cycling.


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A hot one.

It was a warm one this morning for BMF. Our instructor acknowledged it and said he’d try and keep us in the shade. Great I thought, more strength work and less running. I can cope with that in the heat.

Alas our instructors idea of keeping in the shade meant all out runs to the next shady spot (less time in the sun) where we bashed out sets of squats, press-ups, squat thrusts and burpees before he was off again at full pelt across the park to another shady spot.  I do like BMF in Hyde Park because there is lots of space for running and variety but I could have done with a smaller park today!  We were getting further and further away from the van which can only mean one thing.  A long hot fast run back at the end of the class

Juneathon day 11.

I hour BMF class (3 miles running) plus just under 6 miles cycling.


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Mondays

Thank goodness for routines that have me getting on my bike and going to BMF on Monday mornings before my brain registers too much and thinks a day off might be a good idea or I should maybe do some work or chores (which I never do when I miss exercise ) because once I decide I’m feeling sluggish I definitely am.

So I cycled and got rather warm, got to BMF where I got very warm and then sat in the sun with a coffee afterwards to recover before cycling home adding an errand along the way.  No aches and pains nor weary legs so not much to moan about other than the humidity.

Exercise done for the day

 

Juneathon day 9 (or is it 8 because I started a day late?)

1 hour BMF class (about 3 miles running) plus 5 miles cycling.

 


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Fell off the wagon

Yes I went to BMF everyday for 5 days as planned last week (and cycled there and back!) But no I didn’t blog every day.

My aching arms (and legs) got used to the extra exercises (many tricep dips and squats) and by the end of 5 days I was quite enjoying it. But it did take up a lot of time and left me a little knackered! So the blogging suffered.

Thursday’s BMF class, my second at the new Ravenscourt Park venue, was fun.  We had the distraction of three French women who turned up for a free trial.  Complete with video camera which they tried to use while participating!  Our instructor was the picture of patience and ended up filming everyone to try and get them to co-operate.  It all certainly made the rest of us work hard.  I really can’t not sprint my hardest to get back first when two people are walking and taking a massive short cut!  Thank you Ladies, we did think you were rather rude half participating and then giving up but you did get the best out of the rest of us!

At least it was sunny after Tuesday’s wash out.  I am finding the novelty of BMF in a new environment and in a smaller group very motivating.  I plan to go there regularly, although Hyde Park will always be my home!  Adding the extra sessions last week was exhausting but they made quite a difference in my quest to lose a bit of fat.  I’ve obviously been ticking along on a plateau so adding 2 more sessions have given me the training boost I needed to make a real difference.   I might not continue to make 5 classes a week but will certainly try and make at least 4 if I can pre holiday.

Friday I was back at Hyde Park for my 5th BMF of the week and  a well-earned coffee in the sunshine afterwards.  Saturday although a rest day (nothing logged) I did run several errands (of under a mile) on my bike and hoovered the stairs which is as good a work out as many!

Today I went out on my own for a fantastc sunny  Sunday ride in London.  It was very busy with lots going on and roads closed around Buckingham Palace.  A wonderful hour out pottering on my bike, dodging tourists and realising what a wonderful city I live in.

Juneathon week 1.

5, 1 hour BMF classes, (about 15 miles running) and  37 miles cycled.

Plan for week 2 … More of the same plus I will go out for a proper RUN!

 

 

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A good long run

I was rather late getting out for my long run today.  It probably had something to do with the box of empties which I put out for recycling this morning!

When I did get out I had a really good enjoyable run and was thankful for many things today…

  • My delayed run meant the rain was easing when I left home
  • The cool light drizzle during the first half hour washed away the last of my thick head
  • A group of youths cycling on the pavement actually apologised that I had to detour to avoid them!
  • The peace and quiet of 4 (more empty than normal) London Parks on a wet Sunday
  • Only being asked directions by 2 sets of tourists
  • The loo attendant letting me in at 2 mins past 4pm when she was about to lock up
  • A good feeling run on what ended up being a beautiful afternoon when the rain cleared.
  • Getting to my door and my Garmin reading 12.01 miles!  Job done.

Janathon day 26.  12 miles run

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Dogs…

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I love dogs and one day, when I spend less time in London and/or we retire I hope to have one of my own.

However. I hate dog owners (probably a paid dog walker who doesn’t care less) who do not pick up after their dogs in Hyde Park. I wonder if a loving dog owner would like to drop down and give me 5 (press-ups) and find their hand in their darling pooches business? And then be unlucky enough on the same morning to get a knee full?

Enough said. I got unlucky while doing too many burpees this morning! Fortunately there were lots of puddles to wash hands and knees in and wet grass to roll/wipe my knees on. I was also sensible not to touch my face for the rest of the class, and even after a hand wipe not to touch any food until I’d scrubbed and soaked in the bath!

So please think when you are out walking a dog.  It might be you, or even your children, sitting in, rolling in or getting a handful of poo if you don’t pick it up.

Rant over.

Janathon day 22.  1 BMF class (3 miles run) 5 miles cycled.