I’ve made it! Had my doubts there for a while as my knee was playing up. But shaking up the workout routine (with the Skeelers) and adding some “Insanity Cardio Recovery” workouts really helped. Let’s have a look at the results of the Cheesy Finance Exercise Challenge: The Final Episode. Sorry, sounds a bit like a Star Wars movie title 🙂
The Final Results
Wednesday May 31 Friday June 2 I’ve been able to do the following workouts:
The above summarizes to:
- 33 days of exercise;
- 49 individual activities;
- Total running distance 36.61 km (next month a full marathon distance??);
- Number of “Insanity Cardio Recovery” workouts: 4;
- Total Skeeler/road inline skating distance 26.81 km;
- Total cycling distance 664.59 km; and,
- Calories burned 21.652 (that is well over two whole kg’s of body fat burned!).
Observations and Notes
- I’m happier! Maybe it’s the endorphins, but I actually feel more upbeat;
- Cycling speed (especially with head winds) is definitely improving;
- I’m far less tired now when I’m arriving at home or at work from cycling compared to the first week(s), actually feel fresh (and fruity, ok…maybe not that);
- Still no six-pack.. 🙁 But perhaps I’m aiming too high (and snacking too much);
- Knee is doing well, no issues anymore;
- I’m really starting to enjoy the cycle commute to work, especially with the great weather we have had lately;
- I do have to go to the bike shop today as my parts for the bike have arrived. The chain/cassette were making noise and the chains had too much slack, both needed to be replaced. Costs are estimated at around €80-90 including labour (don’t have to tools to do it myself….); and,
- I’ve actually finished a workout challenge! Yeah 🙂
The whole challenge has been great and the improvements are amazing. The plan is to continue with the regular workouts, but perhaps tone it down to about 4-5 days per week, rather than the full 7. Ultimately, for next year, the plan will be to up this to about 6 days per week to have 2 days each of cycling, running and swimming for the preparations for an Olympic triathlon. Getting more and more motivated!
In a twist of events, Mrs CF also started to workout again! I’m really delighted actually. She prefers sports like badminton, table tennis and such. But due to time/life restrictions she ended up getting a gym membership. This way she can workout during her lunch hour as the gym is located in the same office building, so no lost travel time.
Unfortunately, gyms are normally not really cheap. In this case it is €30/month + a €30 signup fee. Her motivation was, it’s cheaper to get a gym membership than to buy new clothing. Guess this is female logic at work, but in her case it might actually be true. Not because of her expensive taste in clothing, but due to her size. Mrs CF is pretty tall and has really long legs, so finding cloths that fit properly is often difficult and expensive (especially the pants/jeans department). If you are wondering how tall that is, she beat’s me by about 3 inches (~7.5cm) and I’m well over the Dutch average height.
However, I’m just happy she is moving again. Any weight loss is great, but the benefits to her health are far more important to me. Gives her a better chance of bugging me a bit longer (and vice versa) 🙂
How about you, how is you workout routine going?