City & Commuting

Commuting effects of the first two months

1 Comment 18 July 2010

True, I only started bike commuting only two months ago and the weather was terrible then and I didn’t have my trusty waterproof Chrome Soyuz to carry my stuff dry to work, but still, I feel it already. According to my Garmin Connect account, in the last two months, I have been:

  • Riding my bike (with my heart rate meter) 30 times, in the last month 21 times
  • During those rides, I have burned 48,419 calories which has resulted in 10 kilos of lost weight. In two months.
  • My average speed has been 20.8 km/h, although in the last month it’s up to 21.8 km/h
  • Likewise, my heart rate average has been 148 and the last month it’s been up to 150
  • Done over 35 hours of exercising I would not have done otherwise
  • Saved 150 euros on bus/train tickets

I’ve actually been really surprised about the progress. I’ve managed to get my average speed to 24 km/h on my commute and this week did a 15 km trip of an average speed of 27 km/h, which to me feels very fast in this short time. And remember, my bike is no rocket and I’m not a small boy either.

Before May 2010, the last time I biked longer distances was the summer of 2008 – and I really, really can’t understand why the hell wasn’t I biking last summer?

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