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City & Commuting

Commuting effects: Third month


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31 August 2010

That's me having completely failed to saw the fork straight

Another month of commuting and I’m still alive. How about that! It’s been quite a month and lots of riding. If you have read us for a while, a month ago I wrote about the first two months of commuting and thanks to my trusty Garmin Forerunner 305, I have almost all rides logged to compare. Let’s see how things have changed:

  • With one day to go, I’ve ridden the same 30 times in the last 30 days. Previously that was for two months, so number of rides has doubled – totaling to 700 kilometers
  • I’ve burned 42,828 calories in one month, while it took me two months to burn 48,419 calories before. That puts the calorie counter to 91,247 calories in three months!
  • My average speed has increased from 20.8 km/h to 22.5 km/h
  • My average heart rate is down to 144 BPM from 148 a month ago, meaning that my body can produce more power with less effort
  • I’ve done over 31 hours of exercising in one month I wouldn’t have done otherwise, compared to 35+ hours in two months before
  • Saved 90 euros on bus tickets, to a total of 240 euros in three months

I was surprised a month ago, but when I was typing those numbers in while looking at the old post I was a bit down because they looked so similar – before realizing that those numbers from before were for two months. Sweet!

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Coming Thru (or Coming Through - as that URL was taken) is a daily updated bike magazine - a collection of writings and links that relate to biking in its every form. The idea started from when Maarten met Markus decided to finally start collecting the things we like about bikes and talk about our everyday adventures in dodging moving objects at high speeds.The site is run by a collage of cyclists, most notably by Canadian Johanna MacDonald, Belgian Maarten Patteeuw and Finnish Markus Sandelin.

It all started in the spring of 2010, after a record breaking snowy winter when Markus bought a house 25 kilometers from the office and decided to handle the commuting with a bicycle. It turned out the bike wasn’t up to standards for that kind of stress and the first weeks were more tragicomic than glorious. Thus the idea began to brew to actually document this journey.

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