Monday, March 09, 2009

Fitness in Tigre

My dad died of heart disease in his mid-60's. He never exercised, worked all the time, and lived alone the last 20 years of his life. I don't know if I'll drop dead tomorrow, but I am trying to keep my heart and body in decent shape. I am trying to stay happy and enjoy life. Let me explain the "trying" part...

Now I am working/living in one place during the week and my wife/bike/and condo are 180 km (110 miles) away where I only get to see on weekends. I've been living in this arrangement for about a year now. It has been mentally and spiritually challenging to say the least.

Being here, one of my big concerns is trying to stay somewhat fit. When at home, I have/had I my bicycle. I would/could ride it after work everyday. It is/was a great routine that I started taking for granted. Now without it, I had nothing to do. I am not a runner, I hate running, so I eventually brought down our Orbitrek, a cheap elliptical trainer. This elliptical trainer might not be the best on the market, it seems to be working okay. I racked up about 1300 units on it (btw, I do about 11 units per 20 minute session).

1279.4 Units (whatever they are)

Anyway the point of this ramblings is, this torture device is working in keeping me somewhat fit. I've been using this thing, then walking to the Italian Club to lift weights in the gym to with Daniel (he runs laps before lifting). This is working. I feel better. I am riding better on the weekends. I am sleeping better during the week (and weekends).

Unfortunately I still only get to see Tania on the weekends and that's sucky. I like being with her. She's a funny woman! She makes me very happy.


SS:Mtn Biker said...

Like I'd said before,that sucks about you being gone from your family,Mims. I emphasize and feel for you (sounds like trucking =( ). I'm glad you got that "torture device",not only will it help you stay fit,but it might help occupy your mind as well.

Mimbres Man said...

The torture device works! I am not suffering much on the weekends. The weightlifting is helping too.

Since that Avior Ranch ride, I now officially think of myself as a single speeder. I like not having a derailleur and shifters to deal with. Its fun!