I rode my trike today. Not the full 30 miles of the path, but the half I've ridden the most. I pushed myself harder than I ever have and it felt good. When I started a few months ago my legs were the weak link. I could get my heart pumping, but it was my legs that slowed me down. Today, for the first time, my legs had enough strength and I could pedal hard enough that it was the best cardiovascular workout I've had in over a decade! I had to slow down in a few spots to catch my breath. I did the uphill portion of the trail in 49 minutes, 7 minutes faster than my previous fastest time, and the downhill portion in 37 minutes, 3 minutes faster than my previous fastest time. The difference this time is that I did not stop and rest at the halfway point. If I had, I'm sure my time on the downhill portion would have been faster.
35 minutes after riding the trike my blood pressure readings were:
95/70 with a pulse of 75, after driving and walking to the BP machine. and:
92/63 with a pulse of 67 after a five minute rest while sitting at the BP machine.
I'm having consistently similar readings after riding my trike. I'm thinking I should plan on riding my trike right before my next doctors appointment... I bet those readings would freak my doctor out!!
I only walked 2.5 miles today, less than I have been, but it was enough to put me over the halfway point to my goal of 1000 miles. My math tells me that in order to finish 1000 miles by the end of the year (one of my new years resolutions) I have to average 2.2 miles a day till then. I believe I can do that! In fact, I think I can reach 1000 miles quite a bit before the end of the year.