Bike Cam: B&O Trail

We actually bought the GoPro a few days ago, and I’ve been testing it out to see how it will work on longer walks/runs/rides. I’d like to be able to take it with me on the Mini Marathon next month, but I’ll have to find a way to assist the battery life, since the camera itself only has a 1-2 hour battery, depending on the settings.

I took it on its first bike ride on Saturday. My second bike ride of the year. I’ve been battling injuries in the mini training, so a bike ride was in order to keep my cardio up while I try and let my ankles and shins heal before the 10 mile race (part of the OrthoIndy Miler Series) next weekend. This will be the final training race before the mini itself!

On this ride I used the Chesty Chest Harness Mount for the GoPro. Not the ideal mount to have used, as you can see, but it was an interesting view. I’ve ordered a helmet mount and I also have a handlebar mount, but the chest mount was the most convenient at the time. I’m hoping to also use it for the 10 mile run on Saturday.

The B&O Trail is a trail-in-progress through Hendricks County. The GoPro battery died early, so I only ended up doing part of the trail. More to come in the future (I hope!).

Kody Kam!

Well, we did it. We went out and bought a GoPro Hero5 Session. And we’ve created our first video, starring our little dog.

Kody is wearing the Fetch! dog harness by GoPro. I was a bit skeptical about it after reading some not-so-good reviews of it on Amazon (unstable, slips off, etc), but it was on clearance at Target so we picked it up. Getting it fitted right was a challenge initially, but we got it fitted and it survived an indoor play session and then an outdoor walk. It remains to be seen how it fairs in a walk/jog/run with me by his side, but so far no problems with it slipping around or coming off. It’s a bumpy ride, but it works!

We opted to mount it on his back for this walk. It there’s a chest mount as well which gives a view from below his chin, which is also pretty comical. We’ll save that for another video.

GoPro!

I am really thinking about getting a GoPro both for my bike and for my runs/walks. I think it would be so cool to take on the mini with me, especially since I’ll be on my own. This kit looks really intriguing.

Would be really cool to be able to take video of some of my bike rides, too, and may even give me that push that I need to get back on the bike regularly. While I enjoy the running (and will have to exercise the dog, the whole reason I got back into this), I really love bike riding.

Vegan athlete

In getting off the couch and getting fit again, and training for a mini-marathon, the fact that I’m vegan is becoming a challenge. Long ago I kept a vegan food blog, mixed with my running and cycling adventures. That’s when I was new to veganism, and about 10 years younger. Now I’ve been vegan for 10 years and have developed not only some (maybe not so good) habits, but it’s also to the point that I just don’t think about what I eat. And I think I need to.

In searching for help I came across this site: How to Become a Vegan Athlete. This is something I will have to look at as time goes on.

Apple Watch: Nike+ Edition

So I got an Apple Watch. Decided to do this for a couple of reasons:

  1. Internal GPS so that I don’t have to carry the phone with me
  2. Waterproof so that I can swim with it (if I ever decide to swim again)

I decided to get the Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch 2, with the white band. It doesn’t look quite as huge on my wrist as I feared it would (I got the smaller one), and the band fits better on me than the FitBit Charge 2 band that I got (which was a small, but is huge!).

So, now I have the ability to run/walk without having the phone with me. I have an iPhone 6, but it’s proved to be very, very unreliable with battery life. This should make tracking my runs/walks much easier.

 

500 Festival Mini Marathon

Well, I did it. I signed up for the mini marathon. It won’t be the first time I’ve done it, Steve and  I did it three years in a row from 2010-2012. I broke my ankle shortly after crossing the finish line in 2012 and haven’t done it since! (There is no actual connection there. 😀 )  2012-2015 were rough years for us physically and emotionally, between our own and family health issues. But now is the time to get back to a better, more healthy lifestyle.

I intend to run more of the mini this year, if all goes well. Steve and I only walked. We’ve also joined the local YMCA which has a pool, and Steve will be using that while I work on the running and bicycling, which are my preference. I’m also planning on doing a training program for the mini that the YMCA is organizing, as well as the OrthoIndy Miler series, which consists of a 3, 6, and 10 mile race, four weeks apart, in preparation for the mini. We’ll see how it goes!

What’s funny about this is…I’m starting to run so that I can run with Kody, and yet he won’t be allowed to join me on these runs! I will have to make sure and keep him in shape, too. 😀

Getting off the couch

A side effect of having a very energetic dog is that it’s gotten us off our butts and onto the pavement more, walking morning, noon, and night sometimes. Kody is still young, so needs to be checked on during the day, and the best way to make sure he does his business is to take him for walks. So I’ve been coming home at lunch time to check on him for a few weeks, so that he doesn’t have any (more) accidents in his crate. He’s been a champ so far, and he loves to walk, and loves even more to run! He might even make me a runner! :-O

Fitbit Charge 2

I’ve had a FitBit for many years, and I just bought the Charge HR last year for the heartrate function (I had a Fitbit Flex before that). For the most part I loved it, but it was missing a couple of things. When I noticed that the Charge 2 has those things, I decided a new FitBit was in order.

I love it. It’s keeping me far more active, and it’s tracking my steps and stairs much more accurately than the old one did. It’s also very good about auto-recognizing exercise (though it tends to count my fast walks as elliptical, for some reason). The two things I like about it most are the move reminder and the breathe function, though I wish there was a reminder for that as well. The app can do the GPS tracking, but sadly I still need the phone with me to use that function. I’m all in all really happy with it. I like to track my exercise, it’s gives me a feeling of accomplishment. Even though the dog tends to slow me down a bit. (At my slow pace, it’s because he’s bored. If I’d go faster, he’d have something to do!)  😉