Tag Archives: Sports

Kayaking

We just traveled Canada for three weeks and there’s one thing that became clear to me: I need a Kayak! The whole concept of hiking on water resonates with me on so many levels.

Getting from A to B at a steady pace while enjoying beautiful landscapes is pure pleasure to me. Kayaking has all of that, plus it lets me experience lakes and rivers in an almost meditative fashion. My favorite book is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I think that my fascination with water plays a role in that.

Last weekend we did a day-long Kayaking trip from Ebensee to Gmunden. Makes you feel like Huck for a day …

Active for 30 Days

Another 30 day-project: I bought a new gadget while I was in the US 4 weeks ago, a Misfit Flash activity tracker. The idea: It costs only 30 USD and if it would motivate me to stay active for 30 days in a row, this would mean a cost of 1 USD per day. In other words way less than your average gym membership. And I did it – I achieved my activity goal for 30 days in a row.

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Misfit measures activities in points and I set my target to 1200 points (roughly 12000 steps) per day. While achieving this goal was never physically demanding, I had to schedule additional walks regularly. Especially on days with no other workouts (I run and swim about 1-3 times a week), and on days that were filled with meetings or travel.

I think I’ll move back to using Polar Flow as my primary activity tracker, because in addition to activity in general it can also track running, swimming, cycling, hiking and more using GPS and heart rate sensors. However the idea of tracking my activity and trying to avoid days without activity should stick.

Running

Usually I swim during the winter months and run during the summer months. I’ve truly neglected this habit since December, but I’ve picked it up again a week ago. And as we never really had winter this year in Austria (well it’s here now), I decided to start running again. Here’s the workout I tracked:

It was slower than usual a) because I am out of shape and b) because it was more like running on ice. I was even passed over by a cross-country skier on the running track!

What I find funny is that while it is still the same track that I’ve been using for years now, it does not get boring. I even thought about marking some spots along that track about things that have happened to me in the last couple of years. But as I am not much into nostalgia (that’s probably for later) I ditched that thought again.

Keep on Running!

Jetlag and the cold I caught on the airplane from New York delayed it a little bit, but finally I got there: Yesterday I went out for a run, the first time since im back to Austria. What a delight with the new running shoes that I had bought in NYC!

In addition to the new running shoes I tried something else that is new and exciting. As I have a data plan for my mobile now, I downloaded a free program called Sports Tracker that tracks your training! What a fun way to use technology to enhance an every-day thing like running! Check out the stats of yesterdays run at http://www.sports-tracker.com/#/workout/chschmid/cb45v6bpoe3rahf1