|At West Branch earlier in the month|
I use MapMyRide to help me out. It has a great nutrition section that lets you keep track of your daily calorie input. You can also log your workouts, from bike rides to gardening, to get an idea of what kind of calories you're burning. And of course you can map your rides to keep track of mileage while tracking them with your workouts. For a free service I think they do a heck of a job and can be a real help to someone trying to control their weight.
I think there are several things that worked for me in the fall, and I'm getting back into the habits that showed results. One of the main things is to try to get in some sort of workout almost every day. When you have more frequent exercise apparently your basal metabolic rate gets higher, so that you burn more calories every day, not counting your workouts. For me that usually means one or two mountain bike rides a week (during the season when you can actually ride), rides around town, and stationary bike rides in the basement on other days, along with the occasional kayak or canoe trip or trail building day. Let me say that I, like everybody else, hate riding the stationary bike. But it really helps build up those leg muscles and also gets in an extra burst of calorie burning for the day.
|West Branch, with the trail loop start on the left, and the end on the right.|
|Loaded up and ready for adventure, with the kayak on top and mountain bike inside.|
I tried to take advantage of my half day Friday today - as hard as I could I tried... But sometimes you just can't make things happen. At noon I headed home and loaded up the bike, kayak and a ton of gear and headed east into Pennsylvania. There had been a bunch of snowmelt and then rain, and all the creek gauges were going nuts. I hoped to head over to Scrubgrass Creek, near Kennerdell on the Allegheny River, and get in a nice quick run or two on the creek. But when I got there it looked a little bit too high for me to run solo.
|Moraine State Park bike trail|
CAMBA on their first trail work day of the season. But with a free morning I feel that I may be forced to try another recreational outing, chasing either high water or rocky trails. It'll mean an early morning departure, but I can live with that!