The new bike had its first good ride yesterday. Being the geek that I am, I was sure to bring along my heart rate monitor, as well as my GPS. The weather was really nice, and I was on a mission to take pictures of Charlie's Coin at the Boer War Memorial in Calgary. The total ride was about 30 kilometers, and for the most part was quite enjoyable exercise. At other times I thought I was going to die.
If you look at the heart rate chart, you can see I pushed myself decently throughout. The low points around 1:15 were when I was on and off the bike taking pictures. If you look at the Google Earth KMZ file, the spike in heart rate to 191 beats per minute coincides with the marker referred to as 'Killer Hill'. I'm not sure if I was misusing my gears, but about 3/4 of the way up that hill, my heart was in my neck and I felt like I was about to keel over. Nothing like a change in exercise routine to show you the poor shape of your body. Granted, I haven't maintained 160 minutes of moderate intensity in a very long time.
I was pleased that I am able to keep up with traffic downtown. I can pretty easily get up to 30km/h, which is par for the course in stop and go traffic. I could keep up with the flow, and didn't have to resort to riding along the sidewalk like a inconsiderate moron. The bike is also pretty fast, as I peddled it up to over 50km/h, on the downhill of course.
In the end I did my Geocaching, went for a nice bike ride on a beautiful day, and managed to collect data to get my geek on.