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Biking

I've started using a fitness website to keep track of my exercise, just so I feel more of a sense of accomplishment, so I can look back on a week or whatever and see that I really have been working on this goal.

But all the fitness sites, when you go to record a bicycling trip, rate the degree of difficulty based on miles per hour. Dude! When I'm biking straight up a hill, I may not be going very fast, but I'm certain I'm getting a work-out! So I never know how to mark the difficulty/effort of my ride.

Shannon and I got groceries tonight at the Safeway on Solano (which sucks: no bike racks, poor organization, and disappointing selection), and on the ride home I felt like I was going to die. It was much worse than biking home from Target and/or the bay, with much more steep uphill. I've walked that same basic route a few times, and it never really bothered me, but on a bike my stamina isn't nearly as good.

Well, that's why I'm getting out there and trying to get into better shape: so I can do bike rides -- even bike rides with hills -- without panting and wheezing and feeling like I'm going to fall down in a sweaty stupor. Not there yet, though.

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palmir
Apr. 21st, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Yay bike riding! The best part is the way to get better at riding bikes is to ride more :)

I've been using Fitocracy for the last few months, and it might have what you're looking for in a tracker. The site still has some bugs to work out, but it does have options for how hilly a ride is (and heart rate, which is an okay method of tracking exertion/difficulty - if you have a monitor, which I don't). It also has a generally awesome community both on the main site and in the forums, and interest groups for just about everything - I'm sure there's a Buffy group, but haven't checked; I'm part of the Brown Coats, Graduate Students, Be Awesome Instead, and Cyclists, for example.
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