Sunday, 3 April 2011
beats per minute
An early morning bicycle spin today, which was more or less a test that the various parts of the bike in question were functional.
I've been out a few times over the last few weeks but on a different bike with extra lights and other paraphernalia associated with the wintery months.
My last trip on the bike with the thin tyres was the day I slithered rather ungracefully to the icy ground and even now I have the last remnants of the scrapes to my knee.
It started today with me squeezing the tyres and noticing the front one was too squidgy. A few moments with the footpump fixed that and the back tyre seemed okay. I clipped on the little speedo/monitor gadget and remembered to press start.
Pleasant early morning, birds chirping, little traffic and then after about 20 minutes a beeping sound.
The speedo unit was beeping at me. By this stage I'd gone up and down a few hilly bits and was starting to feel the exertion. Except the unit was saying my heart rate was about 35 bpm. That's low. It said it was too low. It certainly didn't feel like 35. More like at least 135.
I decided it was better to switch the unit off and read the instructions again.