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Jan. 2nd, 2002 | 02:01 am

So I finally got a chance to ride my bike while using the heart rate monitor to keep me from pushing myself too hard.

I decided to stay in the "easy" range and bike 15 minutes away from my apartment and see how far I could get. Since I'm supposed to exercise for more than 35 minutes, and the direction I chose was slightly downhill, I thought I'd need a little more time on the return trip.

I managed to bike about 10.7 kilometers in just under 40 minutes. (I'm not sure if I got the tire circumference correct so I'm not sure if the distance was accurate. When I checked mapblast, it said it was 10.6 km.)

I feel much better know, I'd sort of been worried when people who didn't bike very often would mention that they could bike 10 miles relatively easily, and when I'd been previously biking a mile was really hard.

It's amazing the difference between easy exertion and maximum exertion.

So if I do a better job of developing some stamina, that fantasy of bike touring through europe isn't such a crazy idea.

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