Just before the end of 2015, on December 28 in fact, I reached a new benchmark and the goal I was aiming to achieve by the end of the year: 10,000 km ridden on my FES bike in 3 1/2 years (4200 km in 2015 alone). that’s a lot of distance covered by a pair of paralyzed legs! If you are able-bodied, how far did you cycle last year?
Here is a copy of the summary page of the online log of all of my rides, as recorded by the bike manufacturer. In addition to the total distance ridden so far (6329 miles as of January 15, 2016 = 10,185 km), you can also see the distance I covered in each session (in red, and by others with my same physical condition in blue), and the average power output during each session. I appear to be working much harder than others in my situation. I have no explanation for this other than that I love cycling!
I also manually log all of my rides on Strava, and you can see my profile and stats there.
My workout warm-ups are important, and not just for the role they play in getting the muscles moving. I do pretty much the same routine all the time, only occasionally making slight changes to my workout. By sticking to one standard, I can look at my performance during the warm-up and use it to tell me whether I should go easy or hard during the rest of the workout. If I am weak during the warm-up, perhaps it will be a good day to just take it easy. On the other hand, if my muscles are performing better during the warm-up, this might suggest that I have the energy to try harder workout.
Below, are the results from two of my workouts. You can see how the resistance (and also the RPM) increase over a number of steps during my 20 minute warm-up session. During my good warm-up, in the first graph, you can see that the average power on the hardest step of the warm-up was 26 W. In the not so good warm-up, in the second graph, the average power on the top step is only 19 W.
This is the story of a young Brazilian Olympic athlete who suffered a devastating injury upon transitioning to a new sport.
2014 was a good year for me, exercise wise, as logged in my training calendar on Strava. Thanks to my FES bike, I was able to cycle around 3600 km in spite of being a high level quadriplegic. I rode 200 times during the year, mostly exercising my legs, though I also exercised my arms once a week for most of the year. That’s an average of 70 km per week, every week of the year.
How did you fare with your own physical activity program last year?
( Since I don’t have any hand function, here’s a big shout out to my fiancée Julie, my daughter Ceara, my son Andrew, and the therapists at Spinal Injury Alberta, without whose assistance none of this would have been possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
Here are some thoughts from Chris Colwell, a C5-6 quadruplegic. He was injured in a freak parachuting accident back in 2009 or so.
At the same time in locations all over the world, on May 14, 2014, people will run to raise funds for spinal cord research. The founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz, has created a charity named wings for life that is organizing the run and sponsoring research towards a cure for spinal cord injury. The only Canadian location for this run is Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. There are 40 other locations around the world.Save the date, And make plans to either run yourself or else sponsor someone who can. More information is available here.
Running for those who can’t from Wings for Life on Vimeo.
Benefits of FES
A good article on functional electrical stimulation, and why people with limited mobility should be using it. I am very happy to have the opportunity to use this technology.