Were You Inspired?

  Quickbeam 11:24 AM 14 Aug 12

And if so what did it for you to be inspired, or what would you do if you're too knackered to be inspired and do it now?!

I've been using my nephew's mountain bike for a three or four months now during the day when he's been at school and getting about 5 to 10 miles a day in regularly, with the odd 25 miler when I feel like it.

As he's on holiday, I'm now inspired to get my own bike seeing as I've not been able to get out much while he's been hogging his bike. So I'm buying my own this week seeing as these top athletes have been telling us that we're never too old to do something:)

  Quickbeam 11:31 AM 14 Aug 12

If I was 30 years younger I'd like to try the coxless fours for rowing and I'd love to try track pursuit racing in a velodrome.

  carver 11:44 AM 14 Aug 12

Quickbeam may I suggest a visit to your GP first as you appear to be suffering from post Olympic Grandeur, this is a new illness developed by the older generation who should know better.

First signs are wanting to do things that your body is is saying no to, second sign is having heart attack after attempting to do first thing.

  Quickbeam 11:51 AM 14 Aug 12

Oh I know I'm suffering post Olympic downer syndrome! Can't you tell from the flood of post Olympic threads;) But I was OK at the last post 50 check up and was recommended to keep active, which I have been doing for over a year now.

Which is why I included an 'if you're too knackered to be inspired' option for the armchair bound members:)

  KRONOS the First 12:03 PM 14 Aug 12

Not so much inspired but but it has brought to the fore the fact that I need to start doing exercise after a long period of ill health. I would like to go to the swimming baths every day but financially this is not possible what with entrance fees and bus fares. So I though I might try and get myself a indoor bike thingy at least I could probably rig up something with the PC and perhaps play some sort of game.

A worthwhile project and I am off to get advice on the technical feasibility of this project. I need to do it as cheaply as I can.

  Bing.alau 12:36 PM 14 Aug 12

May I suggest a Wii "thingy"? You can play bowls or have a go at archery or fencing or....lots of different activities, all without leaving the comfort of your very own armchair.

Seriously I think one of those Wii "thingy's" is a better bet than an indoor bike "thingy". You need to stand up and be a bit vigorous to play some of the games. It will cost you of course but maybe not as much as an indoor bike.

Some councils have schemes for free swimming and it might pay to contact them or look it up on your computer. If you are getting on then swimming is a better sport to have a go at then most. Whatever you do, forget about marathons or even jogging. Fatal...

  KRONOS the First 12:56 PM 14 Aug 12

I have a Wii and a board but I found the games incredibly boring,and has lain unused for years but more importantly the flats where I stay were made with recycled egg shells beloved by council house builders all over the country. As I am of a generation that believes in not disturbing the neighbours too often. Me jogging or doing some other vigorous game on the Wii is not really an option.

But I wonder if I can,somehow connect the Wii to the bike. I have had one suggestion elsewhere is to rig the bike thingy to a dynamo and power my PC then have a film playing,no pedalling no film.

  KRONOS the First 13:39 PM 14 Aug 12

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The pool entrance fee is never affordable, I had a discount card but that was only good for four weeks and to be honest I was not ready for exercise then. Now that I am the discount is no longer available.

I can see it is a while since you rode a bus in Edinburgh, there are no stages these days and haven't been for years,it's all one price £1.40 no mater where you go using Lothian buses.

As I said earlier I have not been inspired but exercise has been on my mind for some tome and the Olympics just made me think about it more deeply.

As for walking,I absolutely loathe walking,I think walking up and down and across Dartmoor in atrocious conditions during my time in the Royal Marines put paid to any desire to walk anywhere.

I have just had this suggested to me which looks promising. CyberBiking.

  john bunyan 14:04 PM 14 Aug 12


"As for walking,I absolutely loathe walking,I think walking up and down and across Dartmoor in atrocious conditions during my time in the Royal Marines put paid to any desire to walk anywhere."

What happened to "once a Marine, always a Marine"? At least you don't have to carry a rifle ad a 60 odd pound rucksack these days. Mind you I do not altogether disagree with you, I prefer a swim - and at a heated pool unlike my (and Bingalau's) days at RM Poole in Jan - Feb, with a run and swim in the sea every morning!

  KRONOS the First 14:05 PM 14 Aug 12

I am actually entitled to aconcession. But the Cyberbike would only cost £37.62 and a suitable bike around the same in fact I probably could get one for free.

Against the £18 joining fee then the £22 a month membership plus £19.60 a week or £48 a month bus fares and I am in the warmth and comfort of my own home with the winter months not so far away.

A bit more research is called for me thinks.

  Aitchbee 14:07 PM 14 Aug 12

I was inspired by Anthony Joshua (the Gold Medal-winning Super-heavyweight boxer) who was staring defeat 'squarely in his eyes' against Cammarelle, but bounced off the ropes to win GOLD. [no...I won't be taking up Boxing...folks!].


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