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1/2 Marathon

Spent the day in Toronto. My daughter completed her race with a new best time for 21.1 km or about 13 miles.

Nice day all and all. I got a badge (from my iWatch) for doing 200% of my daily movement. The unit is calories. I ended up walking almost 11 km.

My simple plan was to get a “before picture” and wish her well. Then, make it to the finish line before she could run there.

Superficially, it should be easy to do. That is before you consider the fact that most of the city was impacted by the race.

On a Sunday, public transit doesn’t even operate before I needed to be where her race began. The roads were jammed so taxis, Uber and  just driving yourself wouldn’t be easy. The closest I could get was 2 km from the finish line. On public transit that is. I walked the rest of the way, hence 200% of my target calorie burn.

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Tracking 

I first noticed I missed it when I got back home from Spain and no longer needed to carry my iPhone around with me all the time. While travelling I had it with me even when I went to the toilet in the middle of night, if necessary.

I was staying in inexpensive accommodations for large groups of pilgrims and it was necessary to keep all of my valuables with me at all times. Not like staying in a hotel where you could leave things locked in your room.

The first tracker I bought was very cheap. It was about $20.00. I didn’t check that number but suffice it to say, it was very inexpensive. I looked for a water proof one, that would track swimming as well, and the same brand had a swim proof version. That was my third tracker by my count.

I lost the third one and started to search for another tracker. In walks the waterproof iWatch. Now I track everything. Steps, of course, calories, sleep, heart rate, standing… I think I’m becoming increasingly addicted to my data collection.

 

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So I Gotta Watch

I haven’t settled on a watch face yet. I keep trying them out. This one has a new butterfly each time you look at it. I don’t know how many butterflies it has, but there are at least a dozen. The butterflies flap their wings as well.

Wednesday, after meditating first thing in the morning, I decided I wanted a tracker and at this point that would be the iWatch. So I got one to match my phone, the smaller size, the larger just would not suite my wrist. Not thrilled about the band but I may replace that if I don’t end up liking it.

Truth is, when I’m making those everyday decisions, “Do I talk to a coworker or go for a walk?” “Watch Voyager in my chair, or while walking on the treadmill?” “Bother with an umbrella, or decide to not go out?” I don’t bother if I’m not keeping track. There I said it. I need external accountability to get my exercise in.

I enjoyed the feedback even if it was self-generated. The metrics take it out of the grey zone and clearly show me if I have met my goals or not. So I got one. It works for swimming and I should have my pool open soon. I think it is the best way to be connected in my car, with ear buds of course. A tap to the ear bud and Siri can do the rest.

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Cyber buddy

I’ve been debating buying an iWatch. I loved my last gadget for counting steps. I really felt compelled to complete them. I had the proof right there. I do miss the encouragement.

On the Camino, where I ran after the loss, I had to keep my phone with me at all times. So I had a super accurate record of how many steps I had taken, including steps to the washroom and across the room.

I was accustomed to the feed back and didn’t want to give it up. After dropping my phone on the dark, green, hard, ceramic tile in my washroom. I knew I had to buy something to replace my phone, before I broke it. I found the Misfit and loved it. I had hit 111 days, more or less, before I lost it.

Truth was, I was hurting myself and I knew it. I did the treadmill after closing the pool. Turns out all the lifting and bending and pulling, required to close a pool, doesn’t actually rack up very many steps. So even though I knew I was exhausted and my muscles were sore, I got onto the treadmill.

The universe liberated both of us. I couldn’t replace my tracker in time to maintain my streak. So, I decided to look into other trackers. I like the feedback. It motivates me. So do I need a “cyber friend” to keep me company or can I just support myself directly?

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