Some targets – Eddington numbers
For the next 294 days, I want to exercise consistently. But 42 weeks is a long time to exercise consistently so I thought I’d set myself some targets using Eddington numbers. It might not be a clever idea but, well, hear goes.
I am going to use 100m as one. So if I swim 1,000m then that is ten. If I swim at least 1,000m ten times then my Eddington number will be ten.
My target is going to be 40. That means that I have to swim 4,000m or more 40 times. That’s quite a lot of swimming but it is effectively once per week.
I am going to use one minute as one. So, if my target was 30 then I would have to ride at least 30 minutes 30 times.
My target is going to be 80. That pretty much means that I will have to do at least an 80 minute ride twice per week. I chose 80 minutes as well so that it encourages me to spend more than a standard 45 minutes or an hour on the Wattbike. It also slightly longer than a ride to work (although it probably isn’t with my current fitness) and so I might be tempted to extend it a bit. Unlike Mr Eddington’s definition, if I ride twice in a day I will keep them as two separate rides.
I am again going to use one minute as one. And I will choose 60 as a target which means that I will have to run at least an hour three times every two weeks.
Previous Eddington numbers
Swim (based on 100m = 1)
Bike (based on minutes)
Run (based on minutes)
So the numbers I have chosen (40, 80 and 60) are substantially higher than what I achieved in 2009. But I have more time. The old numbers are for 26 weeks. I now have 42 weeks (plus the last couple of weeks). It will be challenging but do-able.
Swim: 5 (and 40 more 4,000m swims to achieve 40)
Bike: 4 (and 79 more 80 min rides to achieve 80)
Run: 5 (and 59 more 60 min runs to achieve 60)
Remember, it is still early days…