Sunday, July 3, 2016

Chasing Dragons On A Bike

Because the forecast for today called for rain, rain, and more rain, Hubby Tony and I were forced to exercise at the gym. It was a good thing I had Tony to keep me on track, because it was time to go I realized I wasn't motivated (but I couldn't back out).  On the way there I tried to figure out what type of aerobic activity I wanted to do, and figured out it would be a good day to chase dragons on a bike.

Our gym has four Expresso Internet connected bikes.  The bikes have virtual tours of various difficulty (and you can ride against a virtual pace rider), but when I'm unmotivated I have the most success with the Proving Ground mode.  It's like a video game on wheels.  You ride around collecting coins and chasing dragons of the corresponding color. If you catch the dragon you get points.

Months ago I created an Expresso account.  If I would sign in every time I used the bike I'd be able to keep track of my progress.  However, I can never remember my login information so I just ride for the exercise component.  When I start out I tell myself that this time I'll ride at a leisurely pace, but before I know it I'm caught up in chasing after dragons.   It's a fun diversion, and made the 30 minutes pass by quickly.

At the end I was sweaty and the bike display told me my heart rate had made it into an acceptable aerobic range.  Time to stop chasing dragons until the next time.


  1. This sounds great, I didn't know they had such games.

    1. It was new to me last year, too.