Mike’s Oxygen Absorption Rate


Today was the day…

Mike learned about the efficacy of his oxygen absorption rate. This is something he has been a bit worried about because his super-duper new watch tells him that his oxygen absorption rate when exercising is below average for his peer group. We were debating how this can be and just thinking they must be comparing him to a bunch of super fit 70 year olds. “With a little practice you can get better” so says the app. So Mike tried harder. Today at the beach, with tide nice and low, he belted out sprints. Bare foot and on the beach, it’s hard work at any age. Still his app said his oxygen absorption was below average and it worried Mike. On the way home from the beach, we talked about it and I suggested he go see his cardiologist – something he probably has not done in 5 years. He reluctantly admitted it was possibly time.

So during the course of today, he sat down with his cell phone and started going through the app. I said, “give it to me and I’ll go through the settings on your personal data.” So he handed it over and I saw that he had made an error with his weight. He’d put 64kg instead of 74kg, so I corrected that. His date of birth, gender and height were all right. I saved the changes and with that it refreshed.  That was when we saw the difference. It was assessing him for a male aged under 25!!! Suddenly it went from “below average” for his age to “excellent” for his age! I’d say.  You can imagine he is now delighted and not rushing to book an appointment with his cardiologist!

The other big event of the day – very big event – because it was not cheap and it is completely a first world gift to myself:  I bought myself a swimming watch! Normally the technology I buy is work related.  I’ve been swimming so much in the sea, it really will be nice to know how far I’m going, how fast and for it to track me.

I still feel ‘skaam’ spending so much on myself, although I am really looking forward to it arriving so I can try it out. Today at the beach, I swam beyond the drum. Tide was out, so it was easy swimming towards Simon’s Town but with the north wind, more of a struggle swimming back.

David came over for coffee…

Today I washed the linen, including the mattress cover. This is because I got bitten by something yesterday. Something little started chomping the inside of my elbow. More than 20 tiny little bites in about a 3cm line – they drove me crazy last night they were so itchy, but this evening they feel better. The shower and the scullery got cleaned and the lounge carpet was vacuumed. I did some shopping and made steak for dinner.

It’s been a good day.

Psalm 19:8

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

The best is yet to come – we are only passing through.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx 🙂



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