Saturday, August 18, 2012

Day 172-Weigh-in Day: 317.8lbs

Start Weight: 365.4
Last Week's Weight: 320.6
Current Weight: 317.8
This Week’s Weight Loss: 2.8lbs
Total Weight Loss: 47.6lbs
Miles Biked this Week: 29.47
Total Miles Biked: 1448.50
Miles to Go: 6051.50

GEOGRAPHY (Where I'd be on the map having started at my house in Salt Lake City, Utah, heading for Tokyo):
Pacific Ocean (743 miles off the west coast. I am heading for the Hawaiian Islands)

Well I continue to learn a lot of new things about biking. This week was learning about maintenance and repair. I had a spoke break, and a tire start bulging, brakes stopped working, etc. I tried to repair some of the problems, but others had to be done by my trusty Highlander Bike Shop guys! While my bike was out of commission, I jumped on my stationary bike, then drove to work. It didn’t feel right driving to work L. Riding my stationary bike brought back some memories. I actually thought I should still ride it for some good additional mileage and cardio right on my back porch. As you can see, I didn’t get a lot of riding in this week, and I missed it. I have really missed riding, and vow…hear me…VOW to get in over 100 miles this coming week!!! 100 miles a week should be a minimum. I am also going to go do a 50-miler this week. I’m aching to just get out there and ride!

I wanted to give you a heads up on something I’m going to start this week. As you are aware, I tried “Giveaway Tuesday” and it wasn’t as successful as I wanted it to be. We’ll try some giveaways again in the near future. So for now, I am going to have “Motivation Tuesday.” I am going to feature an inspirational individual that is making some big changes in their life that we can all be inspired by, and learn from. I am excited to announce that this Tuesday, “SwimBikeMom” a woman who is a mother, attorney, wife, and tri-athlete, will be featured on my blog! She has some amazing rules she runs her life by. You’ll find out what she does when she needs motivation, and when she started her whole adventure into biking, running and swimming. She was happy to answer some questions I posed to her.

Look for her interview this Tuesday…on “Motivation Tuesday!” The idea is that as you get your week going, and had a slow start on Monday, look to the 210Again Blog to offer some motivating help on Tuesday to make sure the rest of your week pumps along the way it should!


The top 10 things I learned this week:
1.    I learned that bike shops have the proper tools to fix a spoke when the spoke entrance faces your cassette.
2.    I learned that if your tire is wobbly, check to see if a spoke broke.
3.    I learned that you can find all sorts of basic DIY repair videos on YouTube.
4.    I learned that if you’re doing a lot of biking, and you are a little heavier, you should check your tire treads…they may be wearing out, especially the rear tire.
5.    I learned that you should have your own bike pump and check the pressure in your tire weekly.
6.    I learned that after finding yet another flat tire due to a thorn in my tire, that you can buy a thorn guard that fits between your tube and tire.
7.    I learned that you can still have a great workout on a stationary bike.
8.    It’s good to have a little tool kit with a patch kit on your bike.
9.    A great bike doesn't have to be expensive. Doug at the bike shop showed me a great bike that I want to buy, and it’s a fraction of what I thought I’d need to shell out. It’s a Jamis Bike. I don’t need a $5000 racing bike! J
10. Even if you didn’t ride a lot, you don’t have to feel guilty, and your body will still enjoy the short rides. Hey, 6 months ago, I wasn’t doing any riding!

It seems that I ate at Subway 3 times this week. I think it’s because of the convenience, and price. For $5 you can get a foot-long sub packed with veggies. I want to go easy on the bread, but this week, I ate more than usual, and I also had some angel hair pasta a few times this week. I have to admit, I love this kind of pasta! I hear some cyclists chow down on pasta for power, but I also hear fruits and veggies will do the same thing. I didn’t over-eat this week, I think I stayed pretty well on 2000-2300 calories per day.

I am ready to go film, I just haven’t been able to set up a time for my crew to go shoot. I am sorry for not giving you much info here, but we’ll be getting there soon.

Front tire-Not looking bad after my almost 1500 miles

Rear tire-center tread has worn off. 


  1. I'm very excited for Motivation Tuesday's!! What a great Idea!!! I love that you are riding your bike often now! I tried mountain biking for the first time last week, did great on the actual mountain part..... and then ATE DIRT on the easy, flat, straight path....


    1. Thanks for following Dani. I hope you'll find something motivational about the journey!


  2. Hey Don! Sorry to hear that your bike had some issues! Hopefully you'll be riding on the streets again soon, I feel you like that better than riding a stationary bike.

    I'm sorry to hear too that giveaway Tuesday didn't work and I wish you the best for Motivational Tuesday sounds like a good idea!!! You should contact some local radio stations and ask them to tell about your blog on air who knows maybe you get some new local followers!!!

    Anyways have a good week!


    1. That's a great idea Emilio! Thanks for your continued support and consistent encouragment!



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