Thursday, May 31, 2012
I usually bike from 8th South to 26th South on the way home. Today I biked from 8th South to 45th South, then turned around and came back to 26th South. When I arrived home my little girl and wife played a royal sounding trumpet fanfare on the iPhone and my little girl carried a homemade flag with "DAD" written on it to greet me. What a great cheerleader section!
After biking to work, I've noticed that I go into this tired mode. I've been reading a book called, "The Big Book on Bicycling" published by Bicycling Magazine. It has a few chapters on nutrition and what and when you should be eating after a good bike ride. I stopped by a Maverick on the way to work and bought a Clif bar and ate it. My tired mode today actually didn't hit me until I was about 3 hours past that Clif Bar. I think my body needs some nutrition immediately after the bike ride...lots of water too. And it looks like about 2.5 hours after that post-ride snack, it's time to have lunch. It is true...eating about every 2-3 hours helps feed the fire.
It's interesting that I'm even going through this thinking process. For the past MY ENTIRE LIFE, I've never even thought about how my body deals with food and exercise. Maybe at the age of 47, it's a good time to start.
As I write this, I can feel the little furnace inside me burning. I am hoping that I can get down past 334.2 this week because that is the lowest I've been in the past 2 weeks. I've got to break through the 30s and get into the darn 20s!
Tomorrow will begin the 1 year countdown to 210 lbs.!
These 3-months have gone quick! However the ride has just begun.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
I gained almost 2 pounds, but my "glutes" have been really sore after all the climbing and additional miles this week. I'm going to say I've gained some muscle...yeah, that works for me! ;)
Also, next week is a big week...it will be my official 1 year count down! June 1, 2013 is my 210 again weigh-in day!
Friday, May 25, 2012
So here's the total for the week:
My legs feel like rubber and my gluts are sore. I think my weigh-in tomorrow is going to show a gain. I wouldn't be surprised if I've got some muscle building. Who knows?
Anyway, I don't want to see a bike until next Monday.
See you at weigh-in tomorrow.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Yesterday I rode up 8th South all the way up to 10th East. At about 8th East the grade of the hill begins an obvious change, by 9th East it's getting steep. When I hit 10th, my heart was pounding so hard that I had to turn off the road and head south to regain my composure. From there I just biked home.
Today, I thought, "Hey, I'm gonna surprise my wife and text her a picture of me up by Hogle Zoo," which is above 2300 East! Well, in my excitement I set off heading east again on 8th South. I started climbing up pretty well, but again, the heart is pumping! I eventually have to shift down to first gear as I ascend up the hill. I get to 8th East...9th East...I hit 10th East and I pull off on a side street again, but I don't get off my bike. The heart is pounding!
|Looking down 8th South between 10th and 11th East|
Once I catch my breath and let my heart calm down, I do a U-turn and get back on 8th South, turning back up the hill. I get about 15 seconds up the hill and just can not take it any more. I'm breathing so heavy, and my heart is pounding harder than I've felt in a long time.
From 10th to about half way up 11th, the hill's grade is about 9%! A few minutes earlier as I was a little lower, some skinny biker rode past me all decked out in his biking outfit. I wanted to catch up to him and say, "Hey, why don't you put a 150lbs weight on your back and we'll see how well you do!" Of course I didn't say anything out loud...but that is basically me, carrying all that weight.
After I regained my composure, I just walked the bike up the hill until I could ride again.
|11th East. This was taken yesterday after I reached 10th East, and then went south a block which allows for an easier climb to 11th.|
So to sum up...From my job 16 blocks away, to 14th East, it's an ascent of 300 feet, mostly the last 3 blocks!
|Had to walk a block up the hill, but I made it to 14th East!|
As you can imagine, during the ascent up the hill, I am wondering if it's even possible to climb through all the mountains during the 60-mile ride from Tokyo to the base of Mount Fuji. There are some spots, probably not more than a half a mile where the grade of the hill is 9%. People do it. So, I guess there's a chance that I can do it. I guess one day at a time, losing one pound at a time, will all play into the final result.
I started this entire journey with a quote from President Abraham Lincoln. I think it's appropriate today to quote it again as encouragement...
"The nice thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time." Thank goodness for that!
Here are my numbers for yesterday and today:
So far this week, I've got 51.61 miles in. I need just over 18 more miles to get to my goal this week.
My legs are rubber, and I am very tired...so good night!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
|Kitchen is coming along. I wish that geek would get out of the way.|
|Belt hole #4!|
Friday, May 18, 2012
I put in 11 miles this morning, and am still going to bike to work today! Today is going to be a 20 mile day.
I still have another 25 miles to go to hit my goal. Yikes. What's going to happen?
11.53-Tuesday Stationary Bike
9.4-Wednesday bike to work
.5-Thursday bike with daughter
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|Electrical in, drywall up, mud on, sanding done, ready to paint!|
New cupboards come on Monday!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
|No kitchen = no food. No food = unhappy tummy.|
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
I thought I looked but as I was biking across, a car appeared suddenly out of nowhere!
Well, I made my fat little legs pedal as fast as I could and I bowed my head in embarrassment. Then I looked up and smashed into the back...
Just kidding. But the car did appear out of nowhere!