Man, I have done a terrible job of eating right and exercising over the last month or so. Which means I absolutely have to crawl back onto that wagon tomorrow. I’ve been meaning to actually getup early and take the bike over to the river to do 20 miles or so before I drag my carcass into the office (so I can avoid the near 100° temperatures), but I’ve kept putting it off. Well, no mas. Tomorrow, I’m forcing myself back into the habit, even if I end up taking the bike out after work.
Today was fricking perfect. Mid to upper 80s, light breeze, sunny … yeah. I took the bike to the river even though I rode it yesterday and the day before. Would have gone for extra distance but one of my cleats was coming loose and I left the Allen wrench at the office…
Been a while since I actually commented on this. Overall, I haven’t lost any progress, really, although I have kind of stalled out at my current weight (which right now, is ~230-235, depending on the day, what I’ve eaten, whether I’ve biked, etc.) I did kind of spike back up to around 240 for a bit, but I’m work back down from that again (weighed in at 232 this morning, even though I kind of splurged yesterday on food.) Ideally, I’d like to actually drop another 10 to 15 lbs before GenCon to get around 215-220, but I have my doubts there.
I haven’t had a lot of those “super crazy long” bike rides like I did earlier, but that’s at least partially due to fact that I put on new pedals that require specialized shoes with cleats that clip-in … and this makes driving in traffic an exercise in suicide management. Thus, I’ve been hitting the river track and going for 12-24 miles (depending on whether I do both sides of the river, or just one.)
This morning, I only managed 14 point something … was going to do both sides (so around 24 to 26 … not sure which) but I was thoroughly exhausted for some reason. Guess I didn’t sleep all that well.
Ah well. Guess I can try and make myself go biking again tomorrow. Maybe force myself to do a minimum of 10 miles every day … that should help shed those pounds I’d like to lose…
Success. Although man, I’m paying for it now. Had a strong wind in my face for more than half the trip and I ended up so exhausted at the end that I walked the final mile in an attempt to avoid the wind issue and to loosen up the kinks in my leg muscles. Thoroughly hate that I live on the second floor right now because … ugh … that sucked.
Was mid-80s on Saturday, so I broke out the bike and tried a new route. Managed a whopping 44-miles. There’s clearly been a big fitness improvement on my end because I didn’t start to really suck wind until 2/3 of the way in, around mile 27 or 28. The next time I try this route (maybe this coming Sunday because it looks to be low-70s), I’m going to swing around Lake Overholser on the way back and try for 50-miles.
Sunday is the 5th of February and according to the forecast, it should be mid- to high-60s … so I’m thinking about trying hit the bike trails. Tuesday is supposed to be even better – in the 70s – so I might try to do morning cardio on the bike.
Man, today sucked. Not the weather – no, that was glorious. Absolutely perfect for biking. All things considered, I should have managed more than the 32 & a half miles I managed. In fact, when I started, I was seriously contemplating shooting for 50 …
But instead, I started sucking hardcore at the 14 or 15 mile point and never really recovered. Doesn’t help that I took a slightly different route than before (and this particular route opens up some interesting possibilities that I shall have to explore online before I make the attempt) and there were some seriously steep inclines that were great going down but utterly blew when I had to go the other way.
And, of course, it definitely doesn’t help that the boss called me while I was on the way back for work-related crap that had to get done today (and did, it seems.)
Went biking after work yesterday and managed the usual 18 miles. Looks like there’s a 50% chance of thunderstorms on Saturday (boo!) and a 100% on Sunday … wonder if I’ll still be able to work in my (hopefully) 40-mile ride on Saturday morning?
Have now entered the post-Casus Belli “scheduling” and planning phase but, as expected, I’m already struggling to get the players to actually respond. That means I’m likely going to get irritated soon and shift all of my focus onto Red Sky, my other game (the Friday face-to-face one.)
Good advice. Going to have to remember this when I get on the bike again Saturday for the (hopefully) 40+ mile ride. Avoid Bonking on the bike with these easy tips
Managed to get in 18 miles on the bike this morning before I came into work so … yay, me. Decided to bring my bike into work afterward so I could swap out my seat because ugh, the one that came with this Wal-Mart special is atrocious.
Ideally, I should have gotten up a little earlier than I did … or more accurately, I should have gotten out of bed before I did. Instead, I rolled over and went back to sleep for another thirty minutes or so, which resulted in me getting into work almost twenty minutes late. Something to work on, I guess.