Monday, December 21, 2009
So far monday has been bad but I am looking to improve the rest of the day with P.T. I finally started doing as she asked (30 situps and 10 pushups last night) and I am looking to get on bike trainer also (Jen has the one who has been taking advantage of this tool but I need to also)
This weekend ended up a weekend of some mechanical woes... My car gave me a low coolandt warning but looks to have been fixed with $7 dollars worth of coolant. The bike on the otherhand had a more expensive issue *sigh* I cleaned spike and took her to the post office on Friday. When I got back I looked at the rear tire and thought to myself *WTF* as I could see the wires of the tire in the central tread. After calling around and checking online I ended up riding to midsouth motoplex in clarksville (15 miles at 50-60 mph speeds) and paying 170 for a tire (170 FOR A FRIGGING TIRE.... ONE.....ONE not four ONE) then paid 45 for it to be mounted and balanced. This was not me being ripped off though this is the standard price...... WALMART if you can hear me START DOING MOTORCYCLE TIRES only just to get the price down *LOL*.
Ok rant over... see you at 248 Sunday I hope
ps mountain bike still in for repair.... poor thing
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Area 1 before work
Area 1 after repairs
Area 1 after painting
Area 2 Before work
Area 2 after repairs
Area 1 after painting
Other shots of work done
As in my last post the only real fun I have been having is riding the motorcycle but I hope to get my ass back on bicycles too. The road bike is set up on the trainer and I want to ride it some, the mountain bike is currently in the shop getting repaired I hope. Since I bought it the gears have not been right and it would jump up and down any time I put pressure on them to get up a hill. It was mucho frustrating. On talking a day or so ago they are about to try changing out the cassette in their attempts to resolve the issue.
Last bit of news is that Jen has completed her Masters and is graduating tomorrow. As she had talked to her 'rents and they had said they would be here she is going to walk. Come 10am I will be cheering her on as she gets cloaked (damned Klingon technology - how come she gets it *LOL*). As it is chrimbo time we are going to try have a general get together to celebrate this at some point soon.
ok I hope to post more regularly so talk to you soonly.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I think I have to make a new rule for my life. While unexpected things happen and while out and about I will probably eat out, when at home I am limiting myself to eating out for dinner no more than 1 time a week. I am doing this in the hopes that I will stop myself some times and minimize the cost and maximize the weight loss.
Wish me luck.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The route we took ended up being complicated to route so I am doing the out route followed by a map for our return home.
Here is out (NOTE: you have to view larger map as google refuses to show it in the little screen)
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and here is the return
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These are best estimations for the trip unfortunatly I am am not 100% sure but it is the general area *LOL*
Sunday we decided to do another form of 2 wheeled fun and took the mountain bikes to Rotary park. For the first time we did not take the repair kit and yup you guessed it, after 1 hour of riding it was called off due to a flat tire. We still had fun just it was cut short (man I have been of the cycles too long It felt HARD plus i am STILL having issues with the gears on my bike). As soon as I an I am going to have to take the bike in for gear work. I just wish they could fix this I am getting tired of it jumping every time I try to pedal.
EDIT: Mike joined us in Madison at Castle for most of the trip and thanks to his GPS he has sent me the route we took so I am editing the maps and you should now see an accurate representation of where we went. Thanks Mikey!!!!!
Official weigh in way at 8.30am and was 246lbs
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Route as shown below (thanks google maps)
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Mike stayed the night and we relaxed had some pizza and watched some movies. Since he was there Sunday we decided to ride some more *LOL*. Not as much Sunday as we all had stuff to get done. LBL and back.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Weighed in this morning - 247lbs
Thankfully not to much damage but I need to focus. As part of my re focusing I have put all my foods in for the day (except dinner) at sparkpeople. This way I know what I am eating. Its also not easy just now in work. So far I have passed about 6 piles of help yourself candy and a tray of help yourself cupcakes. I have walked away from all. I hope to report next Monday a drop and that I am not just deluding myself again.
Monday, October 26, 2009
This is a picture of her in the dealership and will keep everyone going till I can take pictures of her at home. Jen and I headed out and did a little bit of riding to get me used to her and it was fun. I hit 55mph on 101st and it was like I was hardly even moving. Very comfortable bike and if you look at the handlebars you will understand her nickname (more on other locations of the bike *LOL*). The bike is a Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Meanstreak and it makes me happy *LOL*
Also had some sad news in that my direct boss passed away. He had blockage issues and had to have heart surgery and never really recovered. Its still a bit of a shock as I was still expecting him to come back. Most of the end of last week was taken up dealing with stuff around that.
Thats it for this post. I have two more to do for today so talk to you in a minute
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
It does however mean that I will not be getting any road or mountain biking in which does suck. Perhaps the weather will improve for next weekend and I can get out then. If only it was not getting dark earlier and earlier. In the meantime expect to see results next week from the bike trainer.
Talk to you soon.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Well that's all I wanted to tell you *grin*. Its the little things or in my case the littler things *LOL* that make your day. Ok I got to get back to work.
Monday, October 12, 2009
This weekend Jen and I headed off with the new tent and bikes to Montgomery Bell State Park. The goal was to see how well the new tent would cope with both of us in it and to take in some trails we had been told were really good for biking.
I was really surprised when it comes to the new tent Jen picked up. It looks small, it is small but it did fit both of us in it. The fact that we both slept about 8 hours ok wise is a testament to either us being tired or it being comfortable *LOL*. The major issue we think was using my CPAP in the tent as it created condensation in the tent and everything started getting damp. Also by the time 6am hit I was getting sore and could not stay in the tent any longer. I crawled out got dressed and dozed in the jeep till the sun came up and I could start a fire.
The funnest part of this weekend does have to go to the mountain biking. We had a blast (the whole weekend, camping, cooking out and biking was brilliant - Monty Bell campground is perfectly situated). On the Saturday after we set up we did the red route of the trails (see image below).
Sunday we decided to do a longer route before heading home. Knowing that there was a downed tree towards the end of the trails we decided to do a route in reverse. We headed off down the blue route (intermediate trail) and rode that till we hit "4 Points Junction" on the map. From there we rode a little of the red trail till it hit marker 6 of the white trail and headed down that. This consisted of what is classed as the white pine trail and the storm track and of the 3 trails we had been on I think this was the coolest. We were unsure how long the rabbit run (white) was towards the end so we omitted it and returned back to the trail head and civilization. Totals for the weekend are a guess, but I think it is about 2 miles on Saturday and about 8 or 9 on the Sunday.
One good point is that we met a guy as we were packing the bikes up who we gave a copy of the map to and who told us about another trail near Columbia so we may be heading there to try it. Its a loop of 8 miles and starts at easy and builds up.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
On an update to our new mountain bikes. I have pulled images from the cannondale website for our 2 bikes. Please note that these images are the copyright of Cannondale and should not be used without proper credit (which I am doing for them right here). I will be posting more images that we have take but I need better lighting for the shots so will probably wait till the weekend.
Now That I have more details on the bikes I now present to you *drum roll*
Jens 2010 Cannondale F5
My 2009 F7 with CO2 Frame Technology
After Competing in the Dirt, Guts and Donuts race last month Jen and I where somewhat bitten by the mountain biking bug. I'm not saying that we are giving up road biking, rather that we are adding mountain biking to our repertoire. We had been looking for newer mountain bikes that were not walmart specials (read Heavy assed POS's) and after much looking, much test riding, we settled on Cannondales from the Bicycle Center in Clarksville TN.
Until I can get all the photos I want to post of our new acquisitions I am giving you a teaser in the form of the jigsaw print, this is the front of the top tube from Jens bike and as you will note they may be a little artsy (I decided to do something more than just straight forward photos of them, but that will come also.
As you might note from the print Jen got the Cannondale F5 and just so you know I got the little brother the Cannondale F7. When we finally picked my bike up Saturday we headed down to rotary park and ended up having about an hours fun on the new bikes. Its amazing what a decent mountain bike will do to you. For the full hour on this bike I had the cheesiest grin on my face and NOTHING could remove it, not even when I wiped out on a soft dried up stream bed (just dirt no damage, pedal sunk in about half of an inch). I got up dusted myself a bit laughed when Jen asked if I was ok and got back on the bike to catch up. This is a definite change from the race where I wanted to throw the POS target bike in the lake (might have been why I was going slow when I found Lisa in the water *LOL*).
All I can say is roll on the weekend, I have printed out the bike trails for Montgomery Bell park and if we can I hope to get out on the trails for a good amount of time. We are also hoping to try arrange a time to meet up with Scott et al. from work along with Lisa and get us all involved in some decent trail riding. Lisa if you see this I will make sure Scott pick trails away from water !!!
ERK just noticed its midnight. Time to hit the sack.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Stats are : 5.02miles Distance, 21mins approx, 14.5mpg ave speed approx.
ok back to work for me
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The Sansa Sandisk E250 - I bought this in Feb 2008. I didn't really use it till I started cycling as the idea I had for it didn't pan out well. When I used it I realised that there was a static/ sound drop out at the headphone socket. After investigating online I find out that I am not alone and that this is a common issue with them, in fact it seems that Sandisk knows well about it and if you are in warranty they will fix but if you didn't realise in time then you are S.O.L. I opened this device up and resoldered the connector and I have (I think) removed the drop out issue for now, but static seems to remain (not major - the drop out of one ear was ANNOYING). I should not have had to do this, when enough units had this issue Sandisk should, like car manufacturers issue a recall and fix or replace the units. They did not.
Sandisk - you are on notice. I will no longer be buying your products, and as you can tell from this blog you will no longer be on my recommended suppliers list. This probably will not mean a lot to you, but I recommend technology to a LOT of people, you will be a manufacturer to avoid. Hell I even recommend the technology for my company. The same goes there.
My next gripe - The Toshiba M35X-S111, an older laptop we have had it for about 3 years now. The problem is once again Shoddy soldering on the motherboard (it has been relegated to an emergency, dire need backup). One of the pins of the power connector has a dry joint and as it was soldered with high temp soldering I have been unable to get a good solder joint. I am about to try again. We bought an extended warranty on this thing - extended to 2 years. Yup, you got it, 2 years one month later the fault appears and because of it the battery is now also shot. We ended up buying an HP to replace it. With the new HP we have had better luck. I used to recommend Toshiba's, you got it, no more. We even had the chance to get a Toshiba for a better deal, um no thanks.
I feel better for that. You don't need to tell me that this was a waste and they will never see this blog. Well it made me feel better, I have vented about it and it helps me. If the companies want to refute my claims they are more than welcome.
Have a nice day everyone I'm going to solder a Toshiba laptop AGAIN
EDIT: I called Toshiba as I came across a recall for batteries which included ours. Our battery did not have the serial number they wanted on it, because the serial number sticker was missing. After talking with the first line customer support my details were forwarded to the battery replacement team so they could investigate. 3 hours later I get a call asking for my address to send the battery, I mentioned the lack of sticker, he said they had a contingency for these situations and it was to send the battery. I still hate the fact the power adapter has a solder weakness but they are replacing a 5 year old battery free without me having to go through bells and whistles. I am impressed by their support team so have officially removed my notice above.
- Total Distance: 19.54 miles
- Total Time: 1hr 27mins 54secs
- Ave Speed: 13.34 mph
- Ave Cadence: 66rpm
- Max Speed: 25.42mph
Friday, September 25, 2009
Food wise I have been maintaining an input level of about 1600-1700 calories for this week so we will see what happens weight wise. I feel as if I might be eating just a little too much but the scales should tell.
Posting will be scarce this weekend as we have Gabe, Em and Marina visiting so wooooooooo! (seriously its cool, Marina is from Sweden, we have a real live foreigner.....hmmm wait...... oh never mind *LOL*)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
For the last 5 days Jens cousin Ken and his wife Amy were visiting and Ken and I (more Ken) worked on the eaves problems we have. After the 5 days I am glad to report new wood has been installed and has also been pressure washed. I was going to post pictures but I have decided to wait. At the moment I have the start pictures, the in progress (needs painted but repaired) and as soon as I have it painted and pictures taken I will post the finished result.
Weight has fluctuated due to rich eating. Weigh in on Sunday was 245lbs but I hope to get it back off soon. Goal for end of year has now been set at 220lbs this gives me the ability to lose 2lbs a week with a couple of weeks to fix any gains or plateaus. Official date I am looking at this for is January 3rd (Sunday) To get to my Goal of 200lbs I am calling March 28th the goal date. The problems I foresee for these goals are as follows:-
- Jens Birthday
- New Year
- My Birthday
Basically multiple dates where I may end up eating or drinking badly. Probably should add this weekend also as we have Gabe, Em and Marina coming to visit. Looks like we have Jazz on the lawn and other activities in our future *LOL*. But you know that's why I build in a cushion to my weight loss. It allows me to have the occasional bad day then get back onto my normal eating. Without these occasional days I doubt I would have got to where I am today.
It may have been quiet on my Journey of recent but it is not at an end. I would say that now that I have reset my goals that Chapter two has officially started. I have the tools to continue this journey and its time for me to use them. Don't expect this to be quiet again, this blog gives me an output for my thoughts on my weight, my cycling and anything else I need it to be. It also pushes me to continue if I get lazy. Its out here for anyone to read but its also here for me to read and realise how far I have come.
Talk to Y'all soon.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
First I talk about Jen - or as I like to call her, the mountain goat on wheels. First time out at a mountain bike race, riding a POS 45 - 50 dollar walmart special bike and she won the woman's division. I bow down to your mountainy might Jen *LOL*. From what I could tell she was stoked and had a hell of a time.
Me - that's a different Story. I did not finish. The thing is I went out to see if I would like mountain biking and to take it easy. As such I was in the situation that I came across the other Did Not Finish rider Lisa. The reason we did not finish? Lisa had ended up going off the trail heading down a 5-10ft embankment and dropped another 5-10ft into the lake, bike and all. I did not finish because it was only human nature to assist in getting Lisa , her bike and other gear out of the lake safely and making sure she was ok till people better trained than me could make it to the spot (I had called Jen and sent another rider behind me for help). The end result was that we both did not finish, the more important result for this situation is that Lisa, while a little sore is ok and did not require a visit to the hospital.
Ok time for me to hit the books
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Over the last 2 weeks I have not worked out or rode the bike. I have missed it all! Last night we got on our bikes and rode to quiznos for dinner. All around we rode just under 11 miles and then I ate 800 calories of sandwhichy goodness. According to sparkpeople I burned 898 calories. That means I was negative for the ride, go me. *LOL* This ride made me realise how badly I had missed riding. As it moves into winter months I am only going to be able to ride outside on the weekends but I am also in the process of getting a trainer to allow me to work on my training at night. I will not fade back into the obesity I was dealing with. I will not fade into the night! Bring all that you can life because you know what? I'm ready for it all. Yeeeee and Haw.
I don't have access to the stats but will post them tonight. In related news I also have personal training for the first time in 3 weeks. I will not lie when I say I have slacked. I have the gear at home to work out but just cant motivate myself to use it *LOL* to much else around me to distract me (read clean, yard, wow, netflix).
- Distance : 10.7 miles
- Time: 49min 26sec
- Ave speed: 12.99mph
- Ave Cadence: 53rpm
- Max Speed: 24.21mph
Ok back to work.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
She had been looking at a couple of other bikes but of them all I personally think this is the best of the bunch. If they just made them like this in bicycles then man I would be set *LOL*. Here is a pic of Jen in action in the neighborhood. She has graduated out of it and has done a couple of 30-60 mile rides.Other blogworthy news is that I nearly had my eyes pecked out Hitchcock "Birds" style. Well ok maybe not quite but I walked into our sun room and right outside the door perched on the handrail for the step were two of the biggest vultures I have ever seen (REALLY close up) they were sitting looking down at the gap under out sunroom where poor Marley (our cat) was hiding. Below is a picture of them on top of the neighbors roof after I scared them off (like I really could, think they wanted to move).
Ok time to move on. Laters folks.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Weigh in last Saturday - 22nd Aug - 244.5 lbs
I had some eating issues *LOL* and I gained a bit back the next two days but on weigh in this Sunday:
Weigh in Sunday 30th at 8am :- 244 lbs
I have officially reached my dragon con goal and passed it 2 weeks early. My immediate goal for next weekend is to try stay as close to maintaining the weight (Its dragon Con home of multiple bad things) and not gain.
New long term goals will be discussed after dragon con.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I hope to get back to normal sometime soon but work is hectic at the moment due to an illness and it means I am lucky if I get to sit long enough to gather my thoughts. It also means that by the time I get home I am pretty much exhausted.
I neglected to update my weight Monday as I weighed in. Weight at 6am Monday 17th was 250 lbs a loss this week of 5lbs.
ok sleep time laters
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I am not too worried though. I know I can continue my journey and that I need to be a bit more observant over weekends. I know it is weekends that are the problem as I manage my input strictly over the week. It has been difficult over the last few weekends as we have a lot going on and, as is normal, we get together with friends and have yummy rich (calorie high) foods. This is probably what will happen this coming weekend, we have booked a campsite just outside Chattanooga (we thought you had to get there but it was actually bookable *LOL*) for this weekend. While not being nit picky I will try write down (just the food not cals) what I eat so I can put it into spark people after the fact so I can see what I am eating.
We are also taking our bikes with us so hopefully we will get some riding in this weekend also. I think this is the last weekend of events before dragon con so I have 2-3 weeks of really monitoring what I eat and do to try reach my goal. This is not helped by the fact that I cannot have P.T for the next 3 weeks but am going to try do it myself till I can get back. I will work on the yard to get it back to livable and work out / cycle as much as I can and hopefully it will all help my weight.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
It is now 1.49pm and I am sitting showered and relaxed so *grin* I think its a little bit obvious things did not pan out. We knew that there were approx 7-9 miles of climbing involved in this route and it took us up about 2000-2500 feet in elevation. We didn't realise exactly how hard this climbing would be! I think that I am doing well on my improvements in cycling, slowly getting faster in the Clarksville routes we ride. Knoxville is the great equalizer. *LOL* The elevation involved in this ride was HARD. I found myself in the lowest gears for a lot of the hills, going at a ok cadence (about 60ish) but I found myself getting more and more drained. At mile marker 12.5 of the ride I think everyone was feeling similar as a consensus was that with 40 miles on the route left we were unsure if we would be able to complete it (we were about 1 - 1.5 miles from the peak). A decision was made and we turned round for some nice 30-40 mile an hour coasts back down the (mountain *LOL*) hill.
As it stands I think we are going to try for another 10-15 mile ride tomorrow so YAY us.
Stats for the Ride:
- Trip Distance : 25.03 miles
- Trip Time : 2hrs 04 mins 08 secs
- Average Speed: 11.88 mph
- Average Cadence: 64 rpm
- Max Speed: 39.35 mph
Ok time for more Knoxville fun. Laters S.
Edit: Gabe and Jen both thought the elevation image given by gmaps didn't do the climb justice so I have scanned the elevation info from the book which gives a better picture.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Stats for the Ride:
- Trip Distance : 18.02 miles
- Trip Time 1hr 05 mins 07 secs
- Average Speed : 16.61 mph
- Average Cadence : 81 rpm
- Max Speed : 31.48 mph
Now that the power is back at home I wanted to post and am going to head to bed *LOL*
Sunday, August 2, 2009
On Saturday we rose early and had breakfast at about 7am. We tried to keep it light as we were meeting Shannon and her hubby for breakfast and then were heading to the farmers market. By the time we met up it was brunch and I think both Jen and I were glad of this as we were still kind of full *LOL*. At the farmers market I think the coolest thing we bought was some jalapeno BBQ sauce, I sampled it and it was good, good. good. Splitting ways here we rushed home and grabbed the bikes and gear and headed to Montgomery Bell Park for a 10 mile ride. Compared to the normal flat routes done here It was a lot harder but made me realise we probably need to do it more often to get used to hills, I was chuffed when I got out of the saddle and powered up a smaller hill as this was really the first time I felt confidant to do so. It really showed that we are not used to hills as both Jen and I were done after one circuit *LOL*. I am really surprised that this park is so close to Clarksville, it is AMAZING the roads are well maintained, there is camping and overall it is one of the coolest parks I have visited.
Stats for the Ride:-
- Trip Distance : 10.63 Miles
- Trip Time : 1hr 01min 50sec
- Ave Speed : 10.21 mph
- Ave Cadence : 55 rpm
- Max Speed 29.97 mph
On our return we cleaned up and had an excellent night with our friend Liz. We met up at Longhorn and proceeded to be full carnivores *LOL*, after the ride I was hungry and I'm glad I weighed in on Saturday as I threw a few pounds on with this meal (which I will clear out my system over next couple of days). After dinner we headed back to the house and all 3 watched the Spanish move "The Orphanage", definitely a very unusual movie.
For today it has been a home day, not a down day though. Jen and I headed out into the front yard and attacked some of the foliage (read garden). we chopped down the bulk of a tree (it had 2 others inside it growing) along with clearing out the surrounding area and then while Jen mowed the ward I cleaned up other refuse in the surrounding area (from other work not mentioned. By the time we finished it was noon and we had worked about 2 - 2.5 hrs. It felt as if I had worked harder today than I had on the bike yesterday. *LOL*
Final information for this post is weigh in. I am going with Saturdays weigh in as I thought I might be bad yesterday and I was. At the 8am weigh in Saturday my weight was 249lbs. If I keep this form I will reach the dragon con goal a couple of weeks early. I can but hope.
Ok gone for now. Goal for the next few weeks is to get on my bike as much as possible. If its clear and I am not at personal training I'm probably going to be on the bike. People are more than welcome to join *grin* but don't worry if you cant/don't cause its not gonna stop me. As Jen so perfectly put it yesterday when she made me laugh "Vrrrrrrooooooommmmmmm" ok on a bicycle I suppose its more of a "Swwwwwwwiiiiissssssssssshhhhhhhhh"
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Thankfully we were able to get a ride in last night, the weather held off and it ended up being what I needed to relax and have fun. We did the 101st to Dover Rd and up past Ft Campbell route which is really just a fun ride.
Stats for the ride:
- Total Distance: 19.43 miles
- Total Time: 1hr 22mins 32secs
- Ave speed: 14.14mph
- Ave Cadence: 66rpm
- Max speed: 29.97mph
Talk to you soon, I am looking to get at least 1 more ride in this week but its dependent on weather.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The funniest part about the Trek competition is that we had to go to Nashville to get one of the Tshirts (I had only won one at that time *LOL*) and we ended up at the Jolly Cyclist. These people ain't daft, we bought a couple of helmets and a floor pump *LOL*
Stats for the ride (map etc is in previous posts as I am being lazy today *LOL*):
- Trip Distance: 10.85 miles
- Trip Time: 39 mins 57 secs
- Average Speed: 16.31 mph
- Average Cadence: 77 rpm
- Max Speed: 26.94 mph
I weighed in Yesterday Morning : 252lbs.
A loss for the week of 3lbs
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Weigh in for this week was taken at noon today and is : 255lbs
This is also time for me to revise my goals as I have reached the last one albeit a week late. New goal is the target goal for Dragon-Con which is Sept 4th 2009.
Target Goal for Dragon Con : 245lbs
It gives me 6 weeks to make it to the goal, hopefully this gives me 5 weeks at 2lbs a week loss and still supplies a week cushion.
In other cycling news we finally found our "team" shirts. Reggie, Jen and myself all wore them today and even if I'm biased we looked good *grin* . What made it even better was that we got them for an excellent price, well below the 70 dollars that cycling shirts normally cost.
Stats for Ride
- Trip Distance :- 26.49 mph
- Trip Time :- 2hr 00mins 25sec
- Ave Speed :- 13.20 mph
- Ave Cadence :- 73 rpm
- Max Speed :- 28.75 mph
Talk to everyone soon.
Friday, July 17, 2009
This week I changed my personal training and I am now going to start going for 2 half hour sessions each week. Because I did the hour session Monday it meant I did extra time on Wednesday and then I used the elliptical for 20 minutes. After doing these two sessions Jen and I went for a 20 mile cycle last night *grin* and I loved it. The feeling of being on the bike again was exhilarating and I didn't fall this time *LOL*. My goal for this ride was to just try pedal at a high cadence. I came in at 71rpm but I think the average was probably higher due to me coasting a couple of times. I looked at my computer at one point and I was at 100rpm *grin*.
- Trip Distance : 19.40 miles
- Trip Time : 1 hr 21 mins 57 secs
- Ave Speed : 14.20 mph
- Ave Cadence : 71 rpm
- Max Speed : 28.75 mph
It looks as if Reggie may be well enough to go for a ride with us this weekend (after his motorcycle accident). Talking with Jen we might arrange to cycle from our house to Dunbar Cave, have foods and then cycle back. In all its about a 20 mile ride with a few hills that might try us a little bit.
Ok I need to do some work so I guess it time to post. You guys have fun and be safe out there.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Its almost Sunday, and it will probably be official by the time I actually post. Its the start of a new week, not only that but hopefully the start of the next chapter in this story. Its time to take the weight down more, to pass the 250s, 240s, 230s and all the way down to my goal weight. As well as cycling I also have a regular personal trainer again and this will help in creating a fitter me. I do though have to work on my mind. Part of the issue is that mentally I was not in a good place, especially this week. By talking about it my hope is that its out in the open and I can move past it.
In cycling news I went out for a ride Friday, it was a solo ride as Jen is gone for a motorcycle course this weekend and Reggie is on the disable list due to a motorcycle accident. My goal was to ride the 25 mile route Jen had us do earlier in the week. From the start of it I could tell things were not right. The full ride I was not feeling it. With the first push off my legs felt like lead and this didn't change the whole ride. At mile marker 10 I decided to take a break, I unclipped my right shoe and leaned right. I guess gravity wanted me to go left though. Heeding the advice of others in the same situation I kept my arms in and let my shoulder/arm take the brunt of the fall. My hope id that the fall is now out of the way and I can move past it. I have a few minor cuts from it but no broken bones and no road rash.
No images of the ride, it is the same route as the last ride but stopping at mile marker 10 and returning. Stats for it are:-
- Trip Distance - 19.45 miles
- Trip time - 1hr 14mins 58secs
- Ave Speed - 15.57 mph
- Ave Cadence - 67
- Max Speed - 32.39 mph
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
On Sunday we had a lazy day *grin*. It was so lazy that I did not even get dressed. WE sat around and played World of Warcraft for 13 hours straight *LOL*. it was a fun day.
Personal Training was supposed to be after work today but the new personal trainer had something ome up in work so we have rescheduled to Wednesday. When I got home Jen suggested a nice bike ride. We started out on the 101st 20 mile route but at about half way Jen suggested a modification that made it a 26 mile ride. This was fun and at a good pace. By the time we got home we had done 6-8 miles in the dark with very little light except moonlight (which was actually cool). We finished the night off with dinner of beans that had been cooking (YUMMM). Locking pedals still working great and having no issues.
Stats for Ride:
- Trip Distance : 26.58 miles
- Trip Time: 1hr 54mins 38secs
- Ave Speed : 13.92mph
- Ave Cadence : 60rpm
- Max Speed : 29.97mph
Ok time for bed again.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Stats For the Ride:
- Total Distance : 26.62 Miles
- Time Taken : 2hrs 18 mins 27 Secs
- Ave Speed : 11.54 mph
- Ave Cadence : 62 rpm
- Max Speed : 40.26 mph
Jen and I got up on the Saturday and worked our derrieres of in the yard. I worked on making one side of the back civilized while Jen mowed all grass. By the time we were finished (2hrs or so) we were tired but happy with the on going results. Unfortunatly we still need more to be done, weeding, dealing with hedges, trimming bushes pulling more wood trim from the deck (we are making it minimal as it looks so much better). Maybe 2-3 weeks and it may be good enough to have guests to view the new look..
Dinner for this night was our Anniversary dinner (our anniversary was yesterday.... yaaay) and it consisted of Lamb marinaded for about 6 hours and served with a salad, roast potato and fried pears. Food ended up being slow cooked as we lost power due to storms *LOL*. Desert consisted of white chocolate pudding and a fruit compote made by Jen on angel cake. Talk about yummyness. this meal was amazing.
After dinner we headed down to Nashville with Reggie to watch fireworks. We met with Mike and viewed the display from our work car park. This was a good idea as the night of the 4th was stormy as hell (we even lost sight of down town which I was amazed about as we are on the edge of down town *LOL*). The fireworks went off early and we headed back to mikes for a couple of movies (Mall Cop and Australia).
ok more to follow tomorrow night. Its late and I'm tired.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Yesterday we headed out on the bikes (Gabe bought a new toad bike and we got them to bring their bikes through) and took Gabe and Em on a 21 mile ride. For Gabe this was 15 miles longer than the most he had done on his new bike. For someone just getting back to biking he isn't having issues and he is of the body type that when he builds up his calves etc he is going to be a fast little shit *LOL*.
Stats for the Ride:-
- Total Distance :- 20.70 miles
- Total Time :- 1hr 31 mins 20 secs
- Ave Speed :- 13.25 mph
- Ave Cadence :- 58 rpm
- Max Speed :- 26.33 mph
Today we are having a cookout in about 15 mins then looking to head to the movies, looking at Transformers II so here is hoping.
In other news *drum roll* I finally put locking pedals on the bike. It has only taken me about 2 weeks to do this so I need to practice a little bit before going live with them *Grin* don't wanna fall do I.
ok time to fire up the grill.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
This weekend we have Gabe and Emilie coming to stay and in theory Gabe will be bringing his new bike. If it is with him our goal is to take them on a kirkwood 20 mile ride (a nice easy ride *LOL*)
Stats for ride:-
- Trip Distance :- 12.03 miles
- Trip Time:- 58min 24sec
- Ave Speed:- 12.36 mph
- Max Speed:- 38.44 mph
Monday, June 22, 2009
We went Camping with Jens Parents this weekend so fun was had by all and dang was it hot hot hot. Kept on finding myself drenched in sweat *EWWWWWWWW*.
Hoping to get out and ride a couple of times this week but house (inside and outside) may prevent this. Here's hoping. May just schedule one for Wed or Thur and say top heck with it. Might see if Reggie n Jen want to do the 101st 20 miler again *Evil Grin*.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I felt good through the whole ride and we did a few sprints while we were riding. Stats for the Ride are as follows:
- Trip Distance 20.55 miles
- Time Taken: 1 hr 16 mins 44 secs
- Ave Speed: 16.07 mph
- Ave Cadence: 68 rpm
- Max speed: 29.38 mph
Well its late and I'm tired. This weekend is a trip to rock island state park with the parents. WE are however taking the bikes to go for a ride yeee haw. (new location is always good)