Thursday, July 30, 2009

Weird Day

Yesterday was a weird day. I started off the morning in a great mood and everything went smoothly. I get to the afternoon and it seemed to go pear shaped. I became grumpy and I didn't get to leave Vanderbilt till 5.30pm. As I was late and trying to get home to ride I was rushing to get home, the problem however was that everyone was going slow. By the time I dropped Mark of I was resigned to getting home at 6.30 and wasn't pushing it any more. This is a good thing! On one of the roads I travel I ended up having a car accident. Lucky for both involved there was zero damage to both cars.

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

Ahhh Weekends

Well it was a busy week and a busy weekend. I had been dealing with all work stuff as Jeff was out on vacation but cant really complain as I loved every minute of it and feel more focused. When I got home Friday I did the 101st 10 mile cycle, I would have did more but I knew I needed to work on the yard more so I had to compromise. I have been playing the Trek wow sweepstakes and funnily enough I have won 2 tshirts. Sucks though as I was trying for the bikes. I have another competition that the results will be out tomorrow so fingers crossed *LOL*.

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


I just realised that using my leet math skills I have lost 17.5% of my starting body weight (309lbs). Things like that that makes you stop and think!!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Weekend Update & Weight

Well its the weekend and its my first weight update in 3 weeks. As you will have seen from my posts I had a few bad weeks, this week was a different matter. I worked on my diet and with the working out it seems to have worked. I am back on track and its where I plan to stay. It will be a simple matter of pushing myself further physically and making sure I don't eat poorly.

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

End of a new week

Well its hitting the end of the week (Friday) and I am in a good frame of mind. I have had a pretty good week eating wise and exercise wise. It looks as if I have stayed within the 1200-1400 calorie range for the full week and I actually feel good for doing so, I don't have a heavy feeling in my stomach and I feel focused on what I am trying to do. I also feel energised and motivated which has been lacking in that last few weeks, maybe even months. I feel the personal training is starting to work (I see improvements) and combined with the healthy eating and cycling it should boost me to the next level.

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*.

Stats for the Ride:-

  • 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 been a difficult few weeks for me. I think I have been demotivated and I am finding it hard to focus in on my diet and my continuing battle with the weight. I can be thankfully though that I do not seem to have put any weight on over this period but have also not lost any. I realised, however, that going into this that it was not going to be easy and that I was going to have these battles to contend with.

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

Sunday & Monday

Sunday 5th
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.

Monday 6th
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

July 4th Weekend

Friday 3rd
We got up early on the Friday and loaded up our bikes to head to the Natchez Trace Parkway. We had driven the route and it didn't seem that bad *grin*, We were fooled. This route is quite hilly and by the time we were finished we were a little tired. This was also my first real ride using the Locking Pedals and I didn't have any mishaps. Only one time did I forget I was in them but was somehow able to get my feet out of it. We also did our good deed of the day and helped a fellow cyclist out with our tool that had a phillips head screwdriver so that he could fix his cleats. Lunch was had half way through the ride in Leipers fork and it was pretty good food. After the ride we headed to REI and lucked out on a pair of hiking boots for Jens Motorcycle class and a pair of locking pedal shoes for Jen at half price.
Dinner involved pecan crusted trout and crab muffins. talk about yummy.

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
Saturday 4th July
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.