Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Adam was the organizer and personally put up the top few prizes. Thanks Adam. I weighed myself on 12/1 and found my weight had increased to 464.4 lbs. so that was my starting weight for the challenge.
As the challenge started everyone was encouraged to share who they are and some friendly challenges started within the group. There would be daily or weekly challenges centered around the number of steps in a day, or your daily average for a week, or the number of flights done in a day. The competition was always friendly and always with an eye towards being supportive of the others in the group.
I can't say enough good things about the people in the group. I know I'll miss a few, but Lee, Adam, Chrissy, Tom, Doyle, Chris, Laura, Nanigoat, Xeyda, Maria, Rachel, John, Tonya, Barbara Cala, Act Out and the rest - THANK YOU.
These people are total inspirations. Some of them are doing upwards of 40,000+ steps in a single day! Some are doing more than 200 flights in a day as well. Everyone was working towards the same end - losing weight and getting healthy, and while it was, and is still a competition, everyone was very supported of the rest of the group.
Well the good news is, it is now 21 weeks later and the first 2 people have lost 50 lbs! I am one and Lee D. is the other. In fact we are tied at losing 50.6 lbs. What is amazing is that while I near the start of my weight loss, Lee is near his goal which makes his achievement that much more awesome!
So, that means I weighed in yesterday morning, before the tour at 413.8 lbs. It is a great feeling to reach this point, but I am by no means done. Neither are those in the group. We are going to stick it out and support each other until we all achieve the 50 lbs lost. I am surprised at how close many of us have become and I think I can truly call them friends.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Ran by ProCyclery and J pulled my tire off and checked it for foreign objects. Nothing. We then looked at the wheel and the rim tape looked good.
Finally looked at the tube and it was "snakebit" which means I got a pinch flat. Seems I ran over a rock just wrong and pinched the tube on the rim. One new tube and I'm on my way - ready for tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
The front was down to about 70 lbs and the rear about 80. I pumped them to 95 lbs or so and finally got under way.
I was feeling pretty good doing my usual morning loops about 1 mile each. On the third loop I noticed it didn't feel right going into the "fast" corner. I immediately slowed and checked - my front tire was flat. It was 3 tenths of a mile back to the house so I walked my bike with its completely flat front tire.
Not sure what the cause was. I am still waiting on my latest Amazon purchase of a wallet with levers, CO2 and a patch kit. I didn't even pull the wheel. I thought I should be good to go with the gatorskins, but it seems that may not be the case. I'll have to take it apart and see if I can identify the cause.
I had planned on a couple of good morning rides today and tomorrow, resting on Friday for Saturday's ride. Now it might be a bit of a longer rest as I may not get to the bike this evening. Stay tuned. :)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
According to my FitBit report I averaged over 4700 steps per day and had a net calorie deficit of about 7000 calories for the week. I rode my bike 35 miles over the last week. All of this would make me think I should have lost something on the scale. That is not the case, though.
I know I am doing the right things. I know that the weight will come down as I get in more exercise and watch what I eat. I just wish it would be a bit faster since I am in the competition and there are only 3 weeks left.
I am going to stay the course. I know it works and I just have to trust the process. This Saturday will be a big test for me - the 30 mile ride for the Tour De Cure. Watch for a full report.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Funny but it was a great ride primarily because nothing remarkable happened. The winds were in the 10 MPH neighborhood the sun was shining and temps in the low 70's.
The above picture shows the road looking towards Red Rock by Blue Diamond.
Yesterday I did a quick 10 laps around the block as a test to gauge what the 100 Miles Of Nowhere was going to take. The 10 laps netted 4.71 miles which means it will be 212 laps to hit the 100 miles on June 1.
Before that, though I have the Tour De Cure coming up on Saturday. 30 miles with 1960 feet of climbing. It will be a challenge, but I'll do it. Join me in fighting Diabetes by making a donation on my page.
Friday, April 19, 2013
J at ProCyclery assures me that these wheels are "stout." Just what I want to hear.
I got there and they wheeled her out and she was sexy with her new look:
Specifically the new wheels are Velocity Chukker rims, with 36 spokes woven in a 4x pattern and Shimano 105 hubs.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The event is Fatty's 100 Miles Of Nowhere. If you are not familiar with this concept, in a nutshell we are to ride either stationary trainers or around a very small course for 100 miles in support of charity. Fatty explains it so much better here.
The race is going to benefit a very deserving cause this year - Camp Kesem. To quote from their webiste:
"Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer."
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Unbelievably someone set off 2 bombs, about 10 seconds apart, near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The timing was such that they went off when the majority of the "average Joe" type runners would be finishing. Who did it or why is still unknown. No one has come forward to claim responsibility. The fact that someone would deliberately target the spectators (they are the ones who were hurt and killed) is unthinkable. My hope is that those who are responsible are caught and punished swiftly and severely and that this doesn't negatively impact these type of events in the future.
Our thought and prayers go out to the victims and their friends and families.
OK, back to this week. I had a decent week. The low-carb diet is working. I got out for a few rides including the windy Saturday ride. The net result is I weighed in this morning at 417 lbs. that is a loss of 18 lbs. or 4.14% for the competition. If I can maintain the pace, I might actually hit the 10% loss goal I set for myself at the beginning of the competition.
My goals for the week are to continue to eat within the plan, to keep my butt moving (I hope to get in 4 rides for a total of at least 50 miles) and to drink plenty of water.
To borrow from Fizzhog:
Ride your bike!
Saturday, April 13, 2013
So I got ready to head out this morning a little after 8:00 and imagine my surprise when I heard some strong wind gusts. I didn't think much of it. I checked my spokes, put air in my tires, put on my helmet and set out. The gusts weren't bad heading up my street. I made the turn out onto Blue Diamond and the true nature of the wind hit me. It seems stating about 8:00 the winds kicked up to 20 mph sustained and gusts up intot he 30's from the SSW and I was pedaling West. Right into the wind.
I decided to just keep the cranks turning for a bit and see what happened. After 30 minutes I took a break, checked my Garmin and saw that I had only gone about 4 miles. I rested for a minute then got back to it. I made it to the junction with HWY 159 almost 15 minutes later. I was done. I was tired of fighting the wind and it was time for the pay off - downhill with the wind. I made the turn and didn't really have to pedal most of the way back.
Looking at the Garmin record of the ride, I made it back in under 10 minutes and hit 31.4 mph - all without pedaling! It sure helped the average speed for the ride. :)
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
This morning I didn't ride as when the alarm went off, I was just too tired to get my butt up and out there. Imagine my surprise, then when I got on the scale and it showed 420.4. I couldn't believe it so I got off and back on to double check. Yep 420.4. I had lost 3 pounds overnight by not exercising.
OK, I realize that the weight is probably mostly water weight and that there is no way I could truly lose that much fat overnight, but I was very happy to see that number on the scale!
Now we did change our eating this week. We went back to the low-cab Atkins type eating plan. I know this works for me and from he scale I would say its true. For the duration of the Biggest Winner, we are going to stick to low-carb and see how much we can melt away.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The good news is that I am down this week. The bad news is I'm basically back to where I was 2 weeks ago at 12 lbs. lost for the competition. I was good, but not perfect with my nutrition this week. I know that if I want to lose weight quickly I have to cut out the carbs and so starting yesterday, I'm back on Atkins.
This morning's breakfast was 3 hard boiled eggs. Last nights dinner was grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast and broccoli with a bit of cheddar cheese. I know what to do and how to do it so I will be losing more weight for the next 5 weeks.
The one fly in the ointment is the Water Cooler at work is closed so I don't have easy access to low-carb options for lunch. Going to have to plan ahead and start bringing lunch until they reopen.
Monday, April 8, 2013
I was planning on getting up at my usual 4:00 am and heading out for a nice 10 miles around the neighborhood. Alarm was set and everything. Went to bed at an OK time (not the best, but I have done worse). Then about 2:20 am I was woken up by the wind trying to tear the blinds off the bedroom window. At least that's what it sounded like!
After mostly closing the bedroom window, I decided I needed to investigate the weather conditions. I fired up my phone and went to Wunderground.com to look at the local conditions. Lo and behold there was a sustained 24 mph wind with gusts approaching 50 mph. There was a high wind warning which stated that gusts could surpass 60 mph.
Well, I figured being such a high profile cyclist (you know like the high profile vehicles), that winds of this magnitude might cause a significant, unpleasant event that I just didn't want to deal with - namely it could easily blow me off the bike! So I reset my alarm for 5:25 am and went back to bed.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I decided to head out towards Red Rock, west on Blue Diamond and then North on Hwy 159. I wasn't sure how far I would make it, so I decided to ride out for an hour and then turn around and head back home. Surprisingly I felt pretty good and made it all the way to Bonnie Springs Ranch. Total distance was 20.4 miles. My farthest ride in 2 years!
The bike did well. I still don't trust it yet and can't wait for my new rear wheel so I can trust it. Jay over at ProCyclery helped me spec out the wheel and I can't wait for it to come in. We have put together what I think will be a fairly bulletproof wheel. Of course to get that durability, it costs money. In this case its almost the cost of the bike.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Why is it so easy to fall back into those habits that we know are not good for us? I know that I shouldn't overeat. I know that eating too much or the wrong foods isn't healthy, yet it is far to easy to do just that. Time to just get back to it and re-focus on the goal and the journey to get there.
I am going to get stronger and healthier and along the way the weight will come off. I know how and what I should be eating and am going to stick to it.
Monday, April 1, 2013
This morning I did a nice 8 mile ride despite 20 mph winds. Again, the bike seems OK, but I just don't trust that rear wheel not to throw a spoke.
From some preliminary discussions with the guys at Pro Cyclery, I think a 36 spoke wheel should do it. They are talking about possibly doing a 4x weave instead of a 3x which would distribute the point load across additional spokes. Not sure which rim and hub we will go with as yet, but the budget will be fairly tight.
I just realized that in less than 4 weeks I will be riding in the Las Vegas Tour De Cure. I can't wait to do the ride, but I have got to get some more miles under my belt between now and then. My longest ride so far this year has only been 18 miles. That's just over half the distance of the TDC. I want to do all I can to help eradicate this disease. If you haven't done so, please contribute to help find a cure here.