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Second Ride of the Year

 

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Anybody reading this must be shocked.  I’ve ridden twice in two days!  I am in worse shape than I thought.  My legs hurt a little from yesterday’s ride but I was fine.  Even went a little farther.  To ride two days a row in February is the life.

Plus I’m down a dozen pounds since my initial weigh-in on February 4th.  I’m really committed to getting in shape.  I’m eating right and exercising.  It is all coming together and  hopefully will continue.

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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

First Ride of the Year

This is going to shock some people but I actually rode my bike today, in February!

It was a beautiful sixty degree day so I got on the bike and rode a measly 7.2 miles.  I loved every minute of it.  I am out of shape but it was joyful.  Hopefully Spring has sprung and I can ride every day.

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Posted by on February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Things are looking bright

The weather looks great starting this weekend.  I will be on the bike, no excuses.  Great weather for the middle of February.

I’ve learned a lot from my previous rides. Such as:

  • Lay out clothes the night before
  • Make sure the bike is clean, lubed and tires inflated night before
  • Make sure accessories like Garmin and Sony ActionCam are charged
  • Make sure I have two clean water bottles filled
  • Have a plan as to where and for how long I want to ride.

I’m ready

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Back on the Scale

On Saturday the poker league that I belong started a weight loss bet.  A dozen of us ponied up fifty dollars each to see who would lose the highest percentage of their weight by the final game of the season, June 10th, 2017.  With my father-in-law gone and my brother’s health under control and returning I decided to take it seriously.  The goal of health is important and the six hundred dollars is a nice incentive.

Starting the next day I immediately logged into MyFitnessPal and began logging anything and everything that I put in my mouth.  Plus I charged my Fitbit Alta and walked 10,000 steps.  I’m going to amp up my exercise while dialing down my eating and take it down.

Spring is right around the corner and the bicycle is waiting.  I bought a bicycle jersey from The Silver Wheels Cycling Club from The Dog Days Wine Tour a size smaller than I wear.  Looking forward to fitting into it.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Back to Life

It’s been a tough year.  My brother has oral cancer and I’ve been his main caregiver.  Endless doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy and radiation.  Last week he had ten hour surgery to remove the cancer and insert radioactive seeds.  It was brutal surgery and the entire process exhausted me.

Meanwhile my father-in-law has been declining over the past few years.  He was in his late eighties and lives right behind us.  He had a large number of health problems.  Since I’m retired I became his primary caregiver and as time passed it took up more and more of my time.  He started getting palliative care but they did very little.  Then last week I was done.  He had begun getting severe headaches and we had to take him by ambulance to the hospital.  Found he had a mass in his brain.  We began hospice.  A few days later I found him dead.

I am exhausted.  Now that my brother is in recovery and he is gone it is time to get my health back.  I’ve gained weight and feel my age for the first time in my life.

Spring will be here soon and I will be on the bike.  I’m sixty now and feel as though I’m running out of time.

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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Video Experiment

I’ve seen videos online sped up.  I’ve never been that into them but saw one that was interesting.  Thought I’d try it.

Original.

Now 3x

Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Ride to Oberlin/Kipton May 25, 2016

I’m such a dumbass.  The weather is finally turning nice so I want to get on the bike as often as possible.

I was beat from the Ride of Silence so I took a day off.  The next day I got up and it was perfect out.  It was going to be in the eighties so I wanted to get out before it got too hot.  I pulled the bike out and realize the Garmin battery was low.  I put it on charge.  Grabbed my Sony ActionCam, realized the batteries were low.  Grabbed my phone, at 4%.  Damn.  It would take an hour to get things going.

Didn’t leave until 10:30.

I headed to Oberlin and due to a train crossing closure had to take the long way around.  There was a strong headwind coming from the west and it was sapping my strength but I’m not letting anythings stop me.

Halfway to Oberlin I saw a group from Silver Wheels Cycling Club going the other way.  I caught it on video at the 1:45 mark.

Got to Oberlin feeling pretty good although it was getting warm. I took a short break.

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I hadn’t known but there is a water station there.  I drink my fill and refilled my water bottle.

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Feeling pretty good I headed to Kipton.  The ride there wasn’t bad.

Got back to Oberlin and headed home.  The heat was kicking in and the wind had shifted from the south now.  At around 25 miles I bonked.  I only had one water bottle and it was empty and I realized I had made a lot of mistakes.  I sat under a tree and regrouped.

The last four miles were tough.  I pushed through going 8-10 mph and got home spent.  I drank a gallon of water and vowed to stop being stupid.

What I did wrong:

  • Didn’t lay my stuff out the night before
  • Didn’t have my electronics charged
  • Didn’t eat anything before I left
  • Only took one water bottle
  • Went father than I should have with the miles that I have in

Live and learn.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized