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HIking in the Blue Mountains, near Godman Ridge

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Kim vs. The Couch

I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 35 of that, and I'm working to lose 35 more.
I'm still trying to lose all the weight I gained since I graduated from college in 2002 (at age 36). At my heaviest, I was about 210 pounds. I've lost about 35 of that, and I'm working to lose 35 more.

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HILLSLUG98239 reading this makes me feel better about taking some time off while my sinuses are cranky: http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/multisport-zone/multisport-lab/articles/rules-of-rest-111814.aspx
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 current weight: 173.2 

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Member Since: 11/14/2012

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My Goals:
In April 2013 I made a big commitment: I will celebrate my 50th birthday in September 2015 by completing an Olympic-distance triathlon. My blog is mostly about training & maintaining motivation.

My Program:
Eat real food.

Move! Work! And never underestimate the value of a rest day.

Personal Information:
Born & raised in Seattle. Joined the US Coast Guard at 18. Bounced around a lot for the next twelve years, including a few more years in Seattle. Moved backed to Washington in 1996 to a rural area of Western Washington (the wet part). Moved to Eastern Washington in 2000, and I fell in love with this side of the Cascade Mountains. We currently live in the Tri-Cities. It's a brush steppe, but the climate is very similar to a high desert: cold in the winter, hot in the summer, lots of sun, not much rain, lots of wind, very little humidity.

Other Information:
I have very little self-control when it comes to food. I can always justify eating that extra snack - and then I regret it!

I've found that following Matt Fitzgerald's point of view about diet quality has improved my diet and made it easier to stay within daily calorie ranges.

Although I love to sleep and I could spend 9-10 hours in bed everyday, I'm naturally kind of fidgity. I like to keep myself in motion. I find it difficult to sit for more than an hour. Since I work at a desk job, I'm always up & walking around.

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11/18/2014 3:11:06 AM

Hi Kim,

Thanks for commenting on my "Fat Bike in Snow" blog.

I have noticed that the SparkPeople fitness tracker puts "Calories Burned" for mountain/BMX biking at 40% less than that of riding a road bike at 16 to 19 mph on a hard level surface.

I am not sure what assumptions goes into these calorie counters. However, my own person experience is that road biking, even in the relatively hilly Denver area, is a whole lot easier than mountain biking in the Rocky Mountains.

After 15 minutes of riding my mountain bikes, at 6 to 9 mph on a typical mountain single track, I am breathing like a freight train and bathed in sweat!

I have knocked down 60 miles in two hours on my road bike with much less effort than "slow" mountain biking. As winter grinds on, I am going to be doing more cardio workouts on my indoor cycling trainer and elliptical machine. Trying to stay in shape over the winter is a challenge.

I think it is great that you commute to work on your bike during the warmer months. That adds up!

Keep Pedaling,


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11/10/2014 9:57:18 AM

Yeah, unfortunately I'm that neighbor with all the trees who covers his tree-less neighbor's lawn...


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11/5/2014 9:51:31 PM


Challenge is on!

Well, not a challenge really. But, ok I will take the blame if your week 4 blows. I'm pretty confident. Or rather, I have confidence in you.

And ... yeah, your next two days are constrained too ... but just do the best you can. DON"T say, its a screwed week so I may as well go hog wild. TRI. And if you go hog wild, meh. Then Friday TRI. Yeah the bike thing can't be helped.

Seriously though, just do the best you can ... and you'll be okay.

(And yeah, I am thinking from now on when I use the word 'try' I will substitute it for "tri" ... I wonder at what point will that start to get annoying?)

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11/2/2014 3:58:53 PM

Thanks for visiting my endurance training blog. Yes, I found out that my common sense was correct when I ran the 10k portion of my 1st oly tri. It sure does feel more difficult than an average 10k. I have to remember I'm not invincible, although slow. I keep going longer and harder distances, and at some point I will have to stop that. DW thinks my half ironman is overdoing it, so I may have to stop there, or suffer her wrath. LOL. Take care and keep up the good work!

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11/2/2014 10:53:57 AM

I'm delighted Washington and Colorado are leading the way in this "social experiment." I haven't looked at the impact on Washington, but I know from reading about Colorado that they have made a boatload of money in taxes and the crime rate has gone down. I think other states that are hurting for money like Illinois are likely to follow. I was actually happy to see how "normal" things were in Colorado. I think it will help other states not be so afraid to make changes in their laws.

Wishing you the best.

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