Sunday, September 12, 2010
I rode my first century in 27 years yesterday. That's 100 miles in one day. Last time it took me 10 hours. This time it took me 8 hours and 38 minutes.
(The sign says "100.9 miles")
It took 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average). I got two free 5-minute massages, once at the lunch rest stop (59.3 miles) and once at the end (100.9 miles).
My butt was not very sore because I broke down and put a gel seat cover on my bike saddle. My calves hurt the most, surprisingly. At about 55 miles they really started to hurt so I began hydrating like crazy and took advantage of the massage option.
Between the 59.3 and 75.7 mile stops there was a nasty headwind. I was riding alone, so when a group of four Cornell students (including one on the cycling team) passed me, I put on the gas and drafted behind them for about 5 miles. They were like a machine in a double pace line. I kept up until I pulled out in front to try and take my turn (which happened to be uphill) and just couldn't do it. The effort was so much that I couldn't keep up with them, even drafting. But by then the worst of the headwind was over, thankfully.
At about mile 95 I got tired of the pain and became something not entirely human - basically went berserk - and sprinted to the finish at about 25mph. I was D.O.N.E. hahaha
At rest stop two I met another Spark Person, LJOHN44. We took some photos together:
She'd been up late the night before making peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Which were delicious, by the way. I had FOUR quarter sandwiches.
Special thanks to Spark Person EILEENV3 who even helped sponsor my ride, although we've never met in person!
More pictures here:
Monday, August 23, 2010
This weekend I went to Ohiopyle State Park with some friends and paddled the Lower Youghiogheny river in Pennyslvania.
This weekend for the first time the Park has begun a trial period allowing people to run Ohiopyle falls more than one day a year.
We ran it on Sunday, the day after the race. The video is of my drop. Yes, those are platforms of spectators on the shore in the background.
Here is another angle. You can see my friend Aubrey on the rock in the background, shooting the video.
The whole series can be seen here:
After running the falls we continued on for another 4+ hours, running the river and playing along the way. I burned well over 1000 calories both Saturday and Sunday, according to my heart rate monitor.
It was a good weekend.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Well, after that depressing "struggling" blog, I guess I should mention that things have perked up. I'm back under 170 and holding pretty strong. Would like to get back under 160, and if I'm consistent I know I'll get there.
Some of the depression was almost certainly due to that "time of the month" (Sorry BREWMASTERBILL, I have to call it like I see it), and some of the weight (water?) gain might have been as well.
Saturday I swam 1.2 miles in Cayuga Lake chop for hospice and beat last month's Musselman time by 10 minutes.
Partly because I had a following wind pushing me and partly because I wasn't saving anything for a 56 mile bike ride afterward. LOL
The waves were so fun that when I got out out of the water I ran to my car and grabbed my whitewater kayak which was conveniently in there and paddled back out in time to escort some 2nd wave swimmers in. I was hoping to meet LJOHN44 who said she was there, but I somehow missed her. I'll hopefully meet her next month on the 100-miile biking AIDS Ride for Life.
Then I drove around to the other side of the lake and kayaked around taking pictures of my friends wind and kite surfing.
Next I went to a friend's house and practiced my back deck roll and my hands roll in her pond and tried single-track mountain biking.
She had friends visiting and her live-in chef (it's a long story) cooked this AMAZING 4-course meal for us:
The writing is too small to read in the photo, so here's what it says:
Smoked Vermont farmhouse mozzarella
reduced balsamic syrup
farmers market garlic crostini
Lively Run goat cheese
Seared Dayboat Scallops
swiss chard with Piggery bacon
crispy fingerling potato chips (6 each)
dijon mustard pan sauce
shiraz-braised pork cheek medallion
Each course was small, like an appetizer. They came slowly while we sipped red wine, chatted about kayaking and other topics, and listened to music.
So tired that night I actually crashed on her couch. And when I weighed myself the next morning I'd actually LOST weight.
Next morning loaded the boat back into the car, drove home (via another creek to see the put in and take out - at some point it will start raining again and then I will run Taughannock), got home, took a shower, jumped back into the car and hied to church.
Briefly attended a vestry meeting and then drove down to Ithaca to pick up 2 Cornell students and their kayak gear so we could go to Watertown and surf the Route 3 wave.
Met my best boating buddy up there and the four of us surfed for hours.
The buddy's parents came and hung out with all of us and we grilled sausages and chicken right there on the shore. It was a great time. Played in the water until it got too dark to see and packed everything up and came back. Didn't get home until 1am and I don't regret it one bit.
It was the kind of weekend summers are supposed to have.
Next weekend I'm going camping with three friends to kayak on the Youghiogheny. I *might* even run the 18' falls, depending on how I feel.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
GEE-KNEE asked how I'm doing and commented that it seems like all the "big weight losers" have had a rough time lately. I wrote an answer in mail, and then thought it might be worth posting my reply as a blog entry. So here it is.
I'm not sure if there's a specific reason why so many of us are struggling.
For me it's a variety of factors, mostly revolving around weight loss no longer being my primary focus in life.
This is a problem I have with the model proposed in the spark book and on this site. They sell the idea that you solve your weight problem and then go on to challenge yourself to improve in other areas.
In my experience it is not that simple. The weight problem isn't solved just by getting the weight off, even if you do it slowly, even if you do it in a "healthy" or "natural" way or "lifestyle change" way. For me it appears to be a natural condition to gain weight unless I'm vigilant. Period. I've been less vigilant in the past six months, so I've been gaining weight.
I've been snacking at night and not logging it. I've been going away camping and kayaking for weekends and not logging, and eating things I normally wouldn't in quantities I normally wouldn't.
I haven't been locked into a predictable exercise schedule. I haven't been burning as many calories.
I haven't been logging my water. I haven't been taking my vitamins. I haven't even been taking my antidepressant regularly.
Is it any wonder I'm having trouble sleeping and am slowly gaining weight? I've let the house of cards fall.
I still fit into my jeans (barely - haven't tried the leather pants lately and probably won't until I get 10 lbs off) but I can tell the difference and I don't like it.
It takes a lot of energy to live life AND stay vigilant and manage my food and exercise. And frankly, sometimes it just starts to feel like a burden, and I get tired and I want to give up and just go back to eating whatever I want whenever I want and not exercising. Temporarily it's an easy trap to fall into, but it has unpleasant long-term consequences.
I'm not giving up the war, but I admit I've surrendered more battles lately than I'm comfortable with. I've begun making excuses: I'm injured, I'm too busy, it's too much effort, just this once I'll slide, etc. etc. etc.
This is why I would just love to see some kind of maintenance resources on here of the same quality as the loss resources. Maintenance is a big, ugly, hairy problem and most people really struggle with it. But the industry ignores it for a variety of reasons and so there just isn't any support out there of the quantity or quality there is for losing weight in the first place.
Until such resources are available I think all we can do is hold onto each other and push ourselves and each other to take each day as it comes, do the best we can, do damage control where necessary, and keep fighting.
1) Managing the depression
2) Purging the house of temptations
2) Taking the vitamins
4) Logging the water
5) Logging ALL the food
6) Getting back into a daily exercise regime
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