Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I'm signed up as a member of a team who will race in the Tuckerman's Inferno Pentathlon this weekend in New Hampshire.
I was originally planning to do the kayak section, but given my shoulder injury I swapped with our bike guy. Not that I'm a bad cyclist - I did a century (100 miles) last year averaging almost 15 mph, and lapped people in a half-iron triathlon bike course (56 miles). I've been spinning 2-3 times per week all winter so I'm pretty strong.
And I have a really nice bike:
I weigh 8 lbs less than I did in that century, so I should be faster.
Here's a map of the course and an elevation profile:
Here it is on Google Maps:
I'll let you know how it goes...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
How do you celebrate maintenance? The weight might not change, and besides it's overall fitness I'm after, not a particular number on the scale.
What I recommend to people is:
1) get your BMI below 30
2) then focus on % body fat
If there 's any number I'm chasing it's my % body fat. I prefer it at 20 or below.
In the meantime, I've done some reflecting and decided it's time to do some celebrating.
On 10/12/2009 my BMI went under 30 according to Physics Diet.
That means I've had what could generously be termed a "healthy" BMI for 547 days. And today is my year-and-a-half anniversary of that.
So even though I felt kind of like a fraud for gaining some of the weight back from my lowest point, I did stay under the number that I recommend to others, and I should really just shut up and celebrate that.
In the meantime I did push my BMI below 25 for about 4 months, and then gained almost 30 lbs because I was so enthralled with kayaking I lost sight of tracking my food.
I've been pushing those pounds of fat off again and now have about 10 to go according to Physics Diet (or 5 according to the scale).
As I said, having that number on the scale isn't as important to me as the % body fat, but they do tend to track together. Once I'm under 160 my % body fat should settle around 20 again or a little under, assuming I'm eating and exercising the same ways that got me there the first time.
And if it doesn't, then I'll tweak the system, adding more protein and more heavy lifting.
So, yay me. Maintenance.
Monday, April 11, 2011
I keep seeing blogs and questions all over this site where people are trying to figure out what their "optimal" weight is.
I've said this before and I'll restate it here. I figure the best way to proceed is:
1) Get the BMI under 30
2) Focus on the % body fat you'd like
For me that's around or under 20% body fat. And as far as lean mass, I want LOTS of it. Especially in my core, back, and shoulders (for kayaking) and my legs (for road cycling).
These pictures have been floating around the internet for a while, and I think it's time to post some of them here.
There are two places I've seen them:
Here is a preview:
They come from this book:
And are available from this website at the University of Delaware:
under "Photos from “The Athlete” by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein"
A few interesting side notes about these pictures:
"Biggest Loser" fans might recognize someone in this picture:
Folks who like TED Talks might enjoy hearing from someone in this picture:
Here's her page over at TED Talks. Well worth watching, only 20 minutes each:
(Look closely at her legs. Now go watch the talks.)
People might remember someone in this picture from the recent Summer Olympics:
Here is a more recent photo:
The real reason I wanted to share this, however, is because these pictures underscore to me a few things:
1) Bodies come in all kinds of shapes and sizes
2) To me a body built to DO things is attractive
3) Depending on your selected nutrition and fitness regime you can reshape your body
Until I started spinning regularly I always was a pear shape. To the extent that sometimes I had to buy shirts and pants in different sizes. Not anymore. Between the weight lifting building my upper body and the high intensity cycling trimming my hips, I am more of a rectangle or even a sort of trapezoid.
Here's the thing. YOU get to decide what you want to look like. Who CARES what anyone else thinks, really? It's YOUR BODY. And it's fun to make it strong so it can do fun things.
Monday, April 04, 2011
It's KILLING me not to be able to boat or snowboard.
Despite that, (or maybe because of it) I've been able to focus on the eating and as a result I'm back under 170 now (in actual pounds - Physicsdiet's average lags behind). 10 more pounds and I'm gonna treat myself to a BRAND NEW BOAT.
I suspect it'll be one of these
or one of these
The Jackson comes in carbon (drool, drool) but that's really for actual competitors, not wannabe newbies. Anyway, I'm going to have to try them and see how they feel, because that's the ultimate test. Maybe here: www.mountainmanoutdoors.com/SpecialE
fault.aspx or here: www.zoaroutdoor.com/demofest.htm (although I hope to actually HAVE the new boat by then)
By the time I'm under 160 I'll have gotten rid of most of the junk in the trunk, and with my upper body and core strength I should be able to start learning how to throw loops, do cartwheels, and engage in other freestyle nonsense:
I've surfed that wave on the Ottawa in the second video. It's fun.
Had good luck with an ultralight kevlar recreational kayak as a reward back when I got the first 100 lbs off,
so I think this will probably work out pretty well. Heck, I paddled that boat so much the summer of 2009 that it was the reason I ended up taking a white water class - because I wanted to roll my rec boat and extend the season.
Kind of ironic that I ended up getting lured to the Dark Side. Now I only paddle flat water if there's no other option and I wouldn't be caught dead in a rec boat. LOL I have an 18-foot sea kayak for that!
Plus I've noticed that having an expensive drysuit ($900) has been excellent incentive to keep my weight down.
With the new boat I won't be able to fit in it or do any of those cool things if I don't stay under 160. So the ability to do the activity will be the reward for maintenance.
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