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AIDS Ride for Life (100 miles) 9/10/11

Friday, April 22, 2011

One of the things I wanted to do after losing 180 lbs was ride a century again.

The event I selected is the AIDS Ride for Life, and I did it September 2010. It circumnavigated Cayuga Lake and took me 6:53 of actual biking (about 14.7 mph on average), and 8:38 including breaks off the bike. My friends and relatives generously donated $360 to sponsor my ride! Here is a blog post about that ride, with pictures:

Over the past year I've managed to KEEP the weight off (in many ways harder than getting it off in the first place) and I'm going to ride in this event again. It'll be held on September 10, 2011 (9/10/11).

This year I'll be riding with friends from the Cornell Outing Club, who are fellow avid outdoors people. Our team page is here:
To find my page on there just click my name ("Angela").

I'm hoping to have team jerseys made - when I rode last year it was solo and the folks in teams looked like they were just having so much fun! Here is a design I'm contemplating:

Here are closeups of what the front and back say:

The money we raise will benefit the Southern Tier AIDS Program which provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Southern Tier of New York. Founded in 1984 as a local response to the HIV epidemic, Southern Tier AIDS program provides effective and innovative HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention education and outreach services to people living with HIV/AIDS. Having grown up in the SF Bay Area in the 1980s I suppose I'm particularly sensitive to issues surrounding this disease.

If you live in the area, we'd love more people to ride with if you'd like to join in; there are 42, 50 or 100 mile options.

Perhaps you'd like to volunteer at one of the stations; LJOHN44 from Syracuse makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for rest stop #2 (Union Springs) every year - there are pictures of us at the blog post link, above. There is more information about volunteering, here:

If you don't feel up to riding or volunteering, perhaps you could help sponsor us?
Just click on one of our names and you'll find a link for donating (I'm "Angela" on there) . People have put in as little as $10 and it all really added up...

If so, I'm grateful. If not, no worries. It's all good. Heck, I'm just happy to still be in the shape I'm in, to be ABLE to ride in something like this!


Based on GL's comment, here's an alternative shirt back.

Update as of 5/9/11
The jerseys arrived!

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KAYOTIC 4/24/2011 7:47PM

    Nice job on the shirt, and improvements...I don't have nearly the imagination of GL.....Good luck with the ride, it does seem like an event like that would be more fun with a group.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/24/2011 9:43AM

    OMG that's BRILLIANT. I should replace the horse with a QR code for the URL of the club...

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GRACEFULIFE 4/24/2011 9:34AM

    The front of the jersey looks like a QR code. Kinda like the shirt in the xkcd store.

I like it. Plenty of bacon, though I'm not sure why you need a paddle with your bacon! Also, you have Al Capone covered there (with the backpack and baseball bat)... that guy loves him some baseball! And a guy rolling tires... that's probably good exercise. I won't even mention the naughty one... oops. Also, anti-arson... that's probably a good message although somewhat anti-fun.

Also, the guy with the Google Maps marks on his feet is kind of amusing.

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DDOORN 4/23/2011 9:51PM

    How much fund-raising is necessary...? I'm having a real tough time thinking about doing a ride which involves fund-raising. Even during BETTER times I just have a hard time holding my hand out for donations...even though it may be a good cause, it feels like I'm asking someone to pay for my expenses because if I raise enough money I get to do a cool ride. But with tough times getting tougher...? It's even more difficult for me to think about doing a fund-raising ride.


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ANNE7X7 4/23/2011 4:39PM

    That is SO cool!I wonder if there's such an "outing" club in my area!

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    sounds like a great idea i will have a look, maybe can do a virtual ride

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CARRIE1948 4/22/2011 4:30PM

    I may catch you there. Need to get back outside on my bike. If they did a race on an indoor cycle, I could do it!

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Tuckerman's Inferno Pentathlon Results

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

This past Saturday I joined a team of four Cornell undergrads and we raced in the Tuckerman's Inferno Pentathlon in New Hampshire.

Tuckerman's Ravine is an east-facing bowl on Mt. Washington in the White Mountains where there is snow late into spring:

The Pentathlon course starts in the valley at about 500 ft, winds up to an elevation of almost 3000ft at the summit and ends at about 2000 ft.

Here are four of us the night before (Jon joined us the morning of the race):

From left to right, Shay, Eric, Luke, Angela (me)

The event consisted of five segments:

Mother Tuckers
(what other sort of team name would you expect undergraduate males to come up with? LOL)

Shay RUN 8.3 mi (600 ft climb) 0:53:25.10
Eric KAYAK 6 mi (200 ft drop) 0:59:29.03
Angela BIKE 18 mi (2000 ft climb) 1:29:09.03
Luke HIKE 3 mi (2,268 ft climb) 0:54:08.46
Jon SKI 1 mi (hike to bowl, ski to road) 0:18:07.44 (06:46.77 Giant Slalom)

TOTAL TIME 4:34:19.06
(14th place out of 28 teams who finished - 3 didn't finish)

The fastest team did it in 3:29:53.
A solo guy did the whole thing in 4:11:22
A solo woman did the whole thing in 5:26:00
(She did the bike in 1:18:41.69)

Here's a picture of me on the bike course:

It's hidden by the bike, but my right legwarmer slid down below my knee within the first 5 miles and I didn't want to stop and pull it up so I rode most of the race looking like I was wearing shorts with knee socks on that side. LOL

Here's an elevation profile of the bike course:

I could have done it faster but hadn't ridden the route before and wasn't sure how much energy to save. I came in 54 out of 64.

A newspaper photographer got an awesome shot of Jon descending on the last leg:

He had the fastest time on the course of any skier.

We probably would have done better if my shoulder had allowed me to kayak. Eric was a trooper doing the paddling part because he originally wanted to bike and agreed to switch, even though he doesn't have a lot of downriver experience.

The other Outing Club team came in 9th (4:29:06), even though the kayaker skiied too.

It was a great time. Too bad it's so far away - the drive was kind of heinous (7.5 hours each way).

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KAYOTIC 4/21/2011 11:07PM

    What an event! I must admit the name of your team makes me chuckle...

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/20/2011 2:53PM

    WOW, Impressive! I can't even fathom doing that right now but they do say to continue on a healthy lifestyle you need to constantly be challenging yourself!

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ANNE7X7 4/20/2011 8:35AM

    That sounds like such an awesome event! You guys rocked it!!!

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    woo hoo you are having fun looks awesome, love the team name

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 7:06PM

    That's awesome!! Glad you had such a good time AND made it home safely.

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FUSCHIA6 4/19/2011 6:32PM

    GOOD FOR YOU! Right on! You are my hero! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RHYNIC 4/19/2011 6:04PM

    wow, that is one cool challenge. cycling uphill - no up mountain - you are my hero! well done.

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ALYFITN 4/19/2011 4:56PM


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    WOW! You are impressive!!

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DDOORN 4/19/2011 3:44PM

    Kudos to taking on yet ANOTHER challenge! Woo hoo to YOU! :-)


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BOOMAC1961 4/19/2011 3:19PM

    You guys did great finishing about halfway through the field, especially with 2 of you switching your strongest events! You should be proud! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/19/2011 2:08PM


No kidding about the non-Clydesdales. Check out the top 3 solo finishers:


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GRACEFULIFE 4/19/2011 1:14PM

    Wow that individual guy must be freaking hardcore. He should keep being awesome.

Your course looks like it's not quite the Col du Tourmalet, but pretty challenging anyway. Definitely a course for little guys over clydesdales.

Sounds like a great time! Too bad about the shoulder but you made the best of it, which is all you can do anytime! You can did it!

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BUNPOH 4/19/2011 12:01PM

    Wow! Hardcore all over again.

Racing with a bunch of male undergrads. Look at you!


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250STRONG 4/19/2011 10:59AM

    sounds like a great event!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Yeah, that ain't right.

Today at the end of spin class I had a heck of a time getting my left shoe free from the pedal.

In the end I managed it - but there was a small problem (about 1-inch square, to be exact).

The SPD cleat was still on the pedal!

After some tinkering with various screwdrivers and hammers and other implements, the facility director had to lend me a clamp so I could wrench it off there.

I've been using the shoes for spinning 2-3x per week for two years, and they had started to feel like they were flexing. It was TIME. And when I inspected the right shoe, I could see that the plate on the sole was also cracking.

Considering how many "miles" they went, I'd say 2 years was a good life span for them. And fortunately I still have my "outside" bike shoes (also SPD) that I can use for the race on Saturday and in spinning until I decide what to do.

On my way home it occurred to me that perhaps I should have left the cleat on the bike.

Because maybe Prince Charming would have come around with it, looking for the hot spin chick who was missing one from her left shoe?


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PATTILYNN224 4/18/2011 3:20PM

    Love the blog. Here's to your Prince!!

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ROX5CAR 4/18/2011 10:46AM

    "liked" your blog.

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ROX5CAR 4/16/2011 6:10AM

    LOL! WTG for wearing them out!!!

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    woo hoo out spinning your shoes is some serious hard core exercise. Good job on resting your shoulder, I have been refuelling substanstially, as it seems i was eating under cals even for my BMR so my next plan is to stick with 1500 cals and slowly build up my calorie burn with weights and more exercise as i get to be more active with my leg. I am hanging out for
3 month post op when the tendon will be more effectively stuck to the bone, and I will be able to stretch it finally.While its great to be able to walk my dog and get about, I keep adding to the list of things I'm looking forward to long bike ride along the river, combat, zumba, running, hard kick with a board, kettleball. At least I will ahve a good (low ) baseline of exercise to work with to see if reasonable cals and x amount of exercise has a result i want . I have alwasy increased ex and dropped cals which only works for a short time for me. Am working my wat through BFFM .Can wait to hear about you class and paddling exploits, have a great weekend. emoticon

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TRAXINA 4/15/2011 11:09AM

    Yessssss..... using your equipment to failure is a sign that you're hard-core!!

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DDOORN 4/15/2011 8:58AM

    Woo hoo! Spinning those shoes to oblivion! :-)

I'm sticking with the clips...lol


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SWAZY33 4/15/2011 5:51AM

    You just never do know where Prince charming may be! Love it! and great job...wearing out those spin shoes! awesome!

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GRACEFULIFE 4/15/2011 5:51AM

    Nice. I just spin with the toe clips, and at the gym I'm going to not all the bikes even have cleats IIRC - possibly only a couple of them do. I guess I may as well check it out when I'm in there doing my intervals tonight since for a while I've had my designs on getting some real cycling shoes.

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BUNPOH 4/15/2011 3:29AM

    That's kind of awesome. You should count wearing out spinning shoes as a non-scale victory.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/15/2011 1:17AM

    awww geeee! I am sooooo glad it wasn't your foot!

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18 miles, 2000 vertical ft

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...

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KAYOTIC 4/15/2011 7:57PM

    Good luck!

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ANNE7X7 4/15/2011 8:55AM

    That's sounds insane, but you rock so I have no doubts that you'll do fabulous! Have fun!

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GRACEFULIFE 4/14/2011 12:59AM

    Wow... sounds awesome. Go get 'em!

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CARRIE1948 4/13/2011 2:54PM

    Good luck

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BOOMAC1961 4/13/2011 1:57PM

    AWESOME Challenge! I wish you the best of luck! I know you can do it!

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Anniversaries: 1.5 years at a healthy BMI by my definition

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.
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JENIKINZ17 4/17/2011 10:53AM

  I don't put much stock in the BMI or scale but I do agree with the body fat %...I would like to get mine under 25% but I have no clue what it is now...I need to look into one of those tests and see how much it would be...I had calipers but doing them on yourself was frustrating, I want an accurate read and I don't trust the bf scales either.
Thanks for sharing this!

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MOM5INFL 4/17/2011 8:05AM

    Congratulations on your weight maintenance! You would have gained it all back by now if you didn't commit to the process of permanent lifestyle change. We will become members of the elite 5 percent (or 10 percent...whatever they say it is)! I admire your exercise ethic! Impressive. Keep it up! You are an inspiration! Birdie.

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MRPLATSON 4/14/2011 3:06PM

    Sometimes when you're charging head-first for a goal you lose sight of the things you've accomplished along the way. Looking back and appreciating the positive things you've done is as much part of the process as losing the weight is self.

For some strange reason I feel incredibly proud of you; even though I can't see how I fit into the equation.

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GRACEFULIFE 4/14/2011 1:48PM

    I'd say that as you explore, you're closing in on a good working definition of maintenance. Or perhaps finding that the definition may not be the same for everyone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNE7X7 4/14/2011 12:53PM

    Woohoo!! Maintenance is no piece of cake, but you are doing so well! Keep it up!

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    hey great profile age congrats on your BMI how are you how is the rotator cuff going?

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FISHING88 4/13/2011 1:53PM

    You are wise to choose carefully your definition of healthy bmi. Too often people try to maintain what is too difficult or frustrating and then they give up. Your approach is much healthier!

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OVERHAULING-ME 4/13/2011 1:13PM

    CONGRATS! Maintenance is a HUGE celebration! Thanks for all the information you've gathered on the journey that you are now sharing! I am a huge benefiter!

Have a great day!

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    Loved your blog - I'm still on my journey to my healthy BMI but wanted to thank you for the inspiration!!! -Shanna

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    emoticon You are making Maintenance happen!!! I'm sooooooo very happy for you!!!! ~hugs~
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BECKYB73 4/12/2011 9:45PM

    YOUR definition is the only one that matters! You're living life the way you want to and doing the things you've always wanted to do. That is WINNING! (no matter how far from your low weight you are!)

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    You've been a machine lately. Pounds off, bf% down. Hooray for consistency.

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JLPEASE 4/12/2011 4:38PM

    So awesome. Congratulations!!

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FITFORMYKIDS 4/12/2011 1:08PM

    Fantastic! I love how you are using health markers to feel good about yourself. Love the waterfall pic!

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KAZINMICH 4/12/2011 1:02PM

    Amazing! Congratulations! Maintenance should be celebrated! You worked hard to change your entire life to living healthy and happy and it's wonderful. I'm working on getting down to a healthier weight and size, and once I'm in that range I will focus on my BMI too. Right now my BMI is off the charts, and will be until I lose more weight!

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BUNPOH 4/12/2011 12:22PM

    What a great concept, celebrating your maintenance. Congratulations at keeping within the bounds you've decided for this long, and for reining it in when you needed to. Now I'm inspired to go check when I crossed that magic 30 BMI line and see how long it's been!


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