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!
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:
(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).
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.
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