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I Must Dig Deep to Reach My Goal for 2011

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Over the last couple of years I've dropped 32 lbs, going from 242 to 210. I've put a few pounds back on over the last month or so not so much because of the holidays but because of a slight winter depression and corollary lack of discipline. But that's not a big deal to me, it happens every year and I take those pounds off without any problems.

But here's the deal: I really love cycling and want to focus on speed this year. In the recreational cycling world you have A, B, and C riders. "C riders" average 10-12 mph and generally ride with their families or have slow bikes or simply enjoy going for a ride without pushing the pace. "B riders" average 14-16 mph and enjoy pushing the pace but for a number of reasons end up averaging in this range by the end of a ride. "A riders" average 18-22 mph, or even more, and are certainly athletes.

Over the last couple of years I have been a B+ or A- rider, that is, I have averaged 17-18 mph throughout the year, with occasional forays into the 18+ range. I think my fastest ride over the last couple of years was 19.2 mph over 60 miles but I had a strong tail wind so that doesn't really count.

What this means is that on a given group ride I get stuck in no-man's land between the A riders and the B riders. I'm too fast for the latter and too slow for the former. Thus, my goal for this year is to catch the back of the A pack, but that's easier said than done--believe me!

In order to accomplish this goal I will have to get my weight down between 190-200, and this won't be easy for me. I have established a healthy diet that I enjoy very much, but in order to lose another 10-20 lbs I'll have to cut my cals back even more and be very disciplined. This also is easier said than done which leads to the point of this blog entry--I must dig deep to reach my cycling goal for 2011 and catch those fast riders!

I know that I can do this; I'm just not sure if I have the resolve. Any thoughts?


Patience--That's the Key for Me

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The "gym season" is going well for me so far and I'm very tempted to push farther faster than I had planned. But I can really feel my body getting stronger and fitter and I think it's probably best to stay the course with my plan for the year and trust that that plan will work--if I'll be patient and stay the course.

The hard-working farmer has to be a very patient person: I think those of us pursuing health do, too.

Hope you have a great day!

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STEELKICKIN 12/12/2010 5:00PM

    I agree with you. There are many times that I am tempted to push myself a little farther than what I should. I get caught up in the moment and think, "Hmmm! I bet I can do 15 minutes more." And I notice that when I do, I am worthless the next day, especially if I've pushed myself too hard on the weights. It's extremely hard to be patient, especially when we are seeing the results and the pay-offs of what we've already done. But you're right in the fact that you should "stay-the-course." You're stronger and fitter because of what you have done so far. If it's not broke, don't fix it, like the saying says.

You're doing a terrific job. Keep it up! It's obvious that you have picked out a plan that has worked for you thus far!

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It's a Blustery Day!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wow, the snow is really coming down this morning. I'm looking out my window, watching it blow sideways, and pile up all over the place. I sure love the snow but I have to go out into it right now and I sure hope I don't get stuck!

Hope you have a great, even if blustery, day!

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LINTPICKER 12/11/2010 10:49AM

    it's 76 here in So. Cal. . I like seeing the snow on the mountains but don't like driving in it. It is very beautiful though.

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JAZZYJAS 12/11/2010 10:13AM

    Be safe and I am jealous of your snow.

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Did the Stair-Stepper for the First Time in Years

Friday, December 10, 2010

I used to hate the stair stepping machine but I did it because I knew it was good for me. But when they came out with the elliptical machine I thought, "Oh, this is for me," and I never went back to the stair stepper again--until yesterday. I really want to improve my climbing on the bike this year and thought that machine might help me, and by golly, I think it will. It was still painful, but nothing near so bad as years ago and I'm glad I tried it.

Hope you have a great day!

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BACKTOTEN12 12/10/2010 4:05PM

    It's amazing how God made our bodies to adapt, isn't it? We get stronger with every activity and losing weight certainly makes exerting oneself so much easier. Hang in there and it'll get less painful. ( I doubt if it will ever go to "FUN"!!! but it might- it's all in our attitude. and it WILL increase you climbing ability)I was thinking about trying it at our gym. I haven't been on it for 10 years but I'm soooo much better - I may just be inspired. Thanks. emoticon

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Strength Training Today

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I strength train three times per week at this time of year, and today is one of those days. Throughout December I'm doing a fairly simple full body workout: one set of 15 reps for about 20 exercises with moderate weight, at medium speed. Then in January I'll change it up and do upper body on Tuesdays, core on Thursdays, and lower body on Saturdays.

I normally stop strength training in the heart of cycling season, but I've been thinking that I might somehow work it in for the 2011 season. We'll see how it goes.

Peace to you all!

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BACKTOTEN12 12/10/2010 4:08PM

    I love the strength training. I always feel great when I get done. It makes lots of things easier, too. I feel lots "lighter" for some reason. Good luck on your routine. It's hard to keep on schedule this time of year. I've been doing pretty well and sounds like you are to. Keep it up!!

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MROSE721 12/9/2010 12:03PM

  wishing u well, keep us posted on your workouts

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