KCNEWF's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KCNEWF KCNEWF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Days 23 & 24 - Business Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432571 I have been traveling on business this week. I find it tough to eat right traveling <BR> <BR> I did 30 minutes on the treadmill on both Day 23 and Day 24 <BR> <BR> I did not drink enough water on either day. <BR> <BR> On Day 23, I cheated myself and did nit track food - I definitely over ate, <BR> <BR> On Day 24, I ate just below range! (Starts to balance day 23?) <BR> <BR> 1 more day traveling and I will be home! <BR> <BR> Keep the Spark Up! Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:16:31 EST Day 22 - recovering! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5430061 I felt good enough today to get 30 minutes on the treadmill. Rest, the neti pot and antibiotics are beating the sins infection. <BR> <BR> I am traveling on business this week. It always seems to be a challenge for me to track food until the end of the day while traveling. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless: <BR> I ate in range <BR> I did not drink enough water <BR> I got in 30 minutes on the treadmill. <BR> <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 00:03:36 EST Day 21 - Another recovery day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428890 Still recovering from the sinus infection. <BR> <BR> Did not feel up to riding my trike and started a business trip today. Flying with a sinus infection is no fun! <BR> <BR> - Ate in range <BR> - Did not drink enough water - will do better on Monday! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 01:43:46 EST Day 20 - Drowning s sinus infection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427697 I'm down for a second day with a sinus infection. So I decided to drown it! <BR> <BR> - 16 cups of water today <BR> - Ate just above my target range <BR> <BR> I hope to get in a quick trike ride Sunday - assuming that I feel better. A lack of cardio over the last few days has been driving me nuts! <BR> <BR> Keep sparking! Sat, 20 Jul 2013 21:43:01 EST Day 19 - Sinus Infection. argh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427159 Sick with a sinus infection, so no trike ride for me today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ate in range <BR> Drank lots of water -14 cups <BR> Went to the doctor <BR> <BR> Will probably still need another day off my trike to recover from the sinus infection. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:02:15 EST Day 18 - Firing on 7 cylinder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426146 Ok day today <BR> <BR> 1. Ate at top of range <BR> 2. Triked 17.6 miles <BR> 3. Tracked 12167 steps <BR> 4. Drank enough water <BR> <BR> I an coming down with a sinus infection. I'll probably take a day off my trike on Friday and go to the doctor. <BR> <BR> Spark on! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:20:40 EST Day 17 - Great Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424683 I arrived home from a few days at scout camp. It is nice to be back in the AC <BR> <BR> 1. I ate in range <BR> 2. I drank lots of water <BR> 3. I tracked 13,450 steps <BR> <BR> I'll be back on my trike in he morning! Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:20:59 EST Day 16 - Last Full Day at Scout Camp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423630 Today was my last full day at Scout Camp with my sons. <BR> <BR> It has been a successful session at Camp Piercing Arrow on the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. My boys have grow significantly from their expriences here <BR> <BR> Today I accomplished the following on my program <BR> 1. Ate in range <BR> 2. Drank enough water. 12 + cups <BR> 3. Tracked 15,595 steps on my pedometer <BR> <BR> I look forward to returning home from camp and resuming my cardio routine on my trike! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:39:04 EST Day 15 - Outdoors all day at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422522 Busy day outdoors today. <BR> <BR> Drank 15 cups of water <BR> Ate at the top of my range <BR> 24,464 steps tracked <BR> <BR> Wooooo hoooooo! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:44:08 EST Day 14 - Off track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421195 Started a 4 day stint at Boy Scout camp today. <BR> <BR> Neglected my food tracking, so I am saying I ate above range today. <BR> <BR> Drank plenty of water. <BR> <BR> No cardio or trike riding today. <BR> <BR> 12,728 steps tracked on pedometer. <BR> <BR> Monday plans? <BR> 1. Resume tracking food! (1 day off is enough) <BR> 2. Target 15,000 steps <BR> 3. 12+ cups of water Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:41:09 EST Day 13 - Super Sparking Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420241 1. Ate in range. <BR> 2. Drank 10 + cups of water <BR> 3. Rode 37.22 miles on my trike <BR> 4. 24365 steps tracked Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:48:57 EST Day 12 - A long day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419298 Long day at work today. Playing catchup from 2 days off this week and planning 3 days off next week. <BR> <BR> I ate at the top of my range, drank 8 cups of water, did not get much exercise. <BR> <BR> Received mt pedometer in the mail and will start tracking steps here. <BR> <BR> I'm planning a long trike ride on Saturday morning. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 22:07:51 EST Day 11 - An Evening at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5418696 My two oldest boys are at Scout Camp for 10 days. <BR> <BR> Last evening I went down for call night campfire. It was a nice evening and very good to see my boys after a few days away at camp. I'll be joining them Sunday for the last 4 days of camp! <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> I ate in range <BR> I drank enough water <BR> I tracked all food and water <BR> I rode about 17.6 miles <BR> <BR> I got home very early this morning, so I will take the day off the trike and save energy for a long rid... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:24:49 EST Ok day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5417224 Ate in range <BR> Drank enough water <BR> Still had calf cramps, so no exercise except stretching. <BR> Joined a global corporate challenge team. I will soon starting tracking my activity with a pedometer! <BR> <BR> Back to the bike on Thursday before workI have a 400 mile goal to reach this month! Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:05:27 EST Day 9 - Another great outdoors day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415961 I finished up a 3 day Webelos camp with my youngest son. <BR> <BR> There is nothing quite like camping out in 100 degree heat. Being back home in the AC this evening feels good. <BR> <BR> - I ate within range today <BR> - I walked a lot but did not track it <BR> - I did not drink enough water and am trying to catch up. <BR> <BR> Overall a very successful day. Weather permitting . . . I will get in some cardio work on my trike on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> I will resume tracking water intake ... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:56:04 EST Day 8 - a good outdoors day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5414919 I spent today outdoors in 90+ degree heat with my youngest son at Webelos Camp. <BR> <BR> Lots of walking (did not track because it was not cardio work) and I drank ( but did not track) plenty of water. <BR> <BR> I ate within range again. - I am coming to expect this of myself most days! <BR> <BR> 1 more day at camp and I should be back riding my trike on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 22:44:20 EST Day 7 - good news and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413748 Ate in range. <BR> Rode my trike 13 miles <BR> Weighed in - 3.5 loss over 1 week <BR> Started a 3 day Cub Scout Webelos camp with my youngest son - who is type 1 diabetic. <BR> <BR> I did not estimate his carb intake well and will be up monitoring bg numbers quite a bit tonight. I'm stressed <BR> <BR> The day obviously had its ups and downs. I will estimate his carb intake better on Monday! Sun, 7 Jul 2013 23:29:12 EST Celebration - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412707 Celebrated my neice's 2nd birthday today. <BR> <BR> - drank 8 + glasses of water <BR> - rode my trike 38.36 miles <BR> - 144 fitness minutes <BR> - ate in range <BR> <BR> For day 7 through 9, I am taking my youngest to Webelos Camp. <BR> <BR> I will track! I will stay hydrated! I probably won't get in any cardio work, but I will walk alot. I may sneak in a short trike ride early on Day 7. Oh . . . . And I will weigh in officially to gauge the results of my renewed efforts. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 21:28:02 EST Good Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411886 After riding my trike, 163 miles in 7 days, today was a complete rest day for me. I increased my weekly mileage too fast and my body demanded a rest day. <BR> <BR> I ate in range today and drank 8 cups of water! <BR> <BR> Overall a good day. I'll start day 6 with another trim ride. Fri, 5 Jul 2013 21:54:14 EST Happy 4th - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5411068 I started the day with a nice 36 mile trike ride! It was a great way to start a celebration of Independence Day. <BR> <BR> Good thing i selected a long ride . . . . because I ate about 1,000 calories above my range today ( oops it is a holiday ). Luckily due to the trike ride, I still ran a calorie deficit. <BR> <BR> I have ridden my trike 4 days straight . . . My legs are screaming for a rest day. I will eat inside my target range on Day 5! I may not take a trike ride Friday as I pla... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 23:39:32 EST July Road to Success - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410057 Ate under range today. ( I'll make up the deficit on the 4th) <BR> Rode 25.9 miles <BR> Drank 10+ cups of water <BR> <BR> Overall it was a great day. I'm on track towards success. I will hit the scale later this week to gauge progress on the long term weight goal. <BR> Wed, 3 Jul 2013 21:55:17 EST Accountability - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409041 Still on track . . . <BR> Ate just below target minimum today. <BR> 67 minutes and 17.66 miles on my bike. <BR> Drank 10 + cups of water Tue, 2 Jul 2013 22:05:27 EST Phase II - Accountability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407990 Well, I have let too many pounds sneak back on. Definitely a bad case of fork to mouth disease! <BR> <BR> Today, I rode 20.84 miles in 89 minutes, ate with range, and drank enough water. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow and each day thereafter, I am holding myself accountable in order to reach a target weight of 200 pounds. <BR> <BR> I will track daily and keep an accountability blog this month. I will only miss a daily blog entry on dates tht I don't have internet access - 5 or 6 days in July. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 23:01:10 EST Overdoing it . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361437 Between a long extended winter, a short spring, family responsibilities, a few mechanical issues and business travel, I have not ridden my bike much this year. Only 450 miles so far. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago, I only managed 41 miles. So this weekend provided the perfect intersection of time and good weather . . . . I snuck in a 27 mile ride and a 31 mile ride back to back giving me a 90+ mile total for the week and breaking a cycling rule of thumb only to increase mileage by 10% per week. ... Sun, 19 May 2013 19:23:16 EST Fitness Machine - Bike Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305725 We had another day of good weather today plus I am tracking my food . .m.m <BR> so I was able to ride "Black Dog" again today! <BR> <BR> I did a short 14.33 miles ride. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to some pictures http://photobucket.com/albums/a628/pauland<BR>rews_kc/TriCycling <BR> <BR> [IMG]http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums<BR>/a628/paulandrews_kc/TriCycling/8B9E7C<BR>DB-05EE-425B-800F-C42CFF62C770-5808-00<BR>000924CD1C580A_zps3d8fae00.jpg[/IMG] Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:08:00 EST New Bike - Catrike 700 - my way to stay on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304720 <BR> Last year, i kept in shape by riding a mountain bike excusively on road with knobby tires . . . . until I wore them down. I rode 5063 averaging a slow 14 mph and ended my riding year with a wreck on the day before Thanksgiving resulting in a broken left hand and loss of confidence in riding. Hence, my 'need' for a new ride. Over the winter, I got my exercise by riding inside on a stationary recumbent bike. The quality of the work out regimen was questionable and my eating habits ... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:38:11 EST To Ride or Not to Ride? . . . That is the Question. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145006 In my last blog, I wrote of my bike accident on the day before Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I saw an orthopedic doctor and saw several signs that I shoul d resume riding as soon as possible. <BR> <BR> Sign No. 1. - My doctor's name. - "Dr. Go". If this doesn't mean start riding right away, then nothing does. <BR> <BR> Sign No. 2 - Cast Color - Safety Orange! If I ride on road, drivers will easily see me nd provide extra room. If I ride off road, then the deer hunters, will be less... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:44:51 EST A bike wreck and end to my 2012 biking season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143379 It has been too long since I have blogged . . . . again. <BR> <BR> i have re-discovered my Spark with respect to tracking food and have been tracking everything that I eat. <BR> <BR> It is Thanksgiving! I am Thankful for my health, family and everything God has provided - including biking! <BR> <BR> I have really ridden my bicycle alot this year and have exceeded my mileage goals! <BR> <BR> Actual Goal Difference <BR> January 189.7 50 139.7 <BR> February 149.9 100 49.9 <BR> March 323.... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:42:07 EST Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990421 I did a nice 40 mile ride this morning. I explored some new roads and generally got In a nice relaxing ride early. I tend to ride only early in the day in order to beat the heat. <BR> <BR> With all the riding I have been doing, I am pretty much maintaining weight, but it is getting time for me to get serious about tracking every thing (food, water) and not just my fitness minutes. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 11:50:05 EST Back to tracking and Running? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950301 I've been continuing to exercise and track it daily, but the scale has been slipping the wrong way. ( just a little ). So I am recommitting to tracking all my food and water intake for the month of July. <BR> <BR> Perhaps this will get the scale moving the right way again. <BR> <BR> I rode a total of 581 miles on my mountain bike in June. My official goal for the month was 500 miles, but I wanted to hit 600 miles. 2 business trips got in the way of that stretch goal. <BR> <BR> This mont... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:42:26 EST Road Warrior? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862654 Wow. It has been too long since I have blogged. <BR> <BR> April was a good month. I reached my bicycling goal of riding over 500 miles. My weight loss has continued to be flat. <BR> <BR> This month, I need to get disciplined to track every thing again. <BR> <BR> To start the May I have been traveling, so unfortunately I have not been on the bike this week and will not get a chance to ride until Friday. So as a result of this trip, it looks like it might be tough to reach my 500 mil... Wed, 2 May 2012 09:00:38 EST A pre-dawn ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802631 I did my first pre dawn bike ride today. <BR> <BR> Interesting experience. I have a tail light and that was enough to prevent me from getting runoff the road, but I still felt that urge to ride for the ditch each time a car approached from behind. <BR> <BR> I have been maintaining weight again this month. I'm not too worried about this holding pattern and I may actually be at an near optimal weight for me. I still just a bit I the obese range on the dreaded BMI scale. It will be inter... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 12:45:30 EST February blahs. . . Solved by a bike ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4742452 The weather and my schedule have not been cooperating, so I have only fit in 2 bike rides this month. It has been truly maddening only getting my cardio work in on the stationary bike. It has actually affected my mood and my wife tells me that I have been a real grouch lately. <BR> <BR> So I have been fighting a cold all week and getting in my cardio work despite it. Yesterday, I finally had enough sinus pain that I went to the doctor. My 'cold' had morphed into a sinus and ear infectio... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:43:07 EST Another Sunday Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4697721 Winter has failed to materialize on Sundays in Kansas City. <BR> <BR> I managed to get in another Sunday afternoon ride today and beat the rain! Getting an actual outdoor ride in once a week has been a welcome change to the monotony of almost daily rides on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I am sure ready for Spring weather and the accompanying increase in daylight hours so I can get some real progress in toward my 2012 mileage goal on my bike! 165.1 miles so far this month! <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 21:31:40 EST Another "winter" ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682558 The "winter" weather continues to be great for riding on the weekends here in Kansas City. <BR> <BR> I completed a 27.6 mile ride in the wind today. Now I truly depise riding in the wind, but today's ride felt much better and satisfying that the past 5 straight days of 1+ hr rides on the stationary bike. <BR> <BR> 115.2 miles so far this month. Due to the warm weather I have smashed my January month mileage goal of 50 miles on the mountain bike. Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:34:14 EST Another January Bike Ride? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667109 The weather was simply irresistible today. I snuck in another "winter" ride today. With temperatures in the lower 40's it felt good to get in a 22 mile ride. <BR> <BR> Even better news . . . It should be in the lower 50s here on both Monday and Tuesday. If all goes well at work and if I start work at 6 am, I should be able to sneak in a couple rides before real winter temperatures return on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Keep Sparking! Sun, 8 Jan 2012 20:54:23 EST A winter bike ride? 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4664543 It has been unseasonably warm (temperatures in the mid 40s to near 60) in Kansas City this week. It has been busy at work, so I was not able to sneak away for a mid day ride. This drove me nuts! I was recovering from a nasty little bug, so I did not get in any work outs until Wednesday (which was also my birthday). 4 days of not working out was the longest 'drought' from my workout routine since I started Sparking 4/10/11. So I had to stick the stationary bike - which isn't my favorite... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 17:53:41 EST On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4656560 After the holidays, I am still holding below 200 lbs! Feels great! <BR> <BR> I just totaled by bicycle mileage for 2011 - 2480 miles! And I only started riding in July! <BR> <BR> I've been recovering from a nasty little intestinal bug, so I just got back to exercise and daily activity on SP. 77 minutes on the stationary bike was my fitness accomplishment today. I hope some warm weather is in the forecast, so I can get In an outside ride this weekend. <BR> <BR> I plan on glogging more oft... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:30:33 EST Windy Friday! & Thinking of Cycling Related Goals for 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4599361 It was a windy day for a bike ride today. Winds were out of the south at 20+ miles per hour with higher gusts. Temperature was in the lower 40s when I started . . . definitely too *^%##}{! cold to ride, but I have a November mileage target that I want to reach and I needed to work off some Thanksgiving 'excesses'. <BR> <BR> I really hate riding into the wind, but riding with a tail wind is great . . . crosswinds are a bit of a challenge but not nearly as bad as headwinds. <BR> <BR> I was... Fri, 25 Nov 2011 21:26:13 EST Fresh Legs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579970 It was a good week. <BR> <BR> I actually took a day off from any exercise and took 3 days off my bicycle. On two of those days, I rode my stationary bike. <BR> <BR> I actually had quite the bad nasty attitude on my day of rest. I was actually miffed that I was not getting in any workout - nevermind the fact that it was rainy and cold out. <BR> <BR> I guess I need to learn to enjoy a rest day. <BR> <BR> I got in a nice 31 mile ride today (http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/k-WwQbd<BR>pruc... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 19:10:39 EST Weekend Ramblings and Long Overdue Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571666 Wow. It has been over a month since I have blogged. <BR> <BR> I spent October riding my bicycle a lot and got away from blogging. <BR> <BR> I have about 5 flat tires on my bike in October. As a results, I finally did a rebuild of my mountain bike including new rims, tires, chain and cassette. I had really neglected annual tune ups and my rear wheel had gotten very out of true with 10 year old rims and a few broken spokes. After the rebuild, riding became much more enjoyable! <BR> <BR... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:53:17 EST Significant Fitness Goal Met - 50 Mile Bike Ride Completed and October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4515571 When I started, sparking in April, I set a modest goal of completing a 25 miles ride on my mountain bike by fall. Once I lost 25 lb, I rewarded myself by adding mountain biking to my workout routine and realized that 25 miles, was too low of a goal. ( I now ride that distance several times per week). So I reset that mileage goal to 50 miles, with a plan to reach it sometime in the fall. <BR> <BR> Today, I did it. I completed a 53.5 mile ride in 254 minutes! Wooo Hoooo! <BR> <BR> Here i... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 18:46:29 EST Healthy Lunch? Weird cravings after a 25.1 mile morning bike ride. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506838 Maybe not. <BR> <BR> 1 golden arches cheeseburger + 1 can of sardines in mustard sauce. <BR> <BR> All of the bike riding I am doing is giving me some weird food cravings. <BR> <BR> Spark on! Tue, 27 Sep 2011 13:49:04 EST Updated September Mileage Goal - Target 450 no more - Target 580! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504744 A fellow sparker - Bill60 - provided some motivation with a comment on my last blog. . . <BR> <BR> My updated September mileage goal is now 580 miles! <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 12:15:17 EST Target 450 --- Goal Met! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4503572 My month of September has been busy. <BR> <BR> I have been busy with my sons' school and scouting activities at least 3 nights per week all month long. <BR> <BR> This has led me to the need to do my bike riding in the morning and on weekends try to get in a long ride. This pattern has worked very well for me and I actually completed my September mileage goal of 450 miles several days early! <BR> <BR> The following is my mileage log for the month. <BR> <BR> <BR> Daily Miles Total Mo... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 20:03:34 EST Temporary Insanity? Target 450! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4461155 I'll plead temporary insanity if I do not reach this goal . . . <BR> <BR> I am targeting to ride 450 road miles on my mountain bike during the month of September 2011. I rode 379 miles in August. <BR> <BR> This is going to require <BR> 1. Continued good health (no wrecks or injuries or recurrence of my hand numbness issues) <BR> 2. Hard work <BR> 3. Determination <BR> 4. Minimal business travel ( none scheduled for September at this point) <BR> 5. Mother nature's blessing of limited rain... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 17:55:58 EST Personal Best Ride! And Still Learning to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4451294 I woke up early today with excess energy to burn. <BR> <BR> The mountain bike was calling! <BR> <BR> I decided to get adventurous and try a new route. I encountered an ugly hill about 7 miles into the ride, but powered right up <BR> <BR> I ended up doing a 36.7 mile personal best distance in 181 minutes. I'm still figuring out proper fuel for these longer rides, but did fairly well. I've decided that granola bars are not best for the stomache, so I'll try a couple pieces of fruit on... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 13:05:29 EST Unforeseen benefits of Spark induced weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450477 Here are a couple directs benefits from my Spark driven weight loss. <BR> I have been surprised by a couple weight loss related changes in the last few days . . . . <BR> <BR> 1. People that I have not seen since May are shocked at my weight loss. . . . . I have not compared before pictures vs as now, but I truly was not expecting this. <BR> <BR> 2. Back pain is no longer part of everyday life for me. When I started this journey, I also started many days with 2 or 3 ibuprofen. I have n... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:48:08 EST No more numb fingers; a motivation shift and a biking related question. . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4446679 No more numb fingers! <BR> <BR> Special thanks to the following Sparkers for their comments on my last blog <BR> - KA_JUN <BR> - CAROLYN1ALASKA <BR> - DAVEINSEOUL <BR> - W5VEOTX <BR> - DOUGDC <BR> <BR> New handlebar grips plus several days of changing seat position did the trick! I may eventually "go to the dark side" and buy a road bike I had read that the issue of finger numbness does't occur as much for those riding road bikes. <BR> <BR> So I am back to riding just about everyday and... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:16:12 EST Lots of Mountain Biking - Numb Fingers; Sore Forearms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4427003 I have been putting a lot of time and miles on my mountain bike this month. <BR> <BR> Yes, biking has become an addiction and it is getting prioritized over my time on SparkPeople. Hence . . . Fewer blogs, posts, etc lately. <BR> <BR> I did 2 thirty mile rides this weekend. I am getting numbness in my little fingers and my arms are very sore. I have tried moving my seat forward to get the weight off my arms while I ride. Either this didn't work or I did not move the seat forward enough.... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 22:02:31 EST