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Ever since I left the military and my activity level dropped, I started gradually putting on weight. As I had always been reasonably active (even at my heaviest, I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru - including the 14,000 ft mountain passes) and had a reasonably healthy (low fat) diet, it had never really worried me. 12 years later, finally I am motivated to do something about it.

Cycling has become my passion, and I regularly go on 120-130 mile rides with my club, and do the longest and steepest mountain climbs in the country. And I can be found watching up late at night watching TV coverage of the pros doing the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Spring Classics.

And in the last few months, I have used the fitness from cycling to tackle my old nemesis, running. I did the Couch to 5K program to get into running, and have extended that to 10K. Half marathon - here I come!!

Member Since: 7/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 230,321

My Goals:
Trying to get to a 'healthy' weight of 165 lbs 75 kg.
Goals for 2019:
* Ride 12,000 km (1000km/600 miles each month), and
* Run 10 km/6 miles each week - 520 km total

My Program:
Cycling 4-5 times per week, with a combination of long rides to improve my cruising speed on the flats, with some shorter hill intervals.

Running 2 times per week.

I have become a bit of an exercise data geek, and keep a close eye on my performance, training load and recovery through Garmin, Training Peaks and Strava.

Bodyweight strength training + 25 kg (55lb) dumbbells, depending on the exercise

Personal Information:
Melbourne, Australia having recently relocated from Seattle in the US.

Other Information:
Feeling really great that I have got my BMI under 30 (14 Oct 06). I'm no longer obese, merely overweight.

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    I just wanted to come back to say emoticon
    30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 and then another 30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 emoticon emoticon

    It darn near beat my butt but I did it! Thank you so much for your advice.
    BTW, I only stopped to help a friend and then back onto the treadmill to finish the workout. I'm only 5'1.75" so 3.5 mph is really stepping.

    109 days ago
    Thanks for providing the ride profile for the Alpine Classic Extreme 250. That is some serious climbing! My finely tuned ride profile eyeballs saw on the route there are some nasty uphills on the "descents".

    It appears that you fight your way up 12% grades, reach the summit, get ready for a quick and easy descent - then you collide with lousy 8% uphill climbs on the way down!

    I like the look of the climb profiles since it appears the steepest segments are early on each individual climb. There are a rides here in Colorado that start off at 4% and continually get steeper to over 12%. By the time you get to the steep parts - you have been climbing for hours!

    I am not sure how it is "Down Under" but in Colorado humidity is low and elevation high! Looks like your route topped off at 6,000 feet plus, which is pretty high if you are used to living at lower elevations.

    Taking-on that Alpine Classic is a great accomplishment! Congratulations.


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    111 days ago

    The only local Australian Grand Fondo in late January that I could find was the Santos Tour Down Under Challenge. The route look very hilly and was identified as Stage 4 of the Pro Tour.

    There was not much information about grade or vertical climb. The distance was listed as 158.5km. The information the website was vague at best.

    Is this the Fondo you participated? The photos make this look like a very hard climb.

    Thanks, Bruce

    119 days ago
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    The fat bike in the snow is fun...but is a MAJOR workout. Your weight gain history sounds like mine. I got it under control at your age and then it crept back on after some health issues. I too have hiked the Inca trail and am a cyclist. Longest ride is 200 miles in a day. You need to do this....just go for it (find a flat area).
    229 days ago
    Looking for a Fun Challenge this Summer? Want to get connected with a Team to support you through your Journey to a Healthier Lifestyle. If yes, then consider joining the BL Challenge that starts early June. Each week 11 teams of 24 Active, do fun nutritional and fitness challenges. The challenges promote a healthy lifestyle and If for some reason you cannot do a challenge then they are modified to meet your needs. Often we do the challenge in a game form, we have BINGO and TIC TAC TOE or seasonally themed. For Spring we had Gardening Time, Help Fill Peter Rabbit’s Basket and Bingo. If you decide this might be for you you can leave your name on the waitlist for the Summer challenge. To get to the Challenge go to my page and click on the “BLUE BIGGEST LOSER” Icon, or copy and paste the link below, or let me know and I can send you an invite. Join the Team then sign up on the waitlist. It’s the thread right below the Chit Chat.

    381 days ago
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