Weighing in

Monday, November 05, 2012

I have been doing well with the exercising portion of my weight loss strategy. I have not been doing well in maintaining control in the eating department. I dropped down to 271 by the end of April and as of this morning I am back up to 302. It didn't all come back on right away. Bit by bit, actually bite by bite, I have managed to erase most of the losses from earlier this year.

Time to refocus. Next year I will turn 50, and I have a few big rides I really want to do. Virginia has a series of rides called brevets. They are randonneuring events, which are long timed rides, through the Shenendoah Mountains. The first one is 200 kilometers and is on the 23rd of March. I already know it is much easier to climb hills at a lower weight, so lose it I must. Every three to four weeks there will be an additional brevet of greater length. After the 200km ride is a 300km, 400km, and a 600km ride. The idea is that each ride helps to train you for the next one. Completing these rides in the same calendar year qualifies the rider as a Super Randonneur. It also qualifies you to ride a Grand Randonneur event. These are typically 1200km (750 miles). The most famous Grand Randonneur being the Paris-Brest-Paris.

I have my work cut out for me. Less weight while climbing the Shenendoahs works out to a more enjoyable and doable ride.
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    If you can get the latest Bicycling magazine, there is a great article by Colin (somebody) who talks about losing and then gaining weight. He also mentions several ideas that are helping him get back on track to lose. He just started cycling about 18 months ago and writes a column each month about his experiences as a "new" cyclist. He inspired me.
    2359 days ago
    Those blasted pounds keep hounding me too. There are WAY too many fantastic rides out there to allow the pounds to get in the way...right? Sounds like a winter ahead of watching those calories...I know I'm going to try my best.

    2361 days ago
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    Let's lose that weight and enjoy those brevets in 2013.
    2361 days ago
    Janette - A 200k should take 8-9 hours. I can do 100 miles in six hours, but that is on flat ground.
    2362 days ago
    Cor how long does it take to ride 200Km?
    2362 days ago
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