Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Another 7 mile walk

Its nice to just go walk and enjoy it, I planned on walking allot for a while to really strengthen my knees and feet, and to lose more weight before I start pounding on em. I have had shin splits and my right knee is not so good so I am attempting to ease into the jogging slowly.
Honeygo 7 miler

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Its been a while...

Its been a while, but I'm back on it. Current weight is 278lbs which makes a total weight loss of 37lbs since July 2010. I have been really focusing on my diet and eating habits in the last month. Started living a Paleo-ish lifestyle and its really starting to pay off. I signed up for the Baltimore Half Marathon on Oct 15 so the training started today. Went for the first jog in solid 5 years and it wasn't pretty but nothing ever starts easy.

Garmin: Activity Honeygo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

First Race, First DNF

DNF... made it 19.55 miles in 3:45 before I locked up. I don't know what to say, I am very disappointed with my performance. I started out with my usually crap legs and it just got worse and worse as I went. The terrain was exactly what the director said it was very hilly, the longer climbs just destroyed me, every hill took some of me that I just could not recover. Towards the end of my demise the last couple hills I had to walk I just had nothing in the tank, both legs got sore and tighter, and my right knee ballooned up, until I could barely walk a hill. In the flats I felt like I was pushing the biggest gear I had when I was on the granny gears, felt like slowly drying cement around my legs.

Im 28, and this is the first time in my life I not only DNF something and felt so utterly unprepared for the circumstances. 5 miles in I was wondering where all the miles and hours of training went, by 10 I knew I was in deep trouble, 10-20 I was mentally dancing with demons and was a complete grind. I dont know if mentally I forked up, or nerves, or just a combination terrain and not nearly enough training etc. I have never dug down so deep into myself and come up with nothing to help the situation, just a non stop grind with nothing in the tank. I paced my self, eat right, nutrition plan cadence like I have been doing for a month.

On to the good news, I was 285 this morning which means I have lost 30 lbs in this attempt, I have tasted defeat and already looking forward to training all year, lose more weight and come back with a vengeance next year.

Some pics of the event.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

More Riding

More riding, got to ride White Clay DE which was a blast, narrow single track, feeling allot more comfortable. Got in 8miles under 2 hours, then the damn rain came and we had to call it quits. I felt great, at 2hrs I felt like I was just warming up, we had planned to ride all day so we had a slower pace. I had the pleasure of muscling up a few hills passed skinny guys walking their bikes up which was a confidence booster.


Riding buddy Mikey, as you can tell I am having allot of fun.

All my riding clothes are getting very loose, even my 3 week old cycling shorts. Seems like my legs/butt are thinning out the fastest.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Goodbye 25lbs

Well today I did my weekly Sunday morning weigh in, 289 lbs, I have now lost over 25lbs since July. It is just a slow steady 3-4lbs a week, even on low exercise weeks I lose some so I know my diet is working too. Best part is I feel great, no aches and pains from my exercise.

Riding tomorrow am with my buddies so I am off bed.

PS My younger brother completed his first Ironman today, really gave me allot of inspiration and motivation for this ride. I am trying to convince him to do a Xtera race next :)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Lake Redman Ride

Rode today 7.35 miles 2 h 21 miles got my ass kicked up and down the mountain but loved every minute of it.


First off holy crap do I love my bike, zero numbness, fits great, and rides amazing, rarely in life do you get to enjoy a purchase as much I am right now. Surprising there was no issue riding on a normal riding seat since my old bike had the wide fatty gel seat I was really worried about the new bikes seat, felt great and surprised me my large butt had no issues with such a narrow seat.

Second the ride was hard, allot of uphills and the down hills I don't have the confidence and skills yet to keep my speed up for the next ascent. Really learned allot on entry level technique, realized I was using way to low gear 1/1 which led to low speed and frustration. Per another rider I tried 2/1 and got off the saddle and my hill climbing went from making it 25 percent the hill to 75 percent even completing some hills at the end I previous had only made it 1/4 the way up. Its amazing how technique makes a huge difference. I would take 60 miles flatland over 7 miles of this terrain, I am plain beat.

For all the masochist in here, Yes Yes had my first over the bars experience, bigger wash out behind a root, panic with both brakes and went for a ride. Hydro brakes are awesome just have to learn to control them better, old v brakes I had to hammer on. Not so much with the new ones.

Camelback was awesome, it was HOT drank 100 oz of water on the ride, had the straps way too tight at first, loosened them up allot and I was good to go, glad I invested in one.

Last night I sent my money in for the 62 mile xc race mid October, now it just comes down to training and survival which for me comes down to the terrain. Either way I will give it my best effort and see what happens. More riding Sunday, will have some ride pics up later tonight.