Monday, October 25, 2010


I know I have totally been slacking on the blog lately. I was sick for a week and a half so I wasn't working out while I tried to shake that off. That was a mistake as getting back into the swing was rough. Last Thursday I went to the bike shop to get a bike fitting since I never really ha one. Bob at Inside Out Sports did an awesome fitting for me. He totally improved the bike for me. It is like riding a totally new bike.

This is good since I was still run down due to sickness on Friday when I rode the hill course. I did ok physically but mentally I was defeated by the hills. That is the part that really got to me. I really need to HTFU!
Good news! The Giros Ionos helmet signed by Levi Leipheimer that I won in Fatty's give away came last week. It fits great and feels so light on my head. I love the custom graphics.

I started doing P90X today. I realize now what a soft marshmallow man that I am. I can see that it is going to be an extremely long 90 days. That is OK, every time that I feel I am going to throw up means I am pushing myself to be a smaller marshmallow. I will shift from jumbo size to regular and then to the tiny hot cocoa marshmallows.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Seal it up

It is the day I hate to see come. It signifies the true end to the summer in my mind.  No more diving in the pool after a jog in the blistering heat. No more coming home from work and doing laps until dusk. Le sigh. The cover has been stretched tight over the crystal clear cool water.  The pool is all tucked in and hibernating for the winter. I have decided that I am going to focus on cycling and running this winter.  After the new year I will find a pool to start the swim training again.  I just feel like my cycling and running really need the most work. That and saving the money I would have to pay to a pool means more bike upgrades. I know I don't have to convince you that I really really NEED them right? I knew you would totally understand.  Anyway, I will miss the convenience of a pool right outside the door.  Hopefully it will be an early spring and that cover can come off sooner than usual.  You hear that Punxsutawney Phil?!?!?!?! You had better if you know what's good for you.
On a good note, I did manage to drag myself out onto the bike for a 9 mile ride on the hill loop.  It wasn't easy since I am still recovering from the nasty sickness.  The lake of mucus in my head seems to have dried up for the most part but I was still feeling drained and was winded way to easy.  I did better on the hills than last week but was completely wiped out at the end.  I was rewarded for my hard ride up and down hills when I went to take a shower at work only to learn that there was no hot water.  When I say no hot water, I don't mean there was just a little bit, I mean not a drop of slightly warm water at all.  It was like the water was seconds from freezing right before it came out of the shower head.  After whining to myself for a few minutes I decided to take the plunge so to speak.  It was still worth the ride and the arctic water seemed to help me breathe better.  
Today's weight is 276.

PS DC RAINMAKER is giving away a Timex Global Trainer.  Go here to have a chance at it.

Monday, October 11, 2010

The Sickness

UGH! I woke up today feeling like I had been hit by a mucus train. My head is so stuffed up with snot I cannot even think straight. My throat is scratchy and I am achy all over. All I can think is that I should stay home and sleep it off. Of course, NO LUCK. I had to go into work because I had to much going on today. Talk about an excellent start to the day. I downed my vitamin and an airborne and started getting ready for work. I trudged through the day in a haze and was actually able to get some things accomplished. All day all I could think about was getting home and crawling into the bed. Finally I was able to get out of the office and live out my daydream. After a quick dinner and some meds I was headed to bed. This day was finally starting to look up. I checked my email before crawling into bed and saw an email from Fatty. Now this is a very curious thing indeed. I am just a lowly beginning cyclist. Why is the famous hardcore cyclist Fatty emailing me. It turns out that Fatty was to make my day an awesome day. Even as sick as I was. It turns out that I won a Custom-Painted Giro Ionos Helmet signed by Levi Leipheimer!! I am secretly hoping that the grand prize winner decides they don't want Levi's mountain bike and I am asked to step-up and take it but I am stoked about this helmet. So a day that started horribly has now ended fantastically. Thank you Fatty! Not only for the helmet but for all of the good and awesome things that you do for cancer awareness.
Today I weighed in at 277.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The BET!

I don't know how in the world I get myself into these situations. Let me see if I can figure it out with you. My weight has been getting out of control over the years. I was at my highest weight a couple of months ago when I weighed myself and realized I was at 295. HOLY CRAP!! How in the world did this happen?!?! Well, if I am going to be honest, it could be that I wasn't working out, eating out all the time, eating too much, and way too much late night snacking. Once I realized how out of control my weight had gotten, I decided to do something about it. I kept trying to get into a workout schedule but it was more miss than hit.
While at a BBQ my brother-in-law says to his cousin that we should all do something that will give us a goal to get into working out and becoming healthier. The idea was a good one and we kicked around some ideas. Loser had to do dishes or wash clothes. No, that's no good. That is when the goofy jokes started. The loser has to walk 2 miles around a a thong. Better, but nobody was risking a thong. That and nobody needs to see that action. Finally we hit the magic combination. The loser has to hike 2 miles up a mountain and 2 miles back down. That's nothing you say? Wait for it........he has to do this in the middle of winter wearing a speedo and a sombrero. Oh yeah, sexy isn't it?

Except that is not what any of us will look like. Try this image, but add a sombrero.

Oh yeah baby! That is right. It is like hot sex on a platter for you. GET SOME!
OK, now that you are done vomiting....wipe your chin, you have some puke on it. So the final decision was that everyone throws in $20. The contest is to see who loses the highest percentage of weight. The winner will win the $60, the second place guy is just glad not to be the last place guy and the last place guy is hiking 2 miles up the mountain and 2 miles back down in the speedo and sombrero.
So far I have dropped some weight but I need to do much better. The bi-weekly weigh ins show that I am the second place guy. Chris has come on strong to everyone's surprise, lost 22 lbs and is way ahead in first place. Huffy is currently the 3rd place guy but he is tricky. He will just stop eating for 2 weeks to avoid the speedo hike.
My starting weight was 286 lbs. Today I weighed in at 278.

Friday, October 8, 2010


I started a new bike loop today that kicked my butt much worse than I thought it would. The hills are much bigger than Billy and I thought from the car (they always are). We managed to do 9 miles very slowly. We will now attack it 3 days a week until the hills become laughable. On the weekend we are going to find a nice flat course to churn out the miles. That way we are getting distance training and hill training. I am going to make Huffy do the Couch 2 5k program with me. He needs to drop the weight as bad as I do.