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27
Sep

The 48 Tooth Ride

This morning’s ride went well. I can say that my legs were a little weak this morning. I think the 4 mile run yesterday had them a little weak compared to last week’s 3 mile runs. So I could definitely tell that there was more torque to each pedal stroke. I liked having that extra power. The couple of small inclines I have along the way are definitely a little more work but by no means impossible. I used my new watch to time my ride so I have an exact time to judge by now. I plan on keeping a spreadsheet with all my times and distances. I thought it would be cool to track how many miles I commute in total. After my ride home I’ll be at 124 commuting miles. 🙂

So the weigh in results. I’m at 225.4 lbs. That’s a 3.1 lb. weight loss from last Tuesday. and a total of 4.7 lbs. since the beginning of the challenge. So the main measurements that I’m tracking. Chest is an 1 1/2″ down from the start. Belly is 1 3/8″ down from the start. Waist is 3/4″ down from the start. Not too bad. It still makes me wonder why my waist is 40 5/8’s and all of my jeans are a 34 or a 36. That’s just funny to me. Hopefully I have a good weigh in next week. We’ll see. I’m hoping it goes well. I should be able to get an epic ride in on Saturday, so we’ll see what happens.

26
Sep

16 Days Left

Now I’m pretty much half way through my challenge.  I’m not sure if tomorrow is going to give me the results I’m hoping for.  I feel like there is a change in my body, however, I’m not so sure it’s going to be as dramatic as I’m hoping for.  I think the reason I have these drastic weight loss numbers in my head is because every time I did that I went from living a fairly stagnant lifestyle and having an out of control diet to a lot of exercise and a dialed in diet.  Nowadays my worst is still about where I ended up after the diet and exercise in the past.  Who knows, maybe I’m just getting old.

Old or not I managed to get myself out to run my four miles today after the lunch meeting.  That made me proud.  I really didn’t want to do it.  Of course as usual that first mile just made me want to quit.  By the time the second chimed in I knew I was going to finish.  I was basically keeping a little less than a ten minute pace.  Which compared to the eleven minute pace I was running with on the 5 mile, I was doing pretty good.  My legs were not feeling the run for the first part.  I’m not sure how much of that was actually my legs or my complete lack of motivation.  Either way I finished out the run strong.  It was nice that the weather wasn’t so hot today too!

After work I headed over to REI to pick up my new chain-ring.  When I walked up to the counter a couple was buying their son the same bike I bought Trent a few years back.  Made miss my little guy.  He’s off on his first away from home week long camp.  He was pretty nervous this morning.  I’m sure by now he is chugging along just fine.  Back to the chain-ring.  So I bring it home, take off the old one and put the new one on.  It looks sweet.  I then go to get the chain on, and even after pushing the back wheel all the way into the dropouts…the chain is too short!  DOH!  So I call a local bike shop and find out if they have colored chains.  Sure enough they do, and better yet, they have white.  So I ran over there real quick with the bike because the person on the phone wasn’t sure if it would fit my bike since I have the much bigger chain ring on.  The chain fits!  The guy in the shop asks me if I wanted him to put it on.  I was like, are you going to do it for free?  He responds that it costs $10.  I laughed at him and assured him I could take care of it myself.  Ten dollars for less then five minutes of work.  That’s pretty good money.  Not from this guy.  A few of the people in the shop seemed to be impressed that I was doing my Davis commute on a single speed.  I must admit that tickled me a little too.

So I got everything together on the bike and ate dinner.  I let a little bit of time go by and got on it to head to the gym.  So as I get on the bike and start peddling I realized that this gear ratio is going to be fine.  I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up with the 52 in the future.  None-the-less, I get to the gym.  Which apparently is now closed for the next week.   So I got on the bike and came home.  I wasn’t giving up on the gym so I figured I’d get in the truck and go to the Fulton & Hurley gym.  Then I realized I could loose my parking spot for the truck and figured I should take the motorcycle.  At this point I’m starting to try and talk myself out of going because every thing isn’t lining up.  So I start to get ready to go and since I’m taking the motorcycle I put on jeans.  Then go to grab my lock so I can just throw my stuff in a locker.   Guess what?  The lock is MIA.  At this point now I’m totally not happy that things aren’t going right for me to get to the gym but it’s a mission to beat the waves of bad luck that are trying to keep me from going now.  I ended up grabbing my drawstring bag and just figured I could put my stuff in there and tote it around the gym with me instead of putting it in a locker.  That worked out just fine.  That little bag has been coming in handy a bunch lately.  I guess I can understand why so many people are using them now.  They are surprisingly comfortable too.  Anyways, the workout went well and I’m now ready to call it a night so that I can get up tomorrow and see how the weigh-in and commute go in the morning.

26
Sep

Running in the Heat

Friday was a hell of a run. I had a pretty intense week of training and kept to my diet very well. Friday I came into work on the motorcycle. That was fun. That thing sure is a lot faster than my other commuter. None-the-less, I was supposed to run 5 miles on Friday as part of my training schedule. I started getting pretty hungry in the morning and asked some co-workers to go get sushi. Then one of them talked me into getting some frozen yogurt. Believe me, I thought I could go in there and not get some. After I tasted it I buckled. At least they had this little tiny cup you could order so I didn’t feel too bad about it. Either way it was around 1:30pm until I got around to getting out to run. I knew it was hot but to be honest when I was at lunch it didn’t feel that bad. So I got back, waited about a half hour and took off on my run. I purposely slowed my pace down so that I would be able to make the 5 miles. After a few minutes of running I could tell it was really hot. Fortunately I did bring my water bottle with me. Two miles in and my head was trying to talk me into stopping. Three miles in and my mind was saying that four would be good enough. Four miles in and I really just wanted to stop and find water. Even though I still had my water bottle in my hand the little sips I was rationing myself weren’t quite what I really wanted. When I hit the 4.5 mile mark it seemed like I was a lifetime away from finishing. When I finished I walked to the park and filled my water bottle up and just dumped it on my head, then again and again. It felt sooooo good.

23
Sep

Military vs. Civilian Friends

CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Tell you not to do something stupid when drunk MILITARY FRIENDS: Will post 360 security so you don’t get caught. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs. … … MILITARY FRIENDS: Call your parents mom and dad. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Hope the night out drinking goes smoothly, and hope that no one is late for the ride home . MILITARY FRIENDS: Know some wild stuff will happen, and set up rally points and an E & E route. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Bail you out of jail and tell you what you did was wrong. MILITARY FRIENDS: Will be sitting next to you saying, Damn…we f**ked up…but hey, that was fun!” CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Borrow your stuff for a few days then give it back . MILITARY FRIENDS: Steal each other’s stuff so often nobody remembers who bought it in the first place. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will listen to your relationship problems and hope it works out for you. MILITARY FRIENDS: Will listen to you over a long hard road march, and will help you straighten it out better than Dr. Phil. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you. MILITARY FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Might try to hit on your girl behind your back. MILITARY FRIENDS: Have spooned with you in the field more than your girl has, and would never even think about doing that. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Would knock on your door. MILITARY FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, “I’m home!” CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will wish you had enough money to go out that night, and are sorry you couldn’t come. MILITARY FRIENDS: Will share their last dollar with you, drag you along, and try to work free drinks all night. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Want the money they loaned you back next week. MILITARY FRIENDS: Can’t begin to remember who owes who money after taking care of each other for so long. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will tell you “They’d take a bullet for you.” MILITARY FRIENDS: Will actually take a bullet for you. CIVILIAN FRIENDS: Will ignore this MILITARY FRIENDS: Will re-post this..

22
Sep

A Comfortable Commute

The new seat was worth every penny! I was a little worried that I was just being a sissy about the seat being uncomfortable. I even had a conversation with a coworker a few days prior about how people go buying all these different seats and covers, etc when they get a new bike and it’s just a matter or riding more. The difference for me is that I do ride, and have been a lot lately so there was no reason I should be in that much pain. I could do a 2:30 hour ride on my mountain bike and be fine. Granted you do get out of the saddle more and I have a full suspension bike. However, I think that after about 40 minutes on the single speed I shouldn’t be feeling like I’m in serious pain. I did look at getting some cheaper seats online that were about $20. Later in the day I took a look at Performance Bicycle and saw they had one that was originally $90 marked down to $50. It looked similar to my mountain bike seat and I went for it. I want to say I spent like $60 on my mt. bike seat so I didn’t feel like I was breaking the bank getting this one. There are some saddles out there in the $150+ range. Crazy huh? At that point you are basically paying for it to be lighter. When I put the new seat on the bike I also grabbed a seat post that I removed off of my mt. bike. It was a much better seat post so it’s lighter, and it has the ability to fine tune the tilt of the seat more than the stock one that was on my single speed. It’s actually a pretty good seat post. The only reason I took it off the mt. bike is because I bought one that put the seat back a little farther. So the end result of all of this. The ride in was not painful. I can tell that the seat still needs to be broken in. It’s also obvious that it’s not going to be as comfortable as my mt. bike because you can run over a blade of grass on that bike and feel it. However overall it was like night and day compared to the seat I had on there. I think the seat that was on there is more than comfortable enough to be moshing around town on. On the other hand trying to put a solid hour into a commute on it was/is a NO-GO!

The other thing I’d like to mention is I finished the commute in under a hour this morning. Unfortunately I didn’t time myself to know exactly. However I know it was 7am when I left and it wasn’t 8am yet when I got to the office. To tell you the truth I really wasn’t expecting that. Especially after the load I’ve laid on my legs this week and even more yesterday. I felt real strong and was surprised that I wasn’t dragging a little. It seems like the training is building muscle in the right way. Some people listen to what I’m doing and think it’s a little over kill. I don’t feel like I’m pushing too hard. Of course that is my personality shining through too. None-the-less after getting off the causeway I was in my last third of the ride and this guy shot by me on a geared bike. I looked and he was in his big ring I’m assuming a 52 but was also on his biggest on the back. He wasn’t moving too much faster than I was. After he got about 150 feet in front of me I decided to try and catch him. It seemed like I may have been slowly catching him. However after a few minutes I was like I don’t think I can keep this pace. So I relaxed. However after I made a turn onto a little bit of a downgrade the challenge got back in my veins. I took off and changed the 300 foot lead he had on me to about 75 feet. I think I would have caught him if it wasn’t for the red light that we both got stopped at. I was seriously putting in some work to get there. It was actually pretty fun. It’s not that often that I see anyone going the same direction as me so it was cool to have someone else around even though we weren’t talking or anything. Oddly enough another guy came up on us while we were waiting at the light. When it went green I took off. I was thinking in my head I just wanted to stay in front of them for the last 3 miles I had to go. I kept the heat on but was wondering whether or not they were still behind me. Right before I turned off I looked back and they weren’t there. Who knows how long they were gone. But it was fun racing them even if they weren’t there.

21
Sep

A Little Better Than Percieved

This morning I decided to get on the scale just to see if for some reason I was holding some extra weight on my weigh in on Tuesday. Low and behold I was right. I really found it hard to believe that as strict as I was on my diet and over the top on my fitness structure that it would be possible to only loose two pounds. I weighed in a 226.2 which is almost 4 lbs. Only off by .1! According to the scale about 3 lbs. of fat. That’s more like it. That made me feel better this morning.

I took off to work early because I wanted to squeeze in a run in the morning instead of at lunch because I knew I was going to be in Roseville and wasn’t sure how that would pan out. I also wanted to give my legs as many hours of rest before I went mt. bike riding. My 5k this morning was perfect thanks to Slacker. It was one of those days that it played all the right songs at all the right times. My legs were definitely tired from the other things I’ve done this week, however, I still managed a 9:45 pace. Considering I rode 31 miles on the Single Speed the day before I was happy with that pace. I’m thinking that I’m going to go for a faster pace on Monday. I have the kids this weekend and was thinking that I need to take two days off from training to let my body rest. So that’s the plan. Plenty of rest over the weekend then kill it first thing on Monday.

When I got to Roseville it just so happened that two of my co-workers were heading to the gym. That worked out perfectly. I was thinking in my head that I was going to go tonight after mt. biking but knew that was going to be tough to pull off. Going with them at lunch was perfect. It was actually a little after 1 so the gym was pretty empty. Really easy to get a great workout in a short amount of time. I’ll be surprised if I can brush my teeth tomorrow. My arms are going to really sore.

I finished up with work and jumped in the truck headed for Auburn. In my head I wasn’t trying to do some epic ride. I just wanted to get at least one long solid climb in. So in my head I was thinking climb Clementine and if my legs feel good (which I wasn’t expecting them to) then I’d head up the road and catch the beginning of the Forest Hill trail to the Connector then do Culvert and Confluence. About half way through the climb I thought that was going to happen. By the time I reached the top I knew if I did that I wouldn’t be riding my SS to work tomorrow. So I did the rest of the climb up to Culvert and descended that and Confluence. I’m glad i decided to do that. Connector is a lot of fun but I would have been dead and not happy that I didn’t commute the following day. I can get that ride in another time.

I came home and realized that I didn’t plan correctly for my commute tomorrow. I wore my “work” shoes to Roseville. Basically since I wore my running stuff to work I didn’t take me “home” pair of dress shoes to work. What it comes down to is I have a pair at work so when I ride motorcycle or bicycle to work I don’t have to lug a pair with me. So not having shoes at work and also not having a bag to carry them in (I left that too) was putting me in a situation. I decided that the motorcycle hasn’t been on for a few days and just took that to the office. Dropped off my stuff and headed home. I never would have thought I would be splitting lanes at like 9 at night. Apparently someone hit the middle guard rail and flipped over it right before the causeway. I’m glad I took the bike and not my truck. I was super hungry and would have been pissed to sit in all that traffic. It’s just shy of 10pm right now and I’m beat. I have to get up around 6am tomorrow to get into work so I’m calling it a night.

21
Sep

31 miles…Check!

The ride home went well. I like the time in the saddle. It’s nice to just think about what I’m doing instead of any thing else in my life. I’m trying hard to just ignore everything in my life right now. I’m tired of it all. Not that there aren’t things that I care about. I just feel like I really need to get my life sorted out by myself. Maybe it’s just me torturing myself. I don’t know. I’m trying to learn to be alone. Get used to it Rob, this is how it is. Sounds depressing huh? I agree. Hopefully I can get myself into a routine and a bunch of endorphins flowing in my veins and get through this. Today is just one of those days that is wearing me thin. I’m just feeling really alone. I don’t understand how people can go through their week and just go to work and come home and be all alone. It’s like torture for me. I really don’t get the appeal of it. At all. So I’m trying to keep myself busy with something other than going out. I must say, going out is a lot more fun. Living in this apartment has been a completely new experience in my life. I was 33 when I first moved in here. First time in my entire life that I have lived alone. I’ve never had to spend more than a few hours at the most by myself. Now it’s like this. WTF, that’s overwhelming to me! It’s such a weird feeling too. Because if I was to think about getting a roomate or having a girlfriend live with me I get nervous about having to share my space with someone. LOL, such a catch 22. I’m pretty sure what I’m saying right there just means I am really just confused with life right now.

I’m feeling like I need to vent a bunch of things on my mind but don’t have anyone to talk to. It’s been a long time that I have felt like I could say anything that is on my mind and not feel judged. It’s funny because I normally come off like I really don’t care what people think of me but I really do. I just want their approval. It really hurts when you don’t get that. A major let down. I don’t think people realize how much that really effects me. It’s made some pretty pertinent things in my life happen. *Deleted Rant* I think it’s better if I don’t put that on the internet.

Anyways. 22 days to go until I hit 30 days. Seems like a long time again. I’m glad the commute went well today. I ended up buying a new seat. I think the one I had really wasn’t doing good for me. I was getting pretty sore from the one that was on there. Seemed like after about 10 miles I couldn’t stand to sit on it anymore. I spend much more than an hour in the saddle of my mt. bike and don’t have that issue. So I’m pretty sure it’s not the, “no butt calluses blues”. I’ve put plenty of time in the saddle on my mt. bike to get over the sore sit bones. I also readjusted the handlebars tonight. We’ll see if that helps my hands from going numb. Today I noticed that the rear tire was on backwards. I think they may have done this thinking that whomever bought the bike would be flipping the tire so the bike was a fixie. I switched it back so the tread pattern is rolling the correct direction. I’m sure it doesn’t make as much of a difference as it does on my mt. bike with the huge tread. In my head it will help me go faster. I also pumped the tires back up to 85. A coworker told me that those tires loose air quickly. My front was at like 60. It makes me wonder what they were at when I first got the bike. I guess I’ll find out in a few days how quickly they go down. I’ll just say pumping them up to 85 with the hand pump sucks! I broke a sweat.

Tomorrow I’m going to go into Davis and take care of a few things, then I’m heading up to Roseville to do a few things. My plan is to be done and leave early for Auburn and get a good mountain bike ride in. At this point I’m not quite sure what I can swing. On one hand I want to do a really good ride. But then again, I want to commute on Thursday. I also want to go to the gym. Oh, and I want to run. Wow, if I do all that, it will be quite the accomplishment. So here’s the plan. Get up, knock out a 5k before work. Do what I said earlier and get to Auburn around the 3-4pm range. Climb Clementine, hit the road and ride up to the beginning of Forrest Hill Divide and start it clockwise. Once I get to Connector take that back to the Culvert and Confluence trail. So that, 3, 5, 7, ehhhh, about 10 miles. That should take about an hour and a half. That’s a bunch of climbing. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t do the Connector. I’ll see where my energy level is once I get to the top of Clementine. That climb really sucks. If I go to the Connector that will be a solid first 5 miles of climbing. Of course it will be a lot of fun from there back. There is a little climb out of Connector and up to the beginning of the Culvert that I am worried about though. Oh well, enough dwelling on it. I’ll let you all know what I decided tomorrow.

20
Sep

Weigh In: Bleh, Measurements :)

So the mental alarm got me up at ten til six. I was thinking after I went to the bathroom there was no real good reason to lay back down. But I did. Honestly I couldn’t remember if my alarm was set for 6 or 6:30am. In my head I was thinking 6. Fortunately it was actually 6:30am. So that went off and I hit the snooze. I think I just do that because it seems like the most reasonable thing to do. I laid there for about 2 minutes and just decided to get up.

So then I went in and started weighing in. I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw on the scale. I ended up being 228.5lbs. So that is only a 1.6lb. loss. Not too stoked about that. Earlier in the week I weighed myself and I was about 4lbs. down. However, I wasn’t sure if it was just me being dehydrated. So I guess the smart thing would have been to use the other settings on the scale that would have told me my hydration. SMRT, that’s me. Either way what I am stoked about. Measurements. At the end of this month weight loss is one thing which I think will happen. But ultimately what I want to happen is my body fat percentage to go down. I really don’t care about how much I weigh. I don’t want to be a skinny tall guy. I want to be a fit tall guy. I’m sure if I just wanted to be skinny, going to the gym wouldn’t be helping me much. I’d just do cardio every day. So back to what made me happy. I lost 5/8 of an inch on my chest, 1 inch on my belly measurement, and 3/8 of an inch on my waist. I’m not concerned with any of my other measurements for the weekly weigh in. Those three area’s is where I’m carrying fat at. The rest of my body is pretty lean. According to my scale I was just as hydrated as before, and I managed to loose a pound of body fat. I know there is some variation in the measurements from that scale but that just doesn’t make sense to me. If I’m just as hydrated and I’ve lost 1.6lbs. then how is it only a difference of 1lb. of fat. Whatever, I’m sure it makes about as much sense as the designer jeans I’m wearing with a 34″ waist even though when I use a measuring tape I measure at 41″. I’m serious I don’t have a pair of jeans that have more than a 36″ waist. Makes no sense.

Enough of that. Today is a two way commute. My arms are pretty sore from the workout last night. I can say that I’m pretty sure tomorrow isn’t going to feel so hot. None-the-less, I got on the bike this morning and took off. I started my stopwatch, but apparently I forgot to stop it when I got to the office. I’m thinking my time was about the same. I think this weekend with the kids will be good. I’m planning on giving my legs both days off. I can tell from the run yesterday that I was a little weak this morning. Although that was the case the commute went well. I think the way home is going to be easier. The reason I say that is I’ve noticed on the way in it’s about the same point where my legs are starting to feel tired. On the way back that same point in the mileage I am in West Sac and ultimately start having to stop for lights and stop signs. So I get these short little recovery breaks. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to ride that other chain ring right away. There are points of the ride where I think that it would be no problem but others where I’m like, man a harder gear would really suck right now. Either way I’m anticipating it coming in. I’m sure that first commute will be an eye opener.

Now the only thing is….what am I going to eat for lunch? I’m starving.

19
Sep

Got the Shakes

I just killed it at the gym. OMG I can barely type. LOL, it’s an effort to drink my protein. That was my first time to the newly remodeled 24 hour fitness downtown Sacramento. It was pretty nice inside. I didn’t walk around and check it all out. But what I saw looked good. As usual just one decline bench. That’s annoying. Also I’m not going to be able to do this night time work out shit. I can’t stand that many people being in there. Especially when a bunch of them are just standing around flexing. I can’t tell you how many guys were in there not sweating. Weak! So tonight was Chest & Tri’s. Hopefully I can still hold the handlebars in the morning.

19
Sep

Nervous To Weigh In

So the weekend came and went. I’m glad that I stuck to the diet pretty good. I went on a pretty hard mountain bike ride on Saturday. That was fun. I could feel my technical skills coming back quickly. As hard as I pushed my legs through the week I really was expecting to bonk out pretty hard in the middle of it. To my surprise I hung in there all the way to the end. There were a few climbs that I just dismounted on but to tell you the truth considering how much I did during the week I’m completely ok with that. Nailed a couple of sections that hung me up the last time I was on that trail. That made me feel really good. I also even did the climb at the end of the trail that I’ve had a hard time with in the past. So at this point I’m planning on hitting the dirt again on Wednesday night. We’ll see how that ends up. My legs could be toast from the double commute the day before. That’s the plan for tomorrow morning. That’s going to be fun. I’m really looking forward to it.

Now to address the title of the blog. I stepped on the scale last night/this morning and it was not good. I got a little irritated and busted out the tape. I have lost some considerable amounts on the measurements of my stomach and chest in the last week. So even if my number on the scale isn’t so hot I will be ok with the inches coming off. Ultimately I’m not too concerned about the weight. This is really more about my measurements. The big goal this week aside from the commuting is to get back in the gym. So if I hit that hard this week I’m assuming my fat loss will be offset by muscle weight. We’ll see. Either way everything is going in the right direction. I also know in my head week 2 is where I will see more results than week one. Week three is usually even better.

Last but not least. Today’s run. I didn’t do anything to the legs yesterday. Rest Day. That was nice. However they were still a little weak from the mountain bike ride on Saturday. In my head I knew I needed to run today. Especially if I am planning on hitting that ten mile mark by the end of the month. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that one with as much riding as I want to do. We’ll see if that one doesn’t pan out or not. So today’s run was a 5k with tired legs. Oh, and it was in the mid 90’s. Let’s just say it wasn’t the most enjoyable run I’ve had in a while. However I did get it done and managed to finish about 30 seconds faster than the last 5k I ran. I’m not thinking that I can do another 5k on Wednesday. I’m really expecting my legs to be sore from the commute tomorrow. Wednesday’s run is also on the fence depending whether or not I am going mountain biking that night by myself. If some of the coworkers go I’ll probably skip the run. Just because I don’t want to be riding with no power and other riders. I don’t mind messing around and not hammering it if I am by myself. But I’d hate to have to make others wait on me just because I over exerted myself during the day. None-the-less tomorrow is the two way commute. Wish me luck!