The Wind Slapped Me Right In The Face

Some time ago a reader mentioned trying to find a local cycling group via Meetup.com. I took their advice and found one rather easily. It’s a road and mountain biking group here locally with over 200 members. They do a lot of their own group rides but also coordinate meeting at other area group rides. I’ve been a member of the group for a couple of weeks but didn’t meet for a ride until yesterday. The 9 AM Monday Morning ‘Social’ Ride Monday was a holiday so with me not working I took the opportunity to try a group ride that I wouldn’t normally be able to make. The ride was a ‘social’ ride and was one of the weekly rides put on by the North Florida Bicycle Club. Four other members of the Meetup.com group were RSVP’d to attend so it looked like fun. Plus, the start point was only a mile from my house so it was easy just to ride to the start. Seemed like a no-brainer for my first group ride here in Jacksonville. When I showed up there was already a group of 20 or so cyclists standing around. The group included men, women, young, old, and mostly road bikes. There were a couple of the older gentlemen (one was 82) riding recumbent trikes and a new lady rider on a nice Specialized Hybrid. The vast majority though were road riders. I wasn’t there but a couple of minutes when several people introduced themselves. They made me feel right at home which was awesome. By the time we started there was probably about 25...

Words: The Elixir of Motivation

Today, while riding the elevator up to the 9th floor in the building I work in, I got into a conversation with a lady who works on the same floor as I do. It went like this: Her: Have you lost some weight? Do I really need to say anything more than that? I think not but I’ll finish the story anyway. Me: I’ve been trying. Her: Well, I can tell. Especially in your face. By now we’re at about the 5th floor but my spirits are already on 16. Me: Thanks. Her: What are you doing? Me: I’m riding a bike 10 miles before I come to work each day and longer on Saturdays. Her: (insert totally shocked face) What?! Are you serious? Me: Oh yeah. And we continue talking about my riding, how to start out slow and then build up endurance/time in the saddle, and so on. It was a great conversation and an even better way to start the day. All of us have our ups and down associated with trying to lose weight, or get in better shape, but it’s comments like my co-workers that tell us that what we’re doing is making a difference. A few simple words like hers can have the following effects: They can lift our spirits. On our weight loss journey all of us have good days and bad days. Sometimes more of the later. A simple comment from a co-worker, family member, or friend can do wonders for our attitude and spirit. They can re-energize us. Getting into the shape we want to get into can put a...

What Not To Do When The Weight Scale Doesn’t Move

Those of us who are cycling for weight loss have to deal with the weight scale. I hate it and have a real phobia with it. Why? Because it always tells me what I don’t want to see whether it’s an increase in weight or no change at all. Not seeing that weight scale moving in a downward trend has always been a problem for me. I would always become upset or down after getting on the scale after a particularly good week of riding and finding that I didn’t lose any weight. How could I ride that hard this week, put in that many miles, and not see a change in those stupid little numbers? I knew the answer. It was lying. That’s right, the scale was lying and not telling the truth. I was lighter than that and it must not be showing my weight correctly because I drank a lot of water, I hadn’t gone to the bathroom before weighing myself, had eaten breakfast before stepping on, or any other of a number of lame excuses. You can think up some really good ones when your desperate to see a change on that torture device. Or it was angry with me. It was tired of getting stepped on by a guy who weighed too much and kept feeding me false information so I would lose faith and quit crushing it to death. It wanted me to quit. The reality? It was telling the truth. Gradually, I’m beginning to learn that what the scale tells me isn’t always accurate. Even when it tells me I’m losing weight....

How To Start Road Cycling [Again] Ebook

As I told you all several weeks ago, I was going to write an Ebook to help new cyclists, or those returning to road cycling after a long layoff, get started in this great sport. I’ve finally completed it and am ready to release it. For free. As you can tell by the title, it isn’t for the advanced, or even intermediate, road cyclist. It’s basic from the first page and filled with knowledge and tips that I wish I had known when I returned to cycling in 2008. Will it answer every question? No. But I think it’ll help anyone looking for help in deciding where to buy a bike, find out what to carry in a seat bag, or learn what online tools are available for road cycling. To get How To Start Road Cycling [Again] just click on the link below. How-To-Start-Road-Cycling Thumbnail Photoc: Explore The...

Finding Measurable Improvement In Your Cycling

Do you find yourself struggling to get better on the bike? Ever wonder if you’re making any progress at all? I do and I bet others do as well. That’s why I keep a log of my training. It isn’t detailed, or even linked to a GPS enabled cyclocomputer, but it tells me what I need to know about my riding and if I’m making any progress. For instance, I went back and looked at my rides over the past three weeks to see how my average speed was doing. I felt like I was riding faster but I wanted to see if there was any truth to my ‘feelings’. I went back through three weeks of data and found the following: Average Speed Three Weeks Ago – 13.475 mph Average Speed Two Weeks Ago – 13.775 mph Average Speed 1 week ago – 13.975 mph Those aren’t huge numbers, only a .5 mph increase, but considering my level of fitness and weight, they tell me that I’m improving. Do I feel like some of that improvement Is due to my ongoing Fit with Bicycle Lab? Yes, but I think part of it is due to my legs coming back as well. Regardless, I wouldn’t have been able to look at this data if I wasn’t logging my rides. Seeing empirical data showing progress is important because I don’t feel like I’m making much progress on the bike. Granted, I’ve only been riding again for a month but I feel like my gains are coming very, very slowly and I’m not making headway on my weight. At all. Not...
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