If It Was Easy, Everybody Would Do It

Lose weight, get fit, eat right, ride better – it’s what most of us want. It’s what I want. At the surface, each of these things appears simple. And they are at only two words each. But when you start to peel back the layers none of them are and it’ll feel like your hands are tied. If they were easy to accomplish we wouldn’t see the problems we face today with obesity, increased dependency on medications, or rising health care costs due to problems like heart disease and diabetes. If it was easy to lose weight, get fit, eat right, or ride better – everyone would do it. The truth is – It’s not easy How many of you have tried to lose weight before and failed? I know I have. Multiple times. Or I would lose it only to gain it (and sometimes more) back. Same goes for my riding. I’ve made great gains only to lose them when I slack off and lose fitness. It can be FRUSTRATING!! As I mentioned, it’s not easy when we start to look deeper into what it takes to lose weight, get fit, ride better, or eat right. Some of the stuff you’ll have to consider might be: How much riding per week? Hours or miles? How many carbs per day? What kinds of carbs and when? Making sure you drink enough water each day. Fueling properly on the bike. Getting enough sleep. Which exercises to perform. Do you need to do intervals? How do you get the proper balance of protein, carbs and fat? How can you simplify eating...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – February 2012

Another month has come and gone so it’s time for my monthly report on my cycling and weight loss. I wasn’t too thrilled about writing this post because I’m not happy with my February results. At all. In short I feel like I totally failed last month. Especially on the weight loss front. Last month my goals were simple – lose 3 pounds, ride 390 miles, and start core training. I failed at all three. The only thing I did accomplish was not having a soft drink bringing my total to 60 days without one. Tale of the Scale I was all over the place on the scale last month but I started out great. A couple weeks into February I was down to 272 and already achieving my 3 pound weight loss goal when everything exploded. It seemed like overnight that I shot up to 277, struggled to get back down to 275 and then hung out there for a week. I finished the month at 275 which meant I didn’t lose anything. On the bright side I guess you could say that I didn’t gain anything either. In the Gym I continued working out twice a week in the gym by lifting weights. The workout is still focusing on the legs with only two chest exercises. Since February was the second month of lifting the sets and reps changed from 2×12 in January to 4×8. This let me increase the weight to continue building strength. I can really tell the difference in my thighs as they are rock hard but I’ve always had very strong legs. Starting...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – January 2012

I basically stopped doing these monthly reports when I dropped off the face of the planet in October last year. They’re good posts though because they help me plot my progress, reassess goals, and let you know what’s going on. And, just maybe, they’ll inspire a few folks too. So, I decided to start them again and with January now over it’s time to look back. After posting my 2012 goals, my emphasis in January was simply to get back into the habits of riding and eating right. Having not ridden much since October 2011 I wanted to slowly get back on the bike so I didn’t injure myself or get myself so sore I became discouraged. It’s all about taking it slow and short when getting back on the bike after a long lay off. And after gaining some weight back I needed to re-focus on eating right, taking my lunch to work (i.e. not eating out), and so on. I think I was successful in getting back into the routine of those habits. I got some good training miles in and cleaned up how I was eating. I still ate out more than I wanted to but the last couple of weeks I’ve been very good. One of the things I’m most proud of this month is not having any soft drinks. I gave up regular soft drinks a long time ago but diet drinks aren’t any better. Especially when trying to lose weight and eat healthy. I had cut way back on the diet drinks last year but had never totally given them up. I did...

Final Review: BTB 910 Sunglasses

I haven’t posted a review in a while and it’s high-time I got this particular one done. BTB Sunglasses sent me a pair of their 910s about five months ago to review and they’re probably wondering where it (the review) is. Or maybe they’re wondering where I am. Well, here it is. My sincere apologies to BTB for taking so long. For complete disclosure, BTB Sunglasses sent me the 910s free of charge. I’ve worn the 910s about 15 times now while riding so I think I’ve got a pretty good idea about how they work and what I like/don’t like. Back in my ‘in for review’ post, I mentioned that the BTB 910s come with some pretty impressive specs that include HD Lens Technology, complete UVA/UVB protection, and ballistic rated lenses. Like most guys, I think the ‘ballistic’ part is the coolest as evident in the following video. I don’t know how many shotgun wielding cyclist-haters you’ll see while out riding but that’s cool as heck. It says something for the durability. Can they be ridden in? The thing you probably want to know more than anything though is if they’re any good for riding. In a word, yes. Like I said above, I’ve ridden in these sunglasses about 15 times now and have experienced zero problems with them. The frames are well made (out of a material called Grilamid TR90 – the link goes to a tech document for all the geeks out there) and have a good form fit. The temple pieces are attached to the frame using screws – not some cheap plastic connection. The...

I’m the Shop Wheel Sucker

My last group ride with the guys from the local shop was in October. I wanted to ride in November and December but something always got in the way – getting sick, the holidays, family obligations, etc. A couple of weeks ago I tried to make it to a ride and realized halfway there that I had forgot my helmet. It just wasn’t meant to be. I wouldn’t be denied this past Saturday though. On Friday I made sure everything was ready and in one spot so all I had to do was throw my stuff in the car. I was so prepared that I had plenty of time to wait at the shop while everyone else showed up. I had heard that for the winter rides fewer riders showed up and that was the case as we left with only about ten of us. The weather was going to be nice though with highs near 75F in the afternoon. After our customary 3-4 mile warm-up I came to the quick realization that I had waited too long to get back out here. I was hurting already and it wasn’t going to get easier. As we crossed over a bridge I pulled off my trademark move – the stealth slide back to the B group. Except I was already leading the B group. So I just stayed where I was. Three of us made up the group including the shop owner who drove a relentless pace when in the lead. Two other guys joined us that broke off from the A group so five of us ended up settling...
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