2012 Cycling and Weight Loss Goals

I’m not sure why I’ve put this post off but I have. I’ve actually been thinking about and planning my goals for 2012 for several weeks now but never got around to actually writing a post. Maybe it was the 10-12 hour days I’ve been working that has something to do with it. Maybe I was just lazy. My wife would say I was procrastinating. She knows me very well. Originally this post was going to be very detailed to show you the plan behind the goals but a moment of sanity hit me and I decided to split into two posts. This one where I tell you what my goals for 2012 are and another to show you my training plan for 2012. If you follow me on Twitter you might have caught a sneak peek I posted. There will be no long explanations here trying to describe my reasoning behind these goals other than the fact that in order for me to lose this freaking weight I need to ride. In no particular order, here are my 2012 cycling and weight loss goals: Ride 5000 miles. Lose 30 pounds. Ride a century. Ride 500 miles in a month. As I said earlier, I have a more detailed post coming that will explain my 2012 training plan so look for it soon. How many of you have set your goals for the year? If you have what are they? If not, what are you waiting for? Photoc:...

Reflecting Back on 2011

I think it’s important to look back on the last year to see where I started and finished the year. Doing so let’s me try and figure out what worked and what didn’t, what the successes and failures were, and it helps me plot a course for the new year. This period of reflection is critical to my, and your, riding and weight loss. Riding My first ride of last year was a short 8 miles that I didn’t even manage a 13 mph pace on. I had to start somewhere right? Over the next 10 months the mileage increased and the pace followed. One of my best rides of the year was the Patriots Ride where I managed 57 miles at a 19.2 mph pace (in a group). I’d say that’s a huge improvement. 2011 also saw me start group riding on a regular basis. I started riding with one of the local bike shops on Saturday mornings and it was one of the best things I did all year. Riding with a group introduces you to new skills, a little comraderie, and it helps you make huge gains from a fitness standpoint. While I was never able to finish with the fast group, I was able to hang with them longer throughout the summer. One of the last group rides of the summer was one of the more memorable where I rode 47 miles at a 18.8 mph pace. Great stuff. Everything wasn’t rosey with my riding though. I achieved my 2000 mileage goal in Oct-11 and raised the bar to 3335 miles. I failed to reach...

First Ride of 2012

With the new year brings a renewed effort to try and set things right. To continue losing the pounds, to ride further and faster, or to try and hang with the group ride a little further than last year. Or maybe you (like me) just needed to get a ride under your belt in order to get started again. Today was my get started again ride. I knew yesterday that I would ride today. No matter what. It was going to be cold and windy. But I had to ride. No matter what. There was no plan today besides just riding. Dress warm, throw the leg over my trusty steed and ride. Knee and arm warmers, thermal skull cap, full-fingered gloves, toe covers and a vest did the trick. It kept me warm but the wind stunk. I already knew it would so it wasn’t too surprising to feel it pushing against me. I would not be deterred today. The streets were quiet and the sun was low on the horizon. A few runners here and there and a couple cycling were the only other folks out braving the cold and wind. There was the guy walking his little ankle-biter dog that had a cute little dog sweater on. I didn’t ask him but I’m sure it was his wife’s (or girlfriend’s) dog. That’s what I would have said. About an hour later the ride came to a close. It meant the 2012 riding season had...

No Excuses

You have no idea how many times I’ve meant to sit down and write this (or any) blog post. There was always something more important, or easier, to do. The same could be said for my riding the last couple of months. I’m full of excuses and virtually none of them are worth anything. I rode great from January through October and then things just kind of went south. I got sick, work picked up a lot, the holidays arrived, the youngest had Christmas play rehearsals, sucky weather, family was in town, etc., etc., etc. You get the picture. In fact, I bet many of you dealt with a lot of the same stuff but were more dedicated than I was. Many of you reached out to me to ask how things were going and I sincerely appreciate that. It means a lot. Some of you asked why I wasn’t posting here. Some of the same excuses could be given but it all boils down to being lazy. I haven’t checked Twitter in I don’t know how long. I neglected several comments that were left here until just a few days ago. I’ve literally sucked over the last few months and owe each of you an apology. At some point I just had to look in the mirror, kick myself in the butt, and start doing something. Whether it was riding and/or posting. I guess this is step 1. I hope each of you had a good Christmas and got lots of cool cycling gear. Mine was better than I deserved. I’m looking forward to the new year and...

Give Your Tire The Boot

On last Saturday’s group ride a buddy and I were dropped by the main group. The fast dudes must have been feeling good because by mile 8 we were already going over 25 mph and I finally gave in at 27. The other guy did the same about 30 seconds later. That left us to ride by ourselves and we had a great ride despite the wind. We followed a short ride 25 mile loop and enjoyed the cool temps. About 3 miles from the finish I heard a loud ‘pop’ from behind me. I knew immediately that my buddy had just flatted so I pulled over. Upon further investigation he discovered that not only had he flatted but he had a hole in his tire as well. It looked like the tire had simply become worn in one spot. The result was a hole in the tire and a flat tube. I asked him if he had a boot and he said, “A what?” We took care of his tire but I thought booting a tire would be a great topic to discuss here on the blog. What is a Boot? If you’re thinking cockroach-killers then I need to educate you. A boot, in relation to cycling, is a piece of material placed between the tube and tire to keep the tube from bulging out of a hole in the tire. I think we can all agree that the tube is held in place by the tire. If the integrity of the tire is broken (i.e. a cut or large puncture) the tube will bulge out of that...
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