Should The TdF Only Be A Week Long?

Every year I watch the Tour de France. You know, that three week race that takes place in July over in France. In fact, it’s going on right now. You should check it out. Each time I watch it though I can’t help but wonder if it’s two weeks longer than it should be. Why? Let me explain. Each year the race is setup the same – prologue, team time trial (maybe), sprint finishes, mountain stages, more sprint finishes, more mountain stages, and an individual time trial followed by the last stage into Paris. Year in and year out it always comes down to who the strongest climber is. Why? Because the fast dudes who win the sprint stages can’t hang on the mountain passes. There are exceptions but for the most part the sprinters are out of puff the first time the road tilts to the sky. A few stages ago, while watching another sprint stage, I began to wonder if it (the sprint stage) wasn’t just fluff to the actual race. Everybody knows the real winner is determined in the mountains. If they aren’t, the mountains is what separates the men from the boys and sets the stage for the individual time trial that will determine the winner. Are the sprint stages fun to watch? Most of the time they are but they do get old after a while don’t they? So, after tossing this around a little bit I began to wonder if the TdF should only be a week long. Or maybe 7-10 days in length. A format like: Day 1: Prologue – either a...

July Weight Loss Goals

It’s about 8:30 in the evening as I sit here writing this post. The Stage 4 replay of the Tour de France is on TV and I can’t wait to see the finish [again]. You see, I already watched it on Eurosport at work this morning (don’t tell my boss!). The finish was so good though that I had to watch it again tonight. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I had my feet up while lounging in my soul-crushing cubicle. I had the stream running, head phones on, and was working intensely while I listened to a great race. Anytime the announcers got excited I would switch over and check out the action. Ok ‘intensely’ may be too strong a word. About this time I get an email from Kelli at Apex Nutrition. She commented on my current weight (it spiked over the weekend), told me my food intake for the day was great, and asked me what my goals were for this week. And for July. She always asks me what my goals are for the week but this is the first time she’s asked for my goals for the month. And it got me to thinking. I hit the reply button and tapped out a response. Here’s a shortened version: For this week: Stay strict on the eating plan and hydration just like I’ve been doing so I can get back down to the 271 range by the end of the week. For July: I would like to see 250s on the scale. Low 260s at a minimum. Her question has prompted me to write...

Friday Feedback: Feeling Yucky Sucks

Thought I would take a few minutes and give everyone a little feedback on my riding and weight loss. I haven’t been updating you and feel that it’s something I should be doing more of. Plus it’ll get me into a habit of posting more since I am really sucking in that area. For this first feedback I’m going to start two weeks back and bring you up to speed through today. Last Week On The Bike It was a really good week for me both on and off the bike. I continued working through the 15-week interval training plan I’ve been following and haven’t had much problem with it so far. I did determine that I’m not riding as much as I need to (only getting about 65 miles per week in the saddle). I vowed to extend some of my weekday rides in order to up the mileage. Last Saturday’s group ride from the shop was awesome and one of my best yet. I managed to hang with the fast group for just over 13 miles hitting speeds up to 25 mph. I kept myself tucked away in the pack for that ride and didn’t do any pulls in order to conserve my strength. I’m not sure I could have hung with them for as long as I did if I had been out front pulling. Regardless, it was a great ride for me. I’ve got a post planned to pass along some info that has helped me stay with the faster group that you beginners might find interesting. Last Week Off The Bike I hit a...

Binge Eating on the Weekends: My Nemesis

Binge eating on the weekends can wreck your weight loss strategy faster than my daughters can tap out a text message. And they’re fast. I love the weekend but no schedules to keep, no meetings, and no commute spell disaster for my healthy eating plan. For me, the weekdays are so much easier to concentrate my eating plan. Why? Because they’re structured. I get up, ride, have breakfast, around 10 have a mid-morning snack, have lunch, around 2:30 have an afternoon snack, then dinner in the evening. Rinse and repeat Monday through Friday. Simple and easy. I can thank a long military career for liking things structured like that. It drives my wife batty as she’s the polar opposite. Then along comes Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning is somewhat structured because of the shop group ride but after that my eating plan goes out the window. I’m not sitting at a desk waiting for the time to roll around to have a snack. There are temptations in the house to graze on and everything starts to go down hill. And before I know it it’s Monday morning and I’m wondering where all that weight came from. Time to fix it. Not being able to connect a good week of eating with a good weekend of eating is hurting my weight loss right now. I think my root problem is willpower and a false feeling of “I just did a hard group ride this morning so these few chips aren’t going to hurt.” Have you ever told yourself that? But then those few chips turn into chips and guacamole, a...

Can Bad Rides Be Good Rides?

The last couple of weeks have seen me have Saturday shop rides at both ends of the spectrum. Good and bad. I detailed in on of my recent posts about how awesome of a ride I had Saturday before last. The ride this past Saturday wasn’t nearly as awesome. In fact, it downright sucked for a few miles. The stats at the end of the ride told the real story though. A couple Saturdays ago I had one of my best experiences riding in the shop group ride. Everything seemed to click, I got a lot of pulling time in, and I had learned the route good enough to be able to rejoin the group after stopping to help someone. It was an awesome ride. This past Saturday saw me doing the same shop ride with a lot of the same folks. Everything started out great and I got a good pull in within the first five or six miles. At about mile eight though things started to unravel. My energy levels dropped off and I couldn’t maintain the 19-20 mph pace anymore. In fact, I was struggling to keep it at 17. I wound up getting dropped but eventually was able to re-join three other riders at a stoplight. After another mile or two I decided to go ahead and suck down a Hammer Gel at the 50 minute point of the ride. My energy levels came back up and I was able to finish the ride strong. I didn’t feel too great though knowing that I had been dropped from the main group and knew my numbers...
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