Cycling and Weight Loss Report – September 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 Cycling and Weight Loss Report. I do these reports once a month so you can follow along in my progress towards losing weight with cycling. More importantly I want these posts to help inspire you to battle the bulge. You can see what I’m doing, what’s working for me, what isn’t, the challenges I’m facing, and what I’m struggling with. Through it all we’ll both be better for it. The month of September was another hard (i.e. I struggled) month but it started out great with me completing an organized ride on September 10th called The Patriots Memorial Ride. You can read my ride report here. About three days after that ride I started to not feel so good. I’m hesitant to say I was ‘sick’ but my body didn’t feel right at all. There was no way I could ride but I did manage to keep my eating under control. Somewhat. As the month of September moved along I began to feel better and was able to get more mileage on the bike the last couple of weeks. My eating on the other hand hasn’t been super. I have kept it under control but it could be improved so much. I’m sure you can relate. Without further rambling, here’s the breakdown for this month. Tale of the Scale My goal from last month was to get to 264.5 pounds on the scale in September. That number was never in jeapordy as I basically held steady in the 269-270 range. My final weight on September 30th was 270.5 so I actually gained 1.5 pounds...

In For Review: BTB 910 Sunglasses

A few weeks ago the sunglasses I had been using while riding finally had to be tossed after I lost one of the nose pieces. The nose piece had been coming off a lot but I kept putting it back on. Well, it finally came off and I didn’t notice until after my ride so there’s no telling where it ended up. That left me in need for a new pair of riding sunglasses. A couple of days later I received an email from Chase at BTB Sunglasses asking if I’d like to review a pair of their shades. What a coincidence. I said sure Chase sent me a pair of my choosing. About BTB Sunglasses BTB Sunglasses started in the basement of Steve and Jo Brown a few years ago. Every night Steve and his wife Jo would sit downstairs tagging and bagging sunglasses in preparation for shipment. Their sales steadily grew and they now offer sunglasses for several sports including cycling, golf, hiking, fishing and motor sports. BTB Sunglasses have become known for their incredible lens quality, durability, comfortable fit and low price. BTB Sunglasses is a part of a bigger whole and is one of the divisions of Be the Ball, Inc. located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Be the Ball, Inc. support numerous causes and athletic events. A portion of every sale from our website goes to the Be the Ball Foundation. After browsing through the selection on their website, I picked out their BTB 910 which is a 3/4 frame design with vented lenses. BTB 910 Features I selected the BTB 910 to review...

2011 Patriots Memorial Ride Report

Saturday saw me do my second charity ride of the year at the 10th Annual Patriots Memorial Ride. It’s been held each year following the attacks of Sepember 11, 2011 in honor of those who died. I had gotten a lot of riding in over the past month so I was looking forward to the ride and how I would hold up. I arrived at the high school we were departing from at about 6:30 and proceeded to get ready. About six of us from our normal Saturday morning shop ride were gonig to meetup and do this ride together but only one other guy showed up. I consider him a strong rider but didn’t know until after the ride was done that this would be his longest ride ever. After a ceremony that included a color guard, singing of the national anthem, and gun salute, we we’re ready to roll. The initial strategy going into this ride was to do it about 18 mph. At least that’s what was discussed at a couple of the shop rides with the other would be participants. With me and one other guy showing up we basically just rolled out and tried to hook up with a group. About five miles in we had settled into a group of about 10 riders and were rolling along at 19-20 mph. That felt like a good pace so we just hung near the back to see how things played out. At about the 11 mile point we made our first turn and the group dwindled down to seven riders. We would stay together for...

Cycling and Weight Loss Report – August 2011

Welcome to my Cycling and Weight Loss Report for August 2011. If you remember, I started these monthly posts last month (that makes this report #2) in order to update you on my progress as I use road cycling to win the battle of the bulge. It helps hold me accountable, provides inpspiration to those trying to lose weight, and gives you some insight into my weight loss and cycling goals, methods, failures, and successes. Here we go! Tale of the Scale My starting weight for this month was 269 pounds and I set a goal to lose four pounds in August. I fell way short of that goal. On August 31st I tipped the scales at 268.5. That’s a half-pound loss for August. Dissappointing? Yes. For some reason, the first couple of weeks of August I was in a serious funk. I didn’t want to ride, slide on and off my eating plan, and was struggling with motivation. I knew I wasn’t holding up my end of the bargain but was having a hard time getting out of the rut I was in. I had fallen off the wagon. That’s when I exchanged some emails with Kelli, my nutritionist, and she gave me some great advice. Read about that advice here. After that things improved but it was too late for me to make any signifiant gains (losses?) in the weight department. Lesson learned. On the Bike Like I said, the first couple of weeks in August I struggled on the bike too. The first week of August I rode a whopping 45 miles. The second week saw...

Everyman’s Everest

A few weeks ago I interviewed David Mills as we discussed his new book, The Distance, and what drove him to complete his first Ironman Triathlon. He’s back with a guest post today where he talks about finishing his second Ironman this past weekend. My favorite thing about Ironman triathlons is the simple fact that anybody can do one…seriously. It doesn’t take a unique skill or ability like throwing a 95 mph fastball or being able to dunk a basketball. You don’t have to be strong, tall, fast, smart, or even very coordinated. All it really takes is an attitude that says, “I will not quit.” Let’s face it, none of us are going to get called up to the major leagues. We’ll never play in the Super Bowl, or get drafted into the NBA. But there’s almost nothing keeping you from becoming an Ironman! I’ve personally seen a blind man, a woman in a wheelchair, an amputee, and a 74 year old man cross the Ironman finish line! It’s a larger-than-life moment that anyone can accomplish. Last Sunday I crossed the Ironman finish line for my second time. It was a completely different experience in many ways from the first Ironman I completed in 2009. This time around there wasn’t any curiosity or sense of wonderment. I knew exactly how long and difficult the day would be. This time it wasn’t a question of “Can I do this?”. It was now a question of “Can I do this faster?”. And I knew that finishing the bike ride didn’t really mean that I was almost done. Being my second-time...

Time To Update My 2011 Mileage Goal

Back in January I set some goals to help me stay motivated through the year. During today’s morning ride before work I broke my mileage goal for the year. It feels so good to be meeting my goals and hopefully it’ll inspire you to continue working towards yours. The goal I broke today was riding 2000 miles for the year. After this mornings ride I’m currently sitting at 2014 miles for the year. When I set that 2000 mile goal back in January I took into account how much I had ridden last year and added some onto it. Knowing that I would be training for the Tour de Cure in the beginning part of the year I figured I would break 2000 but not quite so early in the year. August isn’t even over and I’ve got four more months of riding left thanks to the mild fall and winters here in Northern Florida. The year started off great when training for the Tour de Cure and it saw me put in quite a few miles during the first five months of the year. Over the last two months the mileage tapered off and really went into the toilet the last few weeks. Then the Just Ride post happened and I’ve started to see a resurgence in my riding and mileage over the last two weeks. Last week I put in 116 miles (with my best group ride ever last Saturday) and already have 44 miles logged this week after two days of riding. In other words, my riding is on the upswing, I’ve met my 2011 mileage...
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