Closing out 2014 and Moving onto 2015

Another year has come and gone. Ups and downs. You know the drill. The year wasn’t all bad and wasn’t all good. That’s life I guess. Those of you who follow this blog probably thought I might have died due to the infrequent blog updates. The same could have been said last year. I’ll try to explain a little of that, and more, as I close out 2014. This will not be a resolutions post though. Posting Frequency Over the last couple of years the number of posts I’ve written has been pretty small. Only five in 2014 (including this one) and five in 2013. For all intensive purposes I haven’t been writing at all. Even without the posting the site traffic has been better than ever due to the content I published over the first five years of the blog.. I have lots of reasons but they boil down to two: No time. My 9-5 has been taking up a significant portion of my time (re-organizations, doing more with less people, etc.) and has left me with no desire to do anything else except spend what time I have with my family and riding my bike. The only time I take for myself is the Saturday morning group rides (more on that later). I even gave away my Xbox and games to help a family at Christmas because I just didn’t have the time to play it anymore. Unfortunately, this blog has fallen victim to the “no time” excuse as well. I set the bar too high. I’d like to blog about a number of things related to...

The Wake Up Call – Time To Get Serious

Today I had a regularly scheduled followup appointment with my doctor after having blood drawn last week. You see, I was due to have some of my perscriptions refilled and he wanted to update my lab results before sending the refill order in. I can understand that. It makes perfect sense. It just didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I’ve never been a fan of going to the doctor either when I’m sick or when I feel fine. And I do feel fine – other than knowing I look like a Walrus that has pulled itself up onto the beach. You’ve all seen the Animal Planet show and know what I’m talking about. Those guys always reminded me of Jabba the Hut. As I said earlier, the visit didn’t go well at all. Not only was my blood pressure up but so was my weight and several other key indicators (cholesterol and glucose). The doc (who is a great guy) and I had a long talk about my exercise and eating habits. It’s the same talk we had about six months ago. I must not have listened. In short, I’m at the point where he recommended two things: More meds. or Exercise and better eating. He was clear that he’s a fan of the latter. So was I. I asked him to give me some time to fix the problem and he agreed – for one month. I have one month to start making progress on some of my issues before he looks at starting me on more/different meds. As I left there I knew I had...

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:...

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...

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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