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...

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...
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