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  • 20 Pounds Lost!

    This is a milestone, hopefully the first of more—I’m down 20 pounds from my highest weight. There’s still a long ways to go (I now weigh 290 pounds), but the trend is definitely positive. I have been dieting (see my last blog entry), to which I can give all the credit to for my recent […]

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  • Off the Front/Reboot

    After taking nearly a month off from riding, along with some Christmas excess, I’m getting back into it with a vengeance. Over the last week or so I’ve been getting back on the bike, both on the road and on the stationery bike. I’ve also decided to rework my diet, starting today. Brian Frank, Hammer […]

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  • Beaten by Christmas

    The last two weeks have been pretty rough. Usually I ride almost every morning at 8:00AM for an hour. I’ve been doing fairly well, slowly getting stronger. The I ran into the specter of Christmas, normally my favorite time of the year. This year my son came back from school for a month (this is […]

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  • Workout Playlist

    There’s been no groundswell of demand for my workout playlist, but I thought I’d share it anyway! The songs I selected are generally upbeat (as much as I love them, I had to take out the Joe Jackson tunes for being too pensive). I’d didn’t agonize over this list. These are just songs that I […]

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  • Christmas Takes its Toll

    Finally Christmas has gotten to me. The combination of bagels, sugared pecans, and incredible toffee has gotten to my waistline. I’ve gained back four pounds! This morning I hit the stationary bike for an hour. It was brutal. I wanted to quit 10 minutes in, and this time I wasn’t doing intervals. I finished the […]

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  • Longer and Slower

    It’d been four days since I’d ridden a bike, and I wasn’t happy about it. Between a Christmas work crunch and camping with the Scouts, I couldn’t get my rides in. Oddly enough, after getting back from a relatively sedentary weekend camping trip, both my weight and fat percentage were down. I was planning to […]

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  • Objective Measurement

    I bought a CatEye Velo 5 computer recently and installed it on my stationary bike. This will give me a more objective measurement of my workouts. It’s the most basic model that CatEye makes (available at The Bike Palace for $19.95 (don’t forget the 20% discount for Peninsula Cycle Club members). Other versions are wireless […]

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  • Finally—One Hour!

    This morning I had hopes that I could finally ride for one hour on the stationary bike. I started off at about 70 RPM, trying a warm-up before I got serious. After 10 minutes I upped it to 80 RPM and held it there. Portions of my hands were numb, my calves were feeling the […]

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  • I Couldn’t Make It

    I wanted so badly to ride for 60 minutes on the exercycle today, but it was rough just getting to the 50 minute point (my previous best was 40 minutes). I wanted to impress you, but damn, that thing was kicking my ass! I kept asking myself if I could gut it out for another […]

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  • On the Road Again

    I’m slowly getting back onto the road. This morning I lead the inaugural ride of our new weekly Beginner’s Ride. We meet Saturday morning at 9:00 at The Bike Palace. At 8:15 I had looked at the sky, a bit of sprinkle on the ground, and thought for sure that I’d cancel the ride on […]

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  • So Far So Good

    It’s only four days into my renewed efforts to get fit. I managed to get past Thanksgiving and still lose weight. Certainly I’m doing better than last year! I’ve been keeping my meals reasonable. By no means have they been perfect. However, I’ve been eating less and eating better. I still have dessert, but a smaller […]