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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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  • What’s Working & What’s Not

    Working The workouts are going well enough. I can handle the gradual ramping up of the workouts. It’s mostly mental—pushing yourself harder than you want to be pushed, not overdoing it, just pushing hard (that workout photo of me has scared a few folks). Overall, I feel much better. Easier to move, much easier bending […]

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  • Determination

    Look at the picture I’ve used to illustrate this post. What do you see? That’s Peninsula Cycle Club member Brad House at the 2009 Torrance Criterium. I see a man who really wants to win. Look at his face—his determination is clear. That’s one thing I admire about Brad—his will to win. He doesn’t always […]

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  • Today’s Workout

    This is my fourth day in a row of 34 minute workouts on the stationary bike. Soaked at the finish. Ramped up to about 100 RPM, but had to cut back to 85 RPM halfway through. Ran the last 3.5 minutes at 90 RPM. My thoughts: Do whatever you have to do to keep on […]

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  • Status: 69 Days In

    Things are looking up. I’ve had three solid 34 minute workouts in a row. Determination or not, I couldn’t have done that two months ago. I’m down 8.4 pounds, which isn’t too bad (although almost three pounds of that was lost yesterday (no, I can’t explain it)). My resting pulse is trending down, but the […]

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  • A Few Quick Thoughts

    Yeah, this is the way I look after a really hard workout (click on the image to get the full effect). Normally I wipe my face as I ride, but this time I thought I’d forego that in order to capture the full effect. It’s not the toughest workout I’ve had, but I’m not doggin’ […]

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  • Reaching Your Fitness “Critical Mass”

    Things are beginning to look up. I’ve been working out for the last four out of five days, and cycling for longer durations. I’m eating better, too. I feel like I’m approaching my critical mass, wherein I’ve broken through the resistance to change that I (and my body) feel. I’ve posted my workout details. The […]

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  • Better This Week

    I’ve spent more time riding the exercycle this past week. My riding duration is still not what I’d hoped for, maxing out at 17 minutes. I’m seeing spikes in my systolic blood pressure that I hadn’t seen before. They don’t seem to be related to my workout days, but I’m adding my workouts to the […]

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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 […]