Let’s get this party started

Let’s get this party started RIGHT!

You have all heard it before, I hope, pray, dream of not typing this post again.  I’m not going to make any predictions – I’m just going to tell you what’s up.

The other day I got this crazy idea that I would start video blogging – sure, why not!  I’ve done blogs, micro-blogging, facebook, Google+, Myspace… why not try out this video option.  I have a phone that can do it, I have the idea – lets roll.  Well, then I got this other idea that I talked about in a video blog …. It’s about 2 months until Labor day, I need to get focused, let’s pull together some folks and get going.  Call it a challenge, encourage others to join in.  Check up on each other – call me out if I don’t log my food – point it out to me!  Tell me wassup…. so here is what I came up with that *I* am going to do.

  • I’m going to use Google+ for most of my discussion.  Of course, my G+ public posts go to Facebook and Twitter, so it will end up there.
  • I’ve created a hashtag (#LaborDayChallenge) and I will post that in all posts related to the challenge.
  • Not all of my post will be posts will be public.  I’ve got a Circle for this.  I will add those I am comfortable sharing my inner feelings and stuff!  Those posts will be locked – those who it was shared with can reply, but they will be mine to control!
  • I will share lots publicly, but not all.
  • I will probably vlog about some of it, but not ALL of my vlogs will be related to working out or eating right!

That’s the challenge…. here are my personal goals for the challenge!

  1. Consistency!
  2. Form several positive habits!
  3. Maintain accountability
  4. Consistently log my food
  5. Eat healthy
  6. Consistently log my workouts
  7. Continue to work the 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery

Last year, I was winning or placing in bicycle races.  I weighed 20-30 pounds less than I do today.  4 months ago, I ran a half marathon in 10:30 pace – I could not do 6.2 at that pace on Sunday.  Yes – I’ve gone backwards but I have not quit, so I have not lost!

So there you have it!  If you see me screwing up – you can call me out on it!  If you see me doing something right – compliments are appreciate but not necessary.  As Dave Chapel would say…. “But I didn’t get arrested!  You’re not SUPPOSED to get arrested!”  … I’m SUPPOSED to do the right thing!

I am going to kick this thing off with a bike ride tomorrow!  Hope to see you on the comet!

August Status

It’s come to my attention that I didn’t give a proper status for August – though – I wasn’t really sure that was in the requirements… here you go!

Status - After August
Status - After August

It’s not been the best month of weight loss, but it hasn’t been too bad.  I had a bit of a scare last week, with just a .2 pound loss, but the streak of consecutive Fridays is still alive and well.  Its harder and harder to lose and it’s harder to stay motivated.  Some days it’s easier than others, but sometimes you just want to pig out.

I was pretty proud of myself last night (not in August, but …) I went to my favorite bbq place and had a sensible meal.  I don’t think I would of if I didn’t have to weigh in today, but you have to do what you have to do – that’s how things go.

My riding in August faded just  bit.  Nothing to worry about – but I just didnt get out as much as I should of and in some cases as much as I would liked to have.  I decided to capture a little graph of my riding.  It’s much easier (and more accurate) when my computer isn’t broken.  I did figure out how to add stuff manually – so that helps, but its vague and the speeds are a bit flakey.

Mileage Totals
Mileage Totals

I am missing a few earlier in the season rides, but for the most part – that’s my mileage.  In comparison to last year – June much greater – July is a little lighter…. August I didn’t ride last August… I should beat September without much problem.   I’m looking at a 4000 mile year – which I will be proud of.

Finally – I looked at my graph of the last 2 years and was happy.  While I did falter – I have come back and made up for it.  Thanks to all who have helped and supported.  Every “Are you losing weight?”, “How much have you lost?” or other related comment REALLY helps me.  More than you could even know.

My weight - the last 2 years
My weight - the last 2 years

July Update

I like to do monthly re-caps – sometimes for my 4 readers, sometimes so I have something to go on.  This one – is a bit of a mix.  I have to compare where I am to last year, to see how things are going overall.  Weight loss, cycling, job, etc… it’s all crazy lately.  Weight loss… well, my update would have likely been better without last week.  While I managed to lose a pound, the stress caused by all that – my not riding for a few days – the insanity – it all weighed heavily on me.  Having said that, I have to say I hit a many year low on Friday at 227 pounds.  The five more I need to lose for my next goal/milestone seem SO HUGE!  Bigger than the last 40 – I have to say.

2009 - July
2009 - July

Overall – things are good on that front.  I’m losing a bit of focus, but still in the game.

On the riding side of things, I’m really riding pretty well (or was until a few days off… but it will come back).  I have to compare today to last August when I did not ride.  I’ve got 5x as many miles in this August as I did last year… I’ve only ridden 25!  Those who know me might recall, my back went bonkers last August – and that SUCKED!

VeloLosers – a great idea, a great motivator – but a bitter mistress, I have to tell you!  I’m pondering the concept.  It works great for one “cycle”, but then its so hard for those who stick around.  I will have to see how VeloLosers 3 sorts out.  If all of the Alumni are suffering like me – maybe we have to have a Cat 5 tour to get you started – then you can join the pros?  Regardless – knowing I have to tell a bunch 0f other chubbies my weigh each week makes for good motivation.

Lunch is over – back to work!

The Madison

When I first became intersted in track racing, I always wanted to be a sprinter.  I was fat.  Sprinters were fat.  It seemed fitting.  No hills, go super fast, get it over with.  Girls love it, you can ride crazy and get away with it… yeah, sprinters are cool.  I don’t like sprinters much any more.  I mean, they are fine people and all but the impression of sprinter romanticism is all but gone.  I love watching sprinting at the world cup or even sometimes national level, but I’ve seen enough 12.8 sprinters give it a go for at least the rest of my life.  Some how, in all of that, I found a new love.  Points racing and more so – the Madison.  There is something incredibly tactical, something exciting about racing a points race or a madison on the velodrome.  The points aspect adds a certain “fourth dimension” to the equation.  You may be in the lead, but you are last… you may be last, but win the bike race… there is a lot more to it than all of that, but … it’s just fascinating to me.  To see a world cup or world championship madison is better than watching the super bowl.  It’s incredible!

Some of you may not know exactly what a madison is.  It’s a 2 person team race, in which on a regular basis, each person takes a “relief” lap.  While you are on relief, your partner is racing.  You use either a hand sling, a butt push or even a ‘love tap’ to get the other person into the race.  For the most part, it’s a hand sling.  Follow me on this…. I’m riding along on the track at 25+ mph.  My partner comes down the track to about where I am.  They put their hand on their hip.  As I go by, I grab their hand and we do a little diddy called a hand sling.  My arm goes back, his arm goes forward.  We get a bit extended and I do EVERYTHING in my power to launch my partner up to my speed or better.  Keep in mind, there are at least a few… up to 18 other teams out there going at it!  It’s chaos – but when you are in the thick of it – you can sort things out better than you can from the side.  While this video isn’t very good, it will give you the idea:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg-XgFlg78g

SO… why am I rambling on about all of this?  Well, last Wednesday night – I rode a madison.  It was the “Featured Event” at the velodrome that night.  That … and $2.07 will get you a large coffee at Starbucks … but anyway, I paired up with my friend Pete Antonvich.  Early in the race, one of the fastest teams had an issue and I killed myself to put a gap on them.  Pete handled the sprint and we got second place.  I exploded and took a while to recover – but got back in the game for the final sprint.  I poured my heart and soul into an attack with 3 to go.  Pete went in with 1 to go and won the final sprint giving me my first ever madison win.  It was truly and exciting moment in my life.  It’s not really that big of a deal, but I really tried hard… my form is coming on and that made me feel great!

Now – my database restore is done – and I must go ride my bike!