Monday, November 26, 2007
Feeling like crap must be good for something. I'm back into my regular routine and the cold has just about had it, pretty quickly for me as they usually hang on for weeks. Rode CeCelia to work this morning and it was cold but not too windy so not bad. May not get another chance this week as the wind is picking up and the temps are going down. Riding the ebike is almost something I look forward to so that will help keep things going over the long snowy season. The x-81 means I've lost 25% of the weight I started at. Putting it that way feels pretty damn good.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A brutal week, got hit with somebody's cold. Off the bike until Friday night when I forced a 10km ride on the ebike and then decided to bring CeCelia to work this morning. I put on a set of new brake calipers and levers which make her a lot more stable. I added a riser bar off the scrap bike I picked up a week ago, dropped the stem a couple inches and that tightened up the front end a bit. It felt good to just get out and pedal a bit. I still feel like I would rather crawl back into bed with a book but that won't happen for a bit.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I was hoping for X-80 this week but I'll take the progress. Today was a rough one. I slept 4 nights without the apnea mask and thought I was free of that. But all day I was out of it and just didn't feel myself. I drove to work for the first time in November. I rode back at lunch and felt 100% better but that didn't last. I came home at 5 and went to bed for 3 hours and feel a lot better now. Oh well, sleep is something easy to fix in this case.
Monday, November 12, 2007
After checking with Sal, mom and work I've decided to throw my name into The Ride to Conquer Cancer. It is a 2 day, 200km ride from Toronto to Niagra Falls in June of 2008. I now have something worthwhile to work towards. I'll need to be in much better shape than I am now and have committed to raising $2500. I have some work ahead of me but am really looking forward to this. Once I have my page up and running on the Ride site I'll link from here. The link below is a short video with information on the event.
Well I got back on track this week, I hate losing ground! The '24' program is going very well, I missed only once this week but had a 24 (npi) hour flu bug so I'll take a pass on that one. I got B'Ridge out on Sunday after an hour on the ice with the anklebiters and some grocery and SOCK shopping. (I bought the ugliest socks I could find so that maybe I can actually have some to wear!) After Sal left for work I changed into my riding shorts and dragged B'Ridge out of the basement and headed west on the bike paths with a thought of beating her to work. I got there in 45 minutes, fixed her cash register and then pounded all the way home in another 45 minutes. After riding CeCelia M. for 6 weeks the Marin absolutely flew, felt like the Gary Fisher back in August. Once I got her going I never even shifted, went 40km singlespeed. My legs felt incredible, my butt not so much.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
What's the dumbest thing you can do after losing 75 lbs. You got it, slack off. I never missed a single ride to work last week but I guess I must have been cheating a bit in the intake department. I started the '24' plan on Sunday. I've been renting the first season episodes of the show and watching one every morning since Sunday while riding the e-bike. At least its not too boring. I picked up my grandfather's treadmill on Saturday but other than test it I haven't tried that seriously as yet. Once the snow piles up and I can't ride to work I'll take a walk on it every night. So far the cold weather gear I grabbed last week is working beautifully. I have ridden to work and home for lunch every day this week and haven't frozen yet. I'm hoping for the end of November but if this first snow is any indicator that might not materialize. The cold weather rides are very invigorating but safety will eventually be the issue. I feel great after riding especially into the wind. CeCelia makes it a great workout. She got a new rear fender so I can ride a bit quicker in the slop and not get wet pants. Anyway the 2 lbs. are gone back to wherever it is they go. I'll be damned if I'm going to let this slide now.