Two Mexican dinners, PB&J and a chip-seal road.

today, on this posting date, I rode when I didn’t really want to. I did it for the health and to force myself back into a routine. Ever since I had the majority of May and the first of this month off for vacation, any routine I had went out the window as I didn’t have hotels to exercise in or decent food I brought to work to eat. I did not adapt well. Needless to say, the performance I felt I was at in the early part of May I still do not feel like I have again. Only recently have I started hotel exercise again-that  being squats, lunges, free weight work with the legs, intervals on the bike for an hour and running the stairs for an average of twenty-four floors and doing that three days in a row.

This week at work I ate two Mexican dinners on consecutive nights, a McDonald’s chicken sandwich and fries last night for dinner and then for lunch today a PB&J right before I got on the bike. Oh yes I am a winner today! Setting off I’m glad my goal was just an hour and a half ride. Had I projected a 50 miler I would have been in trouble right away. First project was to burn away the sandwich. After that I realized my body was not liking this as my heart rate was screaming along at near 180 a minute most of the time, (Again, 191 is my max) if not sitting at 170 plus at all other moments. The salt I ate this week and whatever else a chimichanga smothered in cheese and a large pile  of chicken fajitas and a crispy chicken sandwich, or whatever it really was, was taking it’s toll. If I thought ahead and placed a lit Zippo behind my seat, I would have been propelled few more miles per hour.

I did get one good day in on the bike and legwork. I feel better and I’ll be back at the normal work idea next week. I plan on two riding days as well when I get home. Wednesday and Thursday back to back. We will see how that goes. Three days in a row of hotel stuff and eighty plus miles afterwards. I’ll be in good shape and I might be below 200 pounds at the end, which is right where I was before my eating tour of Buffalo, NY family vacation to Buffalo.

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Getting back with it.

The month of May was supposed to be full of bicycle mileage and amazing high altitude cardio fitness. May proved wrong, sort of like February did. I had vacation planned. Large stacks of it. Three weeks off to myself and when my final schedule was published, I found myself working for only four days for the whole month and lucky me, another week at the beginning of June!

“Oh happy day!” I thought.

Reality happened. I have a daughter who turned five, graduated from pre-k (Why ceremonies exist for this I have no idea.) and a Birthday party that Saturday. Fine, you might say, good it’s three minor events. No problem, right? Well there’s a lot of catch up work to do with cleaning up the house and yard and making it look presentable to the parents of the kids for the party. This takes the first week. I did ride some, possibly the same amount as normal, once a week, but what I lost was the fitness room. Three days in a row of squats, lunges, bleachers out the window. I lost some power there, especially when I lost the time to ride and lost the health right before this all started.

I rode May 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th and just now June 2nd and 6th. On May 13th I rode the wall. That’s what the route called it. Eleven miles in and there’s this long climb for a mile and a half up. I’m happy I did that, I was not the slowest of the night and I’m getting much better. After that ride the weather went cold. I built shelves in the garage and tried to clean things up a bit. Two weeks have gone and when I was at my four days of work, I finally went to the fitness center in the hotel and did my workout. The stairs killed my legs so badly I couldn’t do anything else for the next two days. I lost just enough to sustain multiple days of working out – i couldn’t do it any more. In the end, we went on a family vacation to Buffalo, NY and proceeded to eat our way through the yummy food of Chicken Finger sub sandwiches, Buffalo Wing dip, Pizza, Hot-Dogs, all specialty items that taste better there than most anywhere else. I gained five pounds.

In the end of the month I had not physically ridden the bike for three weeks and hopped on for the Ride on June 2nd. I felt pretty awful throughout but i did twenty-six miles and set a few personal bests on some segments but there were wind assisted just enough. I felt a lot better a few days after and blasted 36 miles on the 6th; averaging nearly 18mph. I rode hard enough during the first hour I started to get a little bit of tunnel vision, of course induced by a nutrition and hydration issue. A Cliff bar and a five minute stop and water helped. Over all, It was a harder ride than I thought I was doing. I’m not back to where I was yet but I’m about there after this week.

199.6 pounds. It’s working!