Fitness

All the way there

Are you like me? When you hear the phrase “Half way there”, do you always have to mentally complete it with “WHOA-OH, living on a prayer!”? I hate all the crap in my brain.

Anyway, here’s how I looked after the full 46 miles it wound up being.

Skeleton on a bike

Actually not really, it felt really good. I could’ve even gone a little further. In fact, I feel better than I did after 40 miles last week. I’m really liking this program.

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Saturday, July 7th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

Half way there

22 miles in, posted from the road.

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Saturday, July 7th, 2007 Uncategorized 2 Comments

Week 1: All Green

Just finished the first long ride on my new schedule, 40 miles today. Rode the second half faster than the first too.

I will ride 10% farther every Saturday from now on up to 75 miles. Technically tomorrow is the last day of the week, but tomorrow’s 15 miles won’t be hard, Saturdays are the real test.

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Saturday, June 30th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

That was supposed to be hard?

I thought today’s “brisk” ride was going to be hard. It wasn’t. I can push harder on the next one, no problem. Saturday’s 40 miles will still be tough, but I’m ready.

Also, rather than the Tahoe-Sierra ride, the MS 150 benefit ride is a lot more convenient. It starts in Irvine, right by here. And it’s a few weeks later, even more time to train. I’m leaning towards that one now (Thanks, Jesse).  But I’ve got lots of time to “shop around”.

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Wednesday, June 27th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

Century Training Plan

Here’s the basic plan. I’m keeping my notes on the private version of that too. Google Spreadsheets is neat.

“Easy”, “Pace”, and “Brisk” are actually about heart rate, not speed.

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

35 miles * 2

I rode 35 miles yesterday. That’s my record distance (not for my whole life, but for this millenium at least).

Then I did it again today. So there.

I picked up this book this week, and finally sat down and finished it today.  From the looks of things, over the last six weeks, I’ve managed to blindly get myself to the point where I can start the “advanced” version of their 10 week century training program.  I’m already beyond the first few weeks of the “beginner” program.  The first week of the advanced program includes a 40 mile ride on Saturday, exactly what I’d planned, and less total miles than I put in this week.  The 14 mile “brisk” ride on Wednesday is going to be harder than the 40 miler.

So yeah.  I’m going to do their crazy 10 week program.  And now that I’ve blogged it, I have to do it.  Everyone on the internet has to do everything they say they’re going to do.  It’s the law.

Of course, if I do a 10 week century program, I’ve got to ride a century at the end of it, right?  The Tahoe Sierra Century is conveniently scheduled (actually 13 weeks away).  Good lord, did I just blog that too?

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Sunday, June 24th, 2007 Uncategorized 1 Comment

New Ride

This is my new toy. Two days old, has about 45 miles on it already. Feels great! Except for the damn seat, I already replaced that. Everything else is nice.

New Bike

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Sunday, May 13th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

10 pounds, five weeks

That’s what I’ve lost. 10 pounds is also when I told myself I was going to start running instead of just walking. (Besides the couple of older posts I made about walking, I’ve done several more walks up to about 11 miles. Just didn’t post them.)

I actually jumped the gun a little bit, I’ve gone out running about four times in the last few weeks. But I figured since today I actually hit my original goal I really ought to run. I actually think I’m still getting more benefit from the really long walks than the really short runs right now, but each time I’ve gone running I’ve managed to run a little bit more and walk a little bit less. I have about a 1.5 mile route I take, and I just run until I start to feel winded or my legs start to hurt (first couple of times, it was the legs, now it’s the lungs, that’s good! But the legs are still not happy either.), then walk until I feel like I can run some more. I think the first time I went out, I probably didn’t even run a quarter mile of the whole thing. Today I managed about 2/3rds of a mile running. (Checked using http://beta.mapmyrun.com, a really great site for figuring out distances and speed).

My next goals are to work up to running the whole 1.5 miles, gradually, and to keep losing 2 pounds a week for at least another few months. I easily have that much excess weight. I met my first one essentially right on schedule (I never set a time table, but the 2 pounds per week has been pretty consistent) and I feel better than I have in a long time. Even if my legs are too stiff to stand up a few times a week (the 11 mile walks are way worse for that than the 1.5 mile half-runs though). If I do that run a couple of times a week, I think I can work up to running the whole thing in about a month, but I’m not going to force it. If I just keep doing what I’ve been doing, it’s going to keep getting easier no matter what. Just lugging around 10 fewer pounds helps all by itself.

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Saturday, April 28th, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

9 miles

That was today’s total, 6 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon.

I figure if I can add 50% my total every other day, like I did today, I should be able to walk all the way to New York one day later this month. It’s good to set goals for yourself.

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Sunday, April 1st, 2007 Uncategorized No Comments

6 miles

I’m trying to lose a little weight. I’m also trying to not alter my diet drastically, only a little bit, but add exercise. Mostly I’m walking to work a few days a week, or hopefully most days, I suppose (work’s moving less than a year from now, so either that’s going to be out or I’m going to move too!). I missed walking thursday for practical reasons, but had Friday off and determined I would make up for Thursday by making up that distance on Friday. The walk to work is 1.5 miles. So work and back each day is 3 miles. Making up for a day missed means a six mile walk.

I also bought a cheap-ass $5 pedometer at Target. I didn’t even go through the calibration steps yet, I figured I’d wait until I’d done a walk to work with it, which I know is 1.5 miles as close as a car’s odometer can measure. And I know it takes me almost exactly half an hour. So I know I walk awfully close to 3MPH.

Which means if I walk an hour and an hour back, I should have walked 6 miles. So I walked for an hour to the minute (there’s a great bike/ped trail right here, actually goes in a loop at least a couple miles farther to complete the circuit, I’ll get there eventually), turned around, walked home. I left the pedometer on it’s default setting.
Here’s Friday morning’s results.

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On a related note, I’ve been listening to Escape Pod on my walks. It rocks, it’s a 20-40 minute podcast of science fiction short stories, done about once a week. It’s just about the best thing ever.

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Friday, March 30th, 2007 Uncategorized 2 Comments