Thursday, June 15, 2017

I'm back

It's been much too long.  But I've finally gotten back on to my bike with some regularity.  In no smal part this is thanks to my friend and ride partner Chris.  We've managed to cajole each other off of the couch and on to the saddle.  We've set ourselves a goal to ride the GAP and C&O Canal trails this fall from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

Training to get ready for this trip will require some work and discipline. But it feels good to be a bit more active again.  Since finishing the Lap of the Lake (Ontario) 1000K ride in 2014 (wow, it's really been 3 years), I've let my activity level and fitness fall.  I've packed on weight, caused more than a bit of wear and tear to my knees, and missed a trip last summer with my son and other scouts to hike in New Mexico because of it.  I've not been totally idle.  Regular weekend camping with the scouts has kept from being completely comatose, but it's not enough to stay ahead of a lousy diet.

I'm working to resolve these self-inflicted set backs and get back in to fighting form.  I plan to start writing about it again and will post periodic updates here to note my progress and setbacks.  Wish me luck.

Here's this morning's commute to work. My first commute in a very long time.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

The red light goes in the back.....

I rode home late last evening after a long day at work.  I left the office just before dusk and got home, 16 miles later, well after sunset. I passed over thirty cyclists heading in the opposite direction while I rode, an unusually large number.  It is always great to see so many people out and it was a lovely evening, so it's no surprise many chose to spend it outside.

But I feel compelled to share my thoughts with a few of them.

Rider 1:  Might I suggest you move the red light from the front to the back of your bike, and consider acquiring a white one for the front bar.  It will illuminate the path in front of you much more effectively, and discourage riders like me coming the other way from swerving in to your path when we pass walkers if we can tell which way you're actually heading.

Rider 2:  That alien flashy mode on your white light is great in broad daylight.  Very effective if you're riding on a shoulder so cars turning on to the road will see you when they look left.  But after sunset, you might find both yours and other's eyesight benefits from the solid setting.

Riders 3 and 4: My previous comments not withstanding, any light is better than none at all after dark. Leave the ninja act for the television.

Riders 5 - 30: many thanks for sharing a great evening on the roads and trails.  A little common sense some simple lighting makes for an enjoyable evening for everyone.

Thanks all.

Mike

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Willpower?

Wow.  Adopting new diet habits is hard.  I thought will power alone and good log of what I consumed: good for me, bad or indifferent, would be sufficient to let me drive my own behavior where I wanted it to go.  

The last 10 days say it's not so easy.  Really the last two years.  But for now I'll narrow my focus. No sense dwelling too much on what's past unless there are concrete lessons to be learned.

I do see one pattern emerging.  I can eat well for breakfast and lunch, avoid snacks and then find the craving and temptations set in hard each evening.  So back to the interwebs to look for strategies to fight the night time munchies.  I would welcome any comments or suggestions here.

Despite all that, I've lost a pound.  1 down, 63 to go.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day 3 Summary

Day 3

This is tough.

Calorie consumption vs 1970 net calorie target:  2013 calories net
1 hour of exercise today: NO - logged approx 40 minutes walking
Weight logged this week:  Yes
Servings of alcohol this week: 0
Servings of caffeine today: 3
Blogged summary:  Yes

I didn't eat enough early in the day and got home this evening hungry.  Too many meatballs and then a few large sourdough pretzels pushed me over the calorie goals for the day.  Another morning in single digit temps made outside exercise tough so I was short here too.  And a I had a coffee this afternoon when I started nodding off at my desk.  Mea culpa mea culpa.  Tomorrow's another day.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Summary February 17, 2015

The streak of "good" behavior starting 2/16/2015:  2 days.

A better second day rededicated to my fitness goals.

Calorie consumption vs 1970 net calorie target:  1968 calories net:  Good
1 hour of exercise today: Yes - walked 5 miles in the snow this morning
Weight logged this week:  Yes
Servings of alcohol this week: 0
Servings of caffeine today: 2 in the morning
Blogged summary:  Yes

I really enjoyed walking in the early morning snow to have coffee with a friend.