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Week Seven Recap

A little late in posting this, but after crossing a pretty big milestone in week six, week seven should have been back back to the grind as I push towards my overall goal of getting to one hundred and ninety pounds.  However the week started off with my body feeling sluggish and tired.  My girlfriend and I spent the majority of last Saturday on a boat and both of us got pretty burned.  Apparently we aren’t skilled in the art of applying sunscreen.  The burns zapped our energy for the next couple of days as our bodies attempted to repair the damage.  Monday’s cycling commutes were extremely tough.  I didn’t feel like i had any power in my legs at all.  Compare that with Tuesday and it was night and day.   I felt highly energetic on Tuesday and made pretty good time on the way into the office.  In fact I think it was my fourth fastest ride for the three to four mile distance.  I was able to cover some other milestones like hitting 250 kilometers cycling for the month as well as hitting a goal for a particular uphill segment of my commute home that I had set for myself.

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250 Kilometers and 4 Miles

It would seem that maybe I am losing my mind.  Got home after riding to and from work and still felt like I had some energy.  So I busted out a 4 mile run.  Felt really good, although it won’t become a regular occurrence.  At least for now.

Moved to WordPress

In case you hadn’t already noticed, the site looks a little bit different and this is because I have moved my publishing platform over to WordPress which provides a lot more flexibility.  Nothing really should change in terms of my primary URL.  URL’s to individual stories likely changed, however there is a pretty solid search now available.

The RSS feed will remain the same and posts from here will even get cross posted to Tumblr as well.  So if you found me there, you can continue to follow me over there.  Besides the look and individual post URL’s nothing else should change.  Cheers!

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The Fitness Bucket List

It’s inevitable.  Once you see how far you can be pushed you have to push a little farther.  I started out like most beginners. After losing some weight I just wanting to complete just a 5k.  Then I moved onto a 10k and then a half-marathon.  After that I switched some attention to cycling and I did back to back day century rides.

Up until now I didn’t really have a solid vision of what I wanted to accomplish next, so I made a list. What came out was my fitness bucket list.  So these have become my goals, and given me a little bit of focus of what to train for next.  The may change over time and as my fitness level increases, but for now this is it.

So here is my bucket list as it stands today, as well as some things I have already checked off my list.

Bucket List

  • Sprint Triathlon
  • Ironman 70.3 (Half Ironman)
  • RAGBRAI - Bike ride across the state of Iowa (418 miles)
  • Full Marathon
  • Get back to 190 lbs

Completed

Do you have a fitness bucket list?

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Week Six Recap

Above you get to see my shining face!  Well perhaps not shining.  I was a little bit tired when I took this picture this morning.  This was me post ride around the Mercer Island loop on Saturday morning sporting my Iowa Hawkeyes gear.  Go Hawks!

Onto the point of this post which is the week six recap.  Week six was a pretty standard week.  I got my rides in, ate pretty well and most importantly continued the loss!  This week again I got in eight rides Monday – Thursday both to and from work, and on Saturday I did the Mercer Island loop yet again to round of the week.  The loop added an additional sixteen and a half miles to get me a total of around 46 miles rode for the week.  Not too shabby.  This morning on the Mercer Island loop I did feel like I pulled or strained a muscle between my hangstring and butt areas, but as the day has progressed I have noticed it less and less so I don’t expect that to be an issue.  All the more reason to take Sunday off.  I will add in some Ibuprofen and hope it works it’s way out by Monday.

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Week Five Recap – Pushing Towards The 100′s

Five weeks in. Five weeks and the scale has gone down significantly. I continue to shed almost two pounds a week on average and it’s getting really easy to stick to. It’s automatic. It’s routine. It’s easy.

It’s slow and steady, but the weight is coming off and I am now down over ten pounds from when I started a little over a month ago. It’s not super speedy, but I am getting there. Earlier in the week I was walking my dog Breezy and ran across this guy making his way across the sidewalk. As I was writing this it made me think of him. Slow and steady.

This was a pretty standard work week. I started it off with 4 straight days of commuting to and from the office. I didn’t ride on Friday for a couple of reasons. My girlfriend’s company party was that day and wasn’t far from my office. She had to drive in as part of the party setup, so I caught a ride with her. I was also resting my legs a little bit for a ride around Mercer Island with a couple coworkers and my friend Dan on Saturday. More on that later.

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Week Four Recap

Week four was a small success in that I lost yet more weight, but I think the bigger victory was losing more despite fighting through the soreness from my hike the weekend before which sent my weight up to as much as 207 for a day or two.

After our nearly 8 mile hike that we had done on Saturday, I took both Monday and Tuesday off to try and recover from pretty healthy soreness in the tops and sides of my thigh muscles. By Wednesday most of it had cleared up and I rode in to work and back home the last 3 days of the week. I did also get in a fair amount of walking during the week to try and help supplement the missing rides.

This was also Seattle’s Seafair weekend which includes an airshow, hydro boat races, and many other festivities on Lake Washington which happens to be just blocks from my home. So I hosted a small get together with some old friends and we took in the amazing sights and sounds of the Blue Angels roaring overhead. We also had a few beers and BBQ’d as we took in the afternoon heat. After several beers, pop chips, crackers and my healthier lunch items I decided I better at least offset all the junk I was eating with a workout. So I set off to do the Mercer Island loop.

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