Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


Body Work: Week Three Journal and Summary

Here's this week's exercise and food confessional summary. Overall, it was a good week. I haven't really established or stated my exercise goals, but generally, I'm looking to ride my rollers six to seven times per week, adding five minutes to each session each week. I'd like to work up to an hour at a time or more at some point, and even when the weather gets nicer this spring I plan to continue to use the rollers because having them in the basement makes it easy to be consistent.

Week 3 Summary:

Goal: Lose 30 pounds, from 224.17 pounds down to 194.17 pounds by the week of June 1, 2011, calculated using 7-day average weight.

Average Weight:  218.46 pounds, down 1.34 pounds from 219.8 pounds last week.
Average Body Fat: 29.16%, down .27% from  29.43% last week.

Weeks until Goal:  14
Progress toward Goal: 5.71 pounds out of 30 total to lose; 19% of goal.
Pounds to Lose: 24.29
Pounds to Lose/Week to Meet Goal: 1.735

Total Exercise:
150 minutes on the rollers, 50 more minutes than last week.

Day 14:
Sunday, February 20, 2011. 217.4 pounds, 29.0% body fat.


Three scrambled eggs and 15. waffles with maple syrup. One slice of pizza. One bowl of pea soup, one hamburger patty on one slice of bread and two potatoes, wedged and roasted in olive oil.  One blonde brownie bar, one peanut butter oatmeal bar. One six ounce glass of Black IPA, 7.4 % ABV.

Day 15:
Monday, February 21, 2011. 219.2 pounds. Body Fat 29.0%

30 minutes on the rollers. HR in the 120’s for the first 5, then 145-165 BPM through to the finish. Felt good- quads a little sore after.

One oatmeal pancake with butter and syrup and two slices of oatmeal bread toast with butter and jam. Black coffee. One sandwich- roasted turkey breast with mustard and mayo on oatmeal bread. One and a half cups of whole-grain penne pasta in meat sauce. Water, water water, and I was still really thirsty after being on the rollers.

Day 16
Tuesday, February 22, 2011. 220.4 pounds, Body Fat 29.5%

30 minutes on the rollers, 145-165 BPM, most of the time at 160-165.

Back on the wagon. A cup and a half of cooked steel-cut oats with a tablespoon of maple syrup. A big bowl of bean soup. A Turkey sandwich- yeah, yeah grilled with butter with mustard and mayo on the inside, I admit it. Two blonde brownies (that’s a 400-calorie penalty, right there, Bob.) Oh well. As a former co-worker used to say every day at the close of business: “We’ll do it again better, tomorrow.

Day 17:
Wednesday, February 23, 2011. 219.4 pounds, Body Fat 29.5%.

Not today.

A cup and a half of cooked steel-cut oats with a tablespoon of maple syrup.  Black coffee. (Hello heartburn my old friend...) Two slices of oatmeal bread toast with butter. One bowl of bean soup, two fried eggs and a slice of cherry pie.

Day 18:
Thursday, February 24, 2011.  219.4 pounds. Body Fat 29.5 %

30 minutes on the rollers, 150-165 BPM.

A 150-calorie granola bar of some sort. A cup or so of cooked steel-cut oats with maple syrup. One turkey sandwich with mustard and mayo, a cup and a half of baked beans. One oatmeal peanut butter bar. Crazy amount of water.

Day 19:
Friday, February 25, 2011. 218.0 Pounds. Body fat 29.0%

None today.

A 150-calorie granola bar. Six small slices of home-made, half of the normal amount of cheese pizza (basically like three restaurant slices with 1.5 slices worth of cheese on them). 375 ml Black IPA. Once chocolate lava cake, about a cup in volume.

Day 20:
Saturday, February 26, 2011. 215.6 pounds, Body Fat 28.8%

An hour of shoveling in the morning. 30 minutes on the rollers at night, higher intensity than normal- my tires felt a little squirmy and under-inflated, but I just pushed harder, saw heart rates up to 170 and consistently over 160.

One cup of steel-cut oats with maple syrup. Two chicken salad sandwiches. A few tortilla chips with guacamole. A few crackers with dip. Some pickles and pickled beets. A small handful of ruffled potato chips. One chocolate cookie a little bigger than a silver dollar. One slice of last night’s pizza. A small plate of quinoa with paneer saag and yogurt, veggie burger patty on the side. A slice of cherry pie. One chocolate meringue.

Day 21:
Sunday, February 27, 2011. 217.2 Pounds, 29.0% Body Fat.

30 minutes on the rollers, 145-155 BPM.

Food: Two pieces of toast, one with butter, one with butter and jam, two fried eggs. A cup of homemade baked beans. Half of the meat out of a fast food grilled chicken sandwich. A piece of baked cod over onions with butter-and-ritz cracker topping, a big fistful of steamed green beans, a slice of cherry pie. One black coffee in the morning and water all day after that.