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 Seven Journal and Summary

Seven weeks is a landmark for me. In the past, when I have embarked on one of my all-running/no-dieting attempts to get back in shape, seven weeks is the amount of time it takes me to get up to my full weekly mileage and is usually around the time I start to see any impacts of my efforts. This time around, at seven weeks, I can see and feel quite a difference. A lot of my clothes are fitting much better, and I am sleeping and feeling better all around. By the average weights for the week, I've lost over 
thirteen pounds, and my resting heart rate feels like it has dropped. Ten weeks to go, and I'm almost halfway there!

In other news, this week was largely a recovery from last weekend. My overall loss wasn't all that great, but I feel like I'm in a great position to make bigger moves in the coming week. Stay tuned. 

Week 7 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:  210.89 pounds, down .71 pounds from 211.6 pounds last week.
Average Body Fat: 27.67%, down .2% from  27.87% last week.

Weeks until Goal:  10
Progress toward Goal: 13.28 pounds out of 30 total to lose; 44.2% of goal.
Pounds to Lose: 16.72
Pounds to Lose/Week to Meet Goal: 1.67

Total Exercise:
250 minutes on the rollers, 25 more minutes of cardiovascular exercise than last week’s 225 minutes.

Daily food and exercise:

Day 43:
Monday, March 21, 2011 213.8 pounds, 28.3% Body Fat

50 minutes on the rollers. 140 BPM slowly climbing to 150 BPM at the very end. Lots of saddle pain at the end, not sure what was going on there. Otherwise felt good to get riding again.

Back to the usual oatmeal for breakfast, a banana for lunch. Dinner was a big pile of stir fried veggies (green beans, carrots,onion, red peppers,ginger,garlic, olive oil), two no-fat turkey dogs in buns with ketchup and relish, a bowl of baked beans, and a slice of buttered brown bread.

Day 44:
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 212.4 pounds, 28.0% Body Fat

50 minutes on the rollers, a slow 15 minute ramp up to 150 BPM, then 150-159 after that until the end. Felt much better than last night, no residual soreness, did not have to get out of the saddle at all.

Food: A cup of cooked steel-cut oats with a tablespoon of brown sugar and a half-dozen roasted almonds. A banana. A handful of almonds, a bowl of baked beans, burger on a bun with ketchup and relish, and half of a roasted butternut squash with olive oil salt and pepper, seeds too. A glass of red wine.

Day 45:
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 210.6 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.

Exercise: 50 minutes on the rollers. A 5-minute ramp up tp 155 BPM followed by a 45-minute cruise to finish out around 165. Very smooth, agin did not have to get out of the saddle at all.

A cup of cooked steel-cut oats with almonds, dried cranberries, and brown sugar. A cup of leftover stir-fried veggies from Monday night. A handful of almonds and a few dried cranberries. Half a pound of steamed carrots with a bit of butter and salt and three slices of Leonardo’s pizza, pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers. A glass of red wine.

Day 46:
Thursday, March 24, 2011. 208.6 pounds, 27.2% Body Fat.

None today.

The usual oatmeal for breakfast. one no-fat hot dog with a cup of baked beans and a fist-size hunk of brown bread for lunch. A fritatta consisting of half a container of egg beaters and one whole egg and about a quarter pound of baby spinach, 3 ounces of mozzarella and grana padano. A baked sweet potato, a small piece of chocolate cake.

Day 47:
Friday, March 25, 2011. 210.6 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.


Oatmeal for breakfast. One no-fat hot dog with a cup of baked beans and a fist-size hunk of brown bread for lunch. A handful of almonds. A dozen tortilla chips and a Moe’s salad of some kind, lettuce, cheese, black olives, sour cream, salsa, beans, chicken. (I did not eat the fried shell!). A slice of chocolate cake. Half a glass of red wine and 6 oz of a Dieu du Ciel Dernier Volante, which was delicious.

Day 48:
Saturday, March 26, 2011. 210.6 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.

50 minutes on the rollers, 145-155 BPM, mostly in the lower range. I whanged my knee on a door frame this morning and it hurt a bit to ride, slowed me down a little.

Oatmeal for breakfast. Lunch was half a hot dog on a bun, half of a dill pickle spear, a third of a piece of fried dough with maple syrup on it, half of a doughnut, and a little maple sugar on snow. Diner was a big spinach salad with feta, almonds, dried cranberries, olive oil and vinegar, two cups of green beans stir fried in a little olive oil with garlic, and four slices of my home made cheese pizza- amounting to about 2.5 oz mozzarella, a cup of flour, and sauce altogether. A small slice of chocolate cake. One whiskey on the rocks.

Day 49:
Sunday, March 27, 2011. 209.6 pounds, 27.7% Body Fat.

50 minutes on the rollers,mostly in the low 150’s for heart rate. It’s starting to take some hard spinning to get my heart rate above 145, which I take as a good sign.

Two small cranberry-almond scones. One waffle with a tablespoon of maple syrup, three breakfast sausages and a cup of mixed fruit. One glass of orange juice (6oz).  Three slices of my leftover homemade pizza and two cups of steamed mixed vegetables with a little olive oil and salt. Half of a pint of Black IPA.