Sunday, March 19, 2017

Welcome my son..welcome...to the machine...

83 miles of biking this week, and 73 miles of it...was on this...the machine! :-)

Included on my exercise bike rides was a 35 mile ride on Friday. We had another week of Indiana March Weather, which included snow, sleet, and freezing rain. However, I am cautiously optimistic that I'll get to do some riding outside this week. To ensure that I do some outside riding, I just invested in a pair of shoe covers which should arrive the coming week. I plan to do a 40 mile ride on Saturday and there is rain in the forecast. We'll try out the shoe covers if the weather forecast holds up; I want to start "going long" outside. My Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) ride is a little over eight weeks away. I feel pretty good that if I "had to" I could complete the ride now, but I want to complete the ride in comfort - and more importantly, have a good base for the summer riding season. When I rode in Lorie's Lakeside Century in September 2016, my average speed as 13.13 MPH. I'd like to significantly improve on that this summer!

It is also helping my training that my weight is going down. I weighed in this morning at 228.4. In 11 weeks, I've lost 19.6 pounds...and I've hit my first goal weight. My first goal weight was 231 pounds on May 14, the week I'm going to ride the GAP (week 19 of my diet). This goal is based on losing a pound a week in 2017. I met my first goal eight weeks ahead of schedule. The next goal weight is 214 pounds on week 36 (September 10). That's the week of Lorie's Lakeside Century. When I get my weight down, I'll be flying on the bike!

As we go into April, I plan to investigate the local bicycle club, Three Rivers Velo Sport. I want to push myself, and riding with others is a good way to do that. Their group rides begin in April.

Hopefully when I update the blog next week, there will be more outdoor rides than rides "on the machine" as we enter into Spring! Thanks for taking time to read my blog!

Shawn

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Just another week in March...in Indiana


OK, so the picture has nothing to do with Indiana. This is a picture from the Sailsbury Viaduct, taken when I rode solo from DC to Pittsburgh last year. In just a little over two months, I'll be back on the Great Allegheny Passage once again!

It's March in Indiana, so as a result, the weather is in a state of flux. Between, winds, work, and a cold Saturday, all of my rides were at Planet Fitness last week. I did ride 67 miles on the exercise bike, including 30 on Saturday. The Saturday ride on the exercise bike wasn't as dreary as I thought, mainly due to watching two NCAA basketball games on the big screen while biking, while the Pandora Iron Maiden station was playing on my smartphone! With more cold and snow (yes snow) in the forecast for the coming week, it looks like Planet Fitness is in the future for a few more days.

In an effort to get ready for my long rides this summer, I'm starting speed training as well. I've done two speed workouts on the exercise bike in the past two weeks. When I rode my century last year, I averaged 13.13 MPH. Want to get that up to about 15 MPH for the coming year.

Oh, this week is Spring Break! I'm looking forward to a week off of work!

Finally...
I put on 0.4 pounds last week.

I should celebrate losing 14.8 pounds this year, but I need to be more disciplined about my eating... :-)

Until next week...

Shawn



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Spring Bike Tune-up, chilly rides, and other ramblings


Last week, I dropped off my bike at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness for the Spring Tune-Up. When I dropped it off, the mechanic told me that many things were worn out. Let's just say I'm glad I dropped it off during the pre-spring sale :-)

  • New Shift Cables
  • New Brake Cables
  • New Brake Pads
  • New Freewheel
  • New Chain
  • New Front Derralier
  • New Rear Derrailer
  • New Pedals and Clips
  • And new nuts for my water bottle to replace the ones I stripped and had a bungee cord holding together.
In essence,  other than the rims, tires, and frames, I have a reconditioned bike...and it rides great! 😊

The past week was a chilly week in Fort Wayne. Snow flurries, windy, etc. While I rode three days at Planet Fitness on the exercise bike, I wanted to take my bike out a ride. So on Saturday I bundled up (From toes to head: Wool Socks, compression sleeves, long underwear bottoms, biking shorts, three long shirts including a 50/50 wool/cotton shirt, a scarf, hat, and winter gloves!)

 When I left on Saturday, the temperature was 30 degrees, and with the wind, it felt like 20. I also had tailwinds at my back on my out and back ride, which meant it was a little chilly coming back. Despite that, I went out and had my long ride of 2017!

Things are looking good for getting my mileage base up for this summer. My Great Allegheny Passage ride is just a little over nine weeks away, and after that I'll be gearing up to ride the RAIN Ride (Ride Across Indiana) in July. So there's going to be a good deal of riding in the future - and hopefully warmer weather too!

And on a final note...


Down 15.2 pounds since the beginning of the year!

Thanks for reading my blog - comments are welcome!

Shawn

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Another good week - getting ready to ride the GAP in May!


So another week has come and gone. Let's recap the week!

Another good week losing weight! I dropped 1.4 pounds this week and I'm down 14.8 pounds for the month. The goal is to get to 200 pounds by the end of the year; and so far, so good (although I "cheated" today on the diet...back to Planet Fitness and the exercise bike tomorrow!)

I also had a great biking week. It was a warm week through Friday, and I took advantage. My total mileage was 66 miles, and 51 were done outside. I did some riding back and forth to work (almost three miles each way), and the long ride was 17 miles. Felt good on all of my rides. Knowing that the weather was going to change on the weekend, I decided to get the bike to Summit City Cycles and Fitness for the spring tune-up. When I took it in, the mechanic noted that I wore a lot of things out. Let's see, a solo bike-packing trip from DC to Pittsburgh last year, Lorie's Lakeside Century, etc., yep, that's a lot of miles!

I also purchased panniers for my Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trip in May. I purchased the same panniers I used last year. I severely overloaded the panniers last year, but they survived the trip, and I promptly tossed them in the trash. For my GAP trip this year, I'm only riding three days, and I'm not camping, so they'll be fine.

Next Saturday is the first "official" training ride for the GAP. I'm hoping that some of my Fort Wayne friends join me, not just for the training ride next week, but to ride the GAP in May. I won't call them out on my blog; but they know who they are 😉 Right now, nine people are going on the trip in May - and we are going to have fun!

Until next week...

Shawn

Sunday, February 19, 2017

It's Sunny and Warm in Indiana (IN FEBRUARY) :-)




It's February 19, and I had the opportunity to ride outside three days because we had some nice weather!

I'm fortunate because I can bike to work. If I bike to the University of Saint Francis downtown campus (where I work), it's about a 15 minute ride. From downtown to our main campus, it's about a 10 minute ride. On Tuesday and Friday I rode the bike to work, and then went for rides afterwards. My total mileage on Tuesday was 17 miles, and on Friday 20 miles.

The picture of me in the bright clothes was prior to my Saturday ride. The temperatures were in the 60's, so it's time to break out the shorts. I went on a 21 mile ride out and about the Fort Wayne River Greenway, and it felt great! It's supposed to stay warm through Friday, so there will be a couple more outdoor rides this month!

The scale weight shows my weight on Sunday. At the first of the year, I weighed 248 pounds, so that's 13.4 pounds since January 1. I need to take off some serious weight with the biking schedule I have this summer.

  • Great Allegheny Passage in May
  • Tour de Detroit Century Ride - June
  • 2 Rivers on 2 Wheels Century Ride - June
  • RAIN Ride (Ride Across Indiana) - July
  • Lorie's Lakeside Century - September

If I can get down to 220 for the century rides, that would be super. The goal is to be under 200 by the beginning of 2018. That's an average of about a pound a week.

Here's to the weather staying warm for a few more days!

Shawn



Saturday, February 11, 2017

Riding in February!






It's February - and we're getting some decent weather to ride! Today the temps were in the low 50's, so it was time to take the bike out of the back room and go for the first ride of the year.

I rode a little over 12 miles, from my house in a Fort Wayne neighborhood to Foster Park. My plan was to ride to Tillman Park, but the River Greenway was closed when you left Foster Park. I turned around, went through Foster Park again, and the River Greenway was closed at Jefferson Blvd, which is fairly common at this time of the year.

Overall, the River Greenway is in good shape. The boardwalks were wet and in some places, had fallen leaves on them, so I took it easy on those. I also took it pretty easy for the ride. I was traveling last week and the week prior I contracted stomach flu, so I haven't been riding as much on the exercise bike as I would like. That being said, I should be able to get back into a good routine this week at Planet Fitness, and plan to ride around 15 - 16 miles outside next Saturday (the long range forecast is calling for sunshine and 50 degrees!)

I'm starting to get more excited about riding the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh in May. Hoping that time flies by. I'm very excited to ride with some friends that I've met on Facebook, along with a couple members of my family and some friends from Fort Wayne. It's going to be a great time. I know a couple of my friends are thinking about it, and I know they will enjoy the beauty of the GAP.

Hoping for a better exercise week this week...

Shawn

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Just another week in January

First off, I'll get some stuff out of the way. I had a good week on the exercise bike, biking 10 miles on Monday, with 11 mile rides on Wednesday and Friday. However, I did not have a good week on the completing the 30-minute circuit only 1 day (Tuesday). On Thursday, I took my daughter to the BMV for her driver's test (she passed!) and Saturday I spent my day with the Boy Scouts, spending the day at the Klondike Derby, with temperatures in the mid 50's!

I love scouting! My two oldest sons are Eagle Scouts, and my youngest son is a Cub Scout. In a little over a year, he will cross-over to Boy Scouts, and I'm so looking forward to it. Of course, any scout outing means good eating, and last night, I had a HUGE grilled steak. I thought I was eating the side of a cow...and it was GOOD!. Bottom line, I picked up a pound last week (239.4). However, the good news is that I'm still down 8.8 pounds from the beginning of the year, and I'll take that. My goals are:

  • May 14 (for Great Allegheny Passage Ride) - 231 pounds
  • September 10 (for Lorie's Lakeside Century) - 214 pounds
  • November 26 (for Pittsburgh Dirty Dozen) - 203 pounds 

So for this week, I plan to get to Planet Fitness 6 days, and keep on the exercise bike for three days, and get back to the 30-minute circuit  workout for three days. Once I hit one hour on the exercise bike, I'll start doing some interval work on the bike to work on some speed. I'm also looking forward to May and another ride on the Great Allegheny Passage with friends!

Until next week!

Shawn