Friday, May 29, 2009
This morning I was 104.2kg but this time I am not dehydrated so I think that is an accurate weight. I am planning a sneaky bike ride today before we go out and as we have another long weekend here this weekend I am planning some serious mileage over the coming days.
Have a good weekend, I hope the sun shines for you all.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Apparently I should be between 81 and 101 kg depending on my build. I know that I am still fat at 101 kg and I would probably look pretty unhealthy at 81kg so I think somewhere in the middle is where I should be aiming. At some point in the last 10 years I think I was about 95kg and that was OK, still a little podgy around the edges so I guess 90 would be perfect. I have no idea if I can do it, but there's the goal...
That website has some interesting tools for calculating weight loss in many different ways, have a look.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Towards the end of the ride, there were a couple of heavy showers so the vast number of exposed roots on the trail got very slippery making progress even more hazardous, but in the end I got in 1½ hours of good riding and I have decided to try and get out there once a week for the rest of the summer.
I am also going to put the roof rack on the car, it is too awkward and dirty putting the bike in the car and that is the second time this week it would have been useful to have it.
Weight this morning: 104,2kg. I am sure I didn't lose a kg yesterday even if I was hungry all day, I think I must be dehydrated.
DK was at the physiotherapist yesterday afternoon, she declared that there was no real reason to keep seeing her as he is doing fine and everything is completely normal. MK will take him a couple more times, but it was good news. Tomorrow he's off to see the ear doctor.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I have just had a look back at a post I wrote in December that concluded that I needed to lose 15kg to be able to take 30 minutes of my time in the Marmotte this summer compared with my 2005 time of 9 hours and 54 minutes. I also need to spend 30 minutes less sitting at the side of the road eating, but compared with the challenge of shedding 30kg, that is easy. So I need to get rid of as much weight as I can in the next 40 days before the race.
If I want to lose 15kg, then that is 375g per day - deficit of 2894 calories per day!
loosing 10kg would be 250g per day - deficit of 1929 calories per day
and loosing 5kg is 125 g per day - deficit of 965 per day
It looks like the 15kg loss is beyond reality, but maybe I can get down below 100kg before the race if I try to stick to the awful starvation plan for the remainder of the time and keep riding my bike.
At the moment I am trying to avoid sugar, starchy stuff like pasta, rice and potatoes. I am eating smaller portions and trying to fill up on salad and veges, the challenge is not knowing how to lose the weight, but having the will power to do it.
I guess there'll be more updates to follow, weight today 105.2kg
Monday, May 25, 2009
After a short ride on Friday, BHP and I agreed to go for a long ride on Saturday. He plotted a route and we met half way between our houses to set off for 160km. There has been some rain overnight so I put on my rain jacket and set out at 09:30 to meet him. It was very windy and we somehow managed to ride approximately 110 of the first 120km heading into the wind before finally turning to ride down wind. The map shows some sort of approximation of the route and the blue arrow shows that the wind couldn't have been much less helpful. I was really tired when we got back to Sorø and was happy to crash out for a while before being presented with a great meal. Sunday was a lazy day, I took J to the swimming pool, he now kicks his way across the pool with his arm bands on and loves going down the big slide. Now I have to get on with a more aggressive training and dieting plan for the next month...
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
The weather on Saturday was horrid, it was cold (8 degrees IN MAY!) and raining. Thankfully the rain disappeared in the afternoon and it gradually warmed up. We went on a few rides and then went back to the hotel to warm up and get ready for dinner.
We had a big Mexican (DanMex I think it more precise) buffet and too much to eat whilst J ran around with the other kids. The Legoland hotel is great for kids and the staff don't seem to mind the kids running around shrieking and Lego everywhere.
Sunday started with a hearty breakfast, I did the make your own pancakes for the rest of the family and then we hit the park again at opening time to do some more rides and look around a bit more. The little Lego world was pretty cool and I particularly liked the guy working on his bike outside his house in the Lego Beverly Hills.
The trip home went fine for the first 2 hours until we hit a serious traffic jam about 5 miles from home that took 1½ hours to get through. There was crying and a roadside pee stop, but in the end it was enough justification for us to have pizza for tea so it wasn't all in vain. I'm looking forward to better weather for next years trip...
Pics to follow.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This second problem has 2 root causes, the first is that sometimes the alarm clock has been tampered with by either MK (becuase I didn't turn it off properly) or J (he likes to fiddle with things) meaning that the volume may be off or some other problem meaning that it makes no sound. This morning the problem was entirely of my own making. I checked the time, but forgot to check that it was turned on. It wasn't.
I had planned to cycle to work today, the bike was prepared, the clothes laid out and I was psyched up for it. However, given that it is about 2½ hours ride, I needed to be out of the door by 06:30 at the latest and I didn't wake up until 06:18 meaning that I was not going to get to the office before about 09:30 which is too late even for me. In the end I took my bike on the train and I will cycle home, at least I will get a reasonable ride in and have a chance to scope out the route in reverse before I try the round trip (maybe next week).
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Last night I managed an hour on the bike after the kids went to bed, it was a little chilly and there were millions of insects, but the sun was shining and it was great to be out again. This morning I have brought a bag of clothes to the office with me with the intention of cycling here tomorrow morning. I am a little fearful of actually doing the round trip becuase I think it will be about 140km all told, but I need to get some training in if I am to manage to finish the Marmotte in July.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The best bargains to be had at this time of year though are winter clothes.
The Tour of Italy is going on at the moment and you can follow the liver coverage here. If you look over to the right of the screen you may be lucky (or unluky if you are my wife) to notice that Competitive Cyclist has a sale on meaning that you can get Assos winter gear half price.
It is unusual to see such discounts on Assos gear and I am looking forward to dressing up as a very blue superhero: Doughman or blueberryman or something like that...
I bought some stuff and am looking forward to getting it before the leaves fall off the trees again in the autumn
Monday, May 11, 2009
We managed a day in Manchester at Booth Hall Children's Hospital just before they relocate to a new building in the centre of Manchester for our next visit in November. J stayed home and made cakes with Grandma and they both enjoyed themselves thoroughly.
On Saturday we met with S, C and F for lunch. The lunch and ice cream were hits, but sitting on the old tractor outside was less posular with J as you can see.
We then went to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his chums
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I have also ordered a fortunes worth of gear over the internet to bring back to DK including a new PC some cycling clothes and a couple of books.
Fun times :-)