Thursday, July 30, 2009
I haven't mentioned my weight for a little while, but that doesn't mean that the diet is over. This morning I was 98.6kg and that was without the benefit of having exercised last night, I am still aiming for 95kg by my birthday and 90 by Christmas. It is actually harder to manage a gradual weight loss than the semi-crash diet approach I used in May and June because I seem to be something of an all or nothing guy with my rules. I am still avoiding sugar as much as I can (this is much easier since Dad left) and I am eating as much salad as I can manage along with limited starchy stuff. My favourite rule is don't eat anything white which works really well with sugar, cream, butter, ice cream, mayonnaise, white bread, pasta, rice etc but still couldn't get me out of eating MKs cauliflower surprise last night.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
So next up will be another trip to the ear doctor to get that sorted out and then he will have a first meeting with the doctor who needs to find his missing testicle later in August.
We have also now been told that his cleft palate operation will be on 9th September so we will be getting bonus points at the main hospital in Copenhagen this autumn.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
I was the first person in the office and am very please with myself for getting in without setting off the burglar alarm.
We haven't done much the last couple of days, the basement has flooded twice (I sorted that out in the end) and then we started sorting out the cupboard doors in the kitchen although there is still plenty of work to do before they are finished...
As promised, here are a few pictures
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The weekend was also very nice messing around at home, visiting T&B and going to the pool. I didn't manage to get out on my bike which may prove to be a problem in a couple of weeks because I have finally taken the plunge and joined the local cycling club and applied for a racing licence. We are in the second half of the season, but having done my 45km loop with an average of 34kph on Thursday I think I can hang with the Category Ds (well I hope I can) and get a bit of a workout with a view to tackling a season a little more thoroughly next year.
My weight is hanging around 99kg at the moment which is fine, but I need to get back on the bike if I want to get down to the 90kg that I am aiming for by Christmas (it was by my birthday, but I think that is a bit crazy so it is 95kg by 01/10).
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
I crawled up the first couple of steep pitches and then stopped for a couple of energy gels and some more water. I had had trouble all day getting enough fluids and I had not really paid enough attention to my food intake. At this point I realised that I needed a good dose of calories and the gels helped a lot. I passed a lot of people during the second half of the climb once I concentrated on the job at hand and stopped feeling sorry for myself. I finally finished in 10:16, it was slower than last time, but not as bad as I feared. BHP did a fantastic job to beat me by around 20 minutes I think including the time he spent fixing a flat tyre. Amazing for a 66 year old!
Since then I have realised that there are 2 main reasons that I did badly. The first is obvious that I needed to lose 8-10 kg more than I did and crash dieting for 6 weeks before the race was not the way to do this. BHP dieted for 6 months to lose (more than) the little he needed to shed and I should have followed his example. The second problem was in my head. Having been slower in the Vuajany masters, I wasn't expecting to be fast or to enjoy this ride so I went about it with a feeling of pessimism. Instead of attacking the ride, I just got through it without trying hard enough. I have learned from previous experience (mostly in triathlon) that to achieve your best in these endurance events you have to push yourself the whole way through it and that takes concentration and determination. Without them you just finish, you don't really take part.
Don't tell MK, but I'm going to do this again one day and I'll do better after learning these lessons...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tonight MK and the boys are off to a mothers group thing so I have the evening to myself to ride my bike and relax. I guess it will probably rain then...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In the end I crossed the line after 8 hours and 44 minutes which is not really very good given that i did it in 8 hours and 12 minutes in 2005 but I suppose that is the cost of being a fat Dad!
The final conclusion was that I don't want to do this ride again, the short one would be really nice, but the last climb is too much, the road too bad and the descent no fun at all. I also learned that a black jersey is a bad idea when there is little shade and it is very hot. Who knew?
I enjoyed the race a great deal and once I had recovered, of course had a great feeling of accomplishment and more than a little anxiety about the Marmotte coming at the end of the week...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
MK and DK by the pool (she may not be happy at being published in a bikini, but I think she looked great in it :-))
Lars working his way up to Alpe d'Huez
J running through the streets of Briancon - shirtless and carefree