Weekly Average Weight for June 28, 2008

My average weight for the week ending 6/28/2008:
261.3 lbs

Down from last week:
0.9 lbs

Down since I started on 10/31/2007:
35.1 lbs

Looking back, it appears my weight has just fluctuated around 261 lbs or so, for about two months.  I’ve had no real loss during that time.

The biking is good for me, but my eating habits are out of control again.  Tomorrow, I begin counting calories again.

I Feel Great!

I rode home in 90 minutes.  Nothing broke.  There was a gentle breeze coming from behind me, and it didn’t rain.  I took about an eight minute break and drank some Gatorade.  I couldn’t have asked for a better commute.

When I got home, my dogs were very excited to see me.  After I took them out, I got out of my sweaty clothes, and laid down in front of the fan for a few minutes to cool off.  I’m cooled off now, but I really need a shower.

I’m hoping to ride to Deam Lake this weekend.  It’ll feel good to go swimming after biking there.  I found a route on back roads that is about 15 miles.

The Bike’s Condition Upgraded to “Rideable”

I found a new bike shop in downtown Louisville today.  It’s a short walk (or bike ride) from my office.  I brought my bike there, and got a new rear wheel installed.  If this doesn’t fix the spoke breaking issue, I’ll get very angry.

After driving home, I made a quick trip to the grocery store on the bike, in the rain.  I didn’t mind getting wet, and the fenders prevented dirty road-water from flying into my face.

I’ll be riding to work in the morning, barring anything else breaking.  There is the potential for some nasty weather, I don’t mind rain and lightning, but I hope the wind isn’t too strong.

Frustrated by the Bike

I hopped on my bike to head to work less than a half-hour ago.  Less than a mile into the ride, another rear spoke broke.  This is the same wheel I just had repaired.

I would have just kept riding it, but the wheel began rubbing against the brakes and the fender.  I rode back home.  I don’t know if I should buy new wheels, a whole new bike, or give up biking.

More About the Commute

I’m preparing to ride all the way to work again tomorrow.  I’ve got my bike fixed, and my legs have had time to rest.  I’ve also re-adjusted my seat for comfort.

This is the route I’ll be riding to work.  The worst traffic part of it is the interchange with 265.  I handle that by riding on the inside lane.  It’s a divided highway, so that is the safest way to handle it.

On Friday, I have to take my car in for some repairs, so I’ll have to go without it for a while.  I hope my bike doesn’t break during that time.

32 Mile Commute

My round-trip commute is 32 miles.  I decided to do the whole thing by bicycle yesterday.  The ride in was pleasant, and took about 85 minutes.

The ride home had a brutal headwind, and it’s a bit more uphill.  I got home in about 105 minutes.  I also had a spoke break on my rear wheel.  I kept riding anyway.

After arriving at home, I removed the rear wheel, threw it in the car, and drove to the bike shop.  It’s $2.00 for a spoke, and $20.00 to “true” the wheel, and it won’t be ready until Wednesday.

I got a nice amount of exercise, but unless this bike quits breaking, it won’t save me any money.  I had planned on riding today also, but I’m almost glad for the break.  I’m rather sore.

Shopping Ride!

I rode 12.3 miles in 55 minutes.  I rode to Target to buy some socks.  I met my wife there, so I wouldn’t have to ride both ways.  Yes, I am lazy.  After buying my socks, we did a little shopping at some other nearby stores, then went to a good Mexican restaurant.

I felt really good about the ride.   Too bad I overate later.

I’m planning on riding the full way to work on Monday.  It’s 16 or 17 miles.

New Fenders, and a New Bike Shop

I bought my bike from a small bike shop nearby.  They were busy, yet everyone was friendly.  I did feel like they didn’t take me completely seriously though.  There was nothing bad about the service, just nothing great either.  I didn’t really get a bad feeling about them until later.

I returned once for a tire repair, derailleur adjustment, and some accessories.  I wanted fenders, but their only response was “We don’t have any in stock to fit”.  They didn’t offer to order any, or offer any solution whatsoever.

I tried another bike shop.  A local chain of four or five stores.  They have some really high-end bikes there, so I didn’t expect to get treated as a first-class customer, but I figured I’d at least have a chance at getting some fenders.

As it turns out, the bike mechanic at this shop is big into “utility bikes” such as mine, rather than having the road-racer attitude.  We talked for quite a while.  They didn’t have fenders in stock to fit, but ordered some.

Today, I brought my bike in to have them installed.  I also had them look at the front derailleur that I was having some minor problems with.  The first bike shop had apparently damaged my derailleur cable.  Also, I managed to damage the rear axle (jumping a curb), which caused a slight loosening of the bearings.  This happened before the visit to the first bike shop, and they didn’t bother to look at it.

The damaged axle doesn’t need to be replaced at this time, just needed the bearings tightened.  The mechanic was extremely friendly, helpful, and tried to show me everything he did, so I can learn more about repairing my bike on my own.

I’m extremely impressed with the level of service and attention I got at this shop.  I’ll be going there from now on.

New Bike Toy

I ordered a Cateye Velo 8 bicycle computer from Amazon.com.  It arrived today at work, so I installed it before my ride back to my car.

I had estimated the distance to 6 miles, and the Cateye measured it as 5.91 miles.  I rode that distance in 32 minutes.  It’ll be neat to compare different routes, and my average speeds.

Don’t take this as an endorsement of the product.  The last time I saw a speedometer on a bike it was mechanical.  I haven’t kept up on bicycle technology, and even the lowest-end stuff seems cool to me.

More Biking Adventures

I parked my car six miles from work again today, and rode my bike the rest of the way.  This wouldn’t normally be noteworthy, but this morning we were having a thunderstorm.

I actually enjoyed the rain, and I like thunder, so it was a nice ride.  I had a change of clothes tucked safely away in the saddlebags.

This afternoon, the weather had cleared, and I was going to attempt to ride the entire 16 or 17 miles home, then catch a ride later to get my car.

I had a good pace going for the first nine miles, then I had a flat tire.  The shoulder of the road had a lot of debris, and roadkill.  I did my best to avoid it.  After inspecting my flat tire, I found what appeared to be a small piece of bone.

I did replace the tube, and air up the tire on the side of the road, but I had already called for a ride, and was ready to go home.

I may try it again tomorrow.

Weekly Average Weight for June 14, 2008

I’m going to start posting my average weight per week every Saturday night.  I realize that I’m about 24 hours too late, but I’ll start now.

My average weight for the week ending 6/14/2008:
259.6 lbs

Down from last week:
2.3 lbs

Down since I started on 10/31/2007:
36.8 lbs

I’ve continued on my bike riding, and have put new effort into my diet, and it has paid off.  I ate way too much today, but hopefully that won’t matter much.

I intend to buy some good running shoes and start working at that soon.  I don’t think bicycling will get me to my goal weight.  It has however strengthened me enough that I think I can start running without too much risk of injury.

Back to Basics

My recent posts have been about biking.  I’m still biking, but that’s not what this post is about.

When I first started this endeavor, I was in such poor condition, that almost any physical exercise was nearly impossible for me.  So, I started with diet, and simple exercises.  The diet was key.  I tracked everything I ate, and counted every calorie.  Once I had gotten into better eating habits, I quit keeping track.  I was happy, at that point, my weight loss had progressed quite nicely.

However, it did begin to slow down, and I’ve been hovering just above 260 lbs for too long now.  This is in spite of all the extra exercise I get now.  I realize that I’ve been eating poorly again.

Here is monthly average weight from November (first full month since I started) through May:

Month Average Weight
2007-11 286.5
2007-12 276.4
2008-01 270.5
2008-02 268.9
2008-03 266.9
2008-04 262.6
2008-05 261.5

It’s not horrible.  I’m rather happy with the progress in the first few months, but talk about diminishing returns!

I need to focus on my diet again.  I’m going to continue to work on lengthening the bicycle portion of my commute (I’ve found a place 6 miles out to park).

Weekend Roundup

Well, I rode more distance on Monday… the nothing until Friday.  I overslept three days through the week.  That’s bad.  I actually overslept Friday also, just not as late.  I rode in on Friday, but only from the 3.5 mile point.

I bought a headlight earlier in the week, and I bought a backpack for my laptop today.  I went for a quick nighttime ride around my neighborhood a few minutes ago (with the backpack on) to check out my new setup.  The headlight works better than I expected.  It’s a six-LED light, and it does a decent job.  It can also be set to flash for better visibility in the daytime.

The weather forecast is calling for a high tomorrow of 95.  I’ll be outside most of the day.  I need to mow the lawn, and I intend to take a ride (without the backpack).  I’ll be sure to drink a lot of water.

More Mileage

I parked a bit further from work today.  My ride was 6.5 miles one way, so I rode 13 miles round trip for my commute.  I don’t really feel any worse than I did when I was doing a 7 mile round trip, but some of the road is scarier.

Part of the ride has an extremely narrow shoulder, and large potholes.  I’m glad I have my mirror so I can make the decision to swerve around the hole, or hit the brakes.

I’m not one of those cyclists who bashes car drivers.  I drive a car.  I obey the law, try to be seen, and do my best to be courteous.  I am, after all, outweighed by the big metal beasts.  🙂

I did have a guy driving a dump truck screaming obscenities at me.  I’m sorry I delayed him by about five seconds.

Scooters

I really want a scooter.  I can justify it with the gas savings.  I’d like to rarely ever drive my car.  I’ve been planning to buy a scooter.

I took some time to think about the real reason I want a scooter, and what that would mean.

I like gadgets.  I like spending money.  A scooter is a cool gadget.  Riding the scooter would mean less time on my bicycle, therefore, less exercise.  I need the exercise, and I really can’t afford to drop $2000 on a scooter right now.

So, I’ve made a promise to myself to not buy a scooter this year.  Next year is fair game though.

This year, I keep riding the bike, try to get to where I can bike all the way to work (16 or so miles) instead of the 3.5 I’ve been doing.  Next week I’m bumping my ride to 6.5 miles (one way).  I’d like to do that 3-4 days a week.