Another Sunday Ride

My original plans for today included a 75-mile ride.  I wasn’t feeling up to it this morning, and considered staying home.

I realized that I actually have to work at it to lose weight, so I scaled back my plans.  I chose a 38-mile route.
I got lost a couple of times, and missed a turn, and had to backtrack, so the distance turned out around 45 miles.  I’m not disappointed about not doing the 75-mile route.  This ride was long enough to be a good workout, but short enough that I can still ride tomorrow.

Slow? Of course I’m slow
Slow? Of course I’m slow
alpac…a whata?
alpac…a whata?
What a load of bull
What a load of bull
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Monthly Average Weight

Now that September is over, I have updated the monthly average weight chart.

I have been beating myself up recently due to my loss slowing down.  However, looking at the longer-term view here, shows progress still continuing nicely.

There change from August to September was definitely less, but it was still 4.2 lbs.

Bicycle Touring

Dave, one of my few readers, mentioned in a comment that I’m all ready for touring.

Well, Dave, that is the plan.  I’ll probably start on several-day rides next year.  I’d like to ride cross-country someday.  I’m not sure about the camping part.  I enjoy camping, but after spinning the pedals for 80 to 100 miles a day, I’d like a comfortable bed rather than a sleeping bag.  I’ll probably stay in motels along the way.

I’d like to do a several hundred mile ride as a nice vacation next year.  I’d like to do that solo.  However, as I get into longer rides, I’d really like a partner.  When I meet the right woman to spend the rest of my life with, she’ll need to ride a bicycle.


My weight has pretty much plateaued right around 238 lbs.  It’s entirely my fault.  I’ve eaten poorly, and went too many days off of the bike.  I’ve made progress is spurts, then backslide back to where I was.

I’m going to have to put a little more effort into my eating habits.  I can eat fine for three days, then consume 3000 calories in one sitting, and that isn’t helping my weight loss.  I don’t want to deny myself the things I like, that’s not sustainable long-term.  I just need to control the amount of the things I eat.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve been skipping tracking my calories on an occasional basis, usually when I’ve eaten too much.

I’ve made excuses for not being on the bike enough.  If I lived closer to work, I’d have someone take my car keys for a few weeks, but I really don’t think I’m ready for a car-free existence, not even on a temporary basis.

I will be taking another ride this weekend.  I’m shooting for 70-75 miles.  I’ll leave early enough that I can get home before dark.  I have a route in mind:

The route is about 75 miles, and it’s a little flatter than the last ride I took.  It does have a few hilly areas, so I’ll get to work the legs some, but hopefully without turning into a pile of rubber.

Don’t let anyone lie to you.  There are no magic pills or diets.  Weight loss is hard!

A Bit Late, But On The Bike

I rode into work today.  This is the first time I’ve been on the bike since Thursday of last week.  I had a blowout on the way in, but luckily I wasn’t far from a bike shop.  I bought a new tire, and was on my way.

I won’t be riding home today, as I’m going to an event after work, and riding with a friend.

Here’s my bike at work today, with the new fenders, replaced rear tire, and new DiNotte lights.

Primo parking
Primo parking