Monthly Archives: April 2011

Sun!

Hello good friend, remember me? 845am
Its been awhile since I saw the sun. After three straight days of rain I finally get a quality visit to the HP this morn. Temps already near 50. Its going to be a good day as the sun is out.

The sun plays an important part in my life. I need a lot of it. After a few days without it I start feeling like crap (like yesterday). The sun dictates my life, I go to bed when it gets dark, I wake up when it get light. I need no alarm. I really get seasonal depression easily. People call it cabin fever and think its from just boredom. Its really brought on by the short days and lack of sunlite. Its really amazing how much better I feel after a couple of sunny days that include several hours outside on the bike.
Bring it on.
Mornings like this one have me just outside standing in the sunlite for quite some time. Getting recharged. Sometimes I walk to the front of the store to catch it thru the windows. Yesterday I was absolutely bailing on the MTB race Sunday. Now…. after an hour outside Im not so sure. I still have not rode the MTB but maybe I will get the chance tomorrow. 
Today is a three hour ride on the Madone starting around lunch. We’ll see how I feel after that to make my decision to race or not. Let the sun do its thing first.
Phase two (weight loss) has been in a holding pattern. For this to work I need to ride and I have not sat on a bike since Monday. Cutting calories alone does not work for me. I need to burn at least 1000 calories on the bike per day to really see results. Its going to be mid June before I see some performance results from this. Im OK with that. If I do race Sunday it will be more for fun and fitness. No real results needed. But then thats every race for me. Sometimes I dont even look at the results until the next day. I usually just do not care. Just happy to be there.
So today I will be ditching the store for awhile for a well needed road ride.
Really looking forward to it.
Maybe see you guys Sunday…. maybe not.
If not have a good weekend. If so have a good weekend.
DLD

Rain.

Not a lot to say today. Day three of rain. Its rained 5 out of the last 7 days here.  Since everybody else is just complaining about the rain, I thought I would take the high road and not say too many words about it.
If I picture is worth a thousand words, here is several thousand words I didnt have to type.
I hear the weather dudes are calling out a 4 or 5 hour window tomorrow where it should not be raining. Be ready.
DLD

Cold. Dark. Wet.

Just another quiet morning in the bike store.
Not much else going on. 
With the two days of rain the woods are flooded. Was looking for some ride time on the Superfly before the weekend and now thats out. 
And Im on the fence about racing Sunday anyway with the impending rain in the forecast. 
Its raining again this morn.
Bummer.
The lack of food is going well. I rode Monday but kept the intensity down. I felt pretty good after Sundays death march. So that leads me to belive that my bike fitness is indeed coming back.

And thats half the battle.


DLD

I Forgot.

My road ride for the summer.
Sunday I broke down and dug out the Madone. Second time this week I bust out a new bike. I am into “phase two” on spring training and Sunday reminded me how bad it hurts. I forgot.
Im not talking about intervals, which I have yet to start. Im talking about weight loss. Losing weight is done many ways. Its easy for some but not for me. But the specifics are the same. Just spend more calories than you take in. Simple math.
For me the only way is eat as little as possible, and ride as much as possible.
Sunday I put in my longest ride to date this spring. Three hours, the first two averaging about 18mph.
Good effort. 50 some miles.
And I did so on a completely empty stomach. It hurt. The last hour was hard to concentrate. I was that far beyond bonk.
Its not fun. And its not text book.
But its the only way I can lose weight.
With the limited intake of food my performance suffers greatly. I cant group ride cuz I get dropped in 15 minutes. Im always feeling crappy. My legs have no power in them. And this is the way its got to be.
So for the next month or so its gonna be more solo than group. Its gonna be more base than interval. In hope that once I start eating again and get back to full strengh I will have a bit less weight to have to push up the hill.
The hit I take in riding quality now is totally worth it in the end. But right now the way I feel Im not so sure.
Its hard to ride when you feel like crap but Im headed out on the cross bike in an hour. Not so bad as I just had a bowl of veggie soup.
And I think I can ride I little in the woods too as its starting to dry up.
Riding in the trees always takes my mind off my stomach.
Not much else does.
DLD