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nice day for a ride eh? 
Took the day off, it’s Columbus day and well why not right? Since getting the bikes we have been trying to get out and get on them regularly so this doesn’t turn into a flash in the pan and we wind up with 2 expensive bikes gathering dust in the garage.
We’ve gotten them out 4 of the last 5 days, and according to Cyclemeter the app that I downloaded to track my progress I’ve gone just over 40 miles. So I’m averaging about 10miles per ride which is great! We’ve spent some money on clothes the last few days or so. Now we’re both much more weather resistant hehe.
Tonight I noticed that Bike Nashbar has 20% off for Columbus day, that makes the training rollers I want a fair bit cheaper so I ordered them.
I picked up some shoes from Under Armour today as well, first pair of shoes of any kind that I’ve worn in a long time that didn’t cause me pain after 5min of putting them on. I’m going to do brief write ups on this stuff later.
Really, I just wanted to say, I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’ve found some really great biking blogs to follow. Some of which have had some really good articles lately as well.
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nice day for a ride eh? 

Took the day off, it’s Columbus day and well why not right? Since getting the bikes we have been trying to get out and get on them regularly so this doesn’t turn into a flash in the pan and we wind up with 2 expensive bikes gathering dust in the garage.

We’ve gotten them out 4 of the last 5 days, and according to Cyclemeter the app that I downloaded to track my progress I’ve gone just over 40 miles. So I’m averaging about 10miles per ride which is great! We’ve spent some money on clothes the last few days or so. Now we’re both much more weather resistant hehe.

Tonight I noticed that Bike Nashbar has 20% off for Columbus day, that makes the training rollers I want a fair bit cheaper so I ordered them.

I picked up some shoes from Under Armour today as well, first pair of shoes of any kind that I’ve worn in a long time that didn’t cause me pain after 5min of putting them on. I’m going to do brief write ups on this stuff later.

Really, I just wanted to say, I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I’ve found some really great biking blogs to follow. Some of which have had some really good articles lately as well.

Winding down

random thoughts tonight… wife is out of town, weather kind of sucks so I didn’t get to take the bike out… got home early took care of the dogs, fed and pooped, then 30min run on the treadmill and ball chasing. Gotta give them time to unwind too right? I mean, wouldn’t you be ready to climb the walls if you were stuck in your crate all day? So after all the eating, pooping, running, growling, butt sniffing and ball chasing it was my turn. I went back down and adjusted the stationary bike to fit me more correctly. Then figured out how (for the first time lol) to use the intervals program and rode it 10miles. I thought I was gonna die.

Ok got some sweat going, heart pumping, searched for some cycling stuff. I went upstairs and cooked supper, tonight since it’s just me I made bacon, cheddar, and spinach omelet. Love me some comfort food, but decent protein, good fat, and dark green veggies, good stuff.

Still keeping the weight off since December, down a grand total of 65lbs. No plans to put ANY of it back on. In fact my buddy at work invited me (joking maybe?) to ride a double century with him in May of next year? That’s 100 miles a day, 2 days worth, 200 miles total. I started reading about training for century rides. I don’t think I can do it. I don’t have the kind of time to dedicate to it that I really need. 3-4 rides per week at 20-40 miles a pop which is multiple hour rides. 20mi I could do pretty quick, I say quick LOL quick for me would be like 2hrs? I don’t know for sure I haven’t ridden that far in a single ride yet. I want to do it. I’m not going say no, but all of the “how to prep for a century ride” articles I’ve read say

I’ve been reading lately about cycling for weight loss. I have yet to put any of it o practice, still gathering intel hehe.

No TV tonight, just vinyl, right now Sylvan Esso is spinning, self titled LP from Vinyl Me Please, between my ride, the quiet, and the music, my awesome dinner, I’m having a very peaceful evening. There is  lot o be said for allowing the noise to just fade away and be one with your thoughts.

Meet my latest obsession. I don’t know what it is but I don’t do anything halfway, I tend to obsess and obsess some more, research the crap out of stuff at least as much as I can and well… I purchased a bike for myself, and one for my wife too. The whole thing is her fault! :P she says to me a few weeks ago, “we should get bikes!” what?! ok well long story short, since December of last year we’ve both lost a lot of weight, we have sort of stalled out and are looking for ways to keep active. When I was a kid I had a bike and rode everywhere… who didn’t? Anyhow, so here it is, my new 2014 Jamis Coda Elite. 

My hiney will never be the same. I’m hoping with the addition of the Coda that I will be encouraged to get on it at least a few times a week and work my way up to being able to do longer rides with some of my buddies.

I got a much more relaxed bike for my wife, she got the Hudson Sport I believe, it’s sharp, relaxed and allows a measure of comfort and stability that she needs.

Whole30 Progress

Tonight for dinner I made cod, with just a little salt and pepper, I really love cod. It was perfect. Add to that boiled tiny red potatoes and steamed zucchini and let me tell you… yummeh!

We’re doing pretty well I think. The thing that was the biggest initial hurdle was getting over the no dairy. That was tough because espresso which I love, without the steamed milk… is rough. Even as an Americano, it’s not my normal thing. I have discovered that you can steam (Silk brand unsweetened) coconut milk and once heated to 160deg added to a double shot, yeah ok I can dig it. Not perfect, but close enough that I can deal. Also, regular drip coffee, if you are like me and use half and half, canned coconut milk, the full fat stuff, we don’t mess around with any of that low or reduced fat pretend stuff. Yeah now we’re talking, close enough to creamer that its’ very drinkable. I’ve been doing black coffee which isn’t horrible but I like my coffee strong, umm strong if I have creamer! So I’ve been experimenting with the Aero Press at work and reduced the amount of grinds I use and how long I let it brew before pushing it through and yeah I can work with this.

I slept like a baby last night which is an improvement. I was in a really good mood today too which is crazy, I couldn’t really account for why but I was and it was nice. I’ve been snacking on baby carrots and radishes with ranch made from canned coconut milk and it’s quite good. One thing Jen pointed out after the first couple days was she thought we weren’t getting enough fat, I would agree since after eliminating dairy I struggled initially to find good sources of it.

So far so good tho! I feel good, like the rest of he month is going to blow by. Oh, I have also discovered that Granny Smith apples with almond butter are quite tasty snacks too.

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