Sunday, January 22, 2012

Trying to stay on track isn't so easy

I am quite happy. Since the first of the year I have lost 10 pounds, and I am feeling much better. I have effectively cut sugar out of my diet. No more soda. Sweet foods are at a minimum. It is really amazing how when you begin reading labels how sugar is in so many foods, and HFCS is in so many juices as well.
This past week I didn't get as much bike time as I was hoping. This week I have other plans so that I ride rollers, walk, and work on some core strength. I calculate that I am only slightly behind on my training schedule, which is promising since I am making progress. Before, there was little progress made. Warmer temps this week, and longer days are certainly going to help.
I don't have delusions that I will race any time soon. If anything maybe once at the end of February. In reality March might be more like it. And even then it is just to train, get experience and learn. Other instincts will still be there. I am more confident that I will lose the weight I need to so that training will be more effective, and I can actually ride rather than fake it.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Looking fat

So I went out to this crit training this morning as a great way to start 2012. I had no expectations, just wanted to go and ride. I had my wife come out and shoot some video. Ouch, do I look fat?

It is weird when we look in the mirror, or maybe we look down and accept and not think much of it. Seeing ourselves in pictures and videos sure changes things. When I started to have problems from cancer I was at 174 pounds. I remember it since I was trying to get into shape, and was making strides of getting down into the 160 range. I was doing ok for early in the season.

In the 6 months trying to figure out what was up and leading into surgery I gained nearly 60 pounds. At the hospital I weighed in at 228. Not a pretty picture, and not much I could do about it. Post cancer, and feeling better finally, I am doing something about it, and after so many problems I am getting results.

I got dropped an lapped a few times today. Considering what has happened, and the size of my midsection, I can accept that. In a month things will improve, 2 months even more. Time to go ride rollers, and do my night time work.