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Well, I've been bitching for a month now about how the weather every weekend seems to be crap and I can't ride.  Friday it rained all day and part of yesterday too, but the forecast for today was looking pretty decent with a high of 42F and sunny.  I tried to round up some company but found no takers so around 1130 I started getting my junk together for a ride and got started a few minutes after noon.  I didn't really have a plan, I was just going out to try to get in a few easy hours in the saddle and to test my back to see if physical therapy is helping at all.

It wasn't long after the first short climb that I realized my fitness has waned significantly since the end of cyclocross season (more on that in another post), not that it was great to begin with anyhow.  With that realization my motivation kind of dissipated and that was the beginning of the end for me.  What should have been a 30+ mile ride on a great day turned out to be a 10 mile ride on a great day.  Another thing I noted on this ride was that the few pounds I have gained back since the end of cyclocross season have allowed my asthma to begin to creep back in; it had all but disappeared when I was below 205 lbs.  I did have a couple of very minor attacks on the ride and did not have my inhaler so that also played into my decision somewhat, to cut the ride short.

What does this mean for me?   Basically, I suck, but aside from that I need to start ensuring I put some time in on the trainer during the week before I lose *all* of the little bit of fitness I had.  Yes the trainer sucks, but so does going out for an easy ride and realizing that an easy ride isn't easy when you are out of shape.

This year we took advantage of the long weekend and had a little gathering with some of Karrie's family at Fort AP Hill in Virginia.  Friday, I took off of work a couple of hours early in hopes that we could beat some of the traffic that is inevitable with this holiday.  Unfortunately, we still encountered quite a bit which turned what is normally a 2.5 hour trip into a 3.5 hour trip.  We arrived at the Casey home where we met with Karrie's sister Heather, her husband Tim and son William, as well as Karrie's parent's Lynn and Sandi.  We hung out there for a while, had dinner and then headed over to Fort AP Hill and our accommodations for the night at Chancellorville Cottage.  The cottage was quite roomy with three bedrooms onChancellorsville Cottage the first floor and two on the second floor; all together they combined for 13 single beds.  There were two "barracks" or community style bathrooms, one on each floor.  The lower level bathroom had a urinal and two toilet stalls complete with doors; a large shower area with three separate shower heads; and three sinks.  The upper level bathroom was kind of the hallway that separated the two bedrooms; it had two shower stalls with doors, and two toilet stalls.  Additionally, the lower level contained a full kitchen complete with coffee maker, utensils, plates, glasses, dishwasher, oven/stove and full-size refridgerator.  There was also a living room with satellite television, although most of our waking hours there were spent on the front porch or in the well shaded front yard.

Saturday morning Lynn, Tim and I headed our for a bike ride a little after 8am.  Although I know it was charged before we left, the battery on my Garmin was dead so I had no data collection.  We went left from the cottage on the main road which terminated at a closed gate about seven miles down, where we turned around and headed back.   When we got back to the cottage all the women and the boys were outside.  Karrie decided to join us for the reminder of the ride so I waited for her while Lynn and Tim rode ahead.  I retrieved my Garmin which had been charging since 8 and waited for Karrie to change clothes.  Karrie and I headed off about 15 minutes behind the others; the plan was to ride to the other end of the main road which would take us to the main and only open gate at AP Hill.  When we arrived Lynn and Tim were there chatting with one of the guards.  After a few minutes we left and headed back for a total of ~26 miles for the gents and ~12 miles for Karrie.

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April was most productive month to date, even though it wasn't nearly as productive as I would have liked.  Sadly May is turning out to be even worse because of all this rain we're getting here, but I digress.

In April I took a threshold test with Mike Birner of Mid-Maryland Coaching.  I had taken the same test back in May of 2007 so I was interested to see if my winter work had paid off.  Suffice it to say that it did, and big; as soon as I get the compiled results I will post them, along with explanations, here.

I'm definitely stronger than I ever have been this early in the season and maybe even in the past three years total.  I've been getting a lot of encouraging words from my friends on the Wednesday night rides and a lot of people have been asking if I've lost weight.  All-in-all I'm definitely headed in the right direction.

On the weight-loss front, I've kind of stagnated at ~210 although I've been down to 208.  I think I need to reclaim the basement so I can start weight training again.

Here are my stats for April:

Week of Num Time
(H:M:S)
Dist
(mi)
Speed
(mph)
Calorie
Burn
Uphill
(ft)
Dnhill
(ft)
Difficulty
Avg
HR Avg
(bpm)
27-Apr-09 2 2:38:09 43.10 16.4 3,453 +2,526 -2,559  3.2 162
20-Apr-09 4 6:01:06 91.50 15.2 7,235 +6,655 -6,659  4.6 155
13-Apr-09 5 7:18:28 114.22 15.6 8,817 +6,891 -6,992  4.1 150
06-Apr-09 2 2:42:59 39.65 14.6 3,015 +2,617 -2,620  4.5 156
April Total
13 18:40:42 288.47 15.4 22,520 +18,689 -18,830  4.2 154

YTD

49 44:07:42 686.95 15.6 54,490 +28,838 -28,941  3.0 155

This is the second Mother's Day for my wonderful, amazing wife Karrie.  In addition to being a great wife, partner and friend, she also happens to be one heck of an outstanding mother.  I'm so happy that Karrie was willing to be a stay-at-home mom and I'm glad we are blessed enough to be able to swing that arrangement financially.  It really has been great to see Karrie and Brady bond and become so close over the past two years.

Thank you Karrie, for being my best friend and the most wonderful mother Brady could possible want.

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, Linda, as well.  Its been great reconnecting (is that the right word?) with you over the past few years and  getting to see you 3 or 4 times a year when you come up to visit Brady and us.

Other Mother's Day shout-outs go to:

  • Sandi, my mother-in-law: thanks for welcoming me into your heart, home and family.
  • Guilene, my very good friend and mother of my beautiful Goddaughter, Brianna.
  • Heather, my sister-in-law, mother of William and step-mom of Mackenzie
  • The rest of my friends and extended family who have been blessed with the wonderful experience of rearing children.

 

 Well, things have still been rather slow in my attempts to lose some weight and get into shape.  At the end of March I was down to 211 lbs, a bit short of my original goal of 200.  I've reset my goal of 200 to the end of April and will continue to try to meet my September goal of 190.  Both should definitely be doable since I should be riding much more in the near future as the weather warms up.  March was kind of a weird month.  I only did a few rides on the trainer; it was especially difficult to ride inside after having tasted riding on the road during a few of the warmer days in the month.

Next week I'll be doing a new threshold test and probably entering into a coaching agreement to help me achieve my goal of racing again this year.

Here are my March riding stats; sad I know.

Week of Num Time
(H:M:S)
Dist
(mi)
Speed
(mph)
Calorie
Burn
Uphill
(ft)
Dnhill
(ft)
Difficulty
Avg
HR Avg
(bpm)
30-Mar-09 1 0:29:41 7.44 15.0 551 +433 -423  2.9 154
23-Mar-09 2 2:38:42 40.16 15.2 3,128 +2,919 -2,922  4.7 162
16-Mar-09 2 1:54:40 31.33 16.4 2,412 +1,633 -1,637  3.4 165
09-Mar-09 1 0:54:37 13.89 15.3 1,021 +1,092 -1,099  3.9 161
02-Mar-09 3 3:26:22 43.69 12.7 4,288 +3,421 -3,372  3.4 152
YTD
36 25:27:00 398.48 15.7 31,970 +10,149 -10,111  2.6 155

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