Reaching for Goals
Yesterday morning I stated that my goal for the day was a 35-mile ride. Didn’t do it. I started off to do it but I didn’t. I did 40 miles.
The route I followed climbed for two of the first 2.3 miles. A long climb to be sure and as I reached the top, not having walked a single step of it, I felt good. Not great. I felt good. It was a heck of a way to loosen the legs up.
This was the Kinnelon Road climb that kicked me a few weeks ago. I kicked it this week.
After a brief rest stop at the 15 mile mark in the town of Denville I headed off to Mountain Lakes and Boonton. As I sprinted down Vreeland Avenue in Boonton I glimpsed at the cycle computer and saw a speed of 43.6 miles per hour. I would later learn I had topped out at over 45 miles per hour. I love that!
It was as I crossed in to Montville Township, the town in which I grew up, that I decided I had more than enough in the tank to stretch the ride another 5 miles. Up Horseneck Road I went. Another long climb but the last significant climb of the ride. I have ridden Horseneck each of the last three weekends and I rode it faster yesterday than the previous two and that after 20+ miles of riding. Feeling stronger….
The rest of the ride was fun, comfortable, fast, easy riding. As I pulled in to my driveway I hit 40.1 miles on the cycle computer and 40.8 on the GPS. Always a little extra on the GPS…
I averaged 14.8 miles per hour on a very hilly ride. The speed of the downhill never makes up for the lack of speed on the climb.
I feel good today. The legs are tired but I feel strong. I am getting ready shortly for a 22 mile ride with the local bike shop and this will give me the 60 mile weekend I was looking for.
With the 40 miles yesterday I am confident that I am physically ready for the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York on May 5.
Yes You Can
A few days ago a chubby man told me that he can’t lose weight. He has tried everything. Nothing works.
I don’t know this fellow. We just ended up in conversation as I was doing some work and he said it was a good thing I was thin (!) because a man his size could never do what I was doing. I told him I used to be every bit as big as he is. I showed him the picture. He was stunned (his words) that the two people in the picture were one and the same man. That was when he told me he couldn’t lose weight.
I didn’t have the time to detail the steps I went through. I had to get the job done and then get back on the road. I did give him the link to this blog. I hope he is reading it. I somehow doubt that he is.
Simply put you can lose weight. There is no magic in the human body that stop the weight loss from happening forever. Eat less and move more and you will lose weight. It may bounce up and down. It may stop for a while, what some call a plateau and I call stagnation, but it will come off.
You can lose weight. It may be, in fact it WILL BE, hard work but you can do it.
There is one key to it all: You have to really want to lose weight. You have to be willing to change. It will not happen through diet pills. It will not happen with fad diets. It will happen because you decided that change has to happen NOW. It will happen because you change the way you eat, the foods you eat, the amount you eat and the reasons you eat.
Yes you can lose weight.