Friday, July 25, 2014

Day 532 - Riding The Dam and Cervélo Status!

July 24, 2014             236.4 lbs

So yesterdays blog got some measure of attention.  .  .  or it got a lot of hits!  Today I had an hour and a half ride on the schedule. The Boss wanted some more saddle time so we went to Hansen Dam.

I showed her a few things to help minimize her crashing but mostly we went over changing gears. Of course she immediately stopped listening to me.   .   .  sigh.   .   .

My Cervélo is still at Triathlon Lab getting all the add on stuff installed, new Ultegra cassette, water bottle cages, etc.  Tomorrow, we go to get properly fitted at the Lab. Can't wait!

Until tomorrow my friends!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Day 531 - A Boy And His Cervelo P2.

July 23, 2014          235.0 lbs

Hello everyone! I have been officially declared M.I.A.! The job I have been on that is taking all my time was to end today, except due to a problem now will go a few more.

So what has been up the last couple of weeks? Not a heck of a lot other than working hard. I trained when I could, trying my best to do the long rides and swims. My right heel is still not healed up but I am out of time. I have to run.

In the last few weeks, The Boss has started to show interest in riding with me. We went out to Encanto Park last Saturday to see how she would like riding. Unfortunately, her piece of crap, sub $100.00 Walmart special mountain bike didn't impress her. Especially because she couldn't change gears! The shifter had busted since she last rode the bike. By the time e got back to the car, she was open to the idea of a new bike. Today, we headed down to Triathlon Lab and picked one up for her!

 She got a brand spanking new Felt ZW100! My dream of riding together is becoming a reality. She has even been looking at cycling jerseys online. (We got her some good Castelli riding shorts before going to the park last Saturday.) It will be nice to get out there together. Next up for her is some clip in shoes and pedals.

That just about sums it up. Oh wait, there was one more thing.   .   .

I GOT MY BIKE!!! My beloved Cervélo P2 58cm. I had them put on a different cassette, an Ultegra 11-28 to help me out with any climbing. I also have the installing the water bottle set up I like with the addition of the "torpedo" system in the front.

I go in Friday to get properly fitted and all the stuff installed. WWAAAHHHHHOOOOO!!! Just taking it for a spin around the parking lot was very cool! Can't wait to take it out for this Saturdays long ride.

Well that is it for now, until tomorrow my friends!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Day 516 - Testing, Testing!

July 8, 2014

Woke up early at 5:00 am today so that I could get to Santa Monica by 7:30 am for an appointment at Phase IV again. 

I had a resting metabolic rate test done. This is where they measure your breathing for 24 minutes to determine how much fat or carbs you are burning when resting. The test also shows exactly what your caloric needs are and what kind of metabolism you have. 
What I learned was that I need about 2500 calories to lose weight and that I am currently burning about 60% carbs and 40% fat at rest. I was told that by eating a little more protein during the day, I could up the ratios to 50% carbs and 50% fat. And by eating more, we are not talking about eating meat for me, we are talking about an extra serving of plant based protein powder. That is all. I am no where even close to being protein defecient. I believe that by eating raw, I naturally discovered fell into the correct calorie range and that is why I started to lose the weight. Also, I burn more efficiently, the food I eat.
The other thing that I learned that was pretty shocking was that my metabolism is in faster range again. This really took me by surprise as my metabolism has been losing the snails race for a couple decades! Eating raw and training has finally sped up my metabolic rate. And lastly, I was told that if I ate less than those 2500 calories, then my body would go into survival mold and hold onto the fat.

Well that's it for now. I know the post have been sparse the last couple weeks and I apologize loyal readers. My work schedule has affected my training to and it is making me crazy not getting out there. The plantar fasciitis is still an issue but it's improving. If it's not better by Tuesday, I'm going to run anyways! Until tomorrow my friends.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Day 514 - Rollin', Rollin', Rollin' and Swimming!!!

July 6, 2014       235.4 lbs.

Hey guys, sorry for being MIA! I have more work now than I can take and have been underwater for a couple weeks now.

First let me give a shout out to my new sponsor! Thanks for the rollers Matt! These are some very nice rollers and effective tools for active release. If you are training, you want to be rollin'. The day I got them I rolled my plantar fasciitis foot over the small one and it immediately felt better! Give them some attention.

My plantar fasciitis is better but not 100%. I am itching to get out and run though. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Emotionally, I feel.  .  .  strange. The only way to describe it is, I feel like my soul is being turned inside out. Now, I know that sounds strong, but I actually mean it in a good way! It's very weird and I think it is related to eating raw food somehow. I just feel "lifted up" in a weird way. At the same time, I seem to be very sensitive to negativity. I can't really explain further. I know this is going to sound hippy drippy or metaphysical or something like that, but I feel like the energy inside my body is changing. And I am not even into vibrational energy or metaphysical stuff personally. It is just how I feel.

Today I swam in Alamitos Bay with my new buddy Roland Valdez who brought a friend whom introduced himself as "Dio." At witch point I had to suppress an urge to make "devil horns" with my hands, stick out my tongue and bang my head.

 Of course, Dio was a swimmer since high school and took off, not to be seen again until the end.

 I had 3500 yards assigned which is 1.9 miles. Water felt great. My wetsuit is still chaffing the heck out of my neck even though I used both Body Glide and Bag Balm! I have marks all around my neck now!  .  .  Sigh  .  .  .

At the end of the swim, I like to take a few minutes and just float and connect with the water. Movement is life and the ocean is nothing but. I spent a few moments hovering like I was Iron Man or some kind of superhero taking it all in and being at peace. With the sun going down casting the palm trees in silhouette and me gently drifting in the warm water,  I was content.

Until tomorrow my friends.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Day 509 - Weight Loss Check In.

July 1, 2014                  234.8 lbs

Not much of a post today as my plantar fasciitis is still acting up and today is a run day. I just wanted to mention that I passed the 235 lb barrier today in my weight loss. WHAAAHHHOOOOO!!!

Until tomorrow my friends,

Day 507 - Measuring Effort In The Big Blue.

June 29, 2014             235.8 lbs

Big swim Sunday! Well, only 3000 yards. But 2000 were timed at race pace.

I was going to meet up with Roland Valdez, but got caught up with errands so I ended up getting to Alamitos Bay in the early evening. 

The water was great and I got to stretch out and work on my technique. The swim area that is buoyed off is .25 of a mile each length, which is perfect . I did my time trail in 2000 yards = 43:40.

One thing that is becoming a problem is the chafing from my current wetsuit.

A friend on Instagram mentioned Bag Balm to help soothe and heal it so I'm trying it out. I also received my stretching device to help with my plantar fasciitis. We will see what happens.

That is it for now. Until tomorrow my friends.