Here we go…

I’m all in.  I think.

Tuesday was a big day for me.  I finally bought a “new” bike: Last year’s Cannondale Supersix 4, which I think means a bunch of cool things.  I think.  The guy I bought it from said he tried to ride a little, but couldn’t keep up with his friends… So he ditched the effort.  I’m happy to take it off his hands!

Not the coolest picture, but whatever.

Not the coolest picture, but whatever.

This week I registered for the Hotter’n Hell 100 ride in Wichita Falls in late August.  Typically the hottest days of the year in the hottest part of the country, this 100 mile ride is one of the biggest in the country, pulling in something like 14,000 cyclists.  Last year, however, it was 94 degrees the whole day.  There was a strong south wind which blew in our faces for 20 straight miles, but… the temperature wasn’t so bad.  However, I took a LONG time.  I spent 6 hours riding and 2 hours chatting it up at rest stops, for a grand total of just over 8 hours.

2012 HHH Route

Here was the route last year from my iPhone app… Apparently lots of complaints about it so they’re changing back.

This year, I want to do better.  What most people might consider an ally of mine is my biggest foe: I have a very high metabolism, even at 34.  Although its nice to be this age and still have abs, my burn rate is so high that it is hard to bike long distances in the heat without constant refueling.

I think this is the only picture I took last year.  Idiot.

I think this is the only picture I took last year. Idiot.

Or so I thought.

This year I am employing the help of some nutrition enthusiasts – a couple from my gym who is offering a this to interested people.  They’ve worked out a meal plan and are willing to tailor it to my “special needs” (I guess not many people in their mid thirties wouldn’t mind putting on some weight).  So, although I am starting some real training with my new toy, I’m also monitoring my diet and making adjustments.

I’ve been doing what I call “paleo lite” for a while.  I don’t like bread and dairy, so that wasn’t an issue.  I follow the diet mostly during the day, and go out as I want – I would say altogether I follow the diet an honest 70%.  So… the adjustments:

So far the biggest ones that I haven’t done yet are:

  1. Hydration.  For my level of output (crossfit 3 times a week, one long ride, one short): 1 oz. of water per pound of body weight.  Currently I’m between 160 and 165.   That.  Is.  A. Lot.
  2. Fat intake: I have been very low on fat intake, especially the last few years.  but naturally I never did eat a lot of fat.  As it turns out, that may be why I can be so damned moody when I don’t eat.  This adjustment may save lives – time will tell.
  3. Protein intake.  I thought I ate a lot of meat.  I didn’t really realize it, but I guess my output is sort of high.  Again, I will have a goal of one gram of protein per pound of body weight per day.  First off, I don’t even know how many grams of protein are in anything.  Second, holy crap.
Maybe that will do.  Via

Maybe that will do. Via

So here we go.  I have a set date, a lousy time to beat, and a full-on experiment on how diet might change my performance.  I’ll probably end up training more, too.  If I keep writing about this stuff, I’ll probably push myself hard enough to keep doing it… Maybe I won’t fall off of the wagon in September!  Wish me luck.

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New projects, finishing school, and the MS160

I really wanted to have some good momentum on this blog this year, but it has faded… badly.  I can’t really point to being lazy though – I’ve definitely got a lot going on for the beginning half of the year…  I have landed some decent sized projects which has greatly increased my workload, am finishing my last semester at the University of North Texas, and will be riding in the MS160 on April 30 to May 1.

Instead of boring the five people a day who visit this site with the other details, I will use this seldom-visited blog as a platform to shamelessly ask for donations and do some updating on “training.”

If you would like to donate, please do so through this link.  You can also find me on Facebook here.

Last Saturday was the second time we have “trained” for the event.  Travel and work have kept us away, but about three weeks ago we got a road bike for my girlfriend off of Craig’s List – a decent Trek that had almost never been ridden.  I have a Cannondale I bought in 1999 and I’m pretty jealous, actually.  The first time we headed out to White Rock Lake in Dallas and did a quick lap around the lake, which is a little less than 10 miles.  This past Saturday, we did it twice.  I’m in a lot better shape than I was when I actually was cycling, so its nice to be on the bike with a better body.  Anyway, I have an app for my phone called Log Your Ride.  I have another called Log Your Run by the same company.  It keeps track of you via GPS and gives you a lot of cool data on it.  WordPress.com doesn’t support java scripts, so I have to do this the hard way… click on the map below for a link to the site, but this graphic gives you a pretty good idea of the ride.

This was two times around the lake, by the way – we took a quick break after one lap.   I’ll be posting updates as we go along.  Hopefully next time I can remember to take a picture or two.

As for today, I will be headed to Dallas CrossFit and I have not been in a while.  The workout only consists of heavy kettle bell swings and double-unders, but I know it will kill me, especially because I have not been in a while. It needs to regain priority.  Hopefully I can get in a run tomorrow morning, but we’ll see how my calves react to all of the jump roping.