First off an apology, I kind of posted an ran yesterday and never replied to all of the good wishes, kind words and congratulations from everyone on here and on my Facebook page. So sorry about that.
I had meetings all day out of the office yesterday up until about 2130hrs. Crap, but what can you do? So I'm sorry for my silence!
Yesterday as you might guess was very manic, I had an off road pedal early doors around the Lickeys and the canal to Alvechurch which was my last chance to rack up leisure miles for Phill's 100m challenge. I finished on 163.31 miles. All off road on a MTB. Pleasingly I did a total of 579.31 miles for the month which means I won my own little competition, that of being the highest mileage fat biker in the race. I knew that JB and Red would run off with the competition if they entered, and annoyingly they did! But they're not fat and struggle with every pedal rotation, so yah boo sucks etc! No, only joking, they're both great blokes who I'm honoured to say I've met and pedalled with. But by the cringe are they fit! I have some way to go to get where they are.
On the weight challenge, I failed, I wanted a 5 stone loss by yesterday but I came up 2 Ibs short. I can honestly say I did my best though!
My stats for the pedal here:
Started: 30 Jun 2010 05:46:39
Ride Time: 1:18:03
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 12.86 miles
Average: 9.88 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 35.97 miles/hr
Climb: 377 feet
And route here:
Just to keep everything nice and tidy, this was my pedal home on Tuesday evening. Nothing to report on that.
Started: 29 Jun 2010 15:04:22
Ride Time: 46:16
Stopped Time: 0:14
Distance: 11.63 miles
Average: 13.48 miles/hr
Fastest Speed: 33.21 miles/hr
Climb: 571 feet
As you can see it was a slow one, ok I had my daysack loaded, but the ride felt very fatigued. It was my last commute until next Thursday. I'm taking a week off the bike to rest up. It is a scheduled rest. I always come back feeling good and rejuvanted and itching to get back on the bike. I'd seriously consider adding scheduled rest into whatever programs you're following.
Also yesterday morning before my meetings I went to the Docs for my 6 monthly blood pressure and check up. As I've mentioned before I take daily meds to keep the BP down, but I ran out last Wednesday and I made a conscious decision not to get any more until I saw the Doc for my check up. I certainly don't recommend you do that by the way if you're on meds of any description.
My reasoning was that my BP reading would be a true unassisted one. It would be a good benchmark. Well, my BP was normal and he took it about 5 times. The upshot is that tomorrow I need a blood test and I have to go back next week to see if I can come off the meds or have the dosage reduced.
I can only explain the reduction in my BP to my new way of life. Regular excercise on the bike, lower body weight and a healthy diet. Nothing amazing or remarkable about it.
On the advice of James the tricky sadistic northerner of the 22 stone cyclist Blog, I am actually going to load my Bergan (army rucksack) with 4 stones 12 Ibs of kit and go for a pedal. He says it's a great illustration of what you were like pre pedalling, or when in my case I did my first canal 6 mile commute.
So a week off the bike then. I'll still be exercising, only I'll be doing upper body stuff. Press ups, pull ups and core exercises such as the plank and various sit ups. As a rugby player (ex player now) I always had quite a big upper body and arms. My arms now look like bingo winged pipe cleaners and you can see bone around my shoulders. Wifey is not impressed. Now I'm not saying that I'll get my rugby playing physique back, but I intend to get some of the old muscle back. Also strengthening my core will help my permanently aching back. I'll continue with the upper body stuff permanently now as part of my daily routine. I'll do it immediately when I get in from work, no messing, get it done. If I sit down and relax then it won't happen.
I'll still Blog while I'm off the bike, though even though I'm guessing there'll be very little bike stuff other than maintenance type info.
Thanks again for the big ups yesterday and again sorry for silence!