Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fat & Slow

... and doing something about it.

Gahhh. I rode with some friends up Mt. Hamliton on Saturday and I was simply awful. Slow, lethargic, so much so that I couldn't even reach the freakin' summit. Well, to be more precise, I didn't want to reach the freakin' summit. I was tired!

Then I got on the scale the next day. 160 pounds - double gahhhh.

I'm tired of being the last one up the climbs all the time. It's time to do something about it.

I dug out my long distance cycling book and my RBR book and did some web surfing, and it's becoming apparent that I need to build up my strength this winter, especially my leg strength.

So, I'm starting a resistance training program. I came across a nifty site called SparkPeople which has a good exercise database, and together with my books and web searches I set up a training plan that hopefully I can stick to & will show some results. I'm not using any weights at the moment, but maybe at some point I'll incorporate light dumbells.

SparkPeople also has a food tracking function similar to Weight Watchers online. I'm going to use this to keep track of what I eat. Maybe I can get under 150 lbs once and for all -- a girl can hope.


spingineer said...

Hang in there, Jo. I'd be interested to see how that works out for you. I think we all deal with some sort of "last one up the hill" issues, and I am certainly not the exception. I sometimes wonder how long they wait for me at the top of the hill.

Pete aka Taxi777 said...

Consider this my first form letter to my friends:

So here we go...I'm very lazy tonight:


* Chris Phipps Elite Racing
* M.E. Rider
* Knubby Blog
* Phoebe
* Cathys Art
* Ron's Chronicle
* Curtis Corlew
* daniellemusto
* Diablo Scotts History of Klein!
* Jack aka Batillog Blog
* Jo's Blogs Randonneur Girl
* JonsBiking
* Namrita
* Robertas Blog and weather too!

It's become my nightly habit of going through my bloglinks and seeing what everyone is up to! Somewhat like sitting around the dinner table and hearing what everyone did today. I just realized how much I really enjoy this...I feel like I'm in a big "orphanage" Thanks for the entertainment...seriously! You guys are interesting and fun.

and "please sir I want more"...Oliver Twisted...

Ok...that's it...Really! Pete

Oh one more thing Jo...Intervals My speed has really gone way up I mean 2 to 3 mph on the same hills. twice a week 6X30 seconds up hill intervals!

Rosscott said...

Thanks for the link to The System! -Rosscott