“…Man this feels good. …fast, smooth, smile… Come on pops, Keep going… You can do it!… Fast, smooth, smile… I’m cruising today. FAST, smooth,smi–Oooowwww – Thunk!”
Thoughts of Scott while cycling Tuesday, Aug 10
Wow, It took a nice nasty crash to knock a blog post out of me. Yes, after owning a bicycle since March 2010, I finally crashed. I have a hybrid bicycle that’s more of a road bike with skinny tires. Those skinny tires sure do not like to take packed gravel turns too fast. I came up on some loose gravel while trying to fly/ride home to get to my son’s T-ball game on time. I was riding what felt fast for me on these types of trails, but I felt in control. Then my wheels just slid out. I felt my legs scrape, man hands braced the fall. I’m kind of glad I chose not to buy cycling shoes this year. I think it could have been much worse.
I’m also terribly glad I had my helmet on. My head hit the ground really solid. In fact, I broke my helmet. (Do these things have warranties?) Right now, I’m trying to keep my computer clean from my scraped up hands.
I’ve neglected blog posting this summer a lot. I’ve been active on twitter and I still read tons of blogs through google reader and instapaper. While reading, It seems like I’m not the only one in a funk:
About the only dude fitness blogger not going through this summer funk is: Ryan. He’s been a blogging / twittering machine. Yet, he reminds us not to compare which is exactly what I’m doing right now.
Why is it that the women fitness bloggers seem so prolific in their sharing of food and activities, but us guys just seem to be going through funks? Does it have anything to do with the female fitness and food bloggers are more a community? I don’t see guys chatting and hanging out much on twitter talking about fitness. Is fitness really a female type topic? Or, am I just not following and interacting properly on twitter? Then again, if you look at who I am following on twitter, many of them are tech guys who may or may not be writing code as we speak.
For me, this has been a year of action. I’ve been working out a ton. I’m two and half weeks away from my Olympic Distance Triathlon. I feel good. I feel rather nervous especially since I haven’t really followed a specific workout plan. My plan has been and is to swim, run, bike as far and as fast as I can as often as I can while throwing in some weight workouts on those rainy days. Of course, I listen to my body and take breaks when I feel I need it. I’ve been good for a minimum of 3 days a week. Many weeks have been 6 workouts a week. Recently, its been more like 4 days a week. Running is just not my strong suit these days. I can do it. I run about 5.5 miles consistently at 8:40 minutes/mile. I’d just rather be biking or swimming. Swimming is fun, but I am probably about average speed. I know next year (Doh! – did I just commit to doing Triathlons next year too), I’m going to have to work on my speed interval workouts.
While I have been very active, I have to admit, my eating habits have not improved. All my exercising just gives me more freedom to eat what I want when I want it. Of course, with all the exercise I’ve been doing, I have lost a little bit of weight. I’m averaging about 176 pounds a day. Which is great considering at the beginning of the year, I was over 192 pounds a day. I feel my waist is thinner since my jeans are too big, and my belt needs to be as tight as I can make it, but I still have some belly fat that many of the experts say is so detrimental to our health even if you exercise. I know it is directly related to my eating habits. I’d like to lose about 16 more pounds. We’ll see if I can reign in my eating habits.
So, I’m still in a blogger’s hide out for a while. I will write more. I’ll definitely do some follow-up after I do my triathlon. I have some thoughts on triathlon preparation. I just want to stay active, get sleep, and be action focused!