Back in the Saddle


Well, the week is almost out and I've not yet accomplished my goal of finding and joining a gym. I did get in a quick bike ride today that gave me a real taste of what it might be like to ride in my new-found sporty self. I was able to ride the 4 miles from my house to the Art Museum trail in under 20 minutes - riding 2 & 1/2 miles on the busy streets and the last 1 & 1/2 mile or less on the trail leading up to the Art Museum Loop. I then made it up to East Falls Bridge - clocking in 8 miles under 40 minutes. I stopped for a rest, snack and water before turning around and heading back to the City. I stopped in town to visit with a friend. My mileage was at 14 miles in about an hour, which is about what my average speed on my bike odometer read. Riding at an average clip of 12 to 15 miles an hour is a personal best so far, not enough to qualify me for any sort of record, but it gives me a goal o work towards on the biking part of my triathlon. If conditions had been ideal, less winds, cars and cold, I think I can ride the 16 to 17 mile round trip from my house, up to the Art Museum and around the loop in under an hour. My short-term goal to build up to in the next month is to be able to ride the loop twice in half an hour and still have enough strength to make it home. One piece of this physical transformation at a time I suppose.

On the weight loss front, I am noticing changes in my physique that have more to do with the biking then with any further losses. I suppose toning up while loosing weight slowly is key to making your appearance improve, even if the numbers aren't coming off me as rapidly as I would like. The small changes I find happening to me on a daily basis are at times surprising and at other times shocking. Like tonight - I nearly lost my biking shorts as they were falling off me when I stopped riding and got off my bike. I bought them when I lost about 12-15 pounds and now they are just swimming on me. They aren't the skin tight ones, they're the kind that look like regular shorts with the biking shorts and padding underneath. I usually wear them over a pair of winter biking tights. I'm not quite ready to run or ride around in the traditional biking shorts or tights -my body isn't ready to do a Ned Flanders in his ski suite impression just yet. "It feels like I'm wearing nothing at all!" It's certainly fun to go shopping for new clothes and gear, but this expense can also be a burden. Ah - to have such a problem! I'll take it!

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