Fitness for the Geek

January 24, 2007 at 10:16 am | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Ok, I believe I have already admitted to being a geek.  I am also attempting to get through my midlife crisis with Endurance Sports.  I have already signed up for an Indoor Triathlon at Lifetime Fitness.  I am also planning on competing in the 12 hour Mountain Bike Races this summer.  Being the geek that I am, I had to find a way to track my workouts and vital stats (at least my weight anyway).  I have found a number of sites to do this and I intend to review them here.

1.  FitDay

FitDay is a free Diet and Weight Loss Journal.  It is aimed at people looking to manage their weight.  It provides the ability to track food eaten, activities and weight.  However the activity tracking is limited and general.  For the geek, I prefer something that tracks more details regarding the activities.  There is a journal feature available.

2.  MotionBased

MotionBased is a activity tracker for those of you who use a GPS to track your workouts.  It does an awesome job of tracking almost every piece of data that can be pulled off the GPS.  The only thing I don’t like is that if you use the GPS to track activities where you don’t move, MotionBased cannot handle it.  You can see my logs here.

3.  weENDURE

weENDURE is a workout tracker that tracks specific workouts for Running, Swimming and Cycling (both outdoor and on a trainer).  I like this site, but the specificity limits it’s usefulness.  You can see my entries here

4.  traineo

traineo has the unique distinction of being a community based site.  It is intended to encourage those looking to lose weight with a community based approach.  The tracking is very general, much like fit day.  You can view my entries here.

Overall, The web based tracking sites are adequate, but the Garmin Training Center included with my Garmin Edge 305 is my main tracking solution.  I guess I need to start my own tracking site if I really want to put what I want in.


The Most Important Lesson – It Is Not About Me

January 17, 2007 at 9:38 am | Posted in General | Comments Off on The Most Important Lesson – It Is Not About Me

I was listening to my Rush Limbaugh podcast this morning and he was talking about yet another story where someone tried to force someone else to do something because they were “offended.”  This just triggered the thought in my head of how many “offenses” would be unnoticed if more people realized that “It is not about me.”  This is not isolated to a certain segment of the population.  It manifests itself in the Christian community as being offended by someone saying “Happy Holidays.”  I bring this up because it is the Christian community that should most know better.

In an “It’s all about me” world, it is easy to be offended because anything that anyone else does that disagrees with my world view is offensive to me.  For example, the story Rush was talking about was a school bus driver wearing a Santa hat that offended a 10 year old who doesn’t believe in Santa.  In the “All about me (and my 10 year old child) world” it was a reasonable thing to go to the Bus company and ask that the driver remove his hat because obviously the driver put on the hat to offend the 10 year old. 

The easy thing to say is that in a Godless world, it is much easier to assume the “It is all about me” attitude.  It is much more difficult to see how this has crept into the Christian culture.  Pastor Rick Warren starts “A Purpose Driven Life” with “It is not about you.”  Every Christian knows in their head that it is not about them, the trick is getting that into their hearts. 

I think a great role model for this is The President of the United States, George W. Bush.  A man who the mere fact that he is President offends many people has been able to show the World that he sees the bigger picture.  I have never heard the President talk about the truly offensive comments made about him.  Instead, he recognizes that his job is not about him.

I kinda make fun of myself in that this Blog is all about me, and it is to a point.  However, I do recognize that life in general is not about me.  It makes life a lot more pleasant to live in when everything is not about me.

The Year Rolls on and I am actually making it to my workouts!!!

January 10, 2007 at 9:05 am | Posted in General | Comments Off on The Year Rolls on and I am actually making it to my workouts!!!

Today was another successful trip to the Gym to work out.  I have done some form of workout according to plan with the exception of January 2nd.  Today I ran for 10 minutes at 6 mph (yes, I ran for 1 mile.)

My totals for 2007 so far:

Cycling – Trainer 3:09:53 – 47.94 miles
Running – Treadmill 0:45:31 –  4.4 miles
Weight Training – 2:01:35

The Bad News is I still weighed in at 249.

2006 Cycling Miles

January 4, 2007 at 1:34 pm | Posted in General | 2 Comments

Here is a summary of the Miles I rode in 2006 as recorded on my Garmin Edge 305.

Road Bike: 174.46 Miles (10 hours 16 minutes)
Mountain Bike: 450.90 Miles (46 hours 54 minutes)
Cyclocross: 5.55 Miles (36 minutes)
Total: 630.91 Miles (57 hours 47 minutes)
Trainer and other workouts: 281.66 (38 hours)
Grand Total: 912.57 Miles (94 hours 46 minutes)

Other interesting numbers:

Maximum Speed:
35.2 mph
Maximum Heart Rate: 190 bpm (not bad for a 40 year old)
Calories Burned: 80,026 (and I gained 20 pounds in 2006 😦 )
Total Ascent: 33,746 feet (6.4 miles)
Total Decent: 33,828 feet

It will be interesting to look back on this next year.

This post was inspired by Matt McCluskey and Robert Herriman

A Week On A Week Off

January 3, 2007 at 9:32 am | Posted in General | Comments Off on A Week On A Week Off

Well the holidays made everything crazy.  I did managed to get a good outdoor ride in the day after Christmas.  I road my Mountain Bike on the road.  You can see the GPS data for my ride here.  Then I just sat around an played with the new PS2 my daughter got for Christmas.  I did get some cardio in playing Dance Dance Revolution but I really like the sports games like Madden 07 and Tiger Woods 07

I tried to get an interval workout in yesterday morning only to find my Road Bike, that is currently on the Trainer needed a little mechanical work.  (Amazing how much better a bike works with a lubed chain.) 

This morning I managed to get a short run (7 minutes @ 7mph) on a treadmill before my upper body workout this morning at Lifetime Fitness.  Hopefully, I can keep up the workouts.  I weighed in at 251 today — not good.

My first planned race is April 15th, a 10 mile moutain bike time trial at Pontiac Lake. I won the Beginner Clydesdale Class here in 2005. I will race Sport this year and hopefully not slow down the womens classes too much.

Goodbye, Son: A Soldier’s Last Words to His Infant Son

January 2, 2007 at 6:53 am | Posted in General | Comments Off on Goodbye, Son: A Soldier’s Last Words to His Infant Son

If you are looking for a good cry, take a look at this.  I couldn’t make it through the full Times article.  I will have to go back later to read this fully.

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