Where did all the links go?

March 13, 2007 at 8:17 am | Posted in Geek | Comments Off on Where did all the links go?

I have decided to spread the link love elsewhere.  I have decided to  keep this blog to the self-indulgent stuff I intended it to be.  You can find the links here.

Gotta Love Unseasonably Warm

March 13, 2007 at 3:01 am | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on Gotta Love Unseasonably Warm

Thanks to a very gracious wife, I was able to take advantage of the very warm (upper 60’s) temperatures to get in a long outside ride on a week night.  I went out for a little over 3 hours and rolled through Belleville, Ypsilanti, and Plymouth as I covered 42 miles on my mountain bike.  The ride started into the wind and the wind didn’t really let up until the ride turned north in Ypsilanti.  It felt really good to be out in the nice weather.  Now I just can’t wait for spring thaw to be over and to be able to ride on the trails.

I Got To Go Outside!!!!!

March 10, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Sports | Comments Off on I Got To Go Outside!!!!!

I was so excited by today’s soaring (55 degrees) temperatures because I was able to go for a ride outside.  Unfortunately, A minor household disaster delayed the start of my ride a few hours so I could only go 2 hours and 19 minutes instead of my planned 4 hours.  The only water on the roads was from snow melt.  You can see my ride here

Wow! Stunningly Simple but True

March 5, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in General | 2 Comments

nakedpastor is part of my daily reading now.  I came across this and it just really struck me in it’s simplicity and truth.  Issues Aren’t Obstacles, But The Finish Line.  My favorite quote: “working on our issues so that we could achieve a perfect marriage was
misdirected. We realized, with joy, that working on our issues IS marriage.”

Point Five » Murtha Demands: Please Bring Our Troops Home Where We Can Spit On Them

February 20, 2007 at 7:18 am | Posted in General | 1 Comment

Wow, I am glad to see more and more people demonstrate how clearly wrong the Democrat Party is on the War on Terror.  This is funny because it is rooted in the truth.  Point Five » Murtha Demands: Please Bring Our Troops Home Where We Can Spit On Them

Hat Tip:  Gina Cobb (Great Cartoon on this post as well.)

Have I Lost My Mind?

February 7, 2007 at 2:39 pm | Posted in General | Comments Off on Have I Lost My Mind?

As I mentioned earlier , I signed up for the Lifetime Fitness Indoor Triathlon. I really started training for the Swimming part of the triathlon basically the week of 1/25/07. The first time I had been lap swimming in over 16 years. Wow, did I underestimate how difficult that was. I did manage to swim a quarter mile (16 lengths in a 64 length/mile pool) in 13:26. That includes time spent at the end of the pool gasping for breath. My goals are relatively simple. I hope to survive the swim, at or near the top on the bike and middle of the pack on the run. Hopefully, I won’t lose so much in the pool that I can’t make middle of the pack.

My weight has finally started a downward trend. I weighed in today at 244 pounds. Here is a picture of me in a Cyclocross Race at about 10 pounds lighter wearing a baggy jersey to hide the stomach that prevents me from getting on the drops of my road bike.
 
Cyclocross - 2005 at Waterford

I don’t know how much I can lose before the triathlon, but I sure am trying.  A brief recap of my year

Year to Date (2/7/2007)
Cycling: (All on the Trainer) 13:54:27 – 208.33 miles
Running:  (Treadmill) 2:27:45 – 14.93 miles
Swimming:  0:53:47 – 1600 meters

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

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