Almost did it

I about started belting out “She Talks to Angels” from the Black Crowes at work while listening in my headphones. Maybe I need to adjust my telework agreement some more.

Don’t make me come up with a title

I’m listening to Nathaniel Ratliff on my iPhone with the stock ear buds. It is totally fulfilling; such crappy audio quality. All my good headphones are at home. This is the down side to having to go into work.

My ride went ok last week. 20 miles and my legs were toasted after having lifted the day before. Consistency breeds results. Needless to say, I haven’t ridden since. I actually am excited about riding this year. I’ll have to get out over lunch on Wednesday with the nice weather. I’m ready for all the group rides to get fired up. It’s nice riding in a group, although I’m usually sucking so much wind I don’t have a lot of conversations.

We have a big weekend coming up. Going to hit up the aquarium, Melting Pot, and we have a big basketball game (KU-OU). That’s the bigger, orange ball for all my MU friends (that aren’t on probation). Oh yea, I went there.

That’s it for now. I’m ready for winter to go elsewhere.

Like Australia.

I wasn’t going to post

Somehow I found my way on to my own site. I’m exhausted, but Penny is watching some Nicholas Sparks movie in bed, so I’m sitting at my computer nursing some bourbon and charging my lights/Garmin for the ride tomorrow.

I haven’t been on the bike for like 4 months. Something like that. I’m thinking tomorrow will be super hard, especially since the last time I checked it’s supposed to be a cat 3 hurricane. At least I’m a little lighter and definitely stronger than the last time I rode, although I did dead lifts and other leg torture movements today during my training session. Should be fun. I hope I don’t suck a hole in the ozone.

The house is coming together nicely. It’s almost to the point where I don’t feel obliged to talk about it, although a great amount of our coin and Penny’s thinking is going towards making it look nice. That kind of stuff is over my head, although I am weighing in on almost every decision. I even have said “no” to a few things. That just isn’t like me. I must be getting angry in my old age.

Speaking of peeing your pants, Penny keeps reminding me I’m turning 40 this year. Cheese and rice, that’s a pretty good mark in one’s life. It doesn’t seem like I’ve been around that long, but there sure has been a lot of stuff happen and I’ve done a lot myself. I’ve been unfairly blessed, that’s for sure.

I opened another tab and got distracted by facebook, so now all my momentum for this post is gone. I’ll be rooting for the Broncos tomorrow, and as expected, AB will be rooting for the opposite team of me. Hopefully Peyton can finish with a great game, but it’ll be a hard one with dem Panthers.

Well that was a long pause

Didn’t mean to leave for such a long time after the “big news”. I wouldn’t call it big news, unless you live under my roof. We’re moving, I’d say it’s pretty official at this point. There are still some things that could go belly up and call the whole deal off, but it is getting more likely we’ll finish and be moving over the Christmas holiday break.

As if Christmas isn’t stressful enough. It’s not really the holiday that is stressful, I mean it is a little bit, but it’s more being holed up with my wild ones for two weeks straight. I love them, but as any parent knows, a little bit goes a long ways when the kids are sugared up and over stimulated by all the toys. It can make for some interesting parental decisions.

Now if we couple that with a move, that oughta make for some big blowups. We’ll make it through, and hopefully be glad we did it a few weeks into January.

My training has been going “ok”. I went to Nashville and destroyed any semblance of a low-carb diet, and I’m struggling to fully get back on the plan. I’m doing better, but having the Fatty Trinity of T-Day, my birthday, and Xmas is going to try and bring me down. Plus I’m sure we’ll be boozing it up to cope with all the packing and moving. I’ll be excited to get back on the bike, as I haven’t spun a bit since the Berryman trip.

Time keeps ploughing on by, and we’re trying to watch as many movies as we can in the movie theater before we have to relinquish that. I think we’ll all miss it quite a bit, but I am 99% sure we aren’t going to build another one. I’ll have to see how good of a cinematic environment I can build with an open floor plan. I guess it’ll be a challenge, but we’re a few years off of that. Mama says we gotta decorate the new house, so I can’t get any more guitars or bikes next year. I guess that means I’ll actually have to practice with the guitars I have, and ride my old bikes into the ground. Either that or get a second job for fun money.

Anyway, I’m rambling at this point since I don’t have anything else earth shattering, which is fine with me. This move thing is more than enough.

Keeping on

That was a longer break than expected. Life has just been fairly busy, and seems to get busier as we approach the holidays.

So my MTB trip to Berryman was a hoot. It was great to reacquaint with some old friends and make some new ones as well. My legs were terrible throughout the trip though, as I just didn’t have enough miles on them, in particular MTB miles. I didn’t realize how different the muscle groups were. The good news is, the rest of me did well. Core strength and upper body strength were great and never got that tired. My heart rate was pretty low as well, so it was easy to see that my cycling muscles weren’t where they needed to be. The trails were in ripping good shape, and it was a lot of fun. It surprised me how much of the trail I remembered, especially given that it’s been probably around 18 years since I last rode the Berryman Trail.

My tent decided to leak during a mild rain the first night, so I pitched it in the trash on the way out of camp. It served it’s purpose, but it was a cheap walmart tent we had to buy in a pinch. Now I need another small tent. We have a huge tent, and that’s good for the family and/or when it’s hot. But when it’s cold, you want a small tent so you don’t have to warm up so much air space with your body heat/respiration.

Working out has been going pretty well. I’m making some good strides in the strength department, although going from weak to average isn’t really inspirational. All in good time I suppose. I’m down to about 193 pounds, and 16.9% body fat as of last Monday. I haven’t ate that great the last day or two, so I’m not expecting any sort of fat droppage this week.

One of my least favorite workouts are Single-leg RDLs. I had to look up what that meant…Romanian Dead Lifts. They aren’t that hard, but my hamstrings are on fire for 3-4 days after doing them. I guess I need to do them more. I hate them so much.

I’m afraid I haven’t been riding at all, which stinks, especially as winter is fast approaching. I need to get back on it!

There’s some other news in our lives, but we’ll see what happens with that. I won’t say more until things are more concrete.

No, we’re not pregnant. Jeesh.

Fat Bomb

That’s what I’m trying to make right now for fuel while I’m riding. Here’s the recipe: http://www.grassfedgirl.com/coconut-and-cinnamon-keto-fat-bombs-low-carb-paleo-dairy-free-gluten-free-sugar-free

It sure smells good, if nothing else. I still have a good bit to pack, and I’m a little wound up about it. I feel like everything is so important. It’s not like I can run around the corner to Target and get more batteries on this trip.

I met with Matt (my trainer) today, and I’ve lost another 0.9% body fat, bringing me down to 17.8% I think. I’ve lost 2.75 inches off my waist and put on 3 pounds of muscle since I’ve started. Melting some fat off is pretty cool, but putting muscle on is even cooler, especially given how little I’ve been lifting (2x a week). I probably will start stalling out a bit once I get to around 15% body fat, then we’ll have to change some things around. So far, so good!

I better get to bed so I can get up early (yuck) and finish packing, get the boys to school, and hit the road. Talk at you all in a few days.

Ramble on

198.8. That’s what the scale said. I’m pretty excited (as excited as I get), but know I’m still roughly half way to my goal.

Tomorrow is my nutritional counseling. I ate a freaking panini tonight, so that isn’t very good for the low-carb thing. I bet dollars to donuts my love-handles will measure high because of that. Mmmm…donuts.

Really what I’m interested it is getting my measurements right before and right after I go mountain biking in the Ozarks this weekend. I bet I’ll easily blow 10k calories this weekend riding, so that should be interesting to see what happens. Nutrition is going to be a challenge because I can’t just keep shoving powerbars and gu-shots down my pie-hole. We’ll see what my trainer has to say about that tomorrow. He’s big on coconut oil for energy, but I’m not sure how I’m going to roll around sipping coconut oil every 30 minutes. I can’t imagine what that will do to my GI, besides encourage further weight loss.

That’s it for now. Maybe I’ll post up before the trip, but we all know me, so probably not. I’ll have a massive post after I get back though.

Ride on.

late September already?

Time is flying by. May and September tend to be overwhelming in our house with the end and beginning of the school year, plus sports are going crazy too. I think we have a few more weeks of crazy, then a few weeks off, then the holidays are here. It’s easy to groan about how busy one can be, but that is what life should be like in some regards. The busy stuff is life. It’s the choices we make, and we can either embrace and enjoy or not. It’s easier to embrace and enjoy though when you have a free day every now and then.

AB had a hard soccer practice yesterday afternoon, then an hour off, then a baseball game. He played hard at the game, but you could tell he was dragging a bit. I had to wake him up today, which never happens. We didn’t get home last night until 10:30 because he had to eat a 2nd dinner.

Workouts have been going pretty well. We fried my hamstrings on Saturday, and while they are a lot better today, they still are a bit sore. I’m going out for a lunch ride to get some miles in before I go camping/riding next weekend at Berryman. I’m pretty excited for that, even though it will probably destroy me since I haven’t ridden on a trail all year. I’ll love it though, that place always brings back the memories.

I’m down to 18.7% body fat, so I’ve lost about 6.5% so far. I’d like to get down to 10%, and maybe do some more races next year. We’ll see. Racing isn’t very conducive to our nearly over-committed household, but I’d love to do some MTB racing and maybe go back to the Tour of Lawrence again. That was a fun crit and a great environment for the spectators. I’m not looking forward to renewing my USAC license though since I’m not a big believer in that organization, but that’s a different story for another time.

That’s it for now.

Politics, barely better than brussel sprouts.

With the debate occurring recently, I thought I’d take my voting quiz again. Here’s how it turned out:

And I thought I was more Republican than Democrat. It’s all those environmental issues that skew me towards the Dems, I tell ya! It sure isn’t a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
Ok, enough of that political crap. The country isn’t going to get better with any of those yahoos in the oval office. I think the best days of this country are behind us, honestly. It’ll be a long, slow fade before anyone says the US is completely defunct, but it sure seems like we’re heading that way quicker than we are heading towards a renaissance. I guess it’s natural to have a gov’t to have a limited lifecycle, but it’s tough to swallow when we have it beaten in our young heads that this is the greatest country in the world. History is written by the victors, I suppose.
All we can do is try to help each other out and remember that we are ALL on this rock floating through space. We have more commonalities than differences. We all want to be happy. Even Republicans.