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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-17-09, 10:28 PM   #1
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Another update from Boston

Hey all, sorry for the delay between posts. I've been pretty busy with the wedding just a month away, and settling in to work. Plus, we've been working out pretty hard for the past few weeks, with our next (my fiancees first) triathlon just a month away.

We've been riding, running, or swimming (and often two of the 3) several days a week. Took a few days off last week to do some other stuff, but we've basically been getting in between a minimum of 50 miles a week, and still managing to swim a little open water before our gym membership starts in a couple weeks.

I haven't made a ton of progress in terms of actual pounds lost, but I am definitely building a better body. The swimming has brought me a lot of upper body strength which I expect to grow even more when I'm swimming 5 or 6 days this winter in the pool. I've lost a few pounds in preparation for the wedding, and Im going to try to drop another 10, which should be easy.

It'd be easier if we werent trying out all the new restauarants by where we live. I've had to work out pretty hard to burn off all the damn food LOL. Especially the number of desert and burger joints around here. Ive found some healthy stuff (Berryline is a fat guys desert heaven, plenty of low cal healthy choices with fresh fruit) and some less than healthy stuff (UBurger makes some damn fine meat).

But the big news is that I can run now. Not for long, and not terribly fast, but I can run. I am moving to larger intervals (3 walk 3 run, or 3 walk 2 run) and slowly getting stronger and faster. My first 5k road race in almost a year is this weekend, and I'm planning on shooting for a PR. It'll be close, but I think I can do it.

On the biking front, I've got parts coming in to move to a flatbar that will allow me to use clip on aero bars. I'm stoked because this will help me with one of the biggest issues I have with riding, lowering my wind profile. Between that and the wetsuit I'm trying to settle on, I'm making some technical progress to match my increasing fitness.
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Old 08-18-09, 08:35 AM   #2
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Tech Keep it up, your posts have made me want to do Tri's and I absolutly hate running *LOL*. Damned PT makes me Jog round the fitness center with her and I think I will die *grin* of course this one is miles better than last PT and she is cute as hell to boot *LOL*. ;-)
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It'd be easier if we werent trying out all the new restauarants by where we live. I've had to work out pretty hard to burn off all the damn food LOL. Especially the number of desert and burger joints around here. Ive found some healthy stuff (Berryline is a fat guys desert heaven, plenty of low cal healthy choices with fresh fruit) and some less than healthy stuff (UBurger makes some damn fine meat).
Head over to Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester St between Boylston & Newbury...the schwarma is awesome. The "feast for two" is worth fasting for.
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But the big news is that I can run now. Not for long, and not terribly fast, but I can run. I am moving to larger intervals (3 walk 3 run, or 3 walk 2 run) and slowly getting stronger and faster. My first 5k road race in almost a year is this weekend, and I'm planning on shooting for a PR. It'll be close, but I think I can do it.
Does that mean 3 minutes walking, then 3 minutes running? What's the progression week over week? i.e.; when do you move on to 4 mins running and 2 walking, etc. I'm trying to get back into jogging and I randomly picked method where I jog for 5 mins, sprint then walk 6-8x, and finish it off w/ another 5 min. jog. I have no idea what it's supposed to accomplish, but it's kinda fun and tiring.
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Does that mean 3 minutes walking, then 3 minutes running? What's the progression week over week? i.e.; when do you move on to 4 mins running and 2 walking, etc. I'm trying to get back into jogging and I randomly picked method where I jog for 5 mins, sprint then walk 6-8x, and finish it off w/ another 5 min. jog. I have no idea what it's supposed to accomplish, but it's kinda fun and tiring.
There are all kinds of plans. I have been working off this one (Beginner Running Plan), though I haven't put in as much stamina work on it (aka repetitions) as I should, and will be. I've also modified it to let me account for the fact that I have been already doing significant cardio on the bike and in the water this summer.

Last night we did a 11.5 ride in the heat at a good pace, and this morning when we woke up to run, I hadnt recovered as much as I'd like, so I walked more than normal. But I wanted to really accomplish something to hang my hat on for the day, so i walked north across the Harvard bridge from the charles river path, then ran back up and across the bridge. It's about 1/3rd of a mile. That's the longest consecutively I've run since high school. I did another couple intevals prior, but this was the part I was most proud of.
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Tech Keep it up, your posts have made me want to do Tri's and I absolutly hate running *LOL*. Damned PT makes me Jog round the fitness center with her and I think I will die *grin* of course this one is miles better than last PT and she is cute as hell to boot *LOL*. ;-)
Yeah, my fiancee is 5'4" 122#, so I get to chase a cute blonde around while training. Tough job LOL.
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