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From "bad boy" to bad A**! A NEW PR today!

Old 11-07-11, 08:14 PM
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From "bad boy" to bad A**! A NEW PR today!

This weekend, I did a LOT of thinking about my episode on Saturday. Felt terrible, knew I had done wrong, felt ashamed and a little embarrassed. I felt sorry for myself for a while, got mad at myself for a while, then talked to myself for a while. What did I say? Ill tell you what I said...

I said, "Dude, you screwed up. You let people down including your wife and little girl, but most importantly you let Allen down! You were doing SO good. Your head was right and your way of life was changing and you tried to throw all of that away and for what? A pizza? A Coke and a candy bar? Were they good? Was it worth it"?

"HELL no, it wasn't worth it", I told myself. "It wasn't worth the suffering I was going to have to do to turn this setback around. It wasn't worth the wasted calories with that poison that I was shoving in my face when I could have ordered a salad and gotten off of my ass and got on my bike. No, it damned sure wasn't worth it"!

Then I got to thinking about what I SHOULD do to fix it. I decided to get off of my couch today and hit the trail on my bike. I put my bike in the car and headed to the Silver Comet Trail again. I didn't know how long I was going to ride for, nor how far. I was thinking about doing eight miles, which would have been to the Silver Comet Bike Depot and back. I figured that would be about enough for me.

Off I went. The weather was PERFECT! Not a cloud in the sky and no wind to speak of. I was feeling pretty good, surprisingly. My legs didn't burn much and I thought to myself that I was breathing really well compared to the last time. I kept about a 10-11 mph pace and was feeling pretty good. Figured that the bike depot would be a good place to stop and take a rest.

Got to mile marker 4.2 where the depot is and just decided to keep on riding. I figured maybe go a mile further and turn around. Got to mile marker 5.5 and said if I turn around now, Ill match my previous PR.

I just kept riding.

Thought about it for a minute and figured that if I could get to 7.5, then that would equal a 15 mile ride. Ive never done a 15 mile ride. I just kept riding until I got to 7.5 and figured I gotta ride BACK 7.5 now and turned around.

I thought it was going to be a tough return trip, but it turned out kind of pleasant. I figured out, on my way back, what someone told me to do with my cadence...get it to the point that you are comfortable and spin. I figured out what they meant by "Spin".

I would be feeling resistance on my stokers when there was an incline but when there wasn't and i was going down an incline, I just kept spinning the pedals at the same cadence like there was. It started feeling awesome! I wasn't tired, my legs weren't burning, my lungs weren't burning, and I kept a constant speed whether I was going up or down an incline.

Anyway, I made it back to the trail head where the car was and I was at 14.89 miles and said there is NO WAY Im not going 15 miles. So I went out further past the trail head and turned around. Ended with a total of 15.4 miles...a NEW PERSONAL BEST!

I felt AWESOME after it was over! And to top it off...After the ride I had dinner (ribs and a sweet potato, baked) and STILL have 2000 calories left for the evening, which Im not going to use. So, according to myfitnesspal.com, Im going to LOSE weight.

Im proud of myself. I really am!

Read it again...15.4 miles!

Here are a few photo's of today -

My bike -
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The trail -
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Another trail pic -

Untitled by mariettabravesfan, on Flickr
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Old 11-07-11, 08:29 PM
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The Diary Notes of a Man on A Mission!

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Old 11-07-11, 08:46 PM
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Cool! That is exactly what happened to me. 5 miles was big, then 10, then 15 then one day woke up and amazingly doubled my mileage.

It's coming dude!
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Old 11-07-11, 09:23 PM
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Good job.
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Old 11-07-11, 09:25 PM
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That's more like it.
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Old 11-07-11, 09:56 PM
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A wonderful turn around Allen55 grats to you. Just reading your post made me wanna get out on my bike.
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Old 11-07-11, 10:00 PM
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Good Job Allen!!!!
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Old 11-07-11, 10:26 PM
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Nice ! 15 miles is nothing to sneeze at.
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Awesome effort Allen.....Nice Pics..Thanks.
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Old 11-08-11, 12:55 AM
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Woot!!!
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Old 11-08-11, 05:52 AM
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Nice job Allen! The jersey is calling your name!!! Remember stage 2!
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Old 11-08-11, 06:02 AM
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Good effort! It's always good to beat your personal best, and before you know it you'll be doing more and more.
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Old 11-08-11, 06:46 AM
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Old 11-08-11, 07:08 AM
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Glad to hear you're back in the saddle again. May I suggest a 30 minute walk today? This is called active recovery. You do just enough to elevate the heart rate a little and give the muscles a little more oxygen and food to rebuild them.
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You'll be doing 60-mile rides in a few months! Congrats!
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The part about beating your own personal record on the bike is great - congratulations!

The extreme guilt and penance thing regarding breaking your diet, not so much. If the approach to dieting and weight loss takes on the same obsessive-compulsive characteristics as overeating had, can it really succeed, long term? (For me, the answer has been no, but YMMV.)
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Congratulations! That's the way to bounce back and get things back on track! Good work!

FWIW, I found that once I hit the 15-mile mark it was pretty easy to go a lot further: plan a route long similar terrain, stick to the same pace that got you to 15mi and take a 5-10 minute break if you feel yourself getting tired. You'll be doing 30-40 miles in no time!
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Allen,

Great job getting Saturday into perspective and taking 2 steps forward on Monday!
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Originally Posted by tony_merlino View Post
The part about beating your own personal record on the bike is great - congratulations!

The extreme guilt and penance thing regarding breaking your diet, not so much. If the approach to dieting and weight loss takes on the same obsessive-compulsive characteristics as overeating had, can it really succeed, long term? (For me, the answer has been no, but YMMV.)
Tony...it was a diet I was going off of, it was my diabetes that I screwed up that I was so upset about.
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Thanks guys. Started work at FedEx today and I dont think Ill need that 30 minute walk. LOL. This job is no joke! In and out of that truck a total of 75 times, walking up stairs and hills carrying 1-70 pounds at any one time...yeah, Id say the heart rate went up a bit. LOL.
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Thanks guys. Started work at FedEx today and I dont think Ill need that 30 minute walk. LOL. This job is no joke! In and out of that truck a total of 75 times, walking up stairs and hills carrying 1-70 pounds at any one time...yeah, Id say the heart rate went up a bit. LOL.
Awesome exercise...
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Good job Allen.
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Congrats on the PR Allen!

Spinning is much more fun!

Be careful to replace the excercise at work with good protein and fiber versus empty carbs! You should be able to get an estimate using MFP of the calories you burn at work. Make sure you don't eat more than you burn!
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