Friday, June 30, 2006

I Bid You Adieu

Mr. Ullrich, Mr. Basso, & Mr. Mancebo, despite you being Le Tour favorites for the General Classification, you must go. Bye Bye, as my 10 month old daughter likes to say. Read the full story here and here on how Le Tour gets tough on Dopers. The race is still on tomorrow, Right? Later.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I was just runnin.....

I have been short on time the last two nights with the wife at a conference, the Mother-In-Law in town for daycare, and me on night time baby duty (ha, I said duty). I must still exercise and it has been after baby bedtime treadmill running. My treadmill is some peace of crap $300 dollar cheapo, but it works. I did 2 miles running & 1 walking Monday and 2.5 miles running with .5 walking tonight. Not too shabby for a wannabe cyclist. Maybe I hit the 5k running mark tomorrow night?? Peace out. Later.

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Perfect Route...

Gmap is soo totally cool. Here is the route from my Saturday ride. Just for kicks. Later.

The Route

Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Perfect Ride.......

I think I had the perfect ride Saturday morning. I left the house at 8am, the weather was perfect at 60 degrees, sunny, and CALM. It was so darn nice I wish I would have had my digi camera with me. A total flip flop from my "Busted" ride on Thursday.

To top off the perfect weather my body cooperated fully and I felt the best I have ever felt on the road bike. The Ride Stats: 47.8 miles, 2 hours 40 minutes, 17.9 mph avg with 29.3 mph max, 89 avg cadence with 111 max, 137 avg heart rate with 163 max, and 2094 calories toasted.

It looks like I will be signing up to participate in RAIN. Ride Across Indiana, 160 miles, one way, one day! I need some training and gear tips. Feel free to tip away. Later.

Thursday, June 22, 2006


This morning I put off work and geared up for an 8 am ride. It was overcast, but I didn't think twice about it. Three miles out it gets really dark. Four miles out the lightning starts and the skies darken more. Six miles out the rain starts. Why didn't I turn around? Seriously, I should have turned around.

Sure I was heading west directly into the storm front, but to the south it looked clear. I thought I could get past the front and all would be good for the planned 30 mile pre-work ride.

The rain came Hard, Heavy and COLD. I had to park it behind the biggest country tree I could find. The tree actually provided nice cover from the rain and winds.

With NO signs of clearing, and heavy thunder and lightning, I had to call for help. "Honey, can you come pick me up?????" Right at baby nap time she packed up and rescued me.

Now I am at work, it has cleared, the sun is out, and temps are going back up to the 80s. DAMN YOU evil rain doers. Later.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hello Summer!

7:26 am. It's official, let Summer Fun Begin. Later.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Am I A Cyclists?

I think the official determination is yet to be made, but check out my BikeJournal Log for June. My average speed is climbing. I have one ride with a 18 mph avg and another with 17.9 mph avg. I can turn out 30 miles like its nothing. My legs are lean and mean, but still very hairy. I might be on my way. Where's the love people? Later.

The Low Down.....

My week of vaca in Florida was awesome. I ate and drank like I was the King Of Niceville!

Check out my run:
  • Subway = Twice
  • Burger King
  • Waffle House = 4 Times
  • Red Bar
  • Bonefish
  • Crab Trap
  • Fudpuckers
  • Sonic
  • McDonalds
  • Outback
  • AND Numerous Frozen Drinks, Beers, & Martinis

After six months of mainly healthy low fat eating this was a serious blow out. I look at it like this; It was my summer vacation and I have worked hard and deserved it.

However, it is time to buckle down and get back to it. I am back with Fitday and calorie counting. I still have weight to drop!

To my surprise I weighed in this morning at 188.6 lbs. So, I am still under 190 lbs. and gained only about a pound from the vacation blow out (to date at least). The cycling is the key to this. I put in 60 miles while in Florida and another 40 miles over this weekend. As long as I keep my butt on the bike then I can have some fun with the diet this summer.


Friday, June 16, 2006


Originally uploaded by aham23.

Can you see me. NO, not the old fat dude with the old fat lady, but look in the background....that's my head.

Bicycling Lane

Bicycling Lane
Originally uploaded by aham23.

Hwy 20 between Niceville and Freeport, FL. That aint a shoulder, but a designated bike lane. Florida loves its cyclist. Ride Stats will follow after I get some vaca rest.

Has anyone seen my healthy diet? Later.

The Bay

The Bay
Originally uploaded by aham23.

How sweet would it be to ride this route weekly!! Who cares if it was 90 degrees before noon.

The Ride Views

Scenic Ride Route
Originally uploaded by aham23.

The Ride View

In Action
Originally uploaded by aham23.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Vacation Time

I am soon to be headed to the Gulf Coast of Florida for some much needed vacation time. Plan is for 5 to 7 days, but this will be our first time away from Baby J, so who knows.

The wife is insisting I bring my road bike..........uh, OK, you don't have to tell me twice. I gmapped out a nice out and back totaling 36 miles. According to bike site I found this route has bike lanes on both sides, is a tree lined road, and has awesome views of the bay it runs along!!!! Should be kick arse. Later.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Bell Sweep R Helmet

Bell Sweep R Helmet
Originally uploaded by aham23.

Just showing off some near gear!

I can not stop buying gear. But hey, If I want to be a roading I got to dress the part. So I picked up a new 2005 Bell Sweep R helmet off eBay. Got a great deal on a great looking roadie helmet.

The Slip Stream

The Slip Stream
Originally uploaded by aham23.

Just showing off some near gear.

This is a small 50oz road specific Camelbak pack. It is suppose to sit high on the back to allow access to your jersey pockets. It should be good for those long solo rides in the middle of the boonies.

Mission Complete!!!!!

Since January 4th, 2006 I have been on a mission to loose weight. It started at 236 lbs. and I am currently at 189 lbs!! Yep, I have once again met another weight loss goal. Do you remember the goals? They kept getting readjusted, first 220, then 215, 210, 205, 195, and finally 190 lbs was put on the board. The train just kept on rolling.

At 6'3'' and 189 lbs. I have people telling me I look skinny! Some even seem worried that I may have lost too much. Nothing could feel better. I have done it in a healthy way. I have realized my diet was extremely poor and needed a change. I actually eat and like Spinach, Fish, and Apples now. I run on a treadmill. I can ride my bike 100 miles in one day, heck six hours! Who knew

It is crazy, 47 pounds, and it wasn't easy. I had to put the time in for exercising to jump start my loss. I had to go to bed hungry in the beginning when I downsized my portions. However, it's a science. Manage a 500 calorie deficiency a day and you will loose at least one pound a week. I tracked it all and I met the goals and I lost the weight.

I still want to drop 3 more pounds just to round off the loss at 50 pounds. However, I am where I need to be weight and health wise. I likely will continue to track calories on FitDay, but it's summer and time for fun. Time for Centuries and the weekend DQ Blizzard.

In fact next week it is time for a Florida vacation and a visit to The Waffle House and my favorite Hooters in Destin on the beach. I think I will bring the bike and ride along the coast!! Later.

Monday, June 05, 2006

My Udder Century

You can remove me from the list of people you know who have completed A century. Yesterday I completed my Second Century. Here is the ride report.

Great weather, great ride, and great people. The IL Chapter of the Cycling Culb is officially going strong. My ride went like this......I made sure to have all my gear ready the night before as my 5am wake up call would leave me with only 30 minutes to get out the door. 5:30 am depart and I arrived in Union around 6:45am. Registered and met up with the Club and awaited the rest of the gang.

Not sure what time we departed, but it was 7:15 to 7:30ish. Miles 0 to 25 were easy for me. Lots of group chatter and I felt good on the bike. First rest stop was around mile 25 and was packed with riders. Miles 25 to 45 were good for me too, but things were starting to stiffen up. I should have stretched better at this stop.

Miles 45 to 65 is were my pain kicked in. The neck and upper back were not happy with me. This was a tough stretch for me, but in the end not the toughest. The 65 mile rest stop was much needed.

I hit something around 70 to 80 miles and I am pretty sure it was a wall. I dropped off our four man group and struggled into the wind. Singal11 and the "Lurker" were nice enough to slow up and wait for Psimet2001 and I. The 80 mile rest stop was my favorite!!!

Miles 80 to 90 I felt great, but at the 90 mile mark I began to stuggle up the final hills, ok, rollers, that lead to the finish. There was a sweet long decent at the end were we hit 30 mph! I finished with Singal11, but only becuase he waited for me, twice, on this last part. We rolled into the finish at 2:30pm.

My Stats: 100.8 miles, 5:53 ride time, 17.1 avg speed with 30.4 max, 84 avg cadence with 105 max, 136 avg heart rate with 166 max, and 4567 calories burnt.

It was great meeting those who showed and I look forward to the next one.



Originally uploaded by aham23.

The Udder is Complete.

The Udder Que Sheets

The Udder Que Sheets
Originally uploaded by aham23.

100 miles at the Udder requires two pages for the directions.

They didn't scare me soo much this time.

The Udder Century Map

The Udder Century Map
Originally uploaded by aham23.

The 100 mile Udder route took us to the lovely state of Wisconsin!!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Century Prep

Got a nice little pre-work ride in yesterday morning. It was overcast, but in the 70s with light winds. I am trying to get myself ready for the Udder Century, which is this Sunday. I am not sure if I am ready for 100 miles, but will give it a go. My legs felt heavy and tired during this ride and I have not topped 40 miles since my first century, The Sudden Century back on May 7th. Wow, I am full of excuses!!

The Ride Stats: 32.1 miles, 1 hour 50 minutes, 17.3 mph avg with 24.7 mph max, 87 rpm avg candence with 106 max, 137 avg heart rate with 160 max, and 1459 calories toasted.

Now, off to Performacne Bike for final preperations, which means purchasing more roadie gear. Later.