Monday, October 31, 2005

Day Three - Happy Halloween

We will just avoid altogether the subject of how much candy I consumed at work today and while trick or treating this evening. While its much less than in the past, suffice it to say that any caloric reductions achieved by way of my morning bike ride were well surpassed. Of course, I didn't eat lunch (other than a Carmel covered apple and a cup of cider) and only had a chicken caesar salad and some chili for dinner.

Anyway, took the son trick or treating - but that was pretty slow and leisurely. Afterwards, when everyone had gone to sleep, at 11:00 pm this evening I did the same local neighbor hood route my wife does and which I essentially followed while trick or treating with the boy.

Total Time: 30:22:37

Time above zone (>145 bpm) 0:00:00
Time in zone (120-145 bpm) 0:17:36
Time below zone (<120 bpm) 0:12:46

Average Heart Rate 123 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 144 bpm
Total calories burned 132

Day 3 Commute

Road the bike in this morning. Woke up at 6:20, took the trash out, got dressed and hopped on my road bike, a late 70s Masi built in Milan. It is like riding butter.

Headed down Great Falls St., turned onto the W&OD Trail, cut a left onto the Nelly Custis Trail along I-66 and followed it into Rosslyn, Virginia. Crossed the Key Bridge, down M Street through Georgetown, around Washington Circle (and GWU Hospital), down Pennsylvania Ave. to H Street.

Total Time Door to Door 59:58:53

Time above zone (>145 bpm) 0:46:12
Time in zone (120-145 bpm) 0:13:22
Time below zone (<120 bpm) 0:00:25

Average Heart Rate 154 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 180 bpm
Total calories burned 548

Impressions: Just looking at the numbers above I was initially scared I put in too much of a workout (and was REALLY out of shape) however as my usual target on a bike is between 150-160 bpm and I had forgotten to adjust the heart rate monitor, I presume I did a lot better than I would have hoped with an Avg HR of 154 bpm.

I use a db500 Heart Rate Monitor that I picked up at Performance Bike Shops cheap. It seems to work fine, but the one annoyance I have with it is the difficulty in setting target zones (or setting any number, you can ONLY scroll up which means if you missed your mark you need to cycle through the entire thing again). Its not a fatal flaw, but it does become an annoyance when switching activities and target zones (I should point out that its programmed to record the workout for a variety of activities differently, so perhaps the need to adjust target zones isn't really needed. Still . . . . )

Haven't had breakfast yet, but I plan on a bowl of oatmeal, cold and raw, with whole milk. Mmm Mmm Mmm. Also, drank a bottle of Ice Water while riding in.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Day 2 - Scott's Run

Well, I didn't do Great Falls. I decided to hit Scott's Run once more and got what seemed at the time to be a better workout in, though in reality, it was just as good as yesterday's (though it did involve some more upper body use).

Total time: 1:08:58
Time above zone (>145 bpm) 0:23:42
Time in zone (120-145 bpm): 0:38:25
Time below zone (<120 bpm): 0:06:51
Average Heart Rate: 139 bpm
Max Heart Rate: 180 bpm
Total calories burned: 522

This time, I parked at the lower lot and followed the stream down to the river.

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Near the end, the Run turns into a mini cavern with a small waterfall while the trail climbs a hill. I did that and scrambled down the rocks.

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This is the view at the stream, above the water fall. I cross just below it.

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This was the view of the waterfall as I cross it.

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I then had to scramble up the rock face on the other side, which was both pretty steep and just a little slippery.

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Once over, I headed down to the river.

I've never really played with the photomerge feature in photoshop, but really like how this one turned out.

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I followed the trail besides the Potomac to the Lookout trail I came down yesterday.

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I checked out the weird man made dam I saw yesterday (I had been on the lookout up high before, but had never come down to the river) and then climbed back up the ledge and took that out and then around on the red trail to my car.

Here's a picture of the dam I was talking about. If anyone knows anything about it, I'd appreciate you sending a note my way.

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When I got back home I had a big glass of whole milk afterward and dinner tonight was 3 pieces of pepperoni pizza and a diet root beer. I am drinking a diet cream soda right now.

Day 2 - Breakfast

Woke up at 9:30 this morning (my wife was out the door to early church at 7;30) and then hit McLean Family Restaurant for breakfast. Got an order of French Toast, 2 sunny side up eggs, and bacon which I split with my son (1 egg and 1 piece of toast each) and washed it down with 2 cups of Java. Also had an orange juice. We then drove around a bit - its a gorgeous day - and went to the Navy & Marine Memorial in Lady Bird Johnson Park to take pictures for our Christmas Card.

I've got to run into the office to finish a couple of things this afternoon (had hoped to ride my bike, but I don't have enough time) and will then hit Great Falls Park to do a short hike.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Evening Activity

Dinner: Hit Mickey Ds and got the grilled chicken caesar salad. Had a glass of ice water with it (and also munch on my son's french fries). For desert, I was bad. Had a sugar cookie that my son and his aunt had baked this morning and then my wife took out the Chocolate cake. It was simply irresistible. I have no idea how many calories it had, but it was good.

Got back home and took a walk around the neighborhood. The wife says its a 2 mile loop - she knows it much better than I do - but I don't know if that distance is correct. In any case, here's the numbers

Time: 27:14:24
Time above the zone (> 150 bpm): 0:00:54
Time in the zone (100-150 bpm): 0:26:14
Time below the zone (>100 bpm): 0:00:07
Average Heart Rate 134 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate 156 bpm
Calories Burned 119

Scott's Run

Image hosted by Photobucket.comWell, I Managed to hit Scott's Run this afternoon. Started at the upper parking lot, walked down along the trail next to Georgetown Pike to the lower parking lot and followed the stream down to the pool where the dogs play. I didn't continue on to the river, instead, I went over the stream and up the path and stairs, following the trail to the ruins. From there, I hiked back along the main path and then took a left over to the old flag pole and continued to the overlook.

There was a girl and her dog up on the overlook, so I scrambling down to the river and climbed along the rocks there, admiring the old rock dam that was built in the river (wonder when and by whom) before making the tough climb back up the hill and heading to the car.

Total Time: 1:02:00

Time above zone (>150 bpm) 0:17:12
Time in zone (100-150 bpm) 0:44:29
Time below zone (<100 bpm) 0:00:13

Average Heart Rate: 138 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 174 bpm (after scrambling up the cliff from the river)

Calories burned: 469

Not bad for a quick afternoon trek.


Had a bowl of Tortellini Chicken Soup and 3 squares of cheddar cheese for lunch. Heading out to Scott's Run in a couple of minutes.

Winter Is Close

I threw up a post on the the recent weather events in the Mid Atlantic and how well they bode for three pinning this winter.

Check it out.

Day One - Breakfast

Well, I hit the sack late last night after starting this blog. As a result, I didn't really wake until my wife called and woke our son up at 10:00 am. He threw a temper tantrum about playing Thomas Train on the computer but eventually calmed down once he saw he could watch Saturday morning cartoons.

I then took a shower, got dressed and finally ate breakfast at 11:00 am. Had a bowl of Rice Krispies (90 Calories) and a bowl of Corn Pops (100 calories) plus 1 cup of whole milk (100 calories) with them.

Total Calories In - 290.
Weight - 201 lbs.

Activities planned for the day - I hope to walk at least 4 miles, though I am still recovering from a foot injury so we will have to see how that goes. It may only be 2 miles. If I am lucky, I can do a circuit at Scott Run Park this afternoon and then a trip around the neighborhood this evening. I will also be taking my son to the park to play. I'm always hoping for sex, but thats ultimately the wife's call.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Some background

I ought to give you some background.

I run another blog somewhere, where I blog under another name. That blog has become marginally successful. By that, I mean I have a regular readership far greater than I could ever imagine or that my writing should ever support. Its not enough to make any money off of, certainly not in the Glenn Reynolds sphere, but I get a decent enough amount of traffic there. The problem is, I have both lost the passion for blogging, and while I still blog at a prolific rate, I am not happy with the results.

This blog is an offshoot of some fitness blogging I began at my other blog. It failed there, cause I wasn't motivated, but I hope to succeed here. I am currently 34 years old (just turned it two weeks ago). I am 5'8" and currently weigh 200 lbs. This to me is unacceptable and I've watched as each year goes by my ability to do the things I like has slipped by more and more. Its hurt my self esteem and has probably impacted my health as well.

For many years, and still to this day, telemarking has been a passion. However, I am simply not in the shape to do it with the style, class or skill I could when I lived in Vermont and went 3-4 times a week.

What I hope to record here is a record of both my weight loss regiment (I am going to blog each meal and all my exercise) and eventually, when I am in shape enough - I will begin to blog each ski trip I take.

Well, thats enough for now. Its off to bed.