And a Final ride for February…

Only on the Static Trainer, however…  details here

Updates may get a little intermittent for next couple of days…  I’ll post a catch-up as I can.



Non-Scale-Victory Time…

I’ve Just spend a couple of hours going through my wardrobe. So far that’s 3 sacks of clothing for the charity shops – all the stuff that’s now too big. Also had what’s probably a “Non Scale Victory”…

Tried on my work suit. It fits me a little bit like the one David Byrne from Talking heads wore! So, I worked back through my old work suits (or at least the ones I’ve kept!).

6 Years ago. Nope, trousers 6 inch too loose, jacket like a sack.

12 years ago, nope trousers still fall off, Jacket awful.

20 years ago (kept for sentimental reasons if i’m honest! – plus couldn’t bear to throw away a perfect condition Hugo Boss suit) – Trousers perfect, and the jacket’s a wee bit tight on the arms! Which, If I’m honest, it always was ever so slightly…

So – that’s 20 years of wear and tear on the body wound back I suppose…

if only it worked for the face!

More Indoors

Wish this snotty nose would calm down a little – another indoor ride today – Tacx RLV – Ventoux 2008 – Bedoin > Malaucene – Details for the ride on GC here

Version 3.9 worked flawlessly, all the way through – pausing properly, allowing me to stop for a “natural break” and never missed a beat.  Not sure if I found that more amazing, or the fact that I’ve actually ridden virtually up Mt. Ventoux (albeit using “power mode”)



TTS 3.9 – Finally, Something Right

Yep – it actually looks like Tacx’s outsourced programmers have extracted their collective digits and fixed a problem, without creating another one.

Today, I managed three separate rides, one a steady state ride from the VR DVD “Argus Tour 2010” – where I did a simple 6 miles of the route, pausing occasionally, deliberately stopping the wheel, and seeing if the regular “Lost Connection with Brake” message came up.    Nope.    Woo-Hooo!!!!  Details of the ride on Garmin Connect Here.

Second Ride was one of the Ergo Rides – very strange, you follow a pro-rider or two, and the trainer gives you a resistance level that matches the power ratings that the pro’s SRM system recorded on the ride.   Of course, for them it’s a nice gentle recovery spin, and for me, it would have been murder.   So – there’s the option to “turn down” the wattage. I rode this demo at 60% intensity of what the Schleck Brothers did.     Now – to be honest, I’d NEVER been able to run one of these ERGO videos without an almost instant crash.   The entire 6 minute worked flawlessly, and I’m actually looking forward to trying some of the other ergo video’s when I get rid of this cold!  Anyway – ride details via GC are here.

The Third ride was another VR DVD ride – a simple descent of the Gerlos pass, from the Grossglockner DVD.  This was a cracker of a warmdown – as I mentioned above, I’m actually full of cold – and I just enjoyed the fact that the machine was stable, and I made it all the way down the hill.     No crashes, no snags, no hiccups, just get on and ride.    Like it should have been 4 months ago when I bought it, but it hasn’t been until today!   Again, details from this ride are on GC here.

All the rides were exported as .HRM files, and quickly converted via SportsTracks3 and a couple of Plugins into Garmin compatible .TCX files, for export into Garmin Connect – I have standardised on GC for the simple reason that my last 3-4 years worth of rides are in there, so I don’t really want to abandon it…


Month 7 Summary

Month 7 – 23rd January 2012 to 22nd February 2012

Starting Weight 296.6lb –  Closing  weight 288.9lb – Weight loss of 7.7lb

Starting BMI 39.3  – Closing BMI 38.3 – BMI drop of 1.0 points

Exercise Stats

21 days spent on the bike, for a total of 34h26min,

Average speed 15.8 mph

Miles Rode 543.3 (254.5 of which being indoor miles)

Calories Burned 43,306 ( or the equivalent of  12.37lb of fat! – I have to admit though, as the mileage and duration have increased, I’ve also been eating some of the calories back.   I’ve also been looking into the calorie burn figures, and tbh, the Garmin is pretty much hopelessly optimistic.   I’m currently investigating a couple of strategies, which involve calorie burn calculations via power metering – though I’m also sorely tempted to simplify things and just book half what the Garmin says…)

Did well on the riding front, good mileage, albeit lots of it on the trainer, rather than the road – hence the high average speed again – though I do seem now to have standardised my road ride on a 24-25 mile circuit, rather than the former 15 mile loop.   Still not under 20-Stone though, but currently fighting my way through a head cold, and hopeing it doesn’t get any worse – if it’s above the neck, then it’s safe to train, otherwise, I’m off the road/rollers for the duration!!!