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Cycling in the mud and sun

Two months since I have found time to blog. I was trying to do it as much as possible but, work and family became hectic.

What has happened in the 2 months since my last post?

I am down to 95KG which is a total of 9KG lost since January. I have bought a mountain bike (Kona Hei Hei – for the tech heads), have let my weekly total drop to 20 miles a week (meaning I have only totalled 700 miles this year), competed in a 12 hour relay mountain bike race and have tried to get mileage back up again in the last couple of weeks.

These last two months have been crazy with work. I have been struggling to get the motivation to cycle while giving work my all. It has been an unusual 8 weeks, so I am hoping to get things back to normal.

I have come on holiday with the family this week to reset the mind and body. It has been great, I have managed to get 10 miles in a day and around Falmouth that is just up and down. The roads all start with sharp steep climbs with equally steep downhills. In 10 miles I have been averaging 1400 feet of ascent.

The Zing Deluxe On Holiday
The Zing Deluxe On Holiday

Last weekend, I went on a great friends stag weekend. It must have been one of the best stag weekends of all time. No forced drinking and stupid night clubs where you spend tonnes of money. Instead we did a 12 hour mountain bike race at Erlstoke. Guess what?  We even podiumed.   We came 2nd out of the whole field. I got a new set of Truvative bars for the Hei Hei as a the prize.

Stag Getting on His Way
Stag Getting on His Way
A muddy Team Mate
A muddy Team Mate at 2300 hrs
The Red Bull Tent At Prize Giving
The Red Bull Tent At Prize Giving
A Podium Finish For the Stag Team
A Podium Finish For the Stag Team

In terms of diet, I have kept up the 5/7 diet and added in natural green juices for breakfast every day. Which is a an elixir for life. Great to give your body all the natural vitamins and nutrients one requires. It has also helped to get me more into shape.

The holiday may have set me back slightly on goal, as it has been indulgence fest.  I figure that everyone needs to release at least once a year.  However, I have been cycling 10 miles a day.

Time to cycle, juice, work and have fun like never before.

Goal for June – kick it to 93KG (keeping the weight slow, so it remains off) and cycle at least 10 miles a day with a couple of 40+ days chucked in for fun too.

Sunny Falmouth
Sunny Falmouth

FC

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The Question Of Guilt

The last month has seen a bit of a reduction in my motivation towards my yearly goals. I feel that this has been the theme of the majority of my last couple of posts. This has lead partly to the guilt I am feeling.

Though after contemplation I think the bulk of my guilt at the moment is spread between several areas. At the moment I am going through an exciting period in our business where we are taking on growth capital. This in itself is a full on experience, of extremely long hours, changing a company culture, lack of time to dedicate to the family, client dinners and a feeling uncertainty until the ink is on the paper. The combination of this tends to lead to stress and general lack energy.

I tend to be very good at persuading my brain that lack of energy tends to be just in the mind and one can overcome this. So I try not to whinge and put on a positive face even when feeling like crap. Positive outlook is one of my life learning missions. If there is one thing I can truly share is that this does work. Using positive language to say you are feeling great and not wining has a hug effect on ones outlook. You really can trick your brain to think actually the world is not that shitty today. My caveat on this is that I am only pupil and not a master. It takes a lifetime of strong will to wake up each morning and see the world as beautiful when the sky is grey and you have been run through the proverbial mill.

So what is this all about, this blog, today I mean. Well, as I said I am pupil, and the last three weeks have seen a downfall in my outlook.

I have got a poor amount of miles in on my bike. Cycling tends to give me more energy even when I feel ruined. However, it is a vicious circle once in the couch potato spiral sets in. One lacks energy so you skip a ride or do a much shorter one. The next day is the same. Before you know it is 2 weeks, you feel lethargic and the motivation to go out and smash 10 miles is a distant memory.
I have eaten absolute rubbish for the last two weeks. Knock on effect, weight has gone up, energy spikes just after eating the chocolate then you feel worse…..so, one tends to eat more. Another crappy spiral.
Sleep time has been down.
I have been drinking way to much. Mainly to get my mind off the deal in the evening.
This was all compounded last night with an almighty binge and playstation session. Which has not helped the man boobs get smaller!!

As I was about to ram in a choco bar this morning and feeling waves of guilt from the night before, I though, NO, you have to get hold of this. You are better than this and the previous 2 months proved that. What the reasons I wanted to change in the first place? Get back on your blog and read what you wrote in January.

Writing this out today, is a hope that, I can break the cycle by being honest and analytical with myself.

This evening I leave on a flight (again) for 4 days away of long client meetings, no bike, no family and the temptation of shit food and drink.

Can I focus my mind to pull myself out of this self pitying negative spiral. Time will tell and I hope, that will be by the next time I post.

If you are reading this and you have the opportunity get out on your bike, tell your family you love them and take a second to think how amazing it is that we have a choice.

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Its the end of the……..month as we know it

…..and I feel fine …..great

31 days of no wheat, no alcohol and on the 5:2 fasting diet.  What is the result?

I have lost 5kg (11.02lbs)!

My body is definitely less bloated.

I have way more energy!!

I have cycled 230 miles in 2 continents.

The bonus is I have not had a hangover for 30 mornings (obviously discounting new years day).

But what have I learnt?

That I can go for a whole day on 2 apples plus an evening salad and not even notice.  This is something a month a go that I thought would be impossible.  I also thought that on the 5:2 fasting diet I would pig out the day after each fast.  Looking back, at the beginning I did at least for the first two fasts (first week), but after that, my body felt so good the next morning I did not want to fill it up and feel lethargic.  In fact the fasting diet has made me control portion size and only eat when I am actually hungry.  Incredibly I am doing this with out even thinking about it.  This is a real positive change for me.  I feel I am getting to know my body for the first time and I am sure in a couple of months this will be even more apparent.

However the plan to masticate and not eating in front of the TV has not gone so well.

I am constructing a plan for February and masticating / TV dinners are going to be the focus.

Heres to completing the first month of 2014.

FC

Making Business Trips Work

Cruising to the back straight.
Cruising to the back straight.

I am not sure that this is always possible, however I like to try and find the hotel gym or similar when staying away.

To be honest, I usually find the hotel gym, acknowledge that it is there and feel that I have worked out.

But not this trip.  I am currently in Abu Dhabi.  In my new state of I am going to crack this being fat thing.  I thought I would plan ahead and sort an activity that I would really enjoy and that would work my body.

When the research started little did I know that I could link to of my favourite things together….cycling and F1.

On Tuesday night the F1 track is opened to cyclists for free (if you have your own bike) or 100 AED for 2 hours to rent a bike, you can then race round the F1 circuit (at 10% of the speed of the drivers).

I am feeling on top of the world, incredible day of meetings, then rather than drinking at the bar to celebrate , I pumped out 38 miles on the most glorious smooth asphalt I have ever ridden on.

Smooooth Asphalt
Smooooth Asphalt

I have started planning February more to follow.  It is going to be more painful.

FC

On the 11th day things are looking up

On top of the world with a cracking sunset.
On top of the world with a cracking sunset.  Click on the pic for a better view.

What a great day.  So much energy.

Today, I went for a ride with my eldest son, Jago.  He easily managed 5.2 miles on rural roads.  See instagram feed on the right hand column.

I then felled 3 trees, cross cut the wood and split it for my in laws.  They think something is very wrong with me.

After a lunch of Chicken and avocado I proceeded out on what was to be a leisurely hour ride.  But what happened was unexpected.  I climbed over 2,400 ft, rode for 30 miles and got 4 personal bests on Strava.

After the first climb (which was created by the devil himself for fat guys to cry at the top of), I cycled over to my other least favourite climb 10m miles away and climbed that too!!

Planes, bikes and beautiful views what more could FC want.
Planes, bikes and beautiful views what more could FC want.

What is up is with me?

I think there might be something in this but I do not want to jinx it just yet.

The question is, do I jump on the scales to find out if it is working?  I feel slimmer and Mrs. FatCycles is saying that I look slimmer, but she is very kind and slightly biased.

Well I am going to treat myself with some Green and Blacks Chocolate and revisit the ride by staring at my stats on Strava.

Oh and one last thing.  If you are crazy enough to give up alcohol for a month like me.  I have discovered a great trick for dinner parties.  I have been putting a bottle of Shloer – fizzy grape fruit juice – in the fridge.  When topping up guests with wine, I re-fill my wine glass with Shloer.  No one questions it and thinks that I am drinking wine.  This is great because for some reason when you are not drinking everyone feels the need to encourage to drink with them. This negates that.  Added bonus of no hangover and loads of energy for the nippers.

FC

Cliiiimb by 4iiii

If you’re pursuing Strava KOM segments, new from 4iiii (read: four eyes) is the Cliiiimb that provides real-time audio and visual feedback, along with heart rate chest monitor.  Simply download a Strava app, link via ANT+, and when a segment begins, you can race against the time of another rider or your own PR.  The unit attaches to your sunglasses.  Released in November, the Cliiiimb Pro retails for $199.

This is re-blogged from those awesome guys at bike war.  I could not get the video to upload while re-blogging.  If you are into bike war is a great blog to follow.

2nd day of fasting 7th day of experiment

Energy levels and motivation very low.

Let’s re-assess why I am doing this, I am hoping this helps:

1. More energy – ok not a great one to start on.
2. All the health benefits – true but I have an excruciating headache
3. To get faster going up hill – losing weight is the best way to make it easier to go up hill on your bike
4. Being able to fully enjoy my young family playing games and giving them an active Daddy

This really does help. But the second day of fasting has been hard.

I also have to admit that I cheated slightly today. I ate a small piece of dark chocolate, this has tipped me over to 700 calories today. I am hoping that the amount of cycling I am doing counter acts this.

The books says that at the beginning it can be hard. So I am determined to see the month out and then really report on how it is going.

That is it for today,

FC

Of low blood sugar and being selfish

I feel that 7 days in I am doing quite well. However some of my colleagues might disagree.

Today, for the first time during the last 7 days I hit a wall. Now this was all down to my own poor planning and lack of organisataion.

I had a real test. We had a major client in today. Client lunches used to be one of my favourite things. Oudles of sandwiches and savoury pastries. None of which I can now eat due to the wheat content. To top this I forgot to eat any breakfast…..this is not an entirely fare description, as I never forget about meals, I had forgotten to plan a none wheat breakfast or inform catering that I am not eating any wheat.

My day consisted of the following – ride to work, strategy meeting with business partner, dream about food, eat an apple, panic that presentation for client was not ready, complete presentation, dream about food, eat an apple, client arrives, 1200 client lunch arrives, sit drooling while everyone tucks in, finish client meeting, snap at colleagues, cycle to dentist……hang on rewind. Snap at colleagues? Yes that is right my poor colleagues took the brunt of my poor organisation and had their heads verbally ripped off for nothing.

What can I take away from this apart from – poor organisation leads to poor staff retention? Well I have managed to stick to not eating wheat, even when the client thought that my stomach rumbling was a thunder storm and I have managed to keep going on the cycling even when energy is low. I am still on track for my 600KM T-shirt from Strava…121KM in on day 7.

Must get some bananas and dark chocolate as emergency food!!

Now for a little bit of bike porn I found on WordPress check out this Brabus bike.

FC

‘Fast’ away

With a quick look at the boys eating their breakfasts and a longing look at my beautiful lunch box, I strode out of the house, resolute that I was not going to find this 5:2 diet even a tad trifling.

And I can happily report that to anyone contemplating this diet, that my first day was a breeze. I highly recommend the book I mentioned in my post ‘The Jan Plan’ by Michael Mosley.

I even managed 16 miles through this never ending storm.

Lastly on this short post I can truly say that I am enjoying my experiment of becoming a master ‘masticator’.

Also a quick thank you to my cycling Buddy Joe for following this blog…..remember you promised not to laugh. However I should of said judge…..