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  1. I have been working on training for a century. Will it happen? Who knows. Covid cases are higher than when they postponed it. I'll continue as if it will happen. Cycling twice a week PT at least twice a week preferably 3-4 Eat more protein I have started working on hill work some. Last Saturday I found a great place to ride not too far from my house and it is quite pretty. The only issue is for short workouts I need to figure out a way to warm up. I might just do an out an back on the road adjacent, but it feels silly. But the incline is more than anything o
  2. I have been working towards a century. Mostly I have been working on building an base by just riding. Preferably at an easy pace. It's time now to start working on some other elements though. My goals: Ride 2-3 times a week. - Aiming for 3 times a week at least 50% of the challenge. I need to look at some plans. I am thinking 1 long ride, 1 easy ride of about an hour, and one ride with some climb or hills. I need to figure out a good hill climb route for training on a short day. Mainly the training will be about the same, but I need to start in
  3. I have long wanted to do a Century ironically COVID-19 might be the only thing that will allow me to accomplish that due to some health issues. The century I have wanted to do got pushed back. So I am training for it in case it isn't cancelled. I am still sort of playing with the feasibility of it. Main goal this challenge is just to keep to some sort of schedule and work on just building a base. My goals: Ride 20-25 miles a week in 2 rides. I want to start adding in a 3rd ride, but have been not feeling good for the last week so I'm not sure if related to heat or the extra lo
  4. Hey all! I just got an indoor trainer and was wondering if any other Rebels use Zwift?? Maybe we could start a Club there and host race events or group rides?? I know Zwift also does running events. If I get my hands on a foot pod that could be fun to do as well!
  5. I'm a tad late to this. I do believe my last challenge (ages ago) was somewhere inbetween the " What are we holding on to, Sam? " to "I can’t recall the taste of food nor the sound of water… with nothing, no veil between me and the wheel of fire! I can see him with my waking eyes!" It had to do with big changes happening in my life and, as Frodo, I just sort of had to complete the terrible deed before anything else could be done. I suppose now it is time to get back home. I'm typically more Adventurer/Ranger, but I have always wanted to do a century.
  6. Getting back on the bike these last couple of weeks has taught me something - I need new bike shorts. The chamois (Pearl Izumi "Elite") that has served me well for years has either worn out, or my body has changed, or something. I'm getting pressure in very sensitive places, and chafing around the edges - those tendons/ligaments that run between your crotch and your legs, to be specific. I also seem to put a fair amount of pressure on my pubic bone, toward the front of the saddle, than I do on my "sit bones" where most chamois tend to put most of their padding. So I'm in research mode about ch
  7. ¸„.-•~¹°”ˆ˜¨ Health & Happiness Are Hard ¨˜ˆ”°¹~•-.„¸ Wherein the Cracked_Belle Un-Dies 𝔽𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕒 𝕎𝕒𝕣𝕟𝕚𝕟𝕘, 𝕐'𝕒𝕝𝕝 I am diagnosed with a lot crap that makes life hard — manic depression, C-PTSD, OSFED (eating disorder), OCD, anxiety, some chronic pain, and other crap. these aspects of me and my life are going to come up in my journey to getting back on track with my health and happiness. I'll try to be sensitive to triggers, include warnings such as this where needed, and use spoilers when necessary. but this is my "cover my butt" warni
  8. A couple of challenges ago I applied to a local amateur cycling team. Last challenge they rejected* me in favor of younger, hipper riders. We all know what comes next, a rag tag team of misfits trains hard and gets it's revenge. This is the part where the training montage happens. Grinds/ Strength Day - 2 or 3 days a week Double Racked Squat KB Rows Double KB Cleans Push Ups - I prefer OH Press, but my shoulders are weak and fragile. Hanging Knee Raise or Hanging Leg Tuck Ballistics Day - once or twice a week KB Swings, I might experim
  9. Last challenge was accomplished though my tracking and reporting was lacking. Because of that I'm going to include "getting you that TPS report" in my goals this time around. I don't get back from our trip to Colombia until the 11th, and then I dive right into rehearsals for Pippin, directing the one-act showcase for the local theatre (that's easy, just three rehearsals and one performance), and work hitting the busiest time of year (start of the semester). I'm focused on getting pre-PA classes taken care of so I'll be taking one class (though that could be counseling
  10. I pretty much gave up last challenge and ate So last challenge I did two GORUCKS and then really just sat around and ate. two years a go my pre IRONMAN Texas race weight was 163lbs. Up until a few months a go I have stayed down in the 165's or so. That has recently gone way off the charts though. This morning I was 175lbs. That being said I know a lot of it is sodium but I still have gained close to 10lbs I am guessing. It is not helping that my In Laws are here until Sunday and we are drinking and eating out every night. I can try to use that excuse but last nights bu
  11. *Middle Aged Man in Lycra It’s time to get some miles in. I’ll also be doing this kettlebell endurance program in a last ditch effort to be prepared for the racing season.
  12. Hello visitor. For those who don't know me, mandatory background info: Here are my goals this challenge. I'm doing a bare minimum because I've just been "done/tired" with everything lately. My mental health is not quite up there, so I take it easy for a bit. #1 No Snacking - No snacking on weekdays - A snack is anything not part of a meal (max 3 meals a day) - Fruit and nuts are not counted - A deep fried cafeteria snack is still a snack, even if it's eaten with lunch #2 Intermittent Fasting - Every day for at least
  13. Back in the prehistoric days before the internet Siskel & Ebert's movie review show was incredibly important. We watched it religiously even though we rarely went to the movies. Most of my fitness habits are in maintenance, even if they weren't, February and March are cruel months in Minnesota and in education and I likely wouldn't make further progress. However, I have a few long races this summer - three 40 mile and a 6 hour mountain bike race and a 99 mile gravel race - and my endurance base needs to be a lot deeper. I've been ignoring my endurance because I tend to take
  14. I HAVE SO MANY THINGS TO SHARE Overview Since I first started doing challenges, I've known there are sort of "4 pillars" of fitness that I thrive under - walking, eating primalish, yoga/mobility work, and strength training. Every one of my challenges includes these in some way or another, although the eating is a big question mark right now. Last challenge, I was overall pretty good. I did a ton of work on reducing stiffness and increasing mobility, and I was overall very active. Last challenge, I also confessed my secret dream of doing a triathalon despite wobbly
  15. Hello Scouts! I thought I give this guild a try My name is Siferiax, or Sif, or Siffy, or... be creative! I'm a female and 30 years old. I have a boyfriend and two cats. I'm working within the limitations of autism & hypermobility (the moment flexibility SUCKS) I love road cycling and spinning. I also love walking. I unfortunately have quite a road cycling trauma I have to get over at the start of every season. I made a false start with a walking goal last year. The idea was to walk every single weekend for the entire year. Hyper
  16. I skipped the last challenge, but things have still been happening over here in my little corner -- wedding planning, family trip to Spain (holy drama llamas guys), work getting really busy, and the normal episodes of the sads. When we saw this movie fiance was like THAT'S YOU. Unfortunately true. So the year is shaping up like this: February bachelorette in San Diego May 6 Flying Pig Half Marathon June 3 Spartan Sprint Ohio July 1 WEDDING!!!!! September Honeymoon in Portugal I'm such a lucky duck. Goal 1 - Dial in
  17. Not sure how to post this, so this is a placeholder until the next 4-week challenge hits. Just a quick dip back into Rangering after almost a year of wandering in the forest... Goals for this session: 1. Work out five or more days per week--two days of strength training, three days of cardio 2. Reduce LDL cholesterol intake/Increase soluble fiber intake 3. Pick a race for April (10K) 4. Keep track of spending Let's face it. I've got a lot going on. I have a full time job, a seven year old kiddo, a delightful wife, and a dog that w
  18. Ok, here is my first challenge for the new year. Following the habits didn't worked at all last challenge. So decided to concentrate on the most important one try to get it right. The rest is basicly a continuation of things that are working. I've been restricting pasta, pizza and sweets to the friday, saturday, sunday. This challenge i want to further restrict my cheat days to saturday and sunday. I've started to use my bike for some parts of my way to work. This time i will increase the distance. (approx. 25 minutes). Starting Tomorrow( 2th January). Check: ✓ Fai
  19. So. I'm not feeling very hype-y at all. My cat is sick and I'm really sad. But fortunately I thought through this challenge back when I WAS feeling more hype-y a few weeks ago. We all know that the key to success is doing the thing even when the hype is not there, so I decided to do the thing even though I'm not feeling inspired at all. There are a ton of things I want to do. I feel like I've been slowly losing fitness for the last 1.5 years as I dealt with wrist pain and eventually surgery that prevented me from continuing with the stuff I was working on. Last week, I was f
  20. I'm keeping this super simple. I'm going to try to track calories and stay on my daily MFP target. I'm going to try to run three days per week. I'm going to try to cycle to three days per week. I'm going to try to play my ukulele a little bit each day. That's it. One point per day for each thing I do. 123GO!
  21. Here we go again... What worked last challenge: * Avoiding liquid calories proves pretty easy. Had some one day slips, but immediately got back on track. This actually easy. But my sugar cravings increased. Will keep it this challenge. * No social media on my phone: No going good for about two months. Big, big game changer. I slipped a little with facebook. But twitter and youtube are still good. Will keep it this challenge. I tend to fail when i have to wait and nothing to read. So i will keep my ereader well stocked. What didn't worked so well: *
  22. It's getting colder and darker by the day, making it harder for me to want to go out and be active. All the more reason to work hard during this month's challenge! Swimming: 11 swimming workouts, ie 2-3 times a week. Need to start doing individual practice again, rather than just the group swims (though I want to do my best not to skip those either). Cycling: I usually only cycle to school and the gym, but I'd like to branch out and go by bike to places I'd usually get to by train. Tokyo is a pretty bike-friendly city, so it'd be a shame not to take advantage of it!
  23. Week two of base training. This is workout 1/5 for the week. Woke up at 5:20am for an early workout, was on the bike just after 5:30. Legs felt super tired after my first warmup intervals, but was just hoping I wasn't quite warmed up yet. Did some one legged drills, then got into the work intervals. 8 minute work intervals, with slightly dropping power, while ramping up cadence. 4 minute rest intervals. The work intervals felt tough, but didn't really feel progressively difficult throughout, so it was sustainable, but difficult. 66 TSS 602 kJ .81 IF
  24. I re-started cycling about a year ago, after taking a nearly 20 year break. I was pretty out of shape, and I've been working on getting back into competitive form. About a year ago I did a FTP test and ended at about 140 watts. Set a goal to get up to 200. Sort of an arbitrary amount, but it seemed like something to reach for. I just did another FTP test as I'm starting a new training block, and clocked in at about 220 watts! I did the 2x8min FTP tests, and took 90% of that to get my FTP. My previous test came in a little under 200, and I was pretty bummed I didn't ge
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