I’m back on the trainer.
Life has prevented me from getting outdoors on the bike, which is sad in and of itself, but also sad because I got fat. I maxed out in August at 199.9 lbs — It didn’t actually reach 200 — and we started changing how we eat.
My wife is a life coach, and she turned that on ourselves. We stopped eating poorly. We stopped eating all sugar and flour to break our sugar addictions.
The pounds started coming off, and late last month, I plateaued in the low 180’s. Dropping 15-18 lbs in 8 weeks was rewarding and encouraging, but I couldn’t continue the progress without getting more active.
Well, I have a Wahoo Kickr in the basement, so what’s my excuse?
I started scheduling myself daily workouts at 5:30 am. (Another life coach suggestion — schedule everything) and I’ve been at it now for about 3-4 weeks of almost daily riding.
I’m really enjoying it, and I’m trying to learn from my past “failure to launch”es by setting myself up for success. I know from the past that the things that keep me from getting on the bike are stupid:
- not having workout clothes ready
- technology not working (heart rate monitor, cadence meter, batteries, riding app, etc.)
- piling too much on top of the activity like streaming
- not scheduling sessions
- complicated riding programs
- too difficult of a training regimen
- guilt from stealing time from family or work
Any one of these things can knock you out of a ride. I’ve addressed each and every one of these, and now I’m set to roll out of bed. Grab coffee and/or an energy drink, and I’m on my way with zero mental and physical friction.
A week ago, I transitioned from just some basic rides using the Wahoo Kickr app, and got into Sufferfest. That app has seriously grown up, and it was apparently purchased by Wahoo. So the integration is great.
Sufferfest was my first love when riding on a dumb trainer. Downward spiral remains some of my best and worst cycle training memories from almost ten years ago.
I’m now down another 10 lbs, progressing steadily toward my goal of sub-170 lbs and solid physical and mental fitness.
I’m starting a not-too-aggressive training program in Sufferfest for the next three months, ending just around Christmas.
Watch here for more logs of my progress.