Here is a list of the exercise I completed during the past week, July 19th – July 26th. --- Sunday: RAGBRAI Biking – 68.44 miles in 5:11:36 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 13.1 mph with a maximum speed of 44.4 mph.
Monday: RAGBRAI Biking – 78.59 miles in 6:42:08 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 11.7 mph with a maximum speed of 37.6 mph.
Tuesday: RAGBRAI Biking – 81.19 miles in 6:34:48 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 12.3 mph with a maximum speed of 38.3 mph.
Wednesday: RAGBRAI Biking – 53.86 miles in 4:23:21 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 12.2 mph with a maximum speed of 39.3 mph.
Thursday: RAGBRAI Biking – 81.35 miles in 6:11:57 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 13.1 mph with a maximum speed of 40.9 mph.
Friday: RAGBRAI Biking – 80.76 miles in 6:06:42 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 13.2 mph with a maximum speed of 34.5 mph.
Saturday: RAGBRAI Biking – 48.68 miles in 3:28:03 hours on a tandem with Jeff at an average of 14 mph with a maximum speed of 41.1 mph.
Sunday: rest --- I would have provided more information about temperatures and specifics of the ride, but by the end of the week it all blurred into a jumble. Know this: it was VERY hilly, mostly cool with only one day of real heat and sun, and rain on the ride for half of one day. The last two days of the ride were the easiest, while the other five days were killers.
Exercise Distance: 492.87 miles (biking: 492.87 miles)
This was the one week of the year I knew I’d get some exercise. One would think that that would guarantee weight loss, but I’ve proven that assumption wrong in the past. I took the extra effort to ensure I didn’t gain weight by overeating on the ride by bringing my own healthy snacks and limiting consumption to one big meal (dinner – mostly pizza and salad buffets) a day. It worked pretty well after the first couple days (extreme dehydration and discomfort from the drastic change in exercise time and diet).
Now that I’m home, coming off a big week of exercise and weight loss, I’ve got to make sure I stay on the wagon and continue marching toward my (unreachable?) goal weight of 170 lbs. by December 31st.
Exercise Distance: 2.42 miles (biking: 2.42 miles)
I was happy to not gain a huge amount of weight before leaving for RAGBRAI. I mean, I was already up to 230 lbs after being down so close to 200. When I was losing weight I imagined it would make RAGBRAI so much easier – and it probably would have helped – so I wasn’t happy leaving to ride another year with a lot of extra weight.
Also, because RAGBRAI starts on a Sunday and we need to be at the campgrounds Saturday, this week’s progress report is a day short (ended on a Saturday). Next week’s report will run from Sunday to Sunday (a day long). This should be the only glitch of the year with regards to weights, face photos, etc.