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2008 Month of Mud - XC mountain bike race (probably around 208lbs in this pic)

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2009 Month of Mud - XC mountain bike race: (Number 189 weighing in at 206lbs. )

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Month of Mud 2010 - North Park Time Trial 178lbs.

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I raced my second xc mountain bike race (in the Beginner class) in September of 2009 and DNF'ed (Did not finish) after I crashed. I've been thinking about my results and the fact that to compete and perform at the level I want to, I'm going to have to cut the weight I've put on and dig myself out of the hole I put myself in.

I was 210lbs in September of 2009 and my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers weren't good. In December of '09, something clicked, I was reading everything I could get my hands on (e.g. Eat This, Not That; Food, Inc.; The Omnivore's Dilemma; The Men's Health Belly Off Program) and I started to work out 6 days a week, change my eating paradigm, and pursue some long term goals I've had.

I'm at 194-196lbs right now (update: 178lbs November 2010), and the only way to climb faster is to cut the amount I have to haul uphill, without a corresponding loss of strength.

My current program (January 16, 2013) consists of cycling (mountain & road), walking/hiking, and Men's Health strength training videos. (August 25, 2012 added sporadic cross training, running and double bag/boxing/Muay Thai work.) I've used Supreme 90 Day in the past and obtained good results/progress.

I wish you all success with your goals!

Update: 10/14/10 - 178lbs
07/21/11 - 170lbs

Member Since: 2/24/2010

Fitness Minutes: 89,233

My Goals:
I want to be a stronger cyclist and a good model and life skills mentor for my wife and kids. I want to feel strong and healthy.

My current goal is to reach a goal weight of 160lbs without a loss of muscle or strength by June 2015 for the Spartan Sprint race. June 2015 Spartan Sprint Complete.

Riding an unsupported 200K (solo 124.274 miles) by the end of May 2013. - Completed August 2013 .

I'll revisit new goals once I reach these.

Riding a metric century (solo 100 kilometers) by the end of May 2011. - Completed May 22, 2011.

170- July 14, 2011

My Program:
Full food paradigm shift. What I mean by that is that I am changing how I eat and my relationship with food. I'm not on a diet, I'm working on long term behavioral change to improve my life without a corresponding decrease in strength. I started changing my eating habits and starting in late December of 2009, working out 6 times a week. 3 days of circuit training with weights and body weight exercises, and 3 days of intervals on my stationary trainer in the basement. I eventually added Muay Thai/boxing drills on a double bag. I'm adding cycling rollers, and trying Supreme 90 Day. I mountain bike and cycle on the road. I try to walk a lot and have picked up snowshoeing and disc golf to broaden my repertoire. I started out a 206 pound Clydesdale (200+ cyclist/athlete) and as of February of 2010, I'm at 194-196lbs. My resting metabolic rate, I think, is around 2200 cals and I'm eyeballing my caloric intake at roughly 2000 cals a day.

Personal Information:
My wife and I are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in the Republic of South Africa.

Other Information:
Spending time with my family, reading, Filipiniana, cycling, xc mountain biking/racing, bike commuting, snowshoeing, disc golf, food, sightseeing, listening to public radio and BBC on shortwave, cinema, music, history, geography, travel: foreign and domestic...road trips, Asian-American activism, Kali/JKD, Muay Thai, ghosts.

60 mile course of the 2009 Pedal Pittsburgh.

Month of Mud - Moraine State Park race in Beginner class in 2008 (4th place) and 2009 (DNF).

Raced the Month of Mud 2010 - North Park MTB Time Trial - Beginner (23rd of 26).

Raced the Month of Mud 2011 - Moraine State Park XC race - Beginner (8th place)

50 mile course of the 2011 Pedal Pittsburgh and added mileage until I rode a metric century (66 miles) in 5:27:13.

Pedal Pittsburgh 2012 - metric century 66.31 miles.

Run Around the Square 5K 2012.
FAAP Fall Classic 5K 2012.

1st century complete: August 24, 2013 138.34 miles.

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  • v GUNNSGIRL91303
    Thanks for stopping by my blog Jun, hope you give that pork chop recipe a try, its a dilly!

    Hope all is well with you and family.
    2511 days ago
  • v GUNNSGIRL91303
    Sorry you suffered an injury Jun but I'm so happy for you that you were able to visit your mom. Don't worry about the extra weight, it will come off as you get back in to your good routine.

    Take care and make the most of each day! Glad you are doing well now!
    2532 days ago
  • v GUNNSGIRL91303
    Hi Jun, just wondering how you are doing! Haven't chatted with you in a long time. I bet your boys are growing up fast! I hope you are doing well!

    I just restarted S90 again and today got through the first Tabata workout...forgot how tough it is. I'm pooped! I always think of you and lightningrunner and nee4bud when I do S90 since we all did it for the first time together.

    Anyway, hi and hope you and the family are healthy and happy! emoticon
    2535 days ago
    Hi Jun,

    Thanks for you comment on my "bikes and beer" blog. The Santa Cruz Bronson lives up to the hype. Of course, another rider with an equal skill level may not be impressed with the Bronson.

    My good riding buddy, Jason, just bought a Giant Trance and loves the bike. Perhaps I should have given Pivot Mach 6 another shot. I like the looks of the Mach 6 better than the Bronson. I didn't try the Trek Slash although the Slash is very highly rated as well.

    The simple fact is that the Golden Bike Shop made me a smoking deal on the Bronson.

    How is your riding going?

    Thanks, Bruce

    2536 days ago
    Hi Jun,

    Thanks for your comment on my "Keep Pedaling" blog. The Oregon MUNI is really cool. I may buy a lower level model just for fun.

    I am looking forward to the mountain biking camp. I am just trying to decide which bike I should take.

    Thanks, Bruce
    2569 days ago
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