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Ever since I left the military and my activity level dropped, I started gradually putting on weight. As I had always been reasonably active (even at my heaviest, I hiked the Inca Trail in Peru - including the 14,000 ft mountain passes) and had a reasonably healthy (low fat) diet, it had never really worried me. 12 years later, finally I am motivated to do something about it.

Cycling has become my passion, and I regularly go on 120-130 mile rides with my club, and do the longest and steepest mountain climbs in the country. And I can be found watching up late at night watching TV coverage of the pros doing the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia and the Spring Classics.

And in the last few months, I have used the fitness from cycling to tackle my old nemesis, running. I did the Couch to 5K program to get into running, and have extended that to 10K. Half marathon - here I come!!


Member Since: 7/10/2006

Fitness Minutes: 248,549

My Goals:
Trying to get to a 'healthy' weight of 165 lbs 75 kg.
Goals for 2019:
* Ride 12,000 km (1000km/600 miles each month), and
* Run 10 km/6 miles each week - 520 km total


My Program:
Cycling 4-5 times per week, with a combination of long rides to improve my cruising speed on the flats, with some shorter hill intervals.

Running 2 times per week.

I have become a bit of an exercise data geek, and keep a close eye on my performance, training load and recovery through Garmin, Training Peaks and Strava.

Bodyweight strength training + 25 kg (55lb) dumbbells, depending on the exercise



Personal Information:
Melbourne, Australia having recently relocated from Seattle in the US.


Other Information:
Feeling really great that I have got my BMI under 30 (14 Oct 06). I'm no longer obese, merely overweight.




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    23 days ago
  • v RAYLINSTEPHENS
    I just wanted to come back to say emoticon
    30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 and then another 30 minutes of 3.5 & 3.5 emoticon emoticon

    It darn near beat my butt but I did it! Thank you so much for your advice.
    BTW, I only stopped to help a friend and then back onto the treadmill to finish the workout. I'm only 5'1.75" so 3.5 mph is really stepping.

    Huggers,
    linda
    379 days ago
  • v SPEEDYDOG
    Thanks for providing the ride profile for the Alpine Classic Extreme 250. That is some serious climbing! My finely tuned ride profile eyeballs saw on the route there are some nasty uphills on the "descents".

    It appears that you fight your way up 12% grades, reach the summit, get ready for a quick and easy descent - then you collide with lousy 8% uphill climbs on the way down!

    I like the look of the climb profiles since it appears the steepest segments are early on each individual climb. There are a rides here in Colorado that start off at 4% and continually get steeper to over 12%. By the time you get to the steep parts - you have been climbing for hours!

    I am not sure how it is "Down Under" but in Colorado humidity is low and elevation high! Looks like your route topped off at 6,000 feet plus, which is pretty high if you are used to living at lower elevations.

    Taking-on that Alpine Classic is a great accomplishment! Congratulations.

    Bruce

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    382 days ago
  • v SPEEDYDOG
    Hi,

    The only local Australian Grand Fondo in late January that I could find was the Santos Tour Down Under Challenge. The route look very hilly and was identified as Stage 4 of the Pro Tour.

    There was not much information about grade or vertical climb. The distance was listed as 158.5km. The information the website was vague at best.

    Is this the Fondo you participated? The photos make this look like a very hard climb.

    Thanks, Bruce


    389 days ago
  • v 3VEGGIES
    The fat bike in the snow is fun...but is a MAJOR workout. Your weight gain history sounds like mine. I got it under control at your age and then it crept back on after some health issues. I too have hiked the Inca trail and am a cyclist. Longest ride is 200 miles in a day. You need to do this....just go for it (find a flat area).
    500 days ago
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