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Tahoe Prep: Week 5

Tahoe Prep: Week 5

Drop a pound: Nope.

  • Last week's weign-in: 185.2 lbs.
  • This week's weign-in: 186.4 lbs.

With the weight coming off as fast as it was, I was bound to hit a plateau at some point. I also suspect that I simply had too many sweets this week. I was having a single break & bake cookie with lunch, but I didn't get a chance to bake those this week, so I've been eating the cookies from the cafe at work. I think they probably count double, maybe tripple.

And I had a helping of my mom's leftover birthday cake on Wednesday, which I'm sure didn't help.

I'd love to believe that I'm putting on a bit of muscle from the tough climbing I've been doing, but I know that's most likely not the case.

This week is Thanksgiving, so I expect it'll be tough to really stay on the straigh & narrow, but I'll do my best to at least avoid gaining.

Ride 3+ hours: Check!

Finally tally: 3:47 hrs, 3930 ft, 44.8 mi.

Clean & lube bike: Mostly.

The problem from a couple weeks ago returned on Thursday with a vengeance. I noticed the freehub catching a little bit early in my lunchtime ride, but it was fine as long as I was pedaling, so I decided I'd get my workout and deal with the problem when I got home.

Unfortunately, the innocuous catching got more serious, and eventually (I still don't really understand how) the missing link on my chain popped, leaving me chainless.

Luckily, the chain caught in my rear derailleur, so I didn't have to go back and hunt for it. A few minutes of fiddling with a replacement link had me moving again, but I had to baby the bike all the way back to the office.

I didn't have time Thursday night to repair the rear wheel on my mountain bike, which forced me into some road exploration. I've been driving some of the roads south of City of Industry on my way to work each morning, so it was fun to finally get to ride a few of them.

Still, my heart really is in trail riding. So I swapped out the bearings in my rear hub for new ones on Friday after work, and did some general maintenance on Sunday night. I'm all set to ride.

Unfortunately, wrenching didn't leave a lot of time for cleaning, so while my drive train is shiny, the rest of the bike needs a bit of love. I'll try to get that in this week.

Weight Loss Goals

I'm steadily dropping weight, and that's awesome. My goal is to get under 180 lbs, and I'm just a few pounds away from that.

My stretch goal here is to get under 175 lbs. If I do that, I've promised myself something nice. (New jacket/jersey, etc.) I havce my eye on a jacket from Twin Six, but I may change my mind.

Next Week's Checklist

  • Don't gain weight
  • Ride 3+ Hours

It's Thanksgiving. Keeping it simple.

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