So, 2017 has been upon us for a few weeks now. Many folks have made, and already given up on New Years Resolutions. I’m not one to make resolutions, and this year is no different. I have, however, been quite reflective of 2016. I’ve been pondering my family, my relationship with God, my job, my physical fitness and the many road and MTB rides from this past year. Many things have become apparent to me, but I’m going to talk about riding and physical fitness in this blog.
As I look back at my riding in 2016, the one things that really stand out are:
1. I’m carrying a LOT more weight up those climbs than any of my riding buddies.
2. I am SERIOUSLY out of shape
I’m at a point in my life where I am heavier than I’ve ever been. This additional weight keeps me from fully engaging in many activities that I enjoy…..and I am sick and tired of being the person that EVERYONE waits for on the climbs!!
About a 2 weeks ago, I decided to contact Dee Tidwell over at Enduro MTB Training.
Thanks to the good folks over at Pinkbike, I had become aware of some really excellent videos that he had posted over on his YouTube channel. These videos have helped reduce the pain associated with some hip surgery I had a few years ago. So, when I decided to do something about this adipose tissue and lack of fitness, I reached out to Dee via email. I was surprised to see him respond within an hour or so on a Saturday. After laying out some extremely vague goals and some background around my physical condition and such, Dee recommended his Six Month Training Program. My wife and I had a couple of discussions, and we decided that I should just go for it. The order as placed, login created and training program downloaded! Along with the written material that Dee provides are a large number of demonstration videos. This has made it VERY easy to get going on his program.
One of the first things Dee encourages his clients to do is to write down at least three top goals. Here’s the thing about goals, they need to be measurable and attainable. So, where does this leave me? Well, I’m still trying to figure out these goals. One of them is to ride my first Century on my road bike. I’ve done a couple of metric centuries over the years, but never a full 100 miles on the road bike. That IS going to change this year! Another goal I have is to drop 40 pounds by Spring. I should probably set an actual date for this, but for now, that’s good. The hard part has been trying to quantify my MTB goals. I’m still pondering these, but suffice it to say, I want to be able to ride further, faster and easier! For instance, I know I want to ride the Little Scraggy trail from beginning to end this year. Perhaps that’s a good start for the MTB goals.
Tomorrow kicks off the training program in earnest. What I really like about Dee’s approach is that he is focused on more than just the physical fitness. You see, his specialty is soft tissue therapy. As a matter of fact, he is the present strength and condition coach, as well as the soft tissue therapist for Team Yeti! His approach begins with rebuilding and restoring your physical balance through stretches, specific exercises and self therapy. Along with the Mobility and Stability sessions are specific bike centric workouts. This well rounded approach really feels like what I need to improve my performance on the bike, and to lose this extra weight. Thanks Dee!
I’ll leave with this. Some of you may have heard of The Whole 30. This is a 30 day exercise in removing processed foods and sugars from your diet in order to “reset” your system. My wife and I started this 15 days ago and have been amazed at what we are actually able to eat and how good it has all tasted (except for that cauliflower stuff). While, you’re not supposed to weigh yourself on this program as it’s not really a weight loss thing, I have found myself doing so. I can happily report that so far, I am down 16 pounds! So, I’m more than 1/4 of the way to meeting my goal losing 40 pounds by spring! That, in and of itself, is pretty motivating. The Whole 30 has also helped me realize that my portion control needs a serious rethink, and has opened my eyes to the number of things we eat daily that have sugar in them.
So, here’s to a healthier 2017! I’m looking forward to sharing this journey of weight loss and self improvement with you guys.