Thursday, November 29, 2012

Updates And I've gone INSANE!

A Brief History / Why I'm doing Insanity / Trying to get to a place where I can keep the weight off this time. 

2002 - Late 2006 - Very Overweight - at my heaviest I was 253+ (I'd already started doing a little exercise when I bought a scale). Had a terrible job  and marriage. Got rid of both of those things.
2007 - Worked out about 4 hours a day for 3 - 4 months and dropped weight down to around 200. Met My current wife.
2008 - gained weight back to around 230. Harder to run a marathon with the extra weight but it happened.
2009 - Re motivated and got engaged, dropped weight through a lot of cycling that spring summer / lowest weight since high school was in June of that year and it was 194 (after a long day cycling) around 198 otherwise. Gained some weight again going into 2010
2010 - started the year around 220, started run training and training for a triathlon weighed 205 for my wedding that June.
2011 - gained about 25 pounds, dieted with some exercise in early 2011 and got to 211.2. Steady increase / hold / lose / increase for the rest of the year.
Start 230.6
Heaviest 234 in September
I started eating better about 2 months ago and in the past month have started trying to work out more regularly. 10/4 - 231.6 . Today 221.6 ( I was under 220 again for a day, gee thanks Thanksgiving. )
As you can tell weight control has been a problem for me since around 2002. But I've taken steps in the right direction several times. The scary thought for me is that I might be able to get to my goal but staying there will be the new challenge. I have incremental goals set up for myself with my final goal not being really clear in my mind. I'd like to see the 180's again and then decide where to be from there. I have a larger build but I think that somewhere in there is possible.

DDXU was kind enough to lend me insanity. I was already planning on using Coach Beard and everyone in this thread for support but thought I'd add an extra layer / incentive to do so. He asked me to keep the thread updated with my progress and I intend to do that as I work my way through the next few months.

I won't be doing insanity every day but I'll do an update after each workout. I'm looking forward to sharing my journey and yours in here, together I have a feeling we can accomplish great things.

--And I'm sorry, whenever I start anything with "a brief" it will never in fact be brief. 

I did Day 1/55 for Insanity and it was a fit test. It was humbling. I'll post the results if anybody wants to see them. If not I'll just post the results with the improvements (I'm sure I can do better) on the next fit test. 
The fit test was killer and I got beat up by it. There are 2 exercises I modified during it for the sole reason that I live on the 2nd of two floors of an apartment. I won't be that guy who's doing power jumps and globe jumps because after I start to become fatigued I can't land softly and that's just not the type of neighbor I am. I did jumping jacks in the place of power jumps and did a fast small hop version of the globe jump. 

I ran at lunch before the fit test at night and was TIRED after that.

Wednesday I did day 2/55 (i'm counting them like this b/c I won't be doing 6 a week, like it calls for)
It was a great workout and I was dripping sweat. I negated the effects of this with a mostly healthy Mexican meal, and then was coerced by buddies to go drinking since it was the night of their last class. 

Thursday - ate too much in the morning because I did fast food, lunch was a protein shake, i snacked on a few apples and nuts and dinner was baked chicken and a salad. 
I hit the gym after work for 15 min elliptical, 15 min spin bike and a 30 min run. 

Tonight I skipped ahead to week five of the 10K trainer which was: 
5min warm up / 5 min run/ 3 walk / 5 run / 3 walk / 5 run / 5 min cool down

I fell pretty good and am anxious to hit the range and lunch and Insanity tomorrow night. I do feel like Sean T and I are going to have a love / hate relationship. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Week 3 Weigh In - A Low for the Year

I haven't posted about my latest excursion into weight loss because honestly I've been going back and forth all year and haven't had much success. I wanted to make sure I could really get serious this time before I got to excited and started talking about it.

As of this morning, after my 3rd full week of dieting and my first real week of exercising regularly I'm down 8.6 pounds. I'm working on a higher protein and lower carb mix and it is going well.
That's the great news. The bad is that I had one bad day Saturday and I didn't think it was really so bad, just way to much sodium maybe. Anyway I gained 1.4 that day and I've worked the rest of the week to get it off. It dropped slowly but I am back to my low for the year, which I was also at last Thursday. Now that I'm back there I'm excited to hit the 10 pound loss goal and even more excited to get under 220.

I still have a ways to go, and have no illusions of completing the lose 30 pounds in my 30th year at this point, but I am on the right track and my ultimate goal weight is 185. 47 pounds from where I started at 232, and 38.5 more pounds to go but my goals are at the 5 pound milestones so next up is below 220.

This week I did 3 bike rides totaling about 30 miles and 1 intense short circuit workout that killed my legs. It was only 10 minutes but ended up being about 85 squats and 35 burpees in those ten minutes.

And because I don't like to leave any post without a picture anymore I'll share a few photos from the golf course this week. The fall colors are beautiful right now. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Random Thoughts Tuesday

Why does my laptop have so many finger prints on the screen? Am I so used to the iPad and iPhone that I reach out and touch things expecting it to work?

Why do people put hats in the back window of their car? For one it's going to fade and look like crap. Another thing is a sticker is just as effective and much cheaper.

I've realized that although I like the Falcons (I'm an Atlanta sports fan) I don't really care about the NFL after I set my fantasy football lineups. I want to get out side and do whatever. Golf, Cycle, Run, Walk the Dog, it really doesn't matter but this weather is perfect right now. I'll turn on the Sunday Night NFL game and unwind from whatever fun I can have on Sunday.

It's impressive how quickly major coffee brands jumped on the K-cup bandwagon. In a day and time where if you don't innovate you die, they didn't hold back trying to fight the at home coffee revolution. Smart.

Funny. Dunkin Doughnuts has been advertising their new pay from your phone app like it's revolutionary technology. Starbucks has had that for at least 2 years. Useful for DD to have, waste of marketing dollars to promote it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple Earpod vs Yurbuds

At apples recent iPhone 5 launch one of their new innovations was their earpods.

They are peppering TV with adds about how weird ears are and how the earpod headphones are so much better than their old ones.

I will not dispute the fact that ears are weird. I will also not dispute the fact that these earpodsare better than the previous apple headphones.

I do want to tell you about the most amazing headphones that you can buy.

They also fit in your ear, but they have a silicon adapter that fits into your ear canal. It does a few things, one it allows the music to be listened to at a much lower volume and you still hear it great. The other it they simply STAY in your ear.

Here is a LINK to 2 reviews posted on daily mile and I concur with both.

Yurbuds have some newer products I'm dying to get my hands on.

The inspire duo has a cloth type wire they claim wont get tangled and twisted like traditional ones. Awesome stuff if its true.

The second is their inspiring pro, which has a 3 button mic. I need to get this for driving and using the phone. Both products look amazing and are on my TO PURCHASE LIST.

Checkout the Yurbud WEBSITE

In my mind there is not even a contest. Yurbuds beats the earpods hands down.
Yurbuds get 5 out of 5 Stars from this review.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall Moments

5 more minutes. I think I can. I think I can.

In all seriousness I really like writing this blog it just seems like there is so much that goes on that when I try to cram it all in the posts are so long I don't even want to read them.

Right now, at this point in my life things are pretty darn awesome.
I've made some changes to the photography business (will probably get it's own post), after this semester I only have 3 more until I'm done with my MBA, Tara only has 3 more semesters (plus a summer) to finish her masters, I feel like I have a solid plan towards the future, and more.

I just feel great about life.

It's times like these when you are able to get small moments of clarity and let them sink in.

There will be more obstacles to overcome and things to do, places to go, time constraints, etc. Right now, I am going to smile and have fun.

I hope everyone has a happy Friday!

I took this picture 2 years ago but drove by the exact spot 2 days ago and it looks just the same.

The leaves have changed in the past week and we need to enjoy them because in a few fleeting weeks, they'll be gone.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5 Good Minutes

A friend gave me a great idea yesterday. He was having trouble finding the time to blog so he just started a stopwatch. He went for ten minutes, I'm doing five. Hey you've gotta start somewhere.

Something new that I've been doing is more sports photography. I'm having a blast capturing high school football and my dad's been doing it with me.

I started because one of Tara's friends asked if I could take some pictures of her son. I said I'd try so I did some research and some reading. Watched a few training videos on (great resource for photographers) and off we went to a JV game to practice.

Getting shots of a certain player is a lot harder than tracking the action and shooting what happens if it's close enough to you. We've been to Southeast Guilford two weeks ago, and most recently to West Forsyth.

To see more of the football shots go to:

This week I may head up to Pilot Mountain for the East Surry game, b/c it's "home" so to speak and I get to do dinner with mom and dad before hand. If it's Greensboro or Winston it's just me and pops.

Thinking about getting the East vs. Mt. Airy game the following weekend. That could be fun.

The best part about this is I know a guy who got me in touch with the right person to get media passes from the NCHSAA so we have a free pass to every high school athletic event and the sideline access that comes with it. Great place to watch a game from.

Hopefully some of this will turn into getting a crack at either a college football game or a panthers game down the road.

Well that's my five good minutes for today. Let me find a few pictures to throw in b/c what fun is a post with no pictures.

Friday, October 5, 2012

2012 Playoff's

I may have to do 2 sets of predictions.
What I want to happen and what I think will happen.

Wildcard - Baltimore over Texas
Division - Baltimore over NY 3-1
                 Oakland over DET 3-2
Championship - Baltimore over Oakland 4-2

Wildcard - Atlanta over St. Louis
Division -  Atlanta over Wash 3-1
                  San Fran over Cin 3-2
Championship - Atlanta over San Fran 4-3

World Series - Atlanta over Baltimore 4-2 - Chipper Jones celebrates his final season with a second championship!

So I tpyed out what I think might happen but I honestly have no idea and just want to A)See the Braves win B) if that doesn't happen see some amazing baseball.

I'm pulling for the teams in the following order:
1. Braves
If the Braves don't win
2. O's
3. Oak
4. Wash
5. Texas
6. Cin
7. Det
8. St. Louis
9. San Fran
10. NY

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Champion!

If you're that interested head over to another blog I write and read my ridiculously long write up on my championship!

Story Here

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

July & Vacation Updates

It's not really a surprise that I've been a month without writing anything is it?
Lets see....July
A lot of golf
Good times with friends
Some fun photo sessions
and a vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN at the end of the month to start August.

Here are a few iPhone pictures from Vacation.

I would like to blog more but at times I feel like I try to pour every thing that's happened into a blog post so you might just get snippets of whats been happening.

For instance, last night I went for a golf lesson with a new instructor at Precision Golf Academy and what I thought was going to be a lesson on driver turned into a swing change. This is going to really test me over the next few months as it will be hard to be patient and trust this swing as I work towards greater consistency with every club, all the time.

We used 2 clubs last night, 7 iron and driver, and by the end I was seeing some results with driver but I've got to work on a different grip, less tension in my grip/arms/shoulders, and having a solid tempo with 3 counts back 1 forward with the new swing, which adds a hinge in the wrist and keeps the club on a better plane and striking the ball solidly and not coming over the top.

The hard part will be not worrying about my score as much over the next few rounds as I try to put it together. Once it clicks it will be worth it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back on course

Well another month has passed without so much as one blog post so I will try to throw a quick update out there.

I was super busy with wedding photography for 4 straight weekends in late may / early June. I've also been golfing quite a bit. I used to golf a lot in 05 and 06 but had kind of let it go. The bug really got me again earlier this year and I've been golfing an average of 2 times a week. Even on the wedding weekends I was doing a Friday afternoon and Sunday tee time. It's nice that I accrue quite a bit of time off at work so I ca take half day's just about every Friday. It may be hot for the weekday afternoon golf but I enjoy the rates then.  

Here are the two courses I played last week.
This is Pilot Knob Park in my hometown of Pilot Mountain. It's a semi-private which means I can't play there on the weekends but I was lucky enough to have to be up there (about an hour from where I live now) on business last week and I took the remaining half a day off to go out and play. I shot a 95 which I was really happy with. My game has been getting better. The first few rounds I played this year were in the 115 territory and then I shot a 93 and then about 5 more rounds above 100.

Sunday I played Olde Homeplace
It's another great course and one that I've played fairly often over the years. I really hit the irons solid there and had a blast. Shot a 93. Tied for my best round of the year and I was really happy with the round.

The weather looks wicked hot for the end of the week so stay cool out there.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Great Weekend

I had a great 3.5 day weekend.
Hard workout before dinner & Beer with buddies on Thursday.
Lots of photo work plus a quick trip to the driving range on Friday. Saw the Avengers again with good friends Friday night.
2 rounds of golf on Saturday.
Relaxing Sunday.

Man that was a pretty perfect weekend!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Heading in the right direction

The scales are still heading in the right direction. I've lost nearly 6 pounds this month and would really love to get to 9 or 10 pounds lost by the beginning of June.

Tonight I'm having dinner and a few brews with friends but I plan on getting in a hard workout before that so hopefully I can limit the damage of dinner out.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tomorrow is official weigh in #2

I couldn't be happier that I started my official weigh in's on a Tuesday. Because I ate way too much last night at a Mothers Day cookout.

I've rebounded with a good day so far, I need to close it out strong so I can see some weight loss for the week.

Friday, May 11, 2012

New Work Out

I waited a few weeks to post this to make sure I could stick to it. And who am I kidding, I also waited b/c I'm a horribly lazy blogger. Nonetheless.

I've embarked on a new 3 day a week in the gym routine with trying to fit in some cycling on one or two of the other days. I've only missed 1 gym day in the first 3 weeks, but with work, photography and school I've only been cycling once.

Warm Up - Every WorkOut
10 minutes of elliptical on Hill Climb setting. First five minutes relatively easy, remaining five increase effort until all out at the end.
Stretching - 3-5 minutes (this has really really helped with my back and general flexibility)
10 Burpees
30 Sit Ups
25 Bicycles
15 Leg Raises

Main Workout: Three Days - At least one day of rest between
Numbers that follow the exercise are (Sets / Reps)

Day One:
Bench 4/6
Incline Dumbbell Press 3/10
Overhead Dumbbell Press 3/8
Skull Crusher 3/10 (should be called the triceps crusher)
Ab Wheel Rollout 4/10 (holy shit hard, more on the arms, chest and shoulders than abs)

Day Two:
Deadlift 3/5
1 Arm Dumbbell Row 3/10
Face Pull 2/15
Lat Pulldown 4/8
Barbell Curl 3/12

Day Three:
Squat 4/8
Hip Thrust 3/10
Dumbbell Step Up 2/15
Cable Pull Through 3/8
Hanging Leg Raise 4/10

Conditioning - After Every Work Out
Elliptical Intervals - 1 minute easy / 1 minute all out for 10 minutes.
I will be mixing in Jump Rope in place of elliptical with 15 sec fast / 45 recover for 12-14 minutes in a week or two.

So far things have been going well. I'm back on track eating. Coupling that with this workout I've started loosing weight again so all hope might not be lost on the 30 in 30. Last month I had gained weight again and was at my heaviest of the year at 234. I've dipped under 230 again, and hopefully that's the last time I'll ever see that number. I've got my goals set in 5 pound increments right now so next up 225!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How $8 can make a difference

I have some friends who's 8 year old (almost 8) is doing a remarkable thing for his birthday.

I work for a non profit (not charity water) and I love it when people are philanthropic. It doesn't matter to me what charity people support as long as they have one. Volunteers are just as important as cash donations too. So there is always a way to make a difference.

From Gabe (the 8 year old)
All of my birthdays have always been about stuff. Stuff I thought I wanted but, to be honest, I hardly even remember what I got last year.

So this year, I'm giving my birthday up. 

I'm turning 8 years old and instead of asking for gifts, I'm asking for $8 or more from everyone I know. It's not going to me, though. All of it is going to build freshwater projects for people who need it.

I never thought about people not having clean water. I can walk into my kitchen and get water whenever I want to. I didn't know there were people who can't until my dad told me and showed me the charity: water movie. It made me sad.

So my birthday wish this year is not for more gifts; it's to give clean drinking water to some of the people living without it. I want to make my birthday matter this year. 

If you’re looking for someone to donate 8 dollars too, I’d say this kid is a pretty good cause. J

It not only helps create clean water, it shows an 8 year old little boy that everyone can make a difference. How freaking awesome!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ode to Cycling

I love bicycling.

It is my favorite exercise activity. Cycling and I have had our ups and downs over the years but those are mostly my fault, not cyclings.

In middle and high school I rode with my dad and we had a great time. Later high school years, the bike was replaced by the freedom of a car, and I didn't ride much from 99-07. I tried once to start rdiing again in like 03, but was too heavy and really didn't want to be out there. Golf was my thing at that time.

After my divorce I started running and then cycling. I built up a new bike and had a great year of riding. 09 was my best cycling year ever, I rode all the time, more miles than I'd ever put in and had a great time. I got decently fast and rode with some good groups and finished some "epic" mountain rides.

I rode in the early part of 10 but stopped before my wedding, I didn't want to be in Hawaii with any type of injury. I was timid to ride with groups. I really didn't ride much at all until the spring of 11 and then with grad school that got pushed to the summer of 11.

Cycling and I had another down moment last summer, I hadn't put in the miles that I previously had and got blasted by on the groups I used to ride with. I was a little discouraged by that and spent more time in the gym.

But the thing that I've grown to acknowledge and am perfectly fine with is that no matter if I'm with a group or by myself. No matter if I can ride 50-100 miles in a weekend or only 20-30, cycling is the sport I love.

I've tried being a runner, and I can get to the point where I don't hate it and I sort of like it. I've run 2 marathons and 5 or 6 halfs, and I need to get off my ass and start running a few miles a week again, BUT I don't love it.

I tried swimming so I could do triathlons. I got better at it, I finished the White Lake Sprint, but I didn't even really like swimming. Check that off the bucket list.

Put me on a bike and even if I'm suffering up a hill or mountain I am still having fun.

They say the best exercise is one that you enjoy. That's so true, I've got cycling and as long as my head stays out of the way we have a great time together.

I've ridden more in the early part of this year than I ever have. Most of that can be attributed to the milder than normal winter, but I'm happy about it.

On that note, Daylight savings time has started, its time to get in the saddle!

Thursday, March 8, 2012


March is an amazing month.

March Madness & Daylight Savings Time - need I say more? Really, need I?

I will.
The first two weeks of march madness are the best because there are basketball games all day every day. The Big East tournament starts on a Tuesday and from then on things go into high gear. After championship weekend, the NCAA tournament is pedal to the metal on its first weekend and I LOVE IT!

Secondly, one of my favorite holidays of the year happens in march. The ending of daylight savings time. It may not be a holiday for you, but for me it marks the beginning of when I can cycle after work. Bring on spring, and let me start peddling.

Of course, grad school will put a damper on some of my cycling plans but I will make time for a few rides a week.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Updates - It's Been a While....

It has been over a month since I posted. Sometimes things just get busy, or I get a bloggers block or something and next thing I know its been weeks since a post.

I'll try to do a few catching up posts, but for now here's a quick recap.

Grad School:
Is keeping me busy, and I'm trying to really decide what direction I want to take with the degree.

Job Hunt:
For those that don't know I'm looking for a new position with more growth opportunity. 
I've had a few phone interviews, made it to the final 7 for one job but didn't get into the final 3. I was told I interviewed exceptionally well just didn't have the experience a few of the candidates had that they were looking for. After accepting an interview recently, I turned it down later due to a lack of trust in the interviewer and organization. I was told I would be emailed a document, to give me an idea of what to prepare for this not quite traditional interview, by the end of the day. It came over 2 days later. It wasn't a job that I was sure I'd want but  I thought interviewing would be more good experience but I am not going forward with someone I don't trust.

We shot our first wedding of the year and loved it. Being a wedding photography team with my mom and dad is so much fun and is something we really enjoy. I have a mentoring session coming up soon with some photographers I really respect and I hope they can help me finalize a business plan that I'll commit too.
There have been discussion on changing our brand back to Derek Hill Photography from Ardeur Photography, and that will be settled by the weekend.

I entered some prints into the PPA of NC photo competition and was pleased with all I learned. While none of them merited, they were above average and I learned so many things that go into making a competition print. I hope to submit a few images with a little work to the regional competition and roll the dice there!

Busy but good. It seems like several of our friends are getting pregnant and about to add another life to the world and that's awesome. For those of you keeping score at home we are a good 3-5 years away from that.

Tara's busy with grad school as well. Sometimes she's busier, sometimes I am, and occasionally we get some time lined up when we're both caught up and can hang out a little more.

Weight Loss:
So far, I have not done good with that. I'm only down a total of 1 pound for the year. It's time to buckle down and get it done. 

I think I'll go ahead and write tomorrow's post about how glad I am that it's March!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Help me win access to be a Staff Photographer for a night!

Help me get a chance to be a staff photographer for the local country station 93.1 the WOLF for the next Eric Church Concert. You know I love photography, and you may not know that I also love country music. I've entered a contest to win a chance to do backstage and concert photography for an upcoming concert here in Greensboro. 

If you will click the link below and register with the site you can vote 50 times. (Disclaimer, yes they will probably email you, you can immediately (as soon as you've voted ) unsubscribe. 
Each person can vote 50 times. So please just keep clicking the vote button until you hit 50!
My photo was taken at last year’s Jason Aldean / Eric Church Contest when Eric was doing a shot of Jack out of an airline bottle. 

I'd love it if you would vote and share with your friends to vote too!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Feeling Good and Bad

I weighed in today at my lowest weight since Christmas eve. That has me feeling great!

In other news I feel like crap. My throat was so sore when I got up I could barely swallow. That's how the drainage started several weeks ago and it disapates throughout the day. But it turned into bronchitis and robbed me of energy over the holidays.

So after a staff meeting at 10 and driving to a committee meeting at noon, I'm headed to the doctor before I come back to work.

I have a trip to Austin coming up Thursday and I've never been to Texas so I'm excited about it. I don't want to feel like crap for it.

If you've been to Austin what are your MUST Do's?

We're touring Mellow Johnny's, taking a bike tour. And have a couple of MS functions but have Friday night and Saturday day to have some free time.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Damn Roller Coaster

Despite working out last night and eating an uber healthy dinner, the damage from the beers the night before and the unhealthy lunch (and to be honest too much nibbling through out the day). Up .8 today.

I have to eat healthy today and tonight because tomorrow my parents are taking me out for my birthday. I know it was last week, we've all been a bit busy.

We headed to P.F. Changs since it was my choice and I haven't eaten there in over a year and a half.
I guess Sunday I'll just have to go hungry. :-)

A few photos from the start of the Polar Bear last weekend of Me, then my dad.

Hope you have a great Friday!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Uh - oh

So after the beers last night I was actually down .2 today.
But following that up with a burger and a cup of chili for lunch was probably not the smartest idea.

It's a cardio night and I need to throw some intervals in there. That and lots of water, maybe I can limit the damage.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Do you just go through the motions?

Do you ever just go to the gym to go through the motions?

I did a very uninspired 30 minutes on the elliptical trainer tonight. I felt like I needed to be there and needed to burn some calories. But it wasn't fast or too sweat inducing either? Maybe if I'm going to do the 30 minute quick cardio days I should at least warm up with some quick running to get the blood and sweat flowing.


Wheels - Off and On

Today's theme is wheels.

1 - The wheels can fall off quickly with my eating. After 4 days of eating like shit I had to get the wheels back on the wagon and I successfully did that yesterday. It started with a good Mexican dinner on my birthday, good as in it taste good. Not good in the fact that I left feeling like I could throw up I was so full, and not good in the weight gained the next day. Pizza the next night. Followed by Boston Market. Chicken - good. Mac & Cheese and Loaded Mashed Potato's not good. What did I do to correct that, why eat Chili's the next night of course.

Looking back at it, I suppose there are a few positives. I ate good for breakfast and lunch each day which limited the potential weight gain. I also continued to workout every day.

2- The second set of wheels are the ones attached to my bicycle, which I rode again for the first time in four or five months on the 30th. Nothing to write home about really. A slow tempo ride of 16.5 miles. It was good to be back on the road and great to be back out with my dad.

I had really started missing my bike. Cycling is my passion, if I had to choose one form of exercise that I had to stick with forever it would be cycling. I often think when I run, or swim(okay that hasn't happened if FOREVER) that I'd rather be on my bike.

So we rode the local Polar Bear ride, which had a forecast of excellent weather, sunshine and in the mid 40's at the start topping out with a high around 61. Dad and I chose to do the 25 mile route. We started in the very back of the pack so we could ride our own ride and not get caught up in the large groups that hammer up the first hills etc, we knew that we would flame out if we tried that.

We rode great, even though from mile 10-22 the wind was crazy brutal and it got chilly. We ended up passing loads of people on the way in, especially during those last 10 miles, which felt good. We've both been exercising pretty regularly over the past month (me) or more (him) so it was nice to see the legs and body respond during what was the longest ride for either of us in half a year.

I'm glad the Polar Bear wasn't today, because it is COLD and windy today. Man it'd be a tough ride. But the weather looks nice for the weekend. I  hope to get in another ride on Sunday and will be getting my trainer back from my dad this weekend so I can start riding at least once a week at night.

I'm so glad that I got back on my bike wheels and got those wheels back on my wagon for my weight. I anticipate being under 225 before the trip to Austin next weekend and my goal is to workout enough there and make smart decisions to gain less then 1.5 pounds (stretch goal is no weight gain).