Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thinking about 2014 Goals

Goal: have fun, race hard(ish), chill with friends

This year I want to live a bit more of a balanced life. Catch up on some home improvement projects and make more art and posters. In years past I would pride myself on riding in poor conditions because it made me tougher when races were in poor condition, but this year I am going to use more common sense!

I plan to race less, maybe take more weekend trips, fun ones where I can still ride my bike.

In years past I was worried if I let off the gas on training that I would regret not being my optimal self. I was fueled by improvement, it seemed like I was constantly making gains.

Last year I started having less fun. I would feel stressed if I didnt get in the training ride i wanted. This year I say F it! Have fun, don't stress.

I do have fun on those days when I feel like the fastest version of myself. So I will plan an abbreviated 4 training rides per week, although I may ride everyday, these four focused rides should keep me in decent shape. I will blog about this more later.

So, here's the list:
• TOPO trail runs
• Death March
• Heart Mini Half
• Kings Short Track
• Mohican
• E/I TTs
• Xtrerra races, TOPO and Dino
• TriState 6 Hours (solo, but maybe co-ed duo if life is busy)
• Maybe JB 6 Hour
• 5-10 CX races at most, maybe focus on Ohio CX Cup...

I am going to focus less on series, race my bike when I want to and not race when I would rather do my own thing. If the weather is bad, or I dislike a course, I won't go.

I hope I can get this list down to 15-20 races. Race less, save some money, go on some more weekend trips.

Looking forward to having fun with you in 2014!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Biometrics in 2014

I thought I would have my blood screened and do an assessment of my cholesterol so I could get numbers/data. I've been a bit naughty and my biometrics have gotten worse. I have also been exercising less, so maybe that lack of exercise has contributed to higher cholesterol. Also, I've been vegetarian and a diet with cheese and eggs is not the best idea—those things are full of cholesterol.

So if you workplace provides a health screening I would suggest getting one and just seeing your numbers. I'm doing this to make sure I live a long, healthy life.

Weight: 146 lb
Height: 68 in
Waist: 33.25 in
BMI: -- kg/m2
Body Fat %: 12.69

Body WT: 18.52 lb
Lean %: 87.31%
Lean WT: 127.48
Hydration: 3.67


Blood Pressure: 109 systolic / 69 diastolic mmHg
Pulse: 50


Total Cholesterol: 267 mg/dl
HDL: 100 mg/dl (good cholesterol)
LDL: 143 mg/dl (bad cholesterol)
Triglycerides: 118 mg/dl
TC/HDL Ratio: 2.0% (should be under 3.5%)


Blood Glucose: 80 mg/dl


Weight: 147 lb
Height: 68 in
BMI: 22.5 kg/m2
Body Fat %: 13.9


Blood Pressure: 114 systolic / 69 diastolic mmHg
Pulse: 61


Total Cholesterol: 192 mg/dl
HDL: 80 mg/dl (good cholesterol)
LDL: 98 mg/dl (bad cholesterol)
Triglycerides: 71 mg/dl
TC/HDL Ratio: 2.4% (should be under 3.5%)


Blood Glucose: 90 mg/dl