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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Polar Heart Rate Strap vs Garmin

Garmin Troubles.  Again.

I was having trouble with my Garmin heart rate strap.  With my Garmin 910XT, my heart rate would randomly shoot up to 200bpm.  I could tell this was way wrong, partly because my heart rate never went that high before.  I confirmed it by checking with a finger on the neck, ~140bpm.

Tried a different Garmin strap (old hard plastic kind) - same result.
Tried a new battery - same result.

Polar to the Rescue!

Finally I read online that the Polar strap is actually better, and would work with the Garmin sensor!



Garmin and Polar, Together At Last!
Result - perfect, sweet, wonderful heart rate monitoring!

It would be great if my Garmin would just work, rather than needing hard resets and heart rate strap hacking!!!  Someday I will take my money where my mouth is and switch to another device, really sick of Garmin letting me down.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Years... Changes?

I don't like calling them "resolutions", but I guess that's kind of what they are.

Dry January

I'm going dry for January.  Alcohol has too many calories for what I need to do, and it also tends to lower my inhibitions/self-control over what I eat, and that leads to bad snacking.  I've done the odd alcohol prohibition before, and the impact on my weight tends to be significant (and relatively immediate).

Training Resumption

I've had some lingering illness that I can't kick, and as a result I was really bad with exercise.  Fatigue that I just can't shake... but I will push through it, need to push through it, and get back to action!  I won't make the mistake of starting too big, easing back into it.


So other than the alcohol thing I'm getting back to Intermittent Fasting, rather than what I have been doing (intermittently intermittent fasting).  I was doing 16:8 (16 hour fast, 8 hour eating window) but not sticking to it very consistently at all through the holidays... so fixing that.

Also monitoring calorie consumption.  I am a calorie counter but I'm trying to be a bit less dictatorial about it - loosely keeping track of high/low consumption in each of morning, afternoon and evening.

That's it for now!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Year In Review

Warning: There Will be Navel-Gazing

2016 was pretty great - well, the first 10 months of it anyway!

  • Finished another marathon - I didn't really expect to do one again, but I felt the desire and did it!  Then remembered at about 30km why I left them behind for so long... 
  • Paris to Ancaster finally went well - after mechanicals year after year and some bad fitness I finally hit the start line feeling good and got a result I'm proud of
  • 8 hour Adventure Race (Rockstar) - that was a first, and wow it was quite a day.  Tough but really rewarding
Best of all, though... September's Muskoka River X.

80km of paddling adventure, took us over 12 hours battling through some very beautiful country down the Muskoka River.  Challenging and amazing stuff, the cherry on the top of my 2016.  

The Fall, The Weight, The Misery

But since then it's been rough.  November and December especially, I've been fighting some kind of illness/fatigue/pain for 2 months now and I'm very ready for it to go away!

To make matters worse I reversed any weight loss I had achieved, back to about 205 pounds after the holidays (vs the ~185lbs I've been holding for years and years). 

2017...Forward, Captain!

So 2017 leaves me with some work to do, but also a lot of the same cool events to look forward to.  Going back to Around the Bay in March for the first time in many years.  My 12th (!) Paris to Ancaster... registered and ready to rock.  And of course we'll be back at the Muskoka River X - that was just too amazing not to try another kick at it.  And some adventure racing and stuff.

Should be fun!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Weight Loss... Check-in....

I haven't checked in awhile, mostly because my weight loss has pretty much gone off the rails.  I've been battling something for weeks now, I'm guessing it's a virus but the lethargy that goes with it has been really awful.

Managed to get in some workouts despite this, though, but my eating has been all over the place.  Weight is still pretty much the same, around 200lbs, so initial loss is mostly intact... once I feel better I'll get back at it in earnest.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Emergency Mountain Bike Repair

Houston, we have a problem.

During a ride, my rear derailleur had a piece that bent, and chipped out a part of the hanger.  Nothing I could do to fix it... it wouldn't stay put with any force at all on it.  It's toast.

We had just started our ride, though, and missing a weekend of fall mountain biking wasn't an option.

So to salvage the day... we removed the rear derailleur (entire thing, including hanger).  Picked a gear that would get the job done for the day.  Shortened the chain to fit that gear perfectly... and converted the bike to a temporary single speed.

Look ma, no gears!

It worked out really, really well. With no tension it had to be pretty snug on the gear it was on - we had it very, very snug... maybe too snug, even, I noticed the wheel was being pulled a tad off center... but still worked!

As with any single speed, I was grinding at very low cadence sometimes, other times spinning like a gerbil in a cage... but it was solid and fine, even set a few PRs on Strava segments out there.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Weight Weekly Check-in

Starting Point: 209lbs
Last Week: 200lbs
This Week: 200lbs (-9lbs)
To Go: 20lbs

No progress.  Had a houseguest, which meant we went out a lot and ate/drank in celebration.  Funny how that's such a big thing with humans, eating and drinking as entertainment rather than just sustenance.  

Back on track now, though, lots of exercise this week, it's coming off again. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Weight Weekly Check-in

Starting Point: 209lbs
Last Week: 200lbs (-9lbs)
To Go: 20lbs

... unfortunately I've slipped a lot over the weekend so when I check in this week's weight, it probably won't be good news... but still doing this thing!  Ya!