What’s Next?

Comparing this year to last year for the same time period would be like comparing shiny, crispy, sweet red apples to rusty razor blades. Yea, last year was bad. This year has been so much better than last that even the above description isn’t strong enough. Besides my shitty job, everything has been awesome.

My fitness goals have been staying in check. I’m stuck on a plateau of sorts right now. My fitness has been increasing, but my weight loss has been at a stand still for the past month. I know it’s muscle weight, but still. I’m sticking with it and actually think this might be about the right place for me, especially if I can get my weight training back on track.

All of that. But when I’m out on a walk after dinner without a single thought in my head, I’m suddenly struck with the title of this post.

I don’t know what’s next.

I mean, there is tomorrow and next week and the MINI event and everything going along as it does. But I need change. I have already had some big changes this year, but it some how does not feel like enough. Personally, I’m good. Professionally I’m bored. I’m aggravated. I’m tired. I don’t know what I need to do. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do. I’m sending resumes out, not getting replies back, so I’m stuck where I’m at.

And that’s a bad place for me to be.

It’s been 2 years since I decided to take on this job. I don’t feel like I’m any better at the job, the job itself hasn’t improved in any way. In fact, it’s gotten worse. I really need to make a change.

I just don’t know how.

The Best Laid Plans

My plan for this week was to jump on the bike, #rideeveryday, hit the gym once or twice. That plan failed, miserably. Instead of doing those things, I ended up having to spend the week mostly in bed due to a bout of something that gave me fever for a few days, tight chest for a few days and wicked cough and sneezing fits for a few days.

Today I will ride. I’m far from 100%, but I will ride.

For Refernce

And, for why I’m not switching to a fancy pedal/shoe system anytime soon.

How to Use Clipless Pedals

Using a clipless pedal system takes some practice. To disengage your shoe from the pedal, simply twist your foot, starting by pressing or turning your heel outward, away from the bike. At a certain point, the clip system disengages and your foot releases from the pedal. This motion is simple to learn, but it must be practiced to develop muscle memory and confidence in the process.

A note of caution: While learning how to use clipless pedals, find a level, grassy field for practice. You may fall a time or two while learning, and soft ground can help prevent injuries. Optionally, you can practice clipping in/out while on a bike trainer or by having a friend hold your handlebars.

Tip: Develop the proper muscle memory by getting in and out of each pedal 50 to 60 times. With this number of repetitions, your legs will begin to be trained to do the right thing without you having to think about it.

I went a few rounds with the boys on Instagram about pedals. They were insisting that I try them and that they are safe.

  1. If my foot is anchored to the pedal, and I don’t disengage quickly enough, I will have a crash.
  2. I do not want to have a crash.
  3. This combination costs $100 more. I’m a cheapskate.
  4. I’m only riding for exercise, not riding any races.
  5. I do not want to have a crash*.
  • This is important, hence the reason it is listed twice.

Back to #RideEveryDay

Now that I have a bike that is new and reliable and fast, time to get back on track, time to Ride. Every. Day.

Bike came home on Wednesday. Rode 4 miles around the hood, 12 miles the next day, 7 miles (late) the next, 22 miles yesterday, 5 today.

Ride. Every. Day.

I can tell that I haven’t been riding regularly. I’m sore, my chest hurts from the extra O2 I’ve been taking in and my body is purging every sin that I have taken part in over the past 4-6 weeks. All that said, I would ride right now if I knew it wouldn’t affect me tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Monday and kicks off my getting back on track and refocusing on my goals. My goal of 20* by the end of March will be a tough get (at 214lbs this morning). Not impossible, but without some serious dieting, I don’t think it’s going to happen. Besides, I’m not a diet, remember?. This week will be ride and gym until Friday, ride on Saturday and Sunday. New goal, by the end of March, will also including covering no less than 30 miles on the bike. I’d like to ride my age by June (still), and think that is completely obtainable.