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Frustrated… So what do I do now?

// February 2nd, 2010 // Comments Off on Frustrated… So what do I do now? // Bloging, Diet, Riding

It has been covered in recent articles, and it is something that I do encounter nearly inall my rides – the bike is slow on flat terrain. Sure, it is an All Mountain bike and not a Trail bike, but still, the bike was design to be your everyday ride and not just an All Mountain. Add to that the fact that I am a big guy and the geometry of the bike is very good for me… and you can see why did I get this bike. Currently my riding style is Trail more then anything else. The winter has its contribution as well. When it rains and when there is mud out there I prefer to ride in Park Hayarkon for about 25km – 20km. When riding in the park everything just seems so slow. I cannot get more then around 20km per hour.

With 14Kg that were already lost (in 8 weeks), an XT crank, XT cassette, and an XTR chain, I thought I should be getting some more speed. I know that the 2.35 tire does not role fast, and that a 2.2 or a 2.0 tire would be faster, but it seems odd to me to use these tires on an All Mountain bike.

The psychology of things simply drives me nuts. Losing a significant amount of weight had to improve something with my ride, right? Or am I just too linear on this? Maybe it just takes its time, maybe I had a really awful riding day… everything is possible. What is clear is that I had been frustrated all day long, instead of being happy about the things I managed to achieve.

6 weeks had passed – 11.2kg/24.6lbs are gone

// January 11th, 2010 // Comments Off on 6 weeks had passed – 11.2kg/24.6lbs are gone // Bloging, Diet, Family, Riding

I must admit that I did not imagine that within the first 6 weeks of my diet I would break the barrier of shedding off my first 10kg. In the last two weeks I felt I lost a lot of weight but I did not know how much. On Saturday I was happy to discover I lost another 3.2kg/7lbs. There is no doubt in my mind that shedding this much weight had and immediate impact over my quality of life. I feel much more energetic. I must say that riding my bike has a lot to it and the improvement with my overall shape is well appreciated.

I am abroad this week and this is the biggest test I currently have with regards to my diet. I must fine a routine that will fit me even when I am away from home.

I am already waiting to get back home. My daughter’s birthday is next week turning to be 3 years old and I cannot wait for that!

Grounded

// January 2nd, 2010 // Comments Off on Grounded // Bloging, Family, Riding

I had to bring my bike to the shop for repairs for the second time this week. I have a weird problem that shows itself after about 20km – you simply cannot turn the pedals (crank) any more. The symptoms appear when pedaling gets more and more difficult (on the same gear shift, riding the same terrain, etc.) until at a certain point you cannot pedal anymore. When this happens gears are not being shifted.

I had already been to the bike shop on Wednesday with the same problem… and they did not find anything. Yesterday, after I was nearly thrown off the bike because of this, I decided to bring the bike back to the shop for repairs. At least this had happened near the end of my ride, so I felt I accomplished my goal riding this Friday.

It is odd to wake up in the morning to a beautiful sunny day in the middle of the winter, and not being able to ride. Instead of riding I used the time to go with the wife and kid to the port of Tel-Aviv where we enjoyed spending some quality time together.

I hope to get my bikeback  as fast as I can. Next Saturday I will be on a plane to New York on a business trip for a week…

Connected

// December 21st, 2009 // Comments Off on Connected // Bloging, Riding

The one thing I have replaced with the Enduro is the pedals. Instead of the nothing you get with the bike, I got Crank Brothers Mallet 2 pedals. Why should I mess around with cleats when I have only 4 months of experience riding bikes? – The answer is simple. My knees.

See, since I am a big guy my legs are placed on the pedals in an angle and not strait. My right leg has the worst angle where my heel sometimes touches the chain guard. This had a direct effect over the pain I feel in my knees after a ride. So what would be an appropriate solution? Cleats! Force the leg to be placed strait on the pedal.

Today it was the first time I rode my bike with the new pedals. I have tried to get my shoes connected with the cleats in the driveway but failed. It took me a kilometer and a half until I got the left shoe to get connected. Suddenly I heard a click… and that was that. Only two kilometers after I managed to get the right shoe connected as well. I could feel the difference immediately, although my right leg still wanted to shift right, but the shoe had prevented that.

The use of cleats forced the legs to be placed strait on the pedals lowering the pressure on the knees. I was not stressed from the fact I was connected to the bike. Only on one part of the ride I got nervous. The part where I have a stoplight and I am to stop. For some reason I could not disconnect at first, but after taking a deep breath I disconnected… finally.

I hope that in time and with the fact my muscles should get stronger (as they all say and write about), and with the use of cleats, most of my knee pain would vanish.