Stephanie and I had a great time watching the Pro-1-2 from under the tent at the start/finish line. I want to thank David Green for being a gracious host and a shout out to my old team mates Davey A, Tim, Jim and Bill. Here’s a pic of the action just as the sun was dropping. It’s also the first time we had a chance to eat at Taco Bus. Service…meh. Food? I’m going back for more.
Back again for 2011 will be West Coast Cycing, this time with new sponsor, Suncoast Trailside Bicycles. Last year saw a successful season with Embe Associates and 2011 should be no different. I just spoke with Davey A, the president of the team, and committed to racing both Squiggy and the Ft Desoto Time Trial Series. I lost Squiggy by 1 second in 2009 and I don’t want to repeat that experience this year. In 2007 I tied for first place at the Ft Desoto Time Trial Series, not sure I’ll duplicate that performance but I’m putting everything into it again this year. It’s gonna hurt.
After a full six months off training and a full year off of competitive cycling, I’m getting back on the bike. I’m weighing in at 200 even, a full 30 over my TT race weight, and 35 over full race weight. My goal is to be back to 170 in 14 weeks, or by December 21st. At 2 pounds a week that should be achievable without being too painful. Portions cut in half, no more beer, and a gradual increase in training will put me there. Just to keep me honest, I’ll post here every Monday morning what my weight was, that should put enough pressure on me to follow through.
Aside from a public commitment to a goal, what’s the point of posting this on a leadership and innovation blog? Well, my brain is moving like a slug for one. So’s the rest of me for that matter. According to an article from the Mayo Clinic gives reasons from keep weight off to live longer. I’ll give two others. First, I think much more clearly after I’ve been busting my ass for 2-3 hours. Second, I usually train in the morning, around 4:30 AM. It’s a great feeling to know that when I walk into the office I’ve already done more than just about anyone else. The result is more confidence (because I really need that) and a wide awake, rockin’, creative brain. Those things together put me in an entirely different state and one that I’m far more comfortable in and produce my best work.