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…333… August 11, 2012

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Well, again it has been a long time since I’ve posted. Unfortunately, I’ve been hit with compulsions for hobby after hobby since retiring from the Navy. Since my schedule better allows me to pursue these… I have.

…and it shows.

At work, several of us decided to put together our own “Biggest Loser” contest. Weigh-ins were last week. I came in at 333 lbs. Yikes. Super yikes. Mega yikes. Really, I was speechless. But, as the song goes, “the race is on.”

I’ve committed to commuting the 10.2 miles to work by bike. I’ve committed to a better plan for food. I’ve committed to regaining my old self by losing a good chunk of my new self.

Here is a pic of my bike rigged for commuting, minus the Arkel bags:

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So, what’s my goal? The same as my goal when I started this journey in Hawaii years ago… a healthy change in how I live and what I do. To be healthier and happier. To bike to work. To work to live. To live to bike. To get back on the bike.

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…biking can be tough… April 16, 2008

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Biking in Hawaii? Not so rough.

If you ever want a “perspective-check” to help you realize that whatever conditions and distances you are biking are really not so insurmountable, just Google the name Kathi Hirzinger-Merchant.

She managed a 25 and a half day ride on her fat-tired mountain bike over more than 1000 miles of remote, winter filled, uninhabited Alaskan wilderness.

From a Craig Medred article:

Having already driven a snowmobile from Knik to Nome, she decided this year she had to go by mountain bike, so she dragooned Bill into riding once again. Off they went.

It was not easy.

Here is a bit of what race director Dan McDonough posted to the race Web site:

On their approach to Nome, Bill and Kathi faced “immense winds and cold temperatures. At one point, when they were protected from the constant wind, Kathi looked at the temperature and saw minus 30 degrees … Bill described pushing the bikes at a 45 degree angle to prevent the wind from blowing the bikes away.

“After 25 and a half days Bill was looking forward to having a beer upon his arrival. Instead, when they arrived at 2:58 a.m. they were greeted by one woman on the street who was heading to work.

The only place open for food or drink was a coke machine.

“They celebrated with dehydrated food in Styrofoam coffee cups.”

You can read the full story here: http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/374243.html

No matter how wet and rainy and/or windy it is here, I just have to remember that I’m biking in Hawaii. It only gets so cold (sometimes in the mid 60’s), and I can only go so far (my trip around the island was less than 160 miles). I won’t starve. I won’t get eaten by a bear.

So, next time you hear me crying about a ride on my blog, remind me that others do more…