Day 23 of 30 Day Self Challenge, Checkin’ In #57

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For the first time all month, I biked at least 20 miles in back to back days…and I actually feel pretty good at this point.

This is a lovely downhill not far from my place. I went this way again, after I discovered it’s a much quicker way to get up to the downtown area.

It was a nice day, though it got a bit chilly by the end of the ride. I have reached the point where I ride with the intention of ‘out running’ the sun. The goal is to get home before it’s dark…but try to make the ride a nice long one.  This is a shot of a main street about 10 blocks away. I used it to ride about 80 blocks. Short blocks, but still a good distance.

There was a steep incline at one point, but it wasn’t too bad. The street did get rather busy though. After this I had a bit of combat biking going on.

I went up long enough that I found the bike route. Downtown Brooklyn is glorious for bikers.

A few turns later, and I was approaching the downtown area. Straight ahead is the tallest building in the borough.

I thought about heading to Manhattan and changed directions at this point. Turned right and headed towards Prospect Park. Straight ahead here, is the 2nd tallest building, the Williamsburg Savings Bank.

This is near the exit of Prospect Park….well, one of the exits. There were cars driving through as they do during rush hour, so I was in the bike lane.

Ocean Parkway once again. This took me all the way to Coney Island. I thought about quitting and cutting halfway off to head home…but figured I may not get a ton of mileage in this weekend and might as well punch it up a notch.

Coney Island at sunset. The sign stuff to the left is Luna Park, the newest edition to the famed area of amusement rides. Kind of quiet tonight.

A familiar shot. Approaching the end of the ride, I thought it was a nice trip.

Doing back to back days of 20 miles was great. I feel like I really am a biker. Maybe not a cyclist, but a biker. What’s the difference? Well, I think cyclists are people who use their bikes to get everywhere, and bikers ride for health, fun, and right now I’m enjoying riding very much. You’d think, after 23 days, I would be sick of it. Anything but. I called my brother tonight and set it up so I’ll ride his bike this weekend. I’ll probably go over his house Saturday morning, ride from there to my parents house, and then on Sunday make the return trip to his house. It might only be 7 or 8 miles. It could be as few as 5. Doesn’t matter though, as long as I’m riding every day.

I’ve begun thinking about riding a few days into October, just for shits and giggles. I know if I take a day off, I’ll end up taking a well deserved week off. While it’s well deserved, the days of fair weather are fading, and it might make more sense to wait until it’s either too cold or too wet to ride.

We’ll see. There’s another week to decide everything.

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100 Days Back, 100 Days Forward

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There are 100 Days left in 2010. One hundred days until the calendar flips to 2011. Probably because the seasons ebb and flow along the calendar(unless you live someplace without much change in seasons), we are a society  that looks at autumn and winter as the end of something. Stuff is dying, the days are getting shorter, and people are being forced to slow down because the weather is changing. Summer houses are closed up, beaches close, and campfires are put out. It’s like migrating from the outdoors to the indoors.

It can also mean an end to whatever fitness was started while the temperatures were more agreeable. Soon, there will be holidays arriving and plenty of opportunities to eat, indulge, and blow away every ounce of weight lost during the pleasant months.  The ol’ hibernating bear, pack on the pounds in the winter, shed them in the summer…or most of them.

For the first time in a long time, it feels like this autumn & winter will be a lot different.

I did a quick look at the calendar to see what date was 100 days ago.  It was June 16th, the day of my first ride. Look at the sidebar, and you see how far I’ve gone. I’ve come a long way from where I was on June 16th. I’m not even halfway to my final destination, but it feels good to know that I am where I am.

I’m nearly at my second goal. I’m excited about that. I’m more excited that I’m just still here, still in the mindset of losing. 100 Days til 2011. 100 Days to make even more changes.

It’s really awesome.

And now, time to go riding!

Day 22 of 30 Day Self Challenge, Checkin’ In #56

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I was feeling good today. It was also warm. Warmest day we’ve had in at least a week. There are thunderboomers going on outside now, rain smacking against the windows, and probably an end to the heat. However, before we got there, we got some great riding.

I decided to do a long loop that combined a few routes that I’ve established for myself. For starters, I headed towards the pier.

Heading to the pier, Manhattan lies ahead, New Jersey lies to the left. I had the wind behind me, so it was a nice trip. I doubled back and headed towards Coney Island.

I haven’t had a shadow pic in a while, so here’s one! Ohh, I also raised my seat even more today, maybe another half  inch. The difference is unbelievable.

In Coney Island, I went to the far end of the area, and looped around.

The Brooklyn Cyclones home. I’ve taken this same photo before…except they’re now out of the playoffs so there’s nothing going on here. The area, coincidentally, tends to quiet down a lot after the summer ends. I may give a tour of this area in the off-season. All the area needs is a little love.

Ocean Parkway. I looped around Coney and headed up this way. It’s about 5 miles to the street I turn on. Not too shabby tonight.

The goal was to get home before it got dark…and before the storm arrived!

Getting dark, cloudy, but I was almost home.

I ended up riding 20.70 miles. Woohoo! Good stuff.

I’m going home this weekend, so I’ll have photos from the Boston area instead. Not sure exactly what I’ll do, but I’ll have something. Probably not until Monday, but even so they’ll be here. I might try another 20 miler tomorrow…but that will depend on the legs.

I may gripe about Biggest Loser this week. I really, truly, hate that show.

Day 21 of 30 Day Self Challenge, Checkin’ In #55

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Today I wasn’t feeling a long ride. I opted for a neighborhood jaunt.

I rode down a street that runs parallel to the highway, on the opposite side from where the bike lane is.

I found a park I hadn’t noticed before, so that’s fun.  I looped back towards my street afterwards.

I went beyond my street and looped up and around. A short 4.75 mile trip. I needed it, I think. I haven’t had a short ride like that in over a week. I might try getting up early tomorrow and biking along the coast. We shall see.

Day 20 of 30 Day Self Challenge, Checkin’ In #54

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I’m 2/3rds of the way through the 30 days of biking challenge. It’s quite amazing. 20 straight days riding a bike, and most days including substantial riding. I forget half the days I’ve ridden. They’ve begun blending into each other.

I may be retiring my bike map that started this journey in the first place. It’s actually in great condition considering it has been in my pocket during nearly every bike ride this summer. My girlfriend picked up the first map I got, and snagged another one today. So, I figured I’d take a few pics of the map so you can see what I’m using to get around the big city of New York.

This side I use when I’m heading into Manhattan or the one time i went over to Queens.

This is the Brooklyn side, the side I’ve looked at a million times. The green line on the lower left side is where I start a lot of time, and has been featured with the bridge in the background. I’ve taped a few of the tears, but you can’t really tell. I’ll hold onto this in case the other one gets lost or something.

I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go today. I didn’t want to ride far…but I didn’t really want a destination either. I zigzagged a few blocks before making up my mind. This is a block over from my place.

I was all set to go towards the water, and then I decided to head north instead. I wasn’t in the mood for headwind or big hills…so I went north to see what lay ahead.

Further up, the street became a bit busy, but it wasn’t too bad overall. Straight ahead here is the formerly tallest building in Brooklyn. An apartment building built last year surpassed it. IMO, though, this building is much nicer. More classic.

I decided to loop around Prospect Park and head back towards home going the way I usually come up this way. ‘Heartbreak Hill’? I coasted down that tonight. It was awesome.

This is from the second half of the hill, heading down.

I could have headed home after the hill and been there within about 2 miles. I opted to keep the ride going, and went down Ocean Parkway. This is a shot of crossing one of the intersections along the way. I went all the way down to the sea, looped by Coney Island and headed home.

Great day for a ride, but the temps are definitely falling. I think by the end of the month, I might seriously need gloves while riding.

21.35 miles. Not too shabby. My legs aren’t that sore either, so tomorrow could possibly be another long ride. Tomorrow morning will decide that, I think.

Raising The Seat, Checkin’ In #53

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I’m about to head out for today’s ride, but thought I’d mention something kind of funny.

This is my seat. For 500 miles, I rode it at the level where the black part was lower. I finally relented while on my ride yesterday morning and decided to boost my seat. It feels a lot better. I figure I’ll use the next 500 miles to see if I need to make any adjustments.

Why the hell did I wait 500 miles?

That’s a great question that I can’t answer! lol.

Have a great day. I’ll have a post up tonight of tonight’s ride.

Let’s Try This, Again

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The good folks at CSN stores are again interested in having me promote their stuff. As most of you know, it’s a matter of linking their website and then following up later on when either I review a product or give something away. I’m going to review something, because I like getting free stuff. They’re promoting cheap bedroom furniture, but I think I’ll probably do something fitness/health related as this is a weight loss blog and not a blog about cheap bedroom furniture. They have a number of websites that you can buy stuff from. I have a mini-espresso maker that is great for one person servings.

So, let’s see how this goes!

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