Monday, July 18, 2011
More hill climbing
Monday weigh-in: 164.6lbs
up 0.4lbs from last week
more bitching about this in a bit...
...but, first! Had a lovely weekend. Went out to a concert at the Botanical Gardens with some friends on Friday nite. Great Louisiana sounds in a beautiful setting! Saw Harry Potter movie on Saturday - LOVED it! I'm a rabid Potter fan but I'm a little sad the whole thing is over. sigh.
Did some more hill climbing work yesterday. We were able to get a babysitter so just the hubs & I could go for a ride. nice treat. We did Lookout Mountain in Golden. Its a serious climb - 5 miles at 5-6% grade & 1300ft elevation gain. This is the same climb we did after returning from Breck but this time I was able to complete the whole thing. yippee!!!! no stops!!! Granted, it took me 53minutes (a far cry from hubbie's best time of 32min) but I did it. Even just riding it a second time, I felt much stronger & knew what to expect. Also, we don't drive out to Golden & then ride up it....oh no. We leave from our house in Denver, ride to Golden (which is 12miles & mostly uphill) in order to start the climb. Whole trip is about 32miles & took us about 3hours with rest breaks. 1800 calories burnt
Next, I need to tackle the actual climb in my upcoming race a couple of times. That climb is gentler but longer...
At the top of Lookout is Buffalo Bill's grave. Tacky museum & gift shop included. You can get snacks at the gift shop and there are a bunch of picnic tables in the shade under the pines. Lookout is a very popular ride & I think I saw 5x as many bicyclists as cars on Sunday. The riders tend to gather for a rest at the picnic tables & swap stories. As I was hanging out listening to the stories, I felt like I belonged there. No one was looking at me like I crashed the party. I wasn't the smallest person in the group but I also wasn't the biggest. I was just....normal. which is a segue to my next topic -
So, I'm stuck at 165lbs...and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I still have 20lbs to goal but, I gotta ask, what is the right goal? I truly don't know how to answer that. It didn't matter much when I started but now I'm thinking a lot about how to define the endpoint.
Technically, I'm still overweight with a BMI of 25.1 but my waist-to-height ratio is healthy. I know I could lose a few more pounds - I'm still flabby in my butt, back, etc. Another 5-10lbs would put me solidly in a size 8. But I feel good & feel I look good even now - so what's the end?