Day 63: Wow, I’m out of shape

7 03 2010

Not that it was any big surprise, but I discovered today that several months off the bike makes one very out of shape. In all honesty, I wasn’t in that great of shape to begin with, but I’ve lost most of whatever progress I’d made last summer.

It was a beautiful sunny day today with temperatures in the low 60s. Since I’m still unable to ride outside until my shoulder heals, Carrick had the great idea of putting my stationary trainer in the backyard. After setting up my bike and taking few deep breaths of fresh spring-time air, I put on my iPod and was ready to go. Halfway through the first song, the battery died. But it was ok . . . I listened to the birds sing instead. Fifteen minutes later I was worn out.

It’s quickly become apparent to me that I probably won’t be ready to ride my first century this summer. Between my own laziness over the winter months, then the rotator cuff injury I’ve been fighting since January, it’s looking like I may need to postpone my century. I’m nowhere near the shape I expected to be in by now. I’m not giving up, though. I still hope to make it sometime later this year. But if I don’t, I won’t give up. I’ll just do it later. I hate being told I can’t do something. As soon as I’m cleared by my physical therapist to ride my bike again, I plan to make up for lost time and put in a lot of road miles. In the meantime, he did clear me to ride the stationary bike, so at least I can get back to training on that, which is better than nothing.

Today’s starting weight: 151

Food journal:

Breakfast/Lunch:
— Chocolate Builder Bar = 270 cal.

Dinner:
— 3 pieces pepperoni pizza = 1,015
— Iced tea = 0

Snack:
— Weight Watchers Cookie Dough dessert = 170

Exercise:
— 15 minutes on stationary trainer = burned 81 calories

Thanks for visiting. See you tomorrow.

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