Two Park Ride

My endurance has been noticeably improving, since I notice I am riding longer, at higher speeds, and recovering quicker. I used to have to take a day off between rides as recently as 3 weeks ago, but I have now ridden for four days straight and I’m not burned out! It’s such a great feeling to know that you are getting better and better.

I still look a mess, but I feel so much better than I did just a month ago.

My new habit of waking up early seems to be paying off. I get plenty done in the morning, and have time to get workouts in while still having an afternoon for work-realted things.

So today being such a beautiful day I went for a long ride, well…long for me. I usually ride to either Forest Park or Flushing Meadows Park, but today I managed to go through both parks and didn’t drop dead. Not bad. 


Rider in the Storm

Rider in the Storm by giantsquid at Garmin Connect – Details.

I was feeling pretty good today, energized and ready for another ride. My endurance is up and I figured let me take advantage of this and ride out to my brother’s place since he’s working from home today. What started out as a beautiful sunny day turned into a major thunderstorm on the way home, but it felt fantastic. The skies darkened, thunder boomed, lightning flashed and the clouds opened up to pour their rain on the world. It felt fantastic! Plus I put in my longest limeade to date and although very tired, I feel great.

Here’s hoping I recover quickly enough for another ride tomorrow.

Another Scorching Ride in NYC

Another Scorcher in NYC by giantsquid at Garmin Connect – Details.




The Beginning is Never Easy

When I heard last night that today was going to be a scorcher in NY, I was excited. I thrive on sunshine. The idea that it was going to be hot and sunny cemented the fact that I was going to go for a long bike ride today. And…I tried. 

I woke up at 6am, part of my plan to do things like I did when I was at my healthiest, and went through my morning routine, but earlier. A shower, drinking coffee, enjoying the sounds of the birds, catching up with the news on the internet. 


Then I checked on my bike. The rear tire was flat. Great. I filled it up with air and decided I would give it a go for as long as she would have me, which was a good while. I rode to the park my brother and I would run and ride through, Forest Park in Queens, a beautiful park that looks like it’s name. After a short break enjoying the sun, and snacking on a banana for some fuel, I rode back to Rego Park with the intention of heading on over to may favorite park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. On the way….a flat. Which was just as well, maybe a sign, since I was burnt out and running on fumes, and the heat was rising. 

I dropped off the bike for repairs and decided to upgrade the tires since it;s been 5 years and they were looking like me, a bit ragged.

Overall, not bad. Being the tech geek I can be, I uploaded my GPS info to the Garmin website and I burned 890 calories! I’m pretty happy with that, but wished I could’ve done more since it was a quite work day. I’ll give it another go tomorrow after the bike is ready.  

Let food be thy medicine….

Let food be thy medicine.



Day One

Tomorrow I start implementing the plan I have for recovery. The cupboards have been cleared of junk and stocked with healthy food. I will exercise a minimum of three times a week and recording everything.

I will eat a vegetarian diet 6 days a week, so I can have a cheat day until I fully adapt to this new lifestyle.

I will visit my doctor in 2 weeks and hopefully see my cholesterol numbers go down.

I even took some before pictures tonight, and hopefully I’ll have the courage to actually share them one day.


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