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Through the power of pedals and the guidance of Slimming World I will be slim

The Little Tinker

I’ve had my Boardman Bike a little over 6 weeks now (that reminds me I need to book a 6 week check up with Halfords).  Over the last six weeks, I’ve ridden 71.7 miles (according to Strava) on it.  Some people will smash that in a single ride, but I’m still getting used to the bike.

This morning I’ve had some time while the wife has popped out for a coffee date with a friend.  This has meant the Allen Keys have come out and adjustments have been made on the bike in a bid to make it more comfortable.  Issues I’ve been experiencing lately are;

  • aching knees when on the bike and for a bit after riding
  • uncomfortable feeling in the wrists
  • soreness in the soft tissue areas on the saddle

I’ve been doing research around basic bike fits from different cycling sites to YouTube videos.  There are a lot of useful videos on YouTube for setting you your bike for you and they’ve all been helpful.

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FTP Test To End The Trial

Since purchasing the Tacx Flow Smart Trainer, I’ve used Zwift for a few rides through a trial period (technically two trial periods).  Using Zwift on the PC, I was given an unlimited milage trial for 7 days.  After the initial 7 days, I was then given 25km to use before the 1st December.

Within the first 7 days, I completed 3 free rides totaling 21.41 miles.  This is just warm up mileage for a lot of people, but for me, it’s somewhat of an introduction to indoor training, which is very different from the world of riding outside.

Hey look, Dolphins!
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The Currency of BMI

Body Mass Index (or BMI) is something used to calculate if a person is of a healthy weight.  I hate it, it’s not an accurate measure of fat percentage and does not take into account one’s build.  But the GP uses it to steer to fobbing me off with “if you lose weight it will be better” or “it’s likely because of your weight”.

BMI Ranges for the UK

Here in the UK, they say to be of healthy weight an adult’s BMI score should be between 18.5 – 24.9.  Using the graph below, you’ll be able to see what sort of weight you need to be for a given height to be in that range.  Obviously the taller you are, the heavier you can be but still have the same BMI score.  The ranges used by the NHS are as follows;

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Losing My Marbles And My Keys

Everyone loses their marbles every now and then.  Sometimes you walk into a room a forget why.  Sometimes you ask someone a question you asked them a couple of minutes prior.  Sometimes you will lose your keys when in town but then really lose everything.

A long story short, I’ve had to start wearing glasses for Computer Work, Reading, TV Time and Driving – basically, anything that requires me to focus on something.  I haven’t adapted well, I hate wearing them – but I’d rather wear them than get the headaches that follow when I don’t.

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Clearing Ones Mind

There is one thing I have found this last week really useful and that is the bike.  Having the bike set up in my ‘Dad Cave’ has meant that when I’ve been feeling angry, frustrated or emotional for whatever reason has saved me.  I still need to get on top of my emotions and mental state, but the bike has been a lifesaver recently.

Sign on entry to my Dad Cave
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The Balance of Food and Exercise

It is Thursday yet again which again means weigh day was yesterday – that day that anyone part of a Slimming Group often dreads.  Yesterday was a little different for me though, I attended an earlier group instead of the usual 7pm group.  Not being at work this week and having the in-laws round last night made it easier to attend the 9.15am group.

I wasn’t feeling great about weighing in.  The last week hadn’t been on plan for about 40% of the time, the other 60% was though, so I wasn’t really expecting much.  Not expecting much put me in a bit of a down mood heading to group as I’ve been chasing that 2st award for weeks now.  Often getting close then gaining weight to lose it again.

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