We’re a week into 2019 already. With how fast that seems to have flown there is no wonder 2018 seemed to go by with a blur. But 1 week in means 7 days of riding my bike so far and I’ve got to say, I’m enjoying it at the moment.
In the last week, I’ve recorded 74.7 miles on the bike. All my rides in 2018 totaled 196.6 miles, so I’ve already ridden 37.99% of my 2018 total in 2019. For someone like me, fairly fresh to the idea of frequent exercise and being the size I am, that’s fairly impressive. I’m impressed anyway and that’s all that matters.
I’m not into this New Year, New Me stuff. Instead, I’m going to use January to get my backside off the sofa more and on the bike. December is never a good month for me and my weight loss journey, so extra exercise will only help me lose anything I put on over Christmas.
Some people have asked me what #REDJanuary is when I’ve mentioned it. RED stands for Ride Every Day. I originally thought of doing this a good number of weeks ago when I saw a post from somewhere else on the Internet where the author was doing Hunt for the Red October. Basically, he used this film title to Ride Every Day in October. So I set about doing something similar for January, hence #REDJanuary.
I have just finished Stage 3 of the Tour of London was another flatter route and one I am more familiar with after using this route a few times in previous rides. Again, joining the B Group for the shorter ride I completed the 4 laps of the Classique Reverse route. The lead into the lap is actually longer than a lap itself.
LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 7.4 km / 4.6 mi LAP DISTANCE: 5.4 km / 3.4 mi ELEVATION GAIN: 19 m / 62 ft LAPS: 4 TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 29.0 km / 18.2 mi
I completed the first stage of the Tour of London last night. Joining the B Group for the ride, the group taking the shorter of the two distances, but it’s still the longest I’ve ridden in a single ride. The route for the stage was the Great London Flat route.
LEAD-IN DISTANCE: 5.7 km / 3.5 mi LAP DISTANCE: 11.6 km / 7.2 mi ELEVATION GAIN: 45 m / 149 ft LAPS: 2 TOTAL DISTANCE WITH LEAD-IN: 28.9 km / 17.9 m
It’s December now, which means Christmas has been around for the last 6 weeks. As we have a 4-year-old who is really into Santa for the first time this year, our Christmas tree is now up, flashing and looking festive. The outdoor lights are hung and the timer plugged in, and gifts are piling up in the spare room ready to be wrapped (and sent to Santa for delivery).
As we draw closer an closer to Christmas, we also get closer to the end of the year. 2018 has been a good year for me, a new addition to the family on the first day of the year, I’m the lightest I’ve been for more than a decade and I have a new hobby in cycling.
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.