Sunday, January 20, 2008

Chipotle Exile

Picture Left: 2008 and 20lbs heavier.

After months of hibernation from cycling life and exercise in general, I've concluded that I'm at the fattest point of my life. Last month I tipped the scale at a whopping 142 lbs. Considering that my racing weight in 2006 was between 120-125 lbs (which is what it should be) and considering it is now January, I think I have a pretty major problem on my hands (in addition to the not so minor problem of not having any serious training under my belt since May 2007).

I'm not sure why I didn't notice this situation in the months leading up to the present. Too many enjoyable trips to Chipotle and daily imbibing of wine, coupled with zero physical activities are most likely to blame. Not to mention wallowing in my (still present) injuries really made it easy to not care about anything other than consuming tasty chicken burritos with a side of guacamole.

ture Right:
2006 Phillips (thanks Amelia) was a skinnier time.....

This problem became a reality during Christmas. My mother casually mentioned to me that perhaps my jeans are a little tight. I thought to myself, are you kidding me? My jeans aren't that tight. Shit, are they? The female youth of today are perpetually packing themselves into jeans which are so tight that a shoe horn is necessary for removal. I guess I'm now a member of this not so exclusive club. Crap. I'm officially swearing off Chipotle.

Once a person has fallen so far down into the well, its hard to climb out of it. Last year I started this blog as a way to chronicle my first year of racing mountain bikes as an expert. I guess this blog has tuned into a diary about a fat girl who had to claw her way out of a 50 foot well. The question is: Will she drown or will she make it?

Picture Left: My best friend and worst enemy.

Knowing that my situation is very dire, I formulated a very exacting plan that would make my return to racing somewhat less embarrassing.

Step 1 - revamp the nutrition. I ponied up a small sum of money and purchased a sports nutrition plan. Along with this plan, I acquired calorie counting software that would track my progress out of the world of the fat into the world of the thin. Bottom line - I don't get to eat anything that I want and I will be measuring/weighing out all my food. I hope this doesn't turn me into a bitch.

Step 2 - Spend a few weeks getting back into the swing of things. This means riding on the trainer, pilates and spin classes at Supreme Fitness and Zoned 4 Fitness, and some weight training at MATC Fitness Center (saying "fitness" three times in once sentence makes me feel stronger already). I have to work all the aches and pains out of my system and remind my body how to work.

Step 3 - Hire a cycling coach by mid-february and do what they say. Coach TBD.

This week's status: 4.5 hours of exercise including a trip to Zoned, no fatty foods and 136 lbs on the scale.

To be continued....


amelia said...

you're not even fat! what are you talking about?

and i am also willing to bet that i am more unmotivated than you to work out. it's been ages.

madisongrrl said...

Your motivation will pick up in March....when you ditch the trainer for the outdoors.

Tim said...

Don't despair about your condition or mass. That is common for real human beings with lives off the bike in the winter. Thanks for reminding me to renew my Norba license. Now that my family is back to normal I'll be at Z4F more often. The holidays will do that. BTW, who is this overpriced coach you mentioned on MTBR?

VenusdeVelo said...

i second what amelia said...i think i have post-wisconsin-winter-and-work-stress-disorder. Just starting to try and get back in the swing...*sigh*, it's a long road at the moment...

amelia said...

ps - upon further inspection i've decided that your photo definitely is not alterra. alterra 06 was like 98 degrees and i distinctly remember wearing a sleeveless base layer instead of a jersey. it looks more like philips to me.

madisongrrl said...

Amelia - I think you're right. That was phillips. I'll correct that.

Tim - That coach was Blake B. He's a local pro triatlete that came highly recommend to me. I won't be working with him....I think I found someone else.