PART 1 - DON'T FORGET THAT THINGS TAKE TIME.
I'm just over 2 years into the new lifestyle now. From a weight loss perspective that's 75 pounds. The first 50 or so were (relatively) easy. It's funny what happens when getting off your ass and doing something meets giving up drinking. I lost 50 pounds in the first year. The picture below is from the 2009 Long Beach Triathlon. I weigh about 230 here. Though in retrospect wearing a skin tight tri-top was an extremely bad fashion decision, I hope I can turn a negative into a positive by deeming this photo exhibit "A".
|Exhibit "A" - Long Beach Triathlon 2009 - Chunky and stressed.|
|Exhibit "B" - Long Beach Triathlon 2010. A bit less chunky and a lot less stressed.|
I'm not looking for "way to go!!" or "kick some more ass!!" comments. Don't get me wrong, I love and appreciate every single comment I get. But as it relates to getting from there to here, the pleasure is all mine. Rather, I just wanted to put out a visual reminder that the realization of great things always take time. Some of you started your journey earlier, some started later. But in the end, we'll all get to the same place. By the way, I've still got a ways to go, but I'm totally up for it. How could I not be?
PART 2 - WE DIDN'T HAVE A SUMMER - UNTIL NOW.
But if Jeff from Dangle The Carrot can endure a Texas summer, I can endure a few days of a California anomaly. So there was no way I wasn't riding today.
When it gets hot here, it's usually because the winds are coming in from the desert. So when I hit the road today I was surprised to discover that the wind was still coming in over the ocean from the southwest. Except the wind was super heated. How does this happen when the water temps have barely reached 62 degrees this year?
Once I got past the initial shock of the heat, the ride wasn't so bad. I told myself that this was probably how it was going to feel at Ironman Hawaii 70.3 so I might as well take it where I can get it. Besides, any chance to get some mileage on Pacific Coast Highway in the aero position is tough to pass up.
That said, I look a little more grimy in the post ride photo than usual.
They say we have a week of heat this left....