Monday, May 24, 2010
I stepped on the scale the other day to assess damage the two most sedentary weeks of my life inflicted. 162 lbs. Hmm, that can't be right. So I stepped on the scale in different spots, one-legged of course, to see if I could coerce more poundage on the display. Nope. So now I had to figure out what this boat anchor of a cast weighs, so I sat down, unstrapped it and weight it on my weight weenie bicycle scale. Almost four pounds. That means I'm down to about 158 lbs! I've lost 6 lbs in two weeks. Why doesn't my racing weight go that low?
Perhaps I over compensated with calorie cutback. It is easy to do when your heartrate never needs to go more than a few beats per minute above resting rate. You'll never bonk. I guess when I am training, I over compensate the other way, making sure I store away every last gram of glycogen and then some (fat).
I can't stand with both feet on the scale yet to measure body fat. I bet my body fat hasn't dropped much. In fact, in two weeks there has been a dramatic reduction in the size of my left knee flexor. So I got the tape measure out and quantitatively measured the circumference around both legs a few inches above the knee. My right leg was 16.1", left only 14.8". I've lost 1.3" in just two weeks, probably all lean muscle mass! It is going to be hard to not dwell on that, but I know there is nothing I can do about it. Wonder what another eight weeks will bring? I suspect my right leg is getting a healthy workout, with all the stairs I must negotiate in our house. Nothing like 400W intervals though.
I've been kicking around a few ideas to spruce up my website, http://www.northeastcycling.com/. I've become fond of a website call GPSies. It is very versatile, converting almost any GPS track file format to another, and loads maps quickly. Much more powerful than MapMyRide, which sucks, frankly. So I'm running a little experiment here to see if their maps embed properly in blogger. You should see an interactive map below. By clicking on details, you'll bring up the full page where you can download the track file for this ride. Coincidentally, this is the ride I did the day before I broke my leg, when it poured on the Sterling race and I stayed dry for >90% of this ride.
It seems GPSies elevation data set is a little glitchy, but I'd rather see that than the super smoothing function that MapMyRide applies to elevation charts. Another very power tool GPSies offers is Douglas-Peuker Algorithm route point data reduction. Detailed GPS tracks can have thousands of track points, and Garmin's are notorious for choking on this. The Douglas-Peuker Algorithm eliminates most of the points with negligible loss in track fidelity.