Yesterday I wound up riding twice. Once in the morning for 25 miles and later in the day for about 20 to tour the Batavia Duathlon course.
Both rides were rather brisk, which is fine because the race is not until Sunday.
But what kept running through my mind during the bike rides was “Time in the Saddle.” This is good.
The summer my weight dropped to its lowest point in years (163 lbs.) I was riding nearly every day. That’s entirely possible in my situation, and the prime season is upon us. I weigh close to 180 now.
What I’d dearly love to have happen is to shed some weight around my waist that is entirely new to my existence. Some of it is simply belly fat, which is also very likely the product of two things; holiday beer and sweets. That’s when it all jumped on my waist. Winter binge eating.
And I absolutely hate it. Hate the feel. Hate the look. Hate the sensation of it moving when I run. So, like everyone else in the world that wants to shed a few pounds, I’ve decided it’s time to get my Gear Butt in gear. Ride more, and longer. Eat better, and less. And stop drinking beer as a habit.
I love getting up early and getting out early. That way you can come back and get into the day’s routine with a workout under your belt. Often I’ll catch a 15-minute nap at lunch between writing projects and business. Sometimes it’s a noon workout at the pool or a run on days when I’m not cycling.
Once you get your Gear Butt in gear it all develops a flow. Many times you feel a new sense of energy and awareness. The cycling becomes more natural, for one thing. When you’re fit you’re no longer struggling to hold 16 or 18 or 20 mph or whatever bugaboo pace seems to be your sticking place.
The same goes for running. The Catch-22 of running and riding for weight loss is that it’s harder when you’re already heavy! Carrying 10 or 20 extra pounds around is harder on your joints. So you have to be wise as you increase your mileage.
But if you want a nice, solid Gear Butt and less of a Beer Gut, it takes some thinking like this, and dedication. Y0u simply must prioritize to get to sleep on time and get up at the prescribed time. Lay your equipment out the night before and eliminate all hurdles to preparation and getting out the door. Fill your bottles for the ride and be ready to make a quick breakfast.
It’s Gear Butt versus Beer Gut. Love the former. Hate the latter. Well, hate is a harsh word. But you know what I mean.
Time to get the butt in gear.