10 Down, 20 to Go

06.7.2005 | 7:08 pm

As of this morning, I’ve lost a third of the weight I’m hoping to shed by the time I race the Leadville 100 this August 13 (I started at 188.8, I want to get down to 158). So, what’s changed in ten pounds?

  • Reduced Squish Factor: My legs don’t hit my stomach ’til about 3/4 of the way on my upstroke. That’s a nice change. I figure by the time I get into the 160’s I’ll be done with the squish factor altogether, which I would think should improve my riding dramatically.
  • I’m now in the awkward "between" stage, clothes-wise. I have three sets of clothes: my "thin" clothes, which I purchased back when I weighed < 160lbs; my "fat" clothes, which I purchased back when I weighed 160-170lbs, and my "steroids" clothes, which I purchased last December-January, when my weight went up to and beyond 180. (I’ll explain the steroids tomorrow, but I promise you it’s not about doping this time.) The "steroids" clothes are a little too baggy, but the "fat" clothes are a little too tight. The "thin" clothes remain safely in a box.
  • Climbing improvement: I’m resorting to the granny gear less and less often in the two climbs I do as part of my daily commute.
  • Pride over what used to be an embarassment: I find myself proud of the fact that I am now in the 170’s, a fact which would have mortified me two years ago. I expect that once I get into the 160’s, I’ll be positively bursting with pleasure that I’m so light — even though I’ll still be unable to fit into my "thin" pants.

Today’s Weight: 178.8

Next Up: Why the Fat Cyclist took steroids


  1. Comment by Unknown | 06.8.2005 | 2:39 am

    Elden,I just found your blog site and spent a good hour at work getting caught up on your story. Very funny stuff.For what it’s worth, I still remember riding with you in Utah (AF canyon or the Hog). You were always the fasted one up the climbs. Keep up the good work.Please send me your recipe for the "cake shakes". That sounds outstanding.Rick S.

  2. Comment by Fat Cyclist | 06.8.2005 | 7:22 pm

    Mmmmmm…cake shake: – fill blender 1/2 full of vanilla ice cream – add a big piece of chocolate cake – Add milk and blendvoila!


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