Well, it’s Sunday night, and I’m getting ready to hop in bed, but I felt as though I should try and get some of my thoughts down on paper.
This week brought several new challenges, including the weather. On Saturday, the three of us involved in the challenge were scheduled to meet on “Carla’s home turf” for the first of our three challenges. As you know, Mother Nature did not want to cooperate, and we’re hopefully going to be able to get together very soon.
This past Wednesday, NOMS provided me with a Dexascan, which helps to measure and locate one’s body fat. (Believe it or not, I knew where it was, but it was very interesting to see the results.) :-) The scan gave me the ratio of what part of me is “me” and what part is the “stuff” I am trying to get rid of.
While I have spent a significant amount of time on the treadmill the past five weeks, it didn’t really prepare me for what I did Thursday. Thursday was my second day of the week to meet with Patrick, but I was unable to meet with him at our schedule time on Tuesday, as I had a staff meeting. Well, on Thursday, I did something that I haven’t really done in years. I ran. No, really, I ran. Sort of anyway. As part of my “circuit training,”
Patrick took me up to the track to run laps. I have to be honest, I started out alright, but at the end of my second circuit, I really struggled to complete the task. In the course of the week, I began riding the bike more, and had three days in which I was more than 10.5 miles, including a 15-mile trek Saturday morning. It got me thinking ... if I add up all of the time I spent on the bike this week, I had pretty much pedaled almost all the way to Cleveland.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ready to cycle to an Indians game or anything like that. I did have something rather weird happen to me this week. I was driving home from the gym, and was speaking to my wife on the phone. (I know, I should have had it on speaker, but I didn’t) When I finished the call, I attempted to set my phone down on the seat, and found that I was having a muscle spasm where my bicep meets my elbow. While it didn’t hurt too much, it was a bit worrisome. I spoke with Patrick, and he felt that it might be attributed to me needing to drink a bit more water than I had drank the previous day.
I upped my water intake after this, and I haven’t had any problems since then. Thanks again to all of you who have given me your well wishes. I absolutely cannot believe how wonderful your support has been. You can have no idea how much it means to me. Derek, Carla, I hope that you have had a wonderful week. See you in Port Clinton on Thursday.