My Engine Tuning Progress Bar

Sunday, October 02, 2011


Since I started my Atkins based diet Sept 19 I have lost an official 14 lbs. That puts me under 270lbs, for the first for the first time in 20 years. I finally broke that 270 barrier after 7 years of yo - yo dieting. Now to reach 245 - 101 lbs lighter than my heaviest ever! Keep encouraging me!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

godspoke BBQ

Attended a wonderful post Jasper Banff riders BBQ at Denis@ Audery Newmans park like farm. lylesribs and Fayes chocolate cherry cake were Devine. I thot I did well butt glucose readings were highest I have seem tonight. I am seeing just how eating after 9 pm really affects me!
but I had a great night catching up with every one

Friday, September 09, 2011

blogger iOS

this my first post using new app on my iPhone. Had a good day, had to go to a diabetes class this afternoon- was sort of a rehash of stuff I knew.
Controlling diabetes and trying to lose weight is alot more of a lifestyle change than I was thinking. Have to make big changes in though processes and discipline.
Went to Costco with Alice tonight- had bad dinner choice- but rode 5 k home.
Must limit fruit and any food intake after supper!!!!! glucose was 12.1 2 hrs later :(
hmmm this new app could be nice; or I could get TMI if I am not careful

Wednesday, September 07, 2011


WOW What a nice night for a ride! Unusaully warm for Sept. 8 riders

SEE ya

Monday, September 05, 2011

Summers End

Wow what a summer. April, I rode every day and was looking forward to a solid season of high mileage; then May hit. I was so lacking in energy and was tired All the time. I even took a few afternoons and went home early from work. I ended up riding only a handful of km. June 5 and a ride around Pigeon Lake; Arrrggg! I had cramps so bad my legs literally seized 6 times. I knew then something was wrong. Went to the Doctors, got some blood tests. Verdict: Highblood pressure, Diabetes II and high cholesterol. I was a sick boy! Got meds, a diet and slowly stared to ride!
July – Ride from Jasper to Banff – an epic ride, for 17 lucky riders,

Was supposed to be 18, but 5 minutes after starting a fast downhill run from the last big hill from Miette Hot springs, (my first 5 min of riding on the trip) screech, slide, rumble… I hit a patch of gravel on the side of the road and went down! Ended up with a dinner plate sized patch of road rash on my left cheek (butt).
Could not ride ie.: pedal for the rest of the trip OUCH!! Still had a great time being the sag driver. What utterly fantastic panoramas'!  So I had to wait three weeks before I could ride comfortably again. So far this year was becoming one of my lowest mileage years in a long time.
Sad smile
But since then things have picked up nicely.
I rode from Calmar to Bentley.

This was one of my bucket list rides; it took abit long than what i had planned due to detours and a lot of big hills but It was a great day of riding! 

In August we also got a chance to go to Calgary for my nieces wedding and to drop in for a visit in Cochrane to see and ride with Cornell. DSCF0259
The highlight of that was I got to squeeze into his Strada velomobile !!

I have tried to commute home from work or at least partially every other day in Aug ust and hope to do the same as long as the weather holds up this Fall. I did ride in one morning which was nice but I don't like the stress of arriving when clients are waiting and chomping for us to open up. I like morning riding alot the day seems "perky", full of promise and refreshing on those days i can ride somewhere in the morning.

Today I rode from Calmar a St.Francis - Warburg - Calmar Loop; another ride I that has been on my to do list for a couple of years

I Burned over 5000 calories. Did good on water just under 4 liters, and ate good: 1 cinnamon raisin bagel, 3"garlic sausage, 1 eatmore, a bit of black licorise, 50gm of beef jerky, a nut and fruit bar and 2 tabs of Fizz endurlytes and 7 caps for endurolytes. I Felt goodall day  no cramps or bonking in the +25 heat! just tired calf and thigh muscles; Great ride!!

I “hope" to add more on this blog, like the Garmin reports above and to chronicle more for the rest of the season. I hope to ride Lake Louise to Canmore later this September and to Ride around Pigeon Lake again. Plus Alice is planning a trip to Kelowna to pic apples yet this fall too. so we will see.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My Best Friend

Don Martz

Died today of a massive heart attack. He was one of the few that I could be totally honest and open. We would laugh so hard of the commonest things in our lives we thought was so private. but ended up to be so everyday. If our wives only knew what we talked about.

I will miss him terribly – but he will be with me always.

You made it home first….See ya Later buddy…..IMG_0134

Friday, April 15, 2011

30 Days of Cycling

There are times you wonder why you make goals and commitments – Snow Day-  5 km of wet, slush and obstacles. If I did not make this self imposed challenge I would have missed an awesome short ride!


I loved it!

Set your self a goal this week!


Sunday, April 03, 2011

30 days of Cycling

I was reading Kent Peterson's blog the other day and he was commenting how even he a major cycling commuter and car free family guy had gotten out of the habit of riding consistently he walks to work etc.) and how he missed it but was "out of the habit" so to speak. When you have stopped or slowed down doing something that it is hard to resume it.


Boy I understand that. After the winter and spring around here I find it tough mentally so get riding, I want to but I find a lot of excuses not too or I postpone it until it's too late.

Kent found a challenge that started April 1. Called 30 days of Cycling. You were supposed to sign up by the 1st and no matter what you ride for 3o days straight. If its raining, snowing, sunny, windy ; don't mater even if it's just a quick ride around the block.


I think I need this type of motivation to get my head back into my riding and weight loss thing. So I started Saturday April 1. I am going to ride every day for 30 days too. So stay Tuned I will try to update this 1 or 2 times a week. See you on the road!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Cheeks Are Sore!

Man ya just don’t realise how out of shape you are until you go for a long ride after 4 months of relative inactivity. I rode in from Calmar this afternoon- 20 km. Great weather and it sure beats riding a trainer like I did last year! It seems like the roads and paths are lot cleaner and it “warmer” too! 

So get your bike off the trainer and get some Vitamin D exposure.  Get a break from cabin fever syndrome and do something outdoors (like ride a bike) on Sunday! You never know how long the nice weather will last. Winking smile

Some of us Rode in Feb ‘08


(gotta get those training kms in for the Jasper to Banff tour this summer, those mountain passes are gonna be a grunt)