Fatbastarding: NTA log

  • Captain's log. Star date 200602201408AEST.

    Nerd reference complete though not without some difficulty in reading the date backwards. At the suggestion of the Bartians, I have decided to implement my own thread on my progress for weight loss. I now present my previous post to get the ball rolling, and stop me looking like one:

    [quote name='Nick the Aussie']
    Current weight: 118kg
    Goal weight: 100kg
    Estimated time to achieve: 6 months

    Plan: Sunday, Wednesday, Friday nights ride 20km on mountain bike along M7 Westlink bike track. Two routes have been selected starting at my place in the suburb of Quakers Hill out to a given endpoint, and then back to home. The endpoints selected are:

    [list][]The northern end of the track which terminates just before Old Windsor Road[/β“‚1bqr3o6e][/list]
    [list][]The M4 motorway to the south at the Light Horse interchange[/β“‚1bqr3o6e][/list]

    And an alternate "short run" of approx 10km that I use as a fill-in sometimes.

    At present only the first route is in use as I have a goal time to set on this route of 50 minutes with decrements of 2 minutes on current goal. Currently I have set a time of just under 55 minutes (new goal is 53 minutes) though I'm estimating as my stopwatch is broken and I had to use the clock on the oven. Once I crack that time I'll piss the MTB off and get a decent road bike. Then the length of ride should increase to a minimum of 30km total as I become accustomed to it. I also keep logs of conditions which will explain changes in times, particularly over time.

    If the evening is considered too hazardous to ride (rain etc) I shift it to another day. In addition to this, on the nights I do not ride, I am engaging (currently at inadequate frequency) in a program of pushups - sets of 10 as many sets as possible with rest breaks of a couple of minutes. Pushing my weight around is difficult given the sheer fatbastardliness of it all. Also situps and stretches to assist with my flexibility for when I need to start running.

    Current bike time improvements on the first route are:

    Friday, 27 January 2006
    62min 37sec

    Sunday, 29 January 2006
    59min 07sec

    Wednesday, 1 February 2006
    56min 45sec

    Friday, 3 February 2006
    Did Not Ride (sick)

    Sunday, 5 February 2006
    55min 54sec

    Tuesday, 7 February 2006
    28min 42sec "short run" course

    Friday, 10 February 2006
    56min 38sec (estimate)

    Sunday, 12 February 2006
    1 hour (est)

    Wednesday, 15 February 2006
    1 hour (est)

    Friday, 17 February 2006
    55 minutes (est)


    Sunday, 19 February 2006
    55 minutes (est)
    Bitching headwind and kind of tired but still a good time. Must have been the lack of sleep - when the Tahs get back from fucking South Africa I'll be a happy man.

    I must really by myself a new and robust chronometer to get more accurate times for the rides.

  • Potential disaster looming - was checking the bike last night and noted that the front gear system looks a little wonky. Sure enough if I grab the pedal crank and pull it away from the bike frame it wobbles a bit. Pretty sure that isn't meant to happen. Also trouble changing up cogs 3 through 5, though 5-6-7 seems able enough and the front derailleur is working perfectly. Sure the bloody thing was $400 and has been subjected to my fat arse for the best part of 18 months but surely they make them a bit more robust than this?

    A service call to the local bikesmith's is looming....

  • Nick, without having seen first hand what's happening, it sounds like you've had a bearing or 2 let go, or at least need replacing. Are you at all mechanically minded? If so, you might save yourself a bit o' dosh by seeing if you can fix it yourself? :nta

  • I thought the bearings would be the issue to RB, and while I am about as mechanical as the next bloke (I can strip and reassemble the mower more or less :shifty: sometimes I even end up with spare parts!) I don't have stuff like a chain breaker etc. etc. The movement in the crank is only about one millimetre through the horizontal plane so it can't be too serious yet.

    In any case, it really does need a full going over and I have no idea about tweaking the gear lines or adjusting the breaks. My strategy is to ask if I can watch them do it and take mental notes.

    Then I will get shitfaced at the pub and promptly forget all I saw

  • yeah, but if you were serious about wanting to learn, you could take written notes, even though they'd think you were a fucking weirdo....then again they may think that anyway? 😁

    Yeah, I've got no idea about the chain breaking shit, I thought it was a nut tension thing, so you don't even need to break the chain? :nta

    Sorry, my mechanical servicing skills are more focussed on shimano fishing reels, not shimano bike gears :shifty:

  • You probably don't need to break the chain but I'd like to just to make sure it can be done Makes it far easier to clean and oil that way, and I'd learn how to fix the damn thing if ever I get a break.

  • Stepped on the scales this morning: 117kg. :happy: Going for a ride tonight followed by protein shake. Have also noticed some of my shirts are starting to hang off me a little so might do some measurements and see where I'm at there.

  • clothes are the one NTA, belts going in a loop or three, shirts not so tight across the shoulders, pants actaully needing a belt.

    All good  😁

  • NTA just got back from his bike ride. O Great Yak Spirit, while NTA realises you are at all times omnipotent but with a fucking evil sense of humour, could you please stop taking it out on NTA, your most faithful servant, with fucking HEADWINDS every time NTA rides that damn contraption. :evil:

    Time out (10km): 33 minutes
    Time back (10km): 24 minutes

    Guess which fucking leg the wind was blowing? :tickedoff: Note that the track is up and down a bit but the 10km end point is actually at lower altitude than the start point.

    NTA might have a shower and weigh himself before doing anything else. NTA feels this will give him a good idea what his absolute low weight is at present to cheer himself up. Then an episode of Battle Star Galactica and off to sleepy-byes. NTA is quite delirious at this point and having trouble seeing the keyboard...  :idiot2:

  • And measurements:

    Chest: 120cm (across the nip-nips)
    Gut: 117cm (belly button)
    Arse: 125cm (same level as the mummy-daddy button)

    Man I feel like Wendell Sailor but without the vomiting....

  • Just determined that my "dry weight" (i.e. first thing in the morning after having a long piss) is 116kg. Shame I have to eat breakfast but there it is.

    Tonight's plan is pushups and crunches while the ad breaks are on for Lost.

  • [quote name='Nick the Aussie']
    Arse: 125cm (same level as the mummy-daddy button)

    I hate to think what the mummy-daddy button is.

  • Well its less mummy lately

  • Got home from work and decided not to exercise as I was completely stuffed from last night. However, in the interests of maintaining my output levels I had a protein shake, demanded (and recieved) my husbandly rights from Mrs the Aussie, and am in the middle of sets of pushups and crunches at the moment.


  • Regular Friday night ride finished about 90 minutes ago and I've been watching rugby but its now halftime. Blustery wind that has the evil capability to blow hardest when I'm pedalling uphill. Bastard.

    Anyway, the times are in and a NEW RECORD! 54 minutes 20 seconds, beating the previous best by at least 40 seconds. Yay me  πŸ‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘ Before drinking water and protein shake I weighed myself and its somewhere around 116kg but I was trembling from exhaustion and the old scale couldn't handle it.

    [quote name='BartMan']
    clothes are the one NTA, belts going in a loop or three, shirts not so tight across the shoulders, pants actaully needing a belt.[/quote]

    Speaking of which - got my t in the mail and its a bit... er... snug :embarassed: But not to worry - hopefully in a few months it'll be a muscle shirt and not a love-handles-n-manboobs shirt Naturally Little Aussie's is a teensy bit big on him (comes down past the knees) but he has time to grow into it

  • Nick - don't weight yourself after a session on the bike. It's all fluid loss.

    I was out a few weeks ago - it was just above freezing - for 2 and a half hours solid. 2 layers soaked through under a wind / water prrof jacket. I had dropped nearly 2kgs in sweat. Gives the wrong impression.

    Weighing yourself first thing in the morning, after a pish is the way to go.

  • [quote name='Irish Richard']
    Weighing yourself first thing in the morning, after a pish is the way to go.

    Its actually about the same IR - or at least less than 1kg difference each time. I'm having a couple of litres of water and some protein shakes after the bike but most of it gets absorbed overnight it would seem with the rest expelled at the morning tinkle. Its more for my own curiosity than anything, as I work out in the evenings after 8PM and therefore don't eat solid food between the bike and the next day. The scale last night had the needle between 116 and 117 but this morning after the pish its 117 even.

  • Weather not looking ideal for an evening ride - lots of thunder and threat of rain. Definitely don't want to be caught in it with the driving record of some folks aroundhere. Think I might head to the local oval with the footy and have a few kicks and maybe a few sprints as per RB's 22-50-22-100 schedule. Its gonna hurt compared to the bike but I need to shake the joints a little

    As for the rest of today, we had friends over so a fairly good lunch of Mrs the Aussie's BLAT salad (see thread) and beef and chicken skewers. Had some pavlova for dessert (naughty) and a nip of McWilliams 1977 Vintage Port. Liquid gold. Also had probably too much Coke Zero, consuming 2 litres. No sugar but loads of caffeine.

    Decided to make Wednesday my measurements day in order to keep it even. I will still weigh myself every day to monitor my general consumption so for example today was 118kg but will be back down to 117kg tomorrow morning. The goal of roughly 3 kg per month is still on track and this week at work will be another good opportunity to limit the diet side of things.

  • Last night's ride got called off due to pouring rain so am looking to have another go tonight though it might be a bit wet to corner at any sort of pace. Hitting asphalt at my weight is a less than fun activity.

    Instead I got in some pushups and ab work, and I'm varying what I do here to make different muscles do their thing - crossovers, isometrics, crunches, hand-to-knee.

    What I REALLY feel like doing is lifting some serious weights at the gym so if it rains again that's what I'll do.

    :edit: Mate of mine happened to be nearby at day's end so got a lift home from work. Hadn't caught up in a couple of months so had him over for dinner while Mrs the Aussie was out at Little Aussie's parent/teacher night (yes for daycare). Lasagna and garlic bread for dinner and remaining pavlova for dessert. Got a headache and need sleep more than exercise. G'night mommy. Definitely exercise tomorrow night - probably a bike ride.

  • I examined the bearings on my bike's pedal crank while riding home from the train station and decided that to push them further is not a wise move. I will therefore schedule in one more ride later this week, and in the meantime attend the local gymnasium to do some weights work as I'm getting a little punchy for heavy metal. I feel like a lazy prick for not riding now for 4 nights in a row but if the pedal crank goes when I'm 10km from home I will not be a happy camper.

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