2014 maintenance progress report: week #3
Week #3 of my 2014 maintenance program is complete, and it’s time for my weekly progress report. Note that this week’s report is one day earlier than usual: tomorrow I will be out of town for the big 274 kilometer/170 mile cross-Florida bike ride!
Tools of the trade
This is the exact equipment I use to track my progress every week
My scale weight this morning (as measured by the EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale) is 162.2 pounds. That’s a 0.0 pound change since last week’s weight of 162.2 pounds, and a +3.8 pound change from my 2014 maintenance starting weight of 158.4 pounds.
My 7-point body fat reading this morning (as measured by the FatTrack PRO Digital Body Fat Caliper) is 6.2%. That’s a 0.0% change since last week’s body fat measurement of 6.2%, and a 0.0% change from my 2014 maintenance starting body fat measurement of 6.2%.
Over the past week I’ve gained 0.0 pounds of fat and gained 0.0 pounds of lean mass. Since the beginning of my 2014 maintenance program I’ve gained a total of 0.24 pounds of fat and gained a total of 3.56 pounds of lean mass.
My tape measurements (as measured by the MyoTape) indicate no changes over the past week.
I’m surprised. This morning I expected my scale weight to be up from last week’s weight, a slight increase in my body fat percentage, and perhaps a a higher soft tape measurement or two. As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’ve been eating like a horse for the past couple of weeks (more on that below). I actually noticed a slight reduction in my thigh measurement this morning (not quite a quarter of an inch, so it doesn’t show in my measurements).
My appetite has been practically insatiable, and with the epic cross-Florida bike ride tomorrow I’ve been eating as much as I want all week long. Although my diet has been very clean (no splurge meals or snacks), I have been eating a tremendous amount (with an emphasis on carbohydrates)–especially for a little ol’ 160-pound dude! I would estimate my recent daily caloric intake to be between 4,500 and 5,000 calories. That’s like bulking calories for me.
It’s 6:30 AM as I type this, and I’ve already consumed right at 700 calories. I am still feeling extremely hungry, and in 30 minutes I’m going to consume another 600 calories. 1,300 calories before 7:00 AM, and I’m just getting warmed up.
To drink, this week I consumed only water (about 1.5+ gallons per day) along with 2 cups of black coffee each morning, a cup of warm Yogi Peach DeTox tea each afternoon and a cup of warm Yogi Bedtime tea each evening before bed. I have consumed no alcohol this week.
Activity level this week has been moderate so far, but that’s about to change in a big way. 🙂 Apart from a hard 103 kilometer/64 mile training ride on Tuesday, I’ve been tapering down for tomorrow’s cross-Florida ride. So far this week I’ve ridden 255 kilometers (158.5 miles). I’ll be getting a short/light 16-24 kilometer/10-15 mile ride in this morning, and tomorrow, of course, will add another ~274 kilometers/170 miles to my weekly total. Assuming all goes to plan and I complete tomorrow’s ride, I will have ridden around 547 kilometers/340 miles this week; that distance will be a new single-week cycling personal record (my existing PR is 485 kilometers/301.1 miles, which I set the week of Feb 24, 2014 – Mar 2, 2014).
My 2014 riding streak continues unbroken with 95 straight days in the saddle starting December 31, 2013. My cycling totals for 2014 (94 days) currently stand at 4,662 kilometers (2,896.6 miles) with 70,315 feet of elevation.
I broke my single-month distance personal record in March, cycling a total of 1,810 kilometers/1,124.8 miles (see “March 2014: Cycling month in review“).
I’ve set 54 cycling personal records for time so far in 2014. My total riding time for 2014 currently stands at 157 hours.
My only concern right now is that apparently I’ve somehow picked up a tapeworm. Seriously, it’s astonishing how much food I’ve been able to consume without putting on any fat. I’m also shocked by how hungry I’ve been overt the past few weeks. My metabolism is obviously in high gear right now.
Tomorrow’s blog will be short and sweet, as I’ll be lining up for an early 7:00 AM rollout from the east coast of Florida. I will be using my Garmin Edge 810‘s very cool LiveTrack feature as I cycle across the state, so anyone who wants to follow along can view my progress in real-time, along with my stats such as speed, heart rate and power output. I will be posting the LiveTrack link to Facebook tomorrow morning around 7:00 AM, just before we set off. I will be unable to post the link to my blog, as I have no way to do that from my bike. So, if you want to follow along you’ll need to connect with me on Facebook. I will probably also post Facebook status updates and photos as we make the trek.