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An update, and a reason to celebrate

First, I am still here, sorta. I am thinking of moving this blog to my own personal space; LJ has been scaring me lately with the threat of shutting down, so I haven't been wanting to post too much. Stay tuned!

This post is to announce two very awesome things:

1. On April 6, 2008, I started training and keeping track of every mile I've gone. I recently made a goal: 3,000 miles before April 6, 2009. Why 3,000? I'm turning 30 this year.

I got up this morning with 8.5 miles left to go. I cycled to work, cycled home for lunch, and at the corner of Tower and Judd Falls Road, I hit my 3,000th mile. I've gone 3001.1 miles as of this very moment.

The curious thing? April 6 is the anniversary of my grandfather's death (13 years ago). Today is the anniversary of my grandmother's death (a year ago). With this in mind, I, Kelly Alice Wood Bulkeley, do hereby dedicate all 3,000 miles to my lovely grandmother on this the anniversary of her death.

May she rest in peace as I tear up the road.

2. I made a training movie! I will be doing this periodically, so if you haven't yet, please watch my movie!

Click the link, hit pause, let it load at least halfway, then hit play:

March 2009 is Right Now

So far, rave reviews.

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081119.228

Today's weather was: COLD, snowy this morning, highs in the upper 20's today. BRRR!!!!

Livejournal was down for most of yesterday, so no post yesterday. I did my usual 13 miles, so nothing new or fancy to report. I am only walking today; my legs are sore and my back is killing me, so I am going to take it easy and not do the trainer. Today is also a "purple" day, if you all know what I mean...

Morning
Walked 3.2 miles at an average speed of 4.2mph. Gotta love the new music I am listening to! (P!nk)

Lunch-time
Having a really nice lunch right now.

Afternoon
Walking home in the snow. 3.2 miles.

Evening
Taking it easy on this "purple" day!

Total miles for the day: 3.2 miles

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081117.226

Today's weather was: COLD, snowy this morning, highs in the 30's today.

I didn't do anything over the weekend; I was completely run down by last week's exercise and stress. Just look at this week I had:


Green=miles cycled, Blue=miles walked
Pink=miles cycled and walked (cycled, walked)
Gray=no activity that day

I'm adding here my monthly weigh-in as well; around the middle of the month, I weigh and take measurements to document my progress. Here's the latest facts about my figure:

As of 11/17/2008, and since 1/1/2008...
Weight: 139
Height: 66"
Chest: 35"
Waist: 27"
Hips: 35"
Neck: 13"

Pounds fat: 23.9
Pounds lean: 115.1
Current BMI: 22.43 (normal)
Current BF%: 17.2% (athletic)
Current WHR: 0.77 (avocado)

Today's exercise
Morning
Walked 3.0 miles at an average speed of 3.8mph.

Lunch-time
Staying warm!!!

Afternoon
Walking home in the snow. 3.0 miles.

Evening
I did 35 minutes, which is 8.2 miles on the trainer. Boss fight took longer than expected!

Total miles for the day: 3.0 miles

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081114.223

Today's weather was: Cloudy to sunnier in the afternoon, high in the lower 60's/upper 50's!!!!!

Morning
Cycled 3.2 miles at an average speed of 14.2mph. Max speed was 21.7mph.

Lunch-time
Cycled 2.0 miles at an average speed of 12.0mph. Max speed was unknown since I didn't bring my thingie.

Afternoon
Cycled 13.8 miles at an average speed of 16.2mph. Max speed was 33.6mph. I just love the fact that I got a nice long ride in before the snow!!!

Evening
Taking a break because I will have earned it!

Total miles for the day: 19.0 miles

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081113.222

Today's weather was: Drizzly, windy, lower 40's.

Morning
Walked 3.0 miles at an average speed of 4.2mph

Lunch-time
Stayed in, too yucky.

Afternoon
Walked 3.0 miles at an average speed of 4.2mph!

Evening
Cycled 30 minutes for a distance of 7.0 miles

Total miles for the day: 13.0 miles

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081112.221

Today's weather was: Drizzly, windy, lower 40's.

New post format: I am only going to post the summary stuff (calories, miles, hours, days, etc) once a month or whenever I hit a milestone; otherwise, I will be giving a daily summary of miles completed as I do them. I officially started my walking season on October 15th, so here is October 15-November 12:

10/15: Walked 6 miles
10/16: Walked 6 miles
10/17: Cycled 6.4 miles
10/18: Walked 4.5 miles
10/19: Rested
10/20: Cycled 6.4 miles
10/21: Walked 6.1 miles
10/22: Walked 6.5 miles
10/23: Walked 8.0 miles
10/24: Cycled 6.4 miles
10/25: Rested
10/26: Rested
10/27: Cycled 6.4 miles
10/28: Cycled 7.0 miles, walked 4.1 miles
10/29: Walked 6.4 miles
10/30: Walked 8.2 miles
10/31: Rested
11/1: Walked 1.5 miles
11/2: Rested
11/3: Cycled 6.2 miles
11/4: Cycled 12.0 miles, walked 1.5 miles
11/5: Cycled 12.0 miles
11/6: Cycled 10.3 miles
11/7: Cycled 8.2 miles
11/8: Rested
11/9: Rested
11/10: Cycled 7.0 miles, walked 6.1 miles
11/11: Cycled 7.0 miles, walked 7.1 miles
11/12: Cycled 7.0 miles, walked 7.0 miles

As you can see, the last three days have been walking for 6-7 miles, then cycling 7 miles. I pop on the bike trainer when I get home and put in about 30-40 minutes of sweating at my average pace on that thing (~14mph). It's great exercise that leaves me feeling good and exhausted.

I was also about 4 pounds from my target weight this morning, which also feels pretty fan-freakin-tastic.

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081112.221

Today's weather was: Sunny, blue skies, high in the 40's, brisk.

The new training schedule is going exceptionally well; the combination of walking and cycling is REALLY benefiting me so far. I'm doing an average of 13-14 miles a day (6 or 7 walking, 7 cycling). I will be ramping this up to about 20 miles a day once I get used to the new routine. I've been keeping track of food I have been eating, too, since my urge to feast on fast food and sweets gets out of control during the winter. You can see what I've been munching on at loca_locavore.

Since 4/6/2008...
Miles cycled: 2123.4 at an average speed of 14.1 mph
Miles walked: 67.8 at an average speed of 3.7mph
Total miles completed: 2191.3

Hours in the saddle: 150.6
Hours in my walking shoes: 18.6
Total hours completed: 169.1...that's 7.1 DAYS of just straight exercise!!!

Total days trained since 4/6/08: 168
Total days not trained since 4/6/08: 52
I have trained 76% of that time.

I have burned a total of 83,491.65 calories.
That is: 154.61 Big Mac sandwiches, or 397.58 Hershey Bars!

I have lost a total of 20 pounds (17 fat, 3 lean); 9.5 inches, 8.3% of my body fat, and 3.2 units from my BMI.
I currently have a normal BMI, am athletic per body fat%, but am still a "fat hourglass!"

Cyclist's log, spoke date 20081030.208



Today's weather was: Started off cloudy, now sunny, 40's, blue skies, windy!

Wow, I've been TERRIBLE about keeping this journal updated! Well, you can't blame me TOO much; since the Ride, I have been cycling but not as much. Walking season has officially started, so I will be posting all sorts of stats about that.

So what has happened since the Ride? Well, I have cycled and walked another 400 or so miles and lost another few pounds. I am currently holding steady around 140, which is exactly where I want to be (total of 22 pounds lost since last year!).

Many of you out there have been asking me about a new goal for the winter. I am technically training for next year's Ride, and my goals for this winter and coming spring are such:

1. During the winter, I will walk to and from work every day, cycling on days that are warm enough to cycle (above 45 degrees in the morning).

2. Between September 13, 2008 and next year's Ride, I will cycle no less than 2,000 miles.

3. I will walk or cycle, NOT drive to work, with one special exception. It has been at LEAST 208 days since I last drove myself to work. I am giving myself 7 "blizzard days"--days that are just too nasty to walk (meaning below -20 or dangerous conditions). So far, I have used 1/2 of a blizzard day for the nor'easter we just had. I will be tracking these on my spreadsheet.

4. My training schedule will include at LEAST 6 miles of walking plus 7-14 miles of cycling a day. That's 2 hours walking and 1/2 hour-1 hour of cycling every day for a total of 13-27 miles of moving a day. I am working up to this level of activity now to prevent burning out.

5. I will NOT gain any of the weight I have lost back; I will allow a few extra pounds, but nothing over 150 will do.

So those are my goals for this winter, next spring and summer. I'm sure I can do it. And now, for my favorite part, the stats!


Green days are days I cycled; blue days are days I walked, and pink days are days I did both!

Since 4/6/2008...
Miles cycled: 2060.7 at an average speed of 14.11 mph
Miles walked: 51.5 at an average speed of 3.6mph
Total miles completed: 2112.2

Hours in the saddle:
Hours in my walking shoes:
Total hours completed: 160.3...that's 6.7 DAYS of just straight exercise!!!

Total days trained since 4/6/08: 160
Total days not trained since 4/6/08: 48
I have trained 77% of that time.

I have burned a total of 79,703.74 calories.
That is: 147.60 Big Mac sandwiches, or 379.54 Hershey Bars!

I have lost a total of 20 pounds (17 fat, 3 lean); 9.5 inches, 8.3% of my body fat, and 3.2 units from my BMI.
I currently have a normal BMI, am athletic per body fat%, but am still a "fat hourglass!"

2008 Ride For Life: "The Answer"

So, here it FINALLY is: my 2008 Ride For Life post. It seems these days that I have so much going on that I barely have time to blog here anymore; however, I definitely wanted to get these thoughts on paper so that next year, as the time winds down and my butterflies wind up, I can look back on last year's achievement and smile.



This way to 'The Answer'Collapse )
It's amazing how many incredible people I have met through the Southern Tier AIDS Program, people I now call friends. Am I doing the ride again next year? You bet.

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Final night




And here we go. Early bedtime for an early morning. Bike is lubed, ribboned and ready. I'm ribboned and ready, and about to be lubed (bath time!) Time to ride!!!!!!!!!!!

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