Monday, August 06, 2018

Water weight?! Peso d'agua?!

Pois aquí estou no mesmo peso e tamanho do que a semana pasada e nâo sei se é porque eu nâo nadei semana passada ou porque o que eu perdí nas primeiras duas semanas foi sómente peso d'agua! Treze libras nove kilos! De agua?! Será possivel?! Eu falei com um cara da Inglaterra que estava perdendo peso eu ando pesando mais que ele. Ele tava falando que baixou das 18 pedras (stones) a 16.6 pedras. Entâo eu fui ver o que 293 libras eram em pedras e era mais que ele. Eu nâo me vejo como o cara mais grande ai fora na bike, mais vai ver que eu sou! Vai ver que estou devolta ao desespero e eu sou um cara muito grande em realidade!

So, here I am at the same weight I was last week and I don't know if it is because last week I didn't swim or it's because all the weight I lost in the first two weeks was just water weight! Thirteen pounds, nine kilos! Of Water!? H20 Is that possible?! I spoke to a dude from the United Kingdom that was losing weight from 18 stone down to 16.6 stone. So I went to see what 293 lbs. was in stones and it was more than the guy! I don't see myself as the biggest guy out there on the bike, but I guess I am! Perhaps I am back at the exasperated state I was earlier and I am a Big Dude in actuality!
This can't be me cause I don't wear glasses! Nâo pode ser eu porque eu nâo uso oculos! (Google Image)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

My New Miracle Drug - A Minha Droga Nova

Full-blown Atkins! Yup, I said it! No more sugar, no more carbs other than the ones we get naturally in legumes and such!

It was a desperate move, but a necessary one! Last week, I worked my butt off on the bike and the results? There were no results! Zilch, nada, niente! My rides were strong and as fast as I could do them, yet no results! My weight, ta da dam! Ballooned to 293!!! That's almost 300 lbs! Holy Shit! Batman! So the only course was to quit sugar, including my beloved cereal and my drinks and to quit my love 'em/hate 'em carbs!

The result? Ta da dam! 13 pounds gone (actually: 13.25 and I broke 280 lbs! Poof! WTH?

I had always opted to do South Beach because I would still get some carbs! But my body cannot function with carbs and it can't function without carbs (I said that last thing because yesterday's attempt to go long was sabotaged by not having enough glycogen in my system to complete the task!) Sucked so bad! My only solution for this is either to go ride with the Cool Cats or with the Hill Country Touring and Adventure Club. Once I get fast enough, perhaps the Cyclones! Right now I can't even muster their lowest speed range for their slowest group.

I never did full-blown Atkins, because it was too much! I assumed as an athlete I had to maintain a higher level of glycogen in my system.

So, I am going to continue to work on my swimming, and my cycling without carbs until I reach a weight management level. That would be 200 lbs! Honestly, I do not know if I have what it takes to go that far, but I have to do something! Or a Heart Attack! No thanks, I don't want to be part of the zipper club!

Atkins em todo! Sim, eu ja disse! Nâo vou comer mais açucar ou os carbohidrados exceto aqueles que acurrem naturalmente em legumes e coisas!

Foi uma opçâo de desespero, mais foi necesario! Semana pasada, eu trabalhei duro, bruto sem fingimento na bike e os resultados? Nâo tive resultados! Zilch, nada, niente! Minhas pedaladas foram tâo fortes que podia e ainda sem resultados! Meu peso, ta ta tam! Aumentou as 133 kilos!!! Isso é quasi 150 kilos! Que merda meu chapa! Entâo o unica rota foi de desistir de comer açucar, incluindo o meu cereal favorito e as minhas bebidinhas e o meu amor mais forte os carbohidrados!

Entâo? Ta ta tam! 6 kilos disapareceram e baixei a menos que 130 kilos! Puf! Puxa vida!

Eu sempre tinha optado para fazer o jejum South Beach porque eu ainda ganharia alguns carbos! Mais o meu corpo nâo funciona com os carbos e sem carbos (Eu digo isso no final porque ontem quando tentei fazer uma pedalada larga eu nâo tinha glicogenio suficente para acabar o desafio!) Foi uma merda! A minha unica soluçâo pra isto é de ir e andar de bike com os Cool Cats, Hill Country Touring and Adventure Club, ou os Cyclones! Agorinha, eu nâo consigo nem fazer o escopo mais baixo do grupo mais devagar deles!

Eu nunca fiz o Atkins todo, porque era muito! Eu fiz assumí que um atleta tem que ter um nivel de carbos ou de glicogenio mais alto no sistema.

Entâo, eu vou continuar a trabalhar na minha nataçâo, e o meu ciclismo sem carbos até que eu alcançe um peso de mantençâo. E isso seria 90 kilos! Em toda honestidade, eu nâo sei se eu tenha a força pra fazer isso mais eu tinha que fazer algo ou um ataque de coraçâo! Nâo obrigado! Eu nâo quero ser parte do clube do ziper!



Thursday, July 19, 2018

Why? Por qué?

Not that I've been researching this, but it is the best idea I've heard in a year!

So, for a year, what I normally did to lose weight stopped working such as: walking a lot at school, doing intermittent fasting, and keeping up with my cycling! It's almost like the three months I took off from activity last Summer changed something! I have been active all my life, but last Summer when I couldn't be active because of my knees caused me to spin into the abyss of being a couch-potato! Blame it on eating worse than normal, but that's not the case. Blame it on not being active enough, but no that's not it either I'll explain in a sec. Or perhaps my metabolism took another dip. I wasn't expecting another dip until my sixties, but maybe because I have been so hard on this old body, it came early. In the fall last year, I noticed things were not progressing like they should have been. What to do? It was now Christmas, my knees were coming along fine, but my back on the other hand was hurting almost constantly! Now what? Over Christmas, I took a few days off the bike to see if it would go away, nope!

https://greatist.com/move/beginners-power-yoga


I also picked up my power yoga that would normally knock out the pain in two or three days and that didn't work either! Now it's New Years and time to change some things so I decided to streak! A streak is something you do everyday no matter what! So, for the new year I decided I was going to spend twenty to thirty minutes on the bike everyday in order to push away the back pain through activity and it worked!

I had noticed that with all the spinning (easy work, light efforts on the bike to get my knees active again and increase synovial fluid in my soft tissue and musculature around my knees) was causing me to be weak off the trainer out on the streets. My solution to the back pain and transition away from all the lite spinning I was doing for my knees was to do some weight-lifting on the bike. So twice a week I would spin on the hardest, most exhausting gear I could manage on the trainer and the other days of the week I did a speed session, a tempo session and a long ride. This worked, like I said, to knock out the pain in my back! But what about the weight-loss? No dice, I yo-yoed through-out the year without any definitive results! What to do? I had relegated myself that I would in my later years be a bigger big guy than I really wanted to be. I was very close to getting rid all of my clothing that was not extra-large! Actually, that's still on the table, we shall see!

I read lots of athletic stuff, training stuff, studies, research etc. all the time to stay with it for my own training and for my e-blast and my blogs! I came across a phrase that stuck with me recently that I wasn't even looking for for any reason. I think it was an add for an e-book on RoadBikeRider.com

https://www.roadbikerider.com/earticles-training/
I'm not 60 for a couple of years yet, but there it is in black and white! As you get older, you don't want to slow down, you want to ramp things up! So, on the New Year, I started streaking on the trainer to keep the pain in my back away. I have never been one to ride my bike every freaking day or even when I was a runner, I took two days off per week at least! And now that the Summer is here and the Fall Semester is just around the corner I have picked up swimming for a total body workout and am encouraged that the swimming will take me into my twilight years feel fit and strong!

I pray that it will also allow me to get back to faster riding and lose some of this extra weight I have been carrying around. Remember, as you get older, don't slow down, ramp things up!

Eu nâo estive pesquisando isto, mais é a melhor ideia que eu tenho ouvido em um ano!

Entâo, por um ano, o que eu normalmente fazia para perder peso paró de trabalhar pra mim como: caminhando bastante na escola, fazendo um jejum intermitente, e mantendo o meu trabalho no ciclismo! E quasi como os tres meses que eu nâo pude fazer exercicio o verâo passado mudou tudo! Eu tenho mantido uma vida activa minha vida inteira, mais o verâo passado eu nâo pude continuar com minha actividade favorita, o ciclismo porque os meus joelhos e me causou cair no abismo de ser um surfista de sofá. Eu posso culpar porque eu tava comendo peor, mas nâo foi isso. Ou eu posso culpar que eu nâo estive tâo ativo como antes, mais nâo foi isso tâopouco, esplicarei em um minutinho. Ou vai ver que foi o meu metabolismo que tomou um outro pulo pra baixo. Eu nâo estive esperando um outro destes ate que eu tinha sesenta anos, ou vai ver que eu fiz tanta coisa dura com este corpo velho, que viu cedo. No outono do ano pasado, eu notei que asa coisas nâo estavam progredindo como deviam. Que deveria fazer? Ja era Natal, cuando os meus joelhos ja melhoraram, mais as minhas costas estavam doendo quasi todo dia. E agora que? Durante as ferias do Natal eu nâo andei de bike pra ver se podia ajudar. E nâo, de novo!

https://greatist.com/move/beginners-power-yoga

Eu também começei a fazer yoga de poder que normalmente me ajudaria a relaxar as costas en dois ou tres dias mais isso nâo ajudou tâopouco. Entâo agora ja é o ano novo e era hora de mudar as coisas entâo decidi fazer uma maré na bike! Uma maré é uma coisa que um idividuo faz todo dia sem falhar! Entâo pro ano novo eu decidi que ia passar vinte a trinta minutos cada dia na bike pra poder expulsar a dor das costas usando atividade e funcionou!

Eu notei que com toda a pedalada fraca que estava fazendo (trabalho facil, esforços fracos na bike pra poder alcançar um nivel de atividade na bike outra vez e aumentar o fluido sinovial nos tendones y musculos ao redor dos meus joelhos) que estava causando estar fraco quando nâo estava no treinador e afora nas ruas. Minha soluçâo para a dor nas costas e fazer uma transiçâo e me afastar de toda a pedalada fraca que estava fazendo pros meus joelhos foi fazer um pouco de levantar pesos na bike. Entâo duas vezes por semana eu faria uma pedalada be bruta na marcha mais dificil da bike e os outros dias eu faria uma seçâo de corrida, uma de tempo ou LT e uma pedalada bem larga. Isto funcionou, como eu disse, acabou com a dor das costas! E entâo e a perda de peso?! Nâo deu a pé, eu fui como um yo-yo durante o ano enteiro sem resultados definitivos! Que vou fazer? Eu ja tinha rebaixadome que nos anos mais velhos eu seria um homem mais grande que eu queria ser. Eu estava bem pertinho de mandar todas minhas roupas pequenas pra rua que nâo era de tamanho extra-grande! Na verdade, isto ainda esta sobre a mesa e vamos ver!

Eu leio muitas coisas atleticas, coisas de como treinar, estudos, pesquisas, etc. todo o tempo para estar pronto pra escrever o meu blog e também estar lado ao lado com o meu treinamento e também o meu disparo de correio eletrónico! Eu ví uma frase que ficou comigo recentemente que eu nem estava buscando por qualquer razâo. Eu penso que foi um anuncio pra um livro eletrónico no RoadBikeRider.com

https://www.roadbikerider.com/earticles-training/


Eu nâo vou ter 60 anos por ums dois anos ainda, mais ainda esta ai em preto e branco! Dizem que cuando amadurecemos nâo queremos ficar mais devagar, mais sim queremos aumentar o ritmo! Entâo no ano novo, eu começei a maré na bike pra manter a dor fara das minhas costas. Eu nunca fui um desses caras que andava de bike todos os dias tâopouco quando era corredor de atletismo, eu sempre tomava dois dias de descanço! E agora que verâo esta aquí e o semestre do outono esta bem pertinho eu tenho acrecentado a nataçâo pra um esforço do corpo enteiro e ja estou incentivado que a nataçâo vai me levar aos anos de velhez me sentindo forte e em forma adecuada!

Espero que também me ajude a voltar ao ciclismo com mais força e perder esse peso extra que ando carregando. Lembre, ao envelhecer, nâo queremos estar mais devagar mais queremos aumentar o ritmo!


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mo Pool Time

Thank you US Masters Swimming for the Summer Fitness Challenge and getting me in touch with Coach Susan Ingraham! If you had told me I would be back in the pool in two days, I would have said you were nuts! There is a strange calling from the pool though! I want to get back into it and do more. I forgot how refreshing it is. I also forgot as you're getting out you feel like your upper torso and arms are like Dwayne Johnson's! On Monday, I did 300 meters plus or minus. Today I went to North East ISD Sports Park and did another 400 ladder with 3 min. rest. Still haven't done the 2K, but it's there calling my name! I'll get it done! Felt good, but still feel out of sorts on my breathing. Never too late to get back in the pool! Thank you again!

Muito obrigado Nataçâo de Mestres do EEUU e o desafio de Fitness do Verâo e também me por em contato com a treinadora Susan Ingraham! Ela me disse que é provavel que eu posso entrar gratis nas piscinas do North East o distrito aonde trabalho. Si voce tivesse dito que eu estaria na piscina de novo em dois dias eu teria dito que estavam doidos! Mais tem uma chamada estranha da piscina! Eu quero regressar e fazer mais! Eu esqueci quâo refrescante era. Eu também esqueci como um se sente que os ombros e os braços sentem como os braços do Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). Na segunda-feira eu fiz ums 300 metros. Hoje eu fiz 400 metros de escalera com 3 minutos de descanço entre os esforços. Eu fui pro North East ISD Sports Park e como faz parte do meu distrito eu entrei gratis. Ainda nâo fiz o desafio de 2 mil metros mais ainda esta me chamando pra completar! Lo farei! Me senti bem, mais ainda estou sentindo estranho na minha respiraçâo. Nunca é muito tarde para entrar na piscina de novo! Muito obrigado outra vez!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Torture by Any Other Name is Still Torture: Swimming Laps for the first time after years of dryland training!

Tortura por Qualquer Outro Nome Ainda é Tortura: Nadando Voltas por a primeira vez depois de anos de treinando na terra seca.

A little background: Thirty years ago, give or take five years, while I was getting my second degree in education, I swam regularly three to five times a week. At that time I was able to get my mile or 3000 meters down to 23 minutes and change. The first time I completed a mile it took me 46 minutes. I know I can do the work and improve, I just have to reach for it and relax into the stroke.

A little more background: If you are reading this blog for the first time it started out as a cycling blog, but last year before the summer I suffered a catastrophic activity ending injury to my knees and ended up spending three months inactive in order to regain use of my knees with little to no activity and have been building up use of my knees over the past year. None of the strides I have achieved would have been possible without the guidance and encouragement I received through reading savingmyknees.blogspot.com! (Two days ago I did a 40 miler with some hills in there on the road bike. Something I thought I had lost last year!)Richard Bedard, the writer of the book titled Saving My Knees and the preceding blog which chronicled the work from debilitating injury in the knees to the extent that he had to quit work to being able to ride his bicycle competitively again on the weekends. This was way out of the norm, because the only research one could find on the internet or otherwise at the time had one strengthening ones knees through the use of weightlifting concepts to strengthen the surrounding musculature. Richard Bedard promoted the concept of regaining use and strengthening soft tissue and even regrowing soft tissue through the implementation multiple slight movements many times per day. For example taking 90 steps with a cane or walking stick three times day and increasing that to as much as two miles plus still taking multiple times per day to keep circulation to the affected muscular tissue as well as soft tissue.

Right before the Summer Break, I'm a teacher, I Gallow-Walked ten miles on the World Running Day that was celebrated on my campus! (Feel free to research Jeff Galloway and find out about his belief that one can finish a marathon by people call Gallow-Walking the distance which basically is walking a few steps every mile or in my case on the track I only ran the straight-a-ways and walked the curves). Totally doable!

Since the Summer started my wife and I have been helping the neighbors out and they have a pool! So I have been doing some swimming after I come back from a bike ride in their pool! Very refreshing in the extreme heat. Coincidentally the US Masters Swimming national program has been pushing people to regain their shape over the summer. Today was my day at the Jewish Community Center in town! Another coincidence was that today was the 2000 meter challenge. Ha! I was hoping to be able to pop in the pool and knock out 3000 meters without much effort! Ha! Ha! I had to work in lengths rather than in laps. I did a couple of laps and a couple of Olympic turns for good measure. I couldn't control my breath well enough to just relax in to the stroke and do the turns and just keep going. I had planned to do a ladder but I could not get that going. I pop out of the pool with a whole 300 meters under my belt! So there is time, and I need to build! I need patience and reach out with my stroke and relax in order to control my breath and everything else. We all have to start out somewhere so today was just the first day back. Oh wow!



Shout out to Coach Susan Ingraham for giving me some pointers on my stroke. I forgot to tell her I broke both of my elbows two years ago and that has affected my reach on my stroke. Hopefully I will still be able to improve my reach. US Master Swimming seems to be a new facet to my training! God bless the USA and US Masters Swimming!

Tortura por Qualquer Outro Nome Ainda é Tortura: Nadando Voltas por a primeira vez depois de anos de treinando na terra seca. (Note eu estou substituindo o â por o a com ~. Infelizmente eu nâo encontro a combinaçâo de teclas para imprimir isto. Muitissimas desculpas!)

Um pouco de contextualizaçâo: Trinta anos atrás, mais ou menos cinco anos, enquanto eu estava fazendo o meu segundo grado em educaçâo, eu nadava regularmente 3 a 5 vezes por semana. Naquele tempo eu podia fazer 3000 metros em 23 minutos e picos. Começei com 46 minutos. Eu sei que posso fazer o trabalho para melhorar, eu só tenho que alcançar mais com cada braço e relaxar em cada braçada.

Um pouco mais de contextualizaçâo: Se estás lendo este blog por a primeira vez começou como um blog de ciclismo, mais o ano passado antes do verâo eu sufrí uma lesâo catastrofica que podia acabar com toda actividade com os meus joelhos e acabei passando tres meses sem fazer quasi nada para readquirir o uso dos meus joelhos com pouco o quasi nada de movimento incrementando o uso dos joelhos por este ultimo ano. Ningum dos avançes que eu pude fazer seriam possiveis sem ajuda e apoio e conselhamento que eu recebi atraves da leitura do blog savingmyknees.blogspot.com! (Dois dias atras eu fiz uma pedalada de 40 milhas [64 kilometros] com umas lombas tambem na bike de estrada. Eu pensei que tinha perdido esse dom). Richard Bedard, o escritor to livro entitulado Saving My Knees e o blog antecendente que o analisador relatou o trabalho necesario desde uma lesâo debilitante nos joelhos até que ele teve que parar de trabalhar até poder andar de bicicleta outra vez competitivamente nos fims de semana. Isto estava fora da norma, porque a unica pesquisa que um podia encontrar na rede ou qualquer outro modo naquele tempo fazia o atleta fortalecer os joelhos atraves de coneitos de levantar pesos por fortalecer os musculos ao redor dos joelhos. O Richard Bedard promoveu o conceito de readquirir o uso e o fortalecimento dos tendoes atraves da implementacâo de varios movimentos levianos muitas vezes por dia. Por exemplo levando noventa pasos varias vezes por dia com uma vara ou bengala ao menos tres vezes por dia e acrecentando isto até as duas milhas (3 kilometros) e também fazendo os outros movimentos varia vezes por dia.

Logo antes das ferias de verâo, eu sou professor, eu Caminhei a la Galloway dez milhas (16 kilometros) no Dia Mundial de Corrida que celebramos no nosso campus! (Esteja disposto a pesquisar ao Jeff Galloway e encontrar informacâo sobre seu conceito que um pode fazer uma maratona de caminhar a Galloway a distancia que diz basicamente que um caminha um pouco cada milha (ou quasi dois kilometros). No meu caso eu caminhei as curvas na pista e corrí as partes retas da pista interna. Totalmente possivel!

Entâo quando começou o verâo a minha esposa e eu andamos ajudando aos nosso vizinhos e eles tem uma piscina! Entâo eu tenho feito umas mergulhadas depois que eu volto de uma pedalada na piscina deles! Muito refrescante como uma mergulhada no mar depois de uma corrida na praia. Coincidentemente os Mestres de Nataçâo do EEUU um programa nacional tem tratado incentivar a populaçâo a readquirir sua forma física durante o verâo. Hoje foi o meu dia para ir ao Centro Comunitario Judeo aqui na cidade! Uma outra coincidencia foi que eles estavam fazendo um desafio de 2000 metros. Puxa vida! Rs! Eu estava esperando entrar na piscina e fazer ums 3000 metros sem problemas! Rs! Rs! Eu tive que trabalhar em meias voltas em vez de voltas enteiras. Aiaiai! Eu fiz umas voltas enteiras e umas duas voltas olympicas também. Eu nâo pude controlar a minha respiraçâo suficentemente para relaxar em cada braçada e fazer a voltas e manter o embalo. Eu tive planejado fazer uma escada atletica mais eu nâo pude nem fazer isso! Eu saltei da piscina com so 300 metros de distancia. Entâo tem tempo e eu preciso reconstruir a minha abilidade! Eu preciso paciencia e alcance com cada braçada e relaxar em ordem de controlar a minha respiraçâo e tudo mais. Todos temos que começar em algum lugar e hoje foi só o primeiro dia de volta na piscina. Ai meu Deus!

Um grito de reconhecimento a a Treinadora Susan Ingraham por darme umas dicas na minha braçada. Eu esquecí de dizer pra ela que eu quebrei os meus dois cotovelos dois anos atras e isso tem afeitado o meu alcançe. Espero poder melhorar o meu alcance. Parece que os Mestres de Nataçâo do EEUU vai ser uma parte nova do meu treinamento! Deus abençoe a os EEUU e também os Mestres de Nataçâo do EEUU!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Developments in Making a transition from blown out knees to regularly riding without pain!



This was a couple of days ago on the trainer downstairs.
On my Caloi Strada Pro set up on the CyclOps trainer time seems to fly. One of the components is that I have recently found an app that plays radio stations from my home state of Rio de Janeiro,  Brasil! The samba makes time fly!

I'm doing this daily now without counting it as mileage because I need it to keep my muscles primed and my back-muscles from screaming at me. (A simple example: Today I fell asleep sitting-up and napped for about two hours. Nice! Then about four hours later I was paying the price and could barely drive the car. Ouch!).

So, the reason for this post, more than ever before I am fully convinced that balance is imperative in training. If you've been following this adventure then you know I blew out my knees and took three months off to recuperate with baby steps. I actually never had pain on the bike, but I couldn't walk or carry on daily tasks without a whole lot of pain in my knees. Luckily I found savingmyknees.blogspot.com! It was a Godsend and just what I needed to develop a plan to recover my previous activity level. Just what I needed! 

I took the idea of baby-steps and applied it to the spinning I was doing on the trainer in the basement. The idea worked great and I was able to build time in the saddle. Very important to redevelop the ability of the sit-bones to take that pressure again. I have been using limited padding because the shorts that have a lot of padding are very expensive. Try $600! Ridiculous! 

But one's body needs more than the ability to carry out small movements repeated times! It also requires the ability to carry out more strenuous activity during the day without becoming re-injured. Over Christmas vacation, I found myself with lots of pain in my back, so I stopped riding and did my old stand-by when faced with pain in my back, namely Yoga! After three days of reduced activity and lots of yoga, I was no better! WTHeck! 

I took to spinning a huge gear to get my back to feel better because the above fact became apparent. So now I regularly/daily spin a huge gear dirt slow 30 RPM (Gospel music like Kirk Franklin and others works great).

To take this even further, I have recently as in the last three days added HIIT sessions to what I was doing and slowly even out of the saddle efforts are becoming doable without pain and without pain afterwards!

Yes, spin like a twelve year old, but also mash a big ole gear for the yin-yang, balance of what we love to do! Please comment below so I know I'm not just talking to Google (they have a lot on their plate)!
Coldest ride so far in the low thirties!

It's important to mimic actual workout conditions! After an hour! 

After an hour and half workout. Since then have done two two hours with HIIT interspersed.


Took a video of the basement workout room and repair shop.


Saturday, October 07, 2017

So, Pardon me As I Attempt to Recapture the Blogging Bug

The beginning of school has been a roller-coaster ride to say the least! New location on campus, still not used to it. Everywhere I go including the restroom takes forever to get there. I am often late and Principal Rubio, I promise I am working on that issue!

My kids are fantastic, I have the cream of the crop at my school! Fun, fun-loving, and smart! Krueger Middle School and KSAT Krueger School of Applied Technologies (Fancy title for, "Why? Yes, it is Rocket Science"). Our KSAT SLI team often comes from my Spanish Classes and of course I believe it is all because of me! Ha! Not! But our kiddos regularly outperform High School, Junior Colleges and even some techie Universities. Last year, our kiddos got the height award or mile award for going the furthest up! Very exciting!

My Soccer Club Leadership Team is in full swing, and club hasn't started officially yet! But, we are getting around thirty middle-schoolers out there ready to rock! Thank Krueger MS PTA for the Goals and equipment! The kids are loving it and so are we the coaches, Mr. Reyna STAN Counselor and yours truly Mr. Sharpley, the Spanish Guy! I mention the soccer club because my original knee injury started on the soccer field. Despite stretching regularly with the kiddos, I overdid it on the field. I am being so cautious on the field now that I feel like a slug, but I'm out there helping the kids!

Another thing that has affected us is the loss of our Fourteen Year Old, Brinca Dorada Caramelo, Brinks for short. As in, Brinks Security! Ha! She was a running dog and very playful even up to the weekend before we lost her. We normally go out in the country and bury our pets. The tradition continued, so for two weekends there: the weekend Harvey hit and last weekend was finally the weekend we actually put her in the ground. The rains were large and in charge. No we did not get anything close to H-Town, but I was afraid the dog was going to get washed away so I went in to the bedrock. So she is safe and secure on the rainbow bridge! Again, I mention this because digging is awfully hard on the knees so three weeks ago, ouch and then last weekend ouch again. Even though I didn't ride but once in there when I rode to school/work. My knees were screaming because of the digging and all the walking I do at soccer. Oh, yeah, I forgot, I had to show the leadership team how to do the stretches I like for soccer so of course I paid for that! I think it was Friday that week before my knees felt like normal. Normal is relative, now!

If you read this far thank you, share with your friends: Andando-de-Bicicleta.blogspot.com and for Richard SavingMyKnees.blogspot.com Again, thank you Richard. I would not be on the road to recovery if it were not for you, your blog and your book!

OCN: 24.X in two hours and change, spent more time spinning in the lighter gears because it had been three weeks since my last cycling confession. Two hours or so later my knees feel warm and cozy and no adverse effects! Came across a bycicle criterium race that actually took racers in front of the Alamo on the cobble stones. Cobble stone in Porutguese, my first language is a gas: paralelepipido. One of the longest words in Portuguese! Ha!
LBS: 276.2 Woo-hoo! I hinted at this lower number last week-end when we were installing four window unit air-conditioners (my task for the last two weeks). AC company quoted us 15 grand to upgrade our failed unit. I teach, I never see that kind of money! Ha!
Nutrition: Still in the positive! Losing a little at a time trying to solidify my jejum, still doing intermittent fasting at school! "Hooked on phonics worked for me!" obscure reference to a tv advertisement, which means, it's working!