Archive for January, 2009


New Blog

January 4, 2009

In order to reduce the amount of clutter and not water down the focus of our Outdoor Activity Blog, I created a new blog just to be used as a Fitness Blog/Diary.

Quest For Fitness

I’ll use that one to log workouts, routines, commentary, or common cycling primarily related to just trying to get in shape.  That will leave this log for the (hopefully) more interesting endeavors (which the Fitness Quest is hopefully prepping us for!)

I (maybe we) will be injecting CrossFit type workouts into our fitness activities.

After reading quite a bit of information from Crossfit, Brand X, and personal anecdotes from Mountain Bikers, I decided to incorporate some of the CrossFit philosophy into my workout.  As I feel inspired, I’ll see if more or less CrossFit becomes a reality.

Why the CrossFit philosophy?
Cycling and Scuba Diving leave major parts of my body unworked and/or atrophied.  Carrying heavy steel doubles on heaving boats for wreck diving, or up and down steps across uneven ground for Cave diving, or riding a mountain bike on twisting single-track requires good core strength.  Rather than just rely on those activities to get a core workout, I’d rather try to be proactive.  Also, these activities sometimes require maximum strength efforts that none of my favorite activities are providing preparation for (e.g. Road Cycling, Scuba)

It seems that CrossFit-type activities might fill the bill.


2009 Activity Goals

January 1, 2009

What are your goals for 2009?
Here are some of mine.

A couple of enjoyable 2 day rides:

  • Cycle from Cincinnati to Yellow Springs and back (2 days, TBD) (approx 90 miles)
  • Cycle from Cincinnati to Columbus and back (2 days, TBD) (approx 130 miles)

A couple of stretch goals:

  • Cycle from Cincinnati to Cleveland (6 days, TBD, drive back ) (approx 300 miles)
  • Cycle from Cincinnati to Marietta (1 Day, TBD)  (approx 100 miles)
  • Cycle in the MS150 (Aug 28/29) (150 miles)

And some fun diving:

  • Wreck diving trip to St Lawrence 1000 Island Region (Aug 2-9)
  • Cave diving in Northern Florida
  • Warm Water Diving (?Finally wreck diving in the Florida Keys)

In addition to these “event” goals, I’d like to build on the 1600 miles cycled on the road bike in 2008 and do 4000 miles on the road bike and 200 miles mountain biking in 2009.  It would also be nice to lose 20lbs and/or 5% bodyfat too! Oh… and conquer the local “Hill of Death” in one climb… lol

Have a happy and active New Year!