2400 Calorie Burn on Old Hwy 80

IMG_1532I took the fixie up to the hills of the East County, and rode for about 4 hours, climbing about 1300m (4270 ft) over 90 km (56 miles). My Strava recording for the ride says I burned 2400 calories, which might be close, since it’s easy to compute the work required for climbs.

I made it out to the Golden Acorn Casino, which looked pretty empty @ 10am. You’ll look out-of-place on a fixie in a rest stop that only cars can get to. Most people aren’t very active, and you’re really going against the trend to end up in the middle-of-nowhere, off the freeway, on a track racing bike with no gears.

I’m eating less on these endurance rides, now that I know what my body needs. You’ll burn fat on these rides whether you’re on a ketogenic diet or not.

Heavenly Cupcake Treats

IMG_1526I felt like some sugar after my veggie burrito lunch, so I stopped by Heavenly Cupcake @ 518 6th Ave to try some high-end treats. I bought a tiramisu and Thin Mint cupcake, which probably total to about 1500 calories. I tried some of the frosting, but threw away most of it, and focused on the cake part.

I walked off some of the calories tonight, and ran across the Laurel St bridge, and sprinted up the 12% Beech St hill from 6th to 7th Ave. I ran into Ramon, a fellow awarewolf rider, on 1st & Juniper. Anyone I recognize on the street I either know from the fixie community, or from gambling.

New York Rye Loaf

IMG_1523Occasionally, I pick up some groceries from Whole Foods. I shop there very carefully, to make sure I’m not paying $4.99/lb for yellow bell peppers, or $7 for a small jar of sesame seeds. Some of their stuff is reasonable, but the bill always seems double what I pay elsewhere.

They do have reasonably priced fresh baked bread, and this 500g loaf cost $4. I’ve been eating so much Top Ramen out of the bag lately (800+ calories/day), that I figure I might as well enjoy real food instead.

People so demonize carbs, and especially bread and pasta, that you’d think it automatically makes people fat. Geez, there’s probably only 1300 calories in this rye loaf. That’s probably about 1/2 of what I need today. It also has 40g of protein, almost all I need. I’ll add a bunch of vegetables, some fruit, and some fat (a few eggs, some butter) for the fibre, nutrients, and additional calories.

Yes, you can lose weight while eating a loaf of bread a day.

Back To Potatoes

IMG_1518After fueling my 100 mile bike ride with Coke and cookies all day yesterday, I’m back to eating my usual starch and vegetables. I ate some pretty bad stuff last week (lamb kebob plate, 1/2 stick of butter and 1 lb loaf of bread, non-stop popcorn, extra bags of Top Ramen), and I was sure I’d see +2kg on the scale this morning. I was surprised to see a loss of 0,6 kg instead. Whew!

Ride4Water 100

IMG_1513Just finished the Ride4Water 100 with the Awarewolfs. I rode 106 miles from Long Beach back home to San Diego on my Cinelli fixie (proof). Thanks so much to Charlie Sears, the founder of the awarewolfs, who organizes just about everything. The awarewolfs is an amazing club, home to some very cool fixed gear riders downtown, and some unbelievable events. This is the group leaving the City Grounds bike shop in Long Beach. Half of the guys already rode 100 miles, and were starting the second leg of the Ride4Water 200. One gear, no brakes, 200 miles.

Dawn Patrol w/ AWLF

IMG_1508Rode the final Dawn Patrol with the awarewolfs this morning, a fast 60 mile ride with hills out to Otay Lakes, then back through Coronado. I was pretty tired from the SDBC ride the day before, but we all got moving pretty fast on the streets and climbs out to the dam. I drank 3 x 600 ml of Coke, or about 750 calories from high fructose corn syrup. So far, I’ve eaten a total of about 2500 calories. I better slow down at dinner, if I want to maintain a calorie deficit for the day.

Saturday Morning Ride w/ SDBC

IMG_1493For the second week in a row, I joined the San Diego Bike Club Saturday morning ride. It starts at UC Cyclery, and is a 40 mile, reasonably fast-paced ride through the hills of the north coast. There’s a wide range of abilities in the group, and while I didn’t get dropped going up the early hills, I couldn’t keep up on the big descents with my fixie (can’t coast, so your legs get in the way of gravity).

So I grouped up with a few “B” riders about my speed, and we worked together for the rest of the ride. This is my first group ride where I took a some pulls in front, and did a lot of work. I was pretty tired going up the last big climb on Torrey Pines hill, with one gear, in my jeans and t-shirt. (Everyone else wore cycling kits and had gears. Yes, I’m trying to be different.)

I haven’t been this tired in a long time. I ate about 1400 calories before and during the ride, but I was really hungry for some fat at lunch. I ate two fish tacos from Taco Rey on 4th, and just slumped in the chair for 10 minutes afterwards.

Fed Up: One Good Point

Yes, we have a global obesity epidemic. Yes, I’ll watch any food-obsessed documentary. Sure, too much refined sugar is bad for you. But hold on about “everything we know about diet and exercise is wrong”, and “what if the solutions were the problem?”.

Katie Couric’s (producer and narrator) Fed Up is supposed to be an Inconvenient Truth about the food industry. The conspiracy she reveals is that people crave sugar (and salt and fat, but not mentioned in the movie), and they’ll act like addicts to get it. Plus, corporations will try to sell it to you to make money. (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, it’s supposed to be a conspiracy!) But seriously, the one good point in the movie is that “personal responsibility doesn’t work in the face of addiction”.

There’s lots of footage of obese parents and their kids telling you why they want to change, and how they’re going to get clean, and get their lives together. But like all addicts, they’re just manipulating us, and soon, they’re looking for their next fix. (One kid in the movie is eating an entire huge bag of chips while he’s saying this.)

So the movie gets the food addiction point right. But that’s about it. There’s a bunch of scary statistics that don’t matter, and they want to blame a lot of scapegoats.

What Fed Up wants to do is to impose federal regulation on sugary junk food. They think things are bad enough (save the children) to warrant this. So, you have to believe that 1) people can’t break their addiction to foods with added sugar, 2) some type of tax or labeling regulation will be easy to implement, 3) it’ll be effective in decreasing obesity, and 4) they’re won’t be any unintended consequences of this law. Good luck with any of those requirements.

Please stop demonizing scapegoats like Ancel Keys, George McGovern, potatoes, rice, and “calories in / calories out” for our problems. The positive message has already been clearly, wonderfully delivered in movies like Forks Over Knives, and you can get personal instruction from anyone who’s learned to eat correctly (hint: we eat a lot).

Eating right and exercising work, but we never get a chance because of the Pleasure Trap of food addiction. Once people (re-)learn how to cook whole foods, and experience the real tastes of delicious fresh foods, they break the addiction to the processed junk that’s killing the nation. No regulation needed. It’s a simple, all-natural solution.