Some of you know I've been in training for the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. In February, I hired a cycling coach to help me prepare. At the time I started, I weighed 238 lbs. In the ensuing time, I've trained at a level that I never dreamed of. In May, I climbed over 51k vertical, and rode over 850 miles.
Today, I weigh 214 lbs, and I've lost over 5 inches from my mid-section. I'm a bit disappointed that I haven't lost more weight, but my coach tells me that it is much better for it to come off slow, as quick weight loss is likely to weaken your immune system, which doesn't sound too good given the amount of training I'm currently doing. I've got two more killer weeks of training (couple of hours during the week, 3-4 hour ride on Friday, and back to back centuries on the weekends), then a taper during the week, and the tour starts in three weeks. I'm not sure I will be able to complete all the climbs on the tour, but am sure I can ride the distance.
For those of you who are wondering if it is worth it to hire a coach, all I can say is that there is absolutely no way I would be as prepared as I am if I hadn't. I personally think it has been worth it. While long sustained climbs above 7% still kick my butt, I'm able to climb 4-5k over 20-30 miles -- just not sure I can do it 6 days in a row. I'm now wondering what the next challenge is going to be so that I can continue. I do think my skiing should be substantially improved by my improved strength and agility, not to mention the lesser weight!