I waited a long time to write this post.
Before Christmas I purchased this new kit. I bought it for 2 reasons. First, it was on sale. Louis Garneau were clearing these Europcar jerseys. I understand Europcar, the Paris car rental company, will no longer sponsor the mainly France-based cycling team. That must be the reason LG decided to clear them. And secondly, and most importantly, I like the colour. It matches Chas’s frame with the green, black and white theme.
I bought the jersey at the end of 2014 with no intent on wearing it until the spring of 2015. I tucked it away in my closet, not thinking about it much until the weather got warmer and dryer. I pulled it out, admired how nice it looked with Chas, my new all white LG helmet and my new white and black Fi’zi:k road shoes. The perfect kit.
Chas: “I like it!”
Then I made a deal with myself. I was in the midst of my winter training regimen, and among other things, I was intent to get down to my ideal cycling weight at the beginning of the season. You have to understand I was not overweight. But a few pounds on the bike can make a big difference, particularly when climbing. It was just a few pounds. Surely I could lose a few pounds over the winter months. So this was the deal. I could not wear the new jersey until I was at my ideal cycling weight.
Chas: “You’re not trying hard enough. It’s only a few pounds.”
I trained hard. Ate well balanced meals. Got stronger in the gym, and on the spinning bike. And, I got a little heavier. Not a lot. “Maybe it’s muscle”, I thought. But it was not the direction I wanted. When spring came, and I got outside more on the bikes, I felt strong and ready to ride, even if I was a little heavier. Maybe that was my new ideal weight. Maybe that’s what happens when you get old. Maybe there’s a young man’s ideal weight, and an old man’s ideal weight.
I wasn’t about to accept that.
Today I stepped on the scales and there it was. My ideal weight. After 2 months of cycling an average of 50 km most days and eating a simpler, lower calorie diet, I was at my ideal weight. I have been close most of the past 2 months but those last few pounds were the most difficult to lose. It appears cottage life agrees with me. I am more active, cycle more, and don’t watch any TV.
To celebrate my new look, I am planning to don the new jersey (and matching bibs) tomorrow and cycle a new route with members of the local cycling club here in the area.
Chas: “It’s about time.”
I haven’t decided whether to ride with Chas or Lou.
The roads will be smooth and fast. The kind Lou and I like the best.
I’ll decide in the morning. Either way, I’ll enjoy it.
Although I’d look better on Chas.
Chas: “You damn right!”
And it’s fitting he and I share the moment.
The colour is great, and congratulations on the weight.
Congrats on the hard work. The less we need to lose the worse it seems to be. Well done!
Thanks Claudia. It’s true. Those last few pounds were difficult. I began to wonder if there was a new norm for me.
Green is a great color! I am sure you will bike faster just for wearing it!
Great jersey. Shame about the team sponsor, hopefully they’ll get another one to replace europcar
So was the jersey a size too small to begin with?
I’ve done that trick before and I guess it’s worked… now those beautiful trousers I bought and lost weight for are too big on me……… 😂
Still.. 50km a day. Wow. 🙂
No. It wasn’t too big. I just thought I needed some extra incentive. I just didn’t expect it to take so long. I wore it today and love it. Chad did too 😎
I picture you as being small.
Ha ha! Well I’m not BIG. 😛 Still, I could do with losing just a few more pounds. 🙂
I have suggestion. But a cycling jersey … 😎
I did exactly the same thing this winter with the losing weight and working out at the gym. I was getting more muscle and feeling good and strong. My husband said my thighs felt hard as rock. It felt good. I did not, however, lose any weight. I didn’t do it to lose the weight, I did it to get stronger on the bike. I was hoping one of the benefits was to lose weight, but I wasn’t focused on the eating as much as I should have been. The number on the scale just never went down for me. Good job on getting it accomplished.
Thank you. The last few are tough. I have those rock hard thighs too.
Thunder thighs. You gotta love them.