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Survival of the Fittest

May 18, 2011

Survival of the Fittest

This week has been… interesting thus far.  And crazy-busy!

In my non-caffeinated non-sugar-high state, it’s been sort of tough.  But I haven’t been quite as grumpy as I expected to be!  I’m into Day 3, and I swear I can already see and feel a difference.  I definitely have been feeling less bloated and heavy, and I think it’s showing.  The scale will tell on Sunday though.

I did get on the scale Monday morning to get an accurate idea of just how much weight I want to drop, and so I could properly begin my experiment about if soda really effects my weight.  I’d like to drop 10 pounds by July, we’ll see how that goes.  I’m never sure just how much weight I can drop before performance starts being effected though, so it’s definitely up in the air as to if that is a goal that can/will be met.

It’s all about remembering which is more important: instant gratification from drinking a soda, or the gains that I’ll make in my fitness levels once cyclocross season comes around.  I’m tired of feeling like I’m not at the top of my game!

Sam added the lilies, vines, and shading, but the text and Pan were there already!

I also got my tattoo finished, though doing it on a day I decided to give up caffeine was a bad move.  Especially when, without soda, I was drinking a lot less, and was getting a bit dehydrated, especially since I was still reeling from the Xterra on Sunday.

Still, Sam is an awesome tattoo artist and a cyclocross racer friend of mine, so we had a blast with the tattooing regardless.  Then, of course, we all went out to dinner and had huge veggie burgers and onion rings from Cheeburger Cheeburger.  Just because I gave up soda doesn’t mean I can’t have fun food!

Speaking of new things, I just got a new MacBook Pro, and so far, I’m loving it.  It was great being able to just hook up my firewire and transfer everything from one computer to the other.  Plus, now I have Adobe CS5, with Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.  Love it!

I also have started covering some great stuff for Cyclocross Magazine, including a new feature we’re working on- In the Saddle with [insert pro name here], a Q&A with a new pro or key person in the ‘cross scene that will come out biweekly.  I’m really excited about it, and happy that Todd Wells was happy to be our first victim:  In the Saddle with Todd Wells, Three Time National Champion.  I cannot stress enough how much I love this job!

Back to work- we’re building up one of my new Kona Jake the Snake frames tonight (theoretically), so pictures and thoughts on the experience of building the frames up from scratch versus just getting a fully built bike (like I had last year).

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