Paceline Podcast 113

Paceline Podcast 113

Down is up and up is underground. Our man Hottie, formerly the leanest man in masters bike racing has portlied himself up to a whopping 165 lbs! What to do! He confesses that without all the group rides and races, plus a bit more beer than he used to allow himself. (He once rationed beers at a rate of half a beer every third full moon. In a good year that was about 2.5 brewskis). So he asks a guy with a politically incorrect nickname and another guy whose weight rarely varies by more than five pounds in a year just how he should lose weight. Hilarity ensues.

Fatty is obsessed with bike races that take place at altitudes mostly reserved for Alpinists and small plane pilots. Don’t worry, we wonder why as well. This time around, his obsession is with the Breck Epic, a mountain bike stage race that happens seemingly entirely above the timberline. But rather than talk about what he’s planning to do, he interviews veterans Rebecca Gross and Juan Carlos Hernandez. While, yes, they are veterans of the race, they are, more significantly, veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Gross was in the Air Force while Hernandez was in the Army. Hernandez lost his leg when his Chinook helicopter was hit with an RPG. That he competes post-amputation in an event like the Breck Epic makes him a badass of a different order.

Fresh of the most recent Grasshopper, Patrick admits that he’s been here before. After two days at the Sea Otter Classic meeting with bike brands, he drove home only to ride at a pace a Galapagos tortoise could draft. It’s a challenge most riders have probably encountered: you get to the start of an event knowing your legs are unlikely to be amazing. The question becomes, what do you do? Do you choose not to start? Do you start and then pull out? Do you adjust your expectations?



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Show links:

Grasshopper Adventure Series

Breck Epic

U.S. Military Endurance Sports

milKit tubeless tire components

Chris King R45 Hubs

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  1. Matthew

    What about a way for more people to be accountable for weight? I am 10-13 lbs more than I would like. can we create a group? strava/ facebook/ something/ somewhere to encourage/ shame each other into making weight 🙂

  2. Winky

    I enjoyed the podcast.

    I started adding some hills, longer Saturday rides and reducing my beer intake earlier in the year. My weight plummeted past my goal weight (155 lbs) for the main goal of DK200 with 2 months to go (now only 5 weeks! – can’t wait). My wife says I’m perhaps too skinny (5′ 11″ and 152 lbs). I feel great, but am consciously trying to get some more protein and calories in to perhaps add just a smidgen of muscle mass. I’m certainly wary of getting any lighter.

    Absolutely love the term “ride for the memories”. My new mantra. Yes, stop and take the photos. Look around. The seconds don’t count.

    1. Tominalbany

      I agree. No one’s paying me to win any kind of race or charity ride. Stop and smell the roses. Get to the roses as fast as you want but, do stop and smell’em.

  3. Tominalbany

    I was 37 when I got married. Nearly 41 when my first was born. I pretty much quit drinking at that point. So, at a time when my metabolism slowed way down, I quit the biggest source of excess calories I had. I do still fancy a beer occasionally but, maybe one every week or two.

    So, I’d like to drop about 5-8 pounds because, at 52, I’ve noticed a little mid-section excess. Any recommendations since I’ve already given up the booze?

    1. winky

      We put out the recycling this morning. As we looked at the pitifully small collection of empty booze containers, I remarked to my wife that we need to step it up a bit.

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