So, it's good for me to keep track of what happens (biking, weight, eating, etc) so i can go back and see what worked, what didn't, etc.
A couple things I wanted to do this year
1- bike a lot more at my aerobic pace... 150-160bpm with only surges above it, not extended efforts. If everyone else is going faster, that's fine, I need to build base.
2- because of the above, I shouldn't need to take in as much food while biking (aerobic exercise can burn fat for fuel--going anerobic can't). this is cheaper(carrying water), easier, and should help train my body to burn fat for fuel.
3- have more fun biking (again, biking at a comfortable pace is more fun than going all balls to the wall every day)
4- weigh less. 2 summers ago i got down to 253 at the end of july. I want to beat that this year (under 250) and go into winter slimmer.
I was just on the scale (woot! good numbers) and by every measurement I'm beating 31 year old Matt -- weight, the amount of biking/running/swimming done this spring, distance i can swim nonstop, the size of clothes i'm wearing (i'm on belt notch 4-5 instead of 2-3).
The only place I'm not significantly ahead is running- but I'm still getting my feet/calves/achilles in shape for forefoot landing. It's gonna be a few more weeks of this before I start putting on distance running, but it'll be worth it having a more efficient, less pain running stride.