Thursday, January 21, 2016

Body Transformation Update: 50 Days


That's right I'm still pounding away at the weights. It has been 50 days since I started to build the body I always wanted and the gains have come slow but steady. As you can see from the picture above I am the biggest I have ever been in my life and it feels great. For those who don't know, I have an eating disorder and spent most my years far below an ideal bodyweight. Despite being physically active, this nutritional deficiency caused all kinds of pain and problems.

Fast forward to Dec 6th, 2015 I decided to build the body I always dreamed about. Now I'm roughly 50 days in and here are the results so far.

Bodyweight increase +5 = 187.2pds

Arms increase +.25 = 15"

Thighs increase +.50 = 23.50"

Calves +.50 = 14.50"

The rest of my physical measurements stayed the same.

Now let's get to the personal records. I did not attempt to go after any individual records but rather focused on volume training using Arnold's Blueprint Program on Bodybuilding.com's BodySpace community. When I first started my typical total pounds lifted in a workout was around 5,000. In the past two weeks using Arnold's system with proper nutrition and supplementation I have climbed the ladder.

January 12th = 7,316pds

January 15th = 13,272pds

January 21st = 15,042pds 

BodySpace sends members a weekly e-mail that recaps their training from the previous week. This way you learn your strengths and weaknesses. Here are a couple motivational quotes from that first e-mail.


SHOULDERS
"You put in another solid shoulder effort, doing six exercises for a total of 50 sets. They were only a small piece of your weekly regimen, making up 36% of your workouts. Your top shoulder lift this week was front dumbbell raise."

"Through the week, you lifted a total of 300 lbs. with your calves. Sweet!"

"You may not be in the mood for a melody, but you've got to feel all right. In the past week, your total weight lifted per workout is near in mass to that of a grand piano."


BodySpace is a community network for weightlifters so if you want to join in feel free to friend me. Members encourage each other and share information. In fact, my wife Terri has signed up and completed her first 7 day beginners program. Did I mention that it's free?



Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Splashdown at Piggy's Revenge 2016



It was a day for the bold and daring as 240 mountain bikers took to the trails of the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve in Venice, Florida for the annual Piggy's Revenge Off Road Challenge. The park had received two inches of rain in the three days preceding the event turning otherwise pristine singletrack into mud rutted splash zones. Outsiders to the sport might watch the music video and think to themselves: Why would any one want to do that? Part of the reward of mountain biking is the journey through suffering. That is why we call it an Off Road Challenge, it's not for couch potatoes. You've got to have grit. This was truly a Pigtacular Mudfest!





Let's see what the riders had to say.

"Another Piggy's Revenge in the books! This course was about as mean as a junk yard dog. I don't think I have ever ridden in so much water! Glad I survived to talk about it but it's going to be a while before I remember it fondly." - Scott Pfaff, 60 Miler

"40 muddy miles of oinking "fun." - Sierra Stafford, 40 Miler

"Should have used the mountain bike. Way too wet for CX." - Jesse Rutherford, 60 Miler

"First mountain bike ride ever, and oh what fun. 20 miles of mostly mud. Thanks to my fab friends for showing me how to do it without too much pain." - Tina Sujana, 20 Miler

"This was one of the toughest 20 mile bike rides I ever done. My bike, shoes and socks were caked in mud, I went to a car wash to clean them. Will I do it again next year? Most likely yes!" - Randy Cobb, 20 Miler




Aside from the crazy terrain and suffering, mountain biking is really all about friends. The hoots and hollers of riders with the biggest smiles often came from groups who did their best to stay together on the trail. Even if they did separate there was always the mid-race round-up known as the SAG stop. Run by Tom, Jeff and Walter this year's oasis was the social pub where the tired and weary became fueled and blurry. Their delightful cantina served as a reminder that this is "fun" race, not meant to be taken too seriously.

If you were one of the few who found themselves overwhelmed by the terrain there were convenient bailout routes on the way back. These shortcuts returned the riders to home base where Fat Point Beer, Bratwurst, homemade pasta and cookies filled their bellies. This year's event had seventeen sponsors who showered the crowd with raffle prizes and random gifts for goofy categories like who can hold the longest handstand. Then finally the coveted Pig trophies were given to the victors.



Winner, Winner, Piggy Dinner!

Who were the winners? Everyone who signed up and toughed it out was a winner. This year's race was a genuine experience that none will soon forget. However if you want to know where you placed we have that too (Mostly). Check out the links below.

The 20 Mile Race (Top 40)

The 40 Mile Race (Top 40)

The 60 Mile Race (Top 10)

There were 400+ photos taken of the event. All of them can be found by scrolling through the
SCORR Riders Facebook page.
Be sure to 'Like' the page and stay in touch to find out about upcoming events.