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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Lean, or, apropos the festive season

Thanks to this stupid Nigerian, from now on, whenever I reach into my pants to re-adjust Johnny during a flight, I have to worry about being jumped, beaten, and have the fire extinguisher blasted at me.

         Ben doesn't eat.

Lunch after a 67.1-mile (107.4 km) non-stop ride with 1400 ft of climbing.

(Yes, lunch at 9:19 PM. My meal times have a +/- flexibility of 8 hours.)

64.1 kg (141 lbs)
Current BMI (64.1 kg / 1.87² m) = 18.33

For what it is worth, Reinhold Messner and his brother, Günther, trained themselves to climb for days on mountains with half rations or no food at all.

I was much heavier twice in my life.
Here's 1993.
80 kg (176 lbs)
BMI (80 kg / 1.87² m) = 22.88

And here's 2003.
80 kg (176 lbs)
BMI (80 kg / 1.87² m) = 22.88

It took 6 full meals a day to maintain that level of weight. So much time was spent eating. I didn't like it.

Lean is better.

Here's me after a 1021.6 km tour. (Another pic here.)
The bike behind me weighs 45 kg.
60 kg (132 lbs)
BMI (60 kg / 1.87² m) = 17.6

And this is after a 411.5 km off-road tour.
The bike and trailer behind weigh more than me.
60 kg (132 lbs)
BMI (60 kg / 1.87² m) = 17.6

Lean really is better: I got more done. Besides, sandbagging unsuspecting people is hella fun  :-P

Check out another lean dude here.

For those who continue to insist that big is beautiful bigger is better, the last image is for you:


Blogger Grisabella said...

I do agree with you on the lean issue. You look good lean I think ;)

The cat's really cute. Is he yours?

December 30, 2009 8:46 PM  
Blogger -ben said...

Haha! Thank you, you're too kind :-P

Oh, the rotund huggable feline is Kitty.
She belongs to NicIz2Hardcore.
No, wait, I mean NicIz2Hardcore belongs to her.
His galleries can be found at Coffee n TV's photostream and plastycbuddha.

December 30, 2009 10:21 PM  
Blogger veii said...

Hello! I have been reading your blogs for a while and I'd just like to wish you a happy Christmas and New Year. This is a shout out - and I seriously respect your guts to cycle those distances solo! (and I admire your wordsmithing..). Yes, totally agree that lean is best.. I'm doing my best to keep to 70 kilos, down from 74 or so a couple years back..

December 31, 2009 12:34 AM  
Blogger -ben said...

Hi veii!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!

Thanks for dropping by (and yes, going solo rocks. My only wish is that I started earlier :-P )


December 31, 2009 5:52 PM  

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