欧州自転車レース追っかけ日記

ブログタイトルのまま、欧州在住者が自転車レースを追い掛けてる日記。名前に偽り無し

Getting thin?

Thinner, leaner and meaner

I think I am getting thinner than before. Obviously the body fat is getting shaved off and the thin layer of the fat that I had beside my belly area is almost gone. I also realized that my thighs got thinner. I am very happy with that.

I needed some kind of encouragement and seeing these obvious changes in the appearance made me feel that my efforts paid off.

March 22nd, 2017 I ate some vegetable and a bit of fish (lean white fish). That was it. I did not feel that I needed more. My stomach is definitely getting used to eating less.


E3 Harelbeke

I am going to watch the race live with my own eyes. I am now looking at the PDF files available on the official site (https://www.e3harelbeke.be/).

They also provide GPX file but it is not perfect. Now I am looking for the best way to enjoy the actions along the course.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Getting thin?]の続きを読む
  1. 2017/03/21(火) 21:26:15|
  2. Diary
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Now there's another thing that I have to take care of

Gastrointestinal tract (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastrointestinal_tract)

Recently I have been on a diet to lose weight. I managed to eat less. I feel fine with less food than I used to consume.

I have noticed that as I consume less, I jettison less. I mean I have far less bowel activities than before. This is not good. Not good at all.

Digested food stay longer than desired in my small intestines and colon. This is not good for my health. I have to do something. I have to ingest something.

Something that contains more fiber and has less calories. I'll be happy if it costs less. Sauerkraut (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauerkraut)?

I am also going to buy some products that are good for the ingestive system. A Japanese product that is available at many local supermarkets called "Yakult" could be the one I need. They (come in a pack of several small bottles) don't come cheap but are known to be effective.

"Food is not your friend," is an expression that I heard somewhere in a movie or TV drama. I don't quite remember where.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [Now there's another thing that I have to take care of]の続きを読む
  1. 2017/03/19(日) 23:20:11|
  2. Diary
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K&N 33-5040 and DVB-T2 Tuners

Mazda MX-5 a.k.a. Miata (a.k.a. Roadster in Japan)

K&N 33-5040 is the part number for the air filter that fits MX-5 (ND).

I somehow like K&N's air filter. I bought one for my Smart (first generation and later model name became Four Two) back in 2002 when I was still living in Japan.

I have one in my current automobile Ford Ka (2011).

And I just ordered one from the UK (before they depart from EU, in other words, before I have to pay the nasty import tax charges). I did not buy the cleaning and re-oiling kit but I will do so in the future.


DVB-T2 tuners for Android devices

At the same time of the purchase above, I bought two of them, seemingly different models. These are almost sure to work on my tablet via an app called "Air DTV II."

In Europe DVB-T is being replaced by DVB-T2. I am not sure about the progress but as long as I know, the digital terrestrial signal in iParis, France was T2 standard in July, 2016. France has started replacing the equipment since the end of 2015. Germany has just started it.


Being on a diet

It is not easy. I have tried and failed. My weight has been down. I don't know exactly how much I weighed two or three months ago but I am guessing I weighted between 71 and 72 kg (157 - 159 US lb).

I'm blessed in terms of DNA. I don't get fat. I am serious. In my all life, I ate a lot. I never weighed more than 73 or 74 kg in my life.

Now I weigh about 65.5 - 65.8 kg (144 - 145 US lb). I don't eat as much as I did. I will keep it so as long as I can.

My target weight: 62 kg (137 US lb)


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [K&N 33-5040 and DVB-T2 Tuners]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車用品 - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2017/03/17(金) 08:51:13|
  2. Mazda MX-5
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How to burn effectively fat and train better for climbing hills?

How to train on the bike

HowToLoseWeightThroughCycling.jpg
(a clip of a screen shot of GCN on YouTube)


I have been watching videos on YouTube recently. A lot!

1) I have been watching Mazda MX-5 (Miata) reviews and and some modifications videos.

2) I have been watching cats videos.

3) I have been watching "How to ..." and "Truth about ..." videos on the topics related to cycling, in particular, on topics about losing weight, how weight affects climbing hills, how to train effectively and such.

I have almost run out of the videos of the first category by now.

The third category videos were very intriguing. I watched a lot of videos from GCN (Global Cycling Network). One I saw them on location making a video. I don't know if that particular shooting actually made it to YouTube but it was in Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2015 (Was it 2015 that the Tour de France started in Utrecht?). I was visiting the hotel where Trek, Katsusha and Lotto-Soudal (or at that time Lotto-Belisol?) were staying.

an MX-5 to insure

I am writing this after coming back from my insurance agent. There I learned that the annual premium for my new car (Mazda MX-5 1.5L Skycruise = top of the line equipment) would be around €1,500. Which is, of course, higher than what I pay for my Ford Ka. It is OK.


In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [How to burn effectively fat and train better for climbing hills?]の続きを読む

テーマ:ヨーロッパ - ジャンル:海外情報

  1. 2017/03/16(木) 15:21:17|
  2. Bikes and related things
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A space saving spare tire

I am not too sure

There is a thing that has stuck in my mind since I saw it. I was searching for some neat cheap items that would accompany my new car (arriving in June, 2017). A cheap watch with a line on the part (I don't know exactly what is should be called) where dials sit on. A face?

It reads, "KEEP CALM AND DRIVE A MX-5." OK, I got the message and I even think it is cute. It is one of those items with that ubiquitous 'Keep calm and ...' gnomes.

My question is; Is this grammatically correct? Shouldn't that be, "KEEP CALM AND DRIVE AN MX-5" ?

I decided not to buy one.


A soft carry bag is coming

I bought a pet carrier. It is intended for a cat or a small dog, maybe. Do I currently have a cat? No, although I intend to in the future.

It is very light at 1.2 kg (2.6 US lb). It can be used as a hand-held bag, can hang from the shoulder and can be used a backpack to carry a cat.

A space saving spare tire for MX-5 (ND)?

Why do I want one?

When I bought my current car (Ford Ka), I chose deliberately an option space saving spare tire. During 5 years, it helped me get out of troubles three times. I was very happy and firmly believe that it was worth the money I paid for.

Mazda has not set this option for a MX-5. All MX-5 come with a so-called a repair kit. It consists of a DC 12-Volt cigarette socket operated pump and a filling compound in a spray can more or less. I am not sure if it comes with a jack.

It may repair minor holes but won't help at all when you have a tire burst. There are some shops who sell them. I am very much tempted to get one from the UK. Should I?

mx5-stire-side-s.jpg
(image borrowed from this UK seller on ebay)

mx5-stire-boot-s.jpg
(image borrowed from this UK seller on ebay)

As you can see, the space saving spare tire will go in the boot.

Wait a second! When I change the tires/wheels and take the regular tire/wheel out and seek for a tire shop for a new tire, I have to put this big regular size tire in the boot or somewhere. This will be the bigger problem.

In Japanese: 続きをどうぞ [A space saving spare tire ]の続きを読む

テーマ:自転車用品 - ジャンル:スポーツ

  1. 2017/03/15(水) 13:04:10|
  2. Bike Races
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