I weighed myself yesterday morning, Thursday as I normally do and saw 260.8 lbs but, what really got my attention was stepping on the scale today – Week 33 plus 1 day and saw an all time high for the past 21 weeks of 267.4! Hmmm. Well, I added not only the official Thursday weight to my desktop wallpaper but also added that 267.4 weight.
Basically in 3 weeks and 1 day I managed to gain over 20 pounds. Of course, yesterday just ended 24 days of 9-5 board reviews so things may not be as bad as it first appears. Perhaps more importantly, are the cars I’ve added to my Week 33 weigh in so, maybe we should address those first ;) (it’s a guy thing)
In the lower right hand corner we have the 968 Porsche which is a front engine, 4 cylinder car which was only produced from 1992 to 1995. There were a little over 12,000 of them made and only about 2,400 which were convertibles. This little car started it’s life as a 924 in the mid to late 70s, then grew up into the popular 944 model then ended with this amazingly refined 968. Well ….I guess you could say the 914 may have been the oldest predecessor in this line of front engine Porsche cars.
I always have to wonder why any car enthusiast, especially a Porsche enthusiast would ever bother with a 944. Those cars are a dime a dozen and have to wonder if they just don’t know the lineage of the car or maybe just want the cheapest option available and still be able to tout the Porsche name.
In a 500 mile search on cars.com of Porsches there’s 38 944s available with prices starting below $2,000 while the 968 yields only 2 for sale with a low price of $13k.
When I was 19 I bought a 924 and still remember quite a bit about it. It was Alpine White, about 4.5 inches off the ground and had a 016z transmission which meant the transmission was in the back of the car and not directly mated to the engine. This provided a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution. The ergonomics of that car were still the best of any car I’ve ever owned or driven for that matter.
Had to check wikipedia for info on these models – sure enough – about 171,000 of the 944s were produced. The much nicer 968 however only had 12,776 total produced and only 4,665 of them were distributed between the US and Canada. Of those, 2,248 were convertibles that made it to the US. Definitely not a dime a dozen car like the 944.
I have never owned a convertible before and the 968 cabriolet was going to be my first. I was in the market for one prior to heading back to school and even had a spreadsheet where I kept track of the 968 cabriolets for sale, along with their VIN numbers since there were only so many of those cars in play.
My brother is on his 3rd ‘vette so I wanted to check them out. $54,000 baseline coupe and $59,000 baseline price on the convertible. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be buying one of these new – probably not but, it was fun to go through the Chevy “build your own” website. 0-60 in 3.8 seconds – that’s kind of like my motorcycle fast.
These start at $24,700 for the 1LS but, I would have to get a 1LT model (baseline $27,000) in order to get the optional 245 watt, 9 speaker Boston audio system.
Before I headed out on my 24 day board reviews trek I watched a number of car videos on YouTube including one that was about 1.5 hours long on the history of cars starting back with the steam driven vehicles up to current models and a glimpse into the future.
Another great thing about the 968 Porsche was that as early back as 1992 when it first came out it had variable cam timing – who else had that? It was maybe 10 or 15 years later when I noticed the Honda Civic incorporated variable cam timing in their cars.
I’m not sure what the 968’s cost new but back in 2007 the resale value had dipped below $20k for most of them with lower mileage models going for just under $30k. According to wiki, in April 2012 a 968 got auctioned off for $346,000.
What about running? Week 33 Weigh-In and getting fatter??!
Yesterday concluded my 24 day marathon of reviews during which time I had only 2 days off and a ton of travelling. I got home a bit early yesterday at 5:30 and around ….oh, 5:31 I was fast asleep. Totally exhausted but, nothing 14 hours of sleep couldn’t fix :) However, as much as weighing 260.8 caught my attention yesterday it was the 267.4 this morning which really caught my attention.
Pragmatically speaking, this new high weight has me a little concerned because I’m signed up for a 50 mile bike ride tomorrow – huh.
So, what happened? I overlayed my weight for the past 4 weeks on my calendar. Then I realized that these past 3+ weeks were much like when I was in clinic and school last year and watched my weight climb and climb week by week.
Basically, it seems anytime I’m sitting on my but for 9 or more hours per day with little or no days off that my weight goes up.
Things started easy in Davenport – almost ideal actually. School was still in session in Iowa so my first four days of reviews were only from 5 to 11 p.m., just 6 hours of reviews each day and plenty of time to study and run and swim and I hit my low weight of 245. But, after those four days, every day became 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – everyday including weekends.
In Iowa and Kansas, I was at least able to stay in hotels that were close to the schools. My final week in Chesterfield, MO meant staying at home and commuting every day so, in addition to the 9-6 schedule there was another 2 hours of driving each day so the schedule was more like 8 am. to 7 p.m. Bedtime hovered around 9 p.m. so, that’s 11 hours per day on my butt and another 8 or so sleeping. It’s an ideal situation for packing on the pounds fast and very stressful.
It’s either ironic or funny depending on how you look at this but, one of my 26 reasons for leaving SAVVIS to go back to school to become a chiropractor had to do with my health and health was probably a top 5 reason for making the change. I grew to loathe the drive to SAVVIS everyday and figured I would move close to school and not make that drive everyday anymore. I never did more and simply added 5 miles per day each way to my commute.
2007 was a big running year for me because I was trying to offset 5 years of sitting on my butt for 11 hours per day and the ensuing weight gain.
Well – I have to figure a few things out here -
It’s Friday and I went jogging Wednesday for 4 miles. It was pretty rough. I remembered way back in high school a book I read – it may have been a tape of the book called, “You can’t afford the Luxury of a negative thought” A part of that book had you imagine that you were some kind of master achiever, that you could work towards anything you thought of and accomplish it then, achievement got too easy, lost it’s luster and you wanted a greater challenge so you created a button called “Greater Challenge” – pressed it and found yourself exactly where you are now.
For me, I realized that the extra hours of commuting along w/ the 9 hours of reviews and only 2 days off over the past 24 days was representing a greater challenge so I simply went to a park near the school and was able to get in 4 miles. I had two days off before that and 3 days away from running before that.
But – my running weeks are Mon through Sunday so, I still have 3 days left for this 22nd week of my program and can get in 4 days of running this week as long as I go today, tomorrow and Sunday -
easy enough. I don’t see myself doing 18 miles on Sat as scheduled, nor do I care a whole lot right now. I’m not overly concerned about that 50 mile bike ride tomorrow either – and, it just occurred to me that bike ride did not have any online payment options so, I’m only registered and have not paid for it. Cool. I might just enjoy my 2nd day off and blow that off.
I had 3 other half marathons I was looking at for October – I passed / missed the Aug 31st deadline to register at cheaper rates but had other things going on.
The race in Valmier, IL is probably going to be along back roads – country roads and is on Sept 27th and I could probably live without that one. The other two are bigger events and all held on Sundays – Missouri Cowbell half in St Charles – a really good place to run, I’ve done the Lewis & Clark half marathon there before. The other two would be the Go! St Louis Half (Halloween edition) the the Rock n Roll St Louis half the following week which I’m already signed up for.
I think I’ll put off any future registration for at least another week, until my Part III exam is over. I’m sure I’ll do at least one extra half so I can join Half Fanatics. And, somewhere between now and the end of the year, I need to get a sub 2:30 half marathon to (re)qualify for the Pikes Peak Ascent. I would like another Platinum trophy so, maybe this month can end the way last month started, we’ll see. It’s not the end of the world of I don’t get it but I do need to keep running.
October 18th, I test for my next belt in karate – maybe I’ll check that out again tomorrow since I’m blowing off the 50 mile bike race. Those 4 miles I did this past Wed were kind of sad in terms of performance. It was my 22nd week in the program but felt more like week 1. I’ll probably keep my mileage down this week, maybe no more than 3 miles at a time unless I happen to be feeling it and want to run longer.
Part III is the main focus this week.
I have talked with NBS about Part IV reviews already and will be taking that exam in May of 2015. ….reminds me I have to sign up for the 2015 Lincoln Presidential half yet as well as the Go! which should be taking place the next day – back to back halfs – i like that challenge idea. :)
I did get a chance to talk with two other chiropractors who told me they passed part 4 before they passed part 3. So, however I end up doing next Saturday, I will be giving Part IV a shot next May. I know I’ve got a really decent shot at getting through this next exam – I know a lot and just need to make sure I don’t have any weaknesses that could hold me back.
It’s odd but, with Part III – one person could score a 70% and pass while another might score a 90% and fail because all 9 sections have to be adequately passed and those sections aren’t fully determined until after the exam is analyzed.
We had a bit over 200 pages of review material in each review session but only a single page for Chiropractic Technique. It’s almost overlooked but, it does make up a lightly weighted section of the 9 total sections.
Ideally, this will be the plan
- Pass Part III (results by Dec)
- Obtain License for Illinois
- Become Nationally Registered Certified Medical Examiner
- Pass Part IV
Somewhere in the midst of #’s 2 & 3 up there I will be eligible to get a job somewhere with someone, at least in the state of Illinois – after passing Part IV – I’ll be able to work anywhere in the country! :) My eyes are wide open at that thought :)