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#myjoberg2c - One Women's Journey to 9 Days of Mountain Biking Adventure. Week 3

I wish I could loose weight as easy as I loose keys, pens, my cell phone and sometimes even my mind!

Red Barn training ride

I watched a Ted Talk on achieving goals and they spoke about marginal adjustments….Take a big ambitious project, break it down into its simplest form and then make marginal improvements along the way to improve my odds of succeeding. In my case completing and most of all enjoying Joberg2c 2020!

I have never been a skinny girl. My height is 1.58m and currently weigh 65kg (about 2kgs are Christmas cheer!) which is overweight if you work it out on these BMI calculators that you find online, according to them anything above 47kgs and below 62kgs is “normal” for my height.

Some indoor intervals

I need to take into consideration that I carry a decent amount of muscle, it’s always been one thing that I have never been short of and is apparently heavier than fat. But now I’m just trying to justify my ‘overweightness’. Get it into your head Linds… you need to lose weight!

In cycling it comes down to simple physics – the more or less you weigh, the more or less energy it will take to pedal your bike. I have heard about this power to weight ratio thing and how important it is in riding but have never really looked into it. Basically the higher the ratio, the faster you ride.

In my mind, I’m thinking the lighter I weigh the easier it is to ride up F@#$ing hills… I’m a hill hater! I’m the rider that usually gets passed on hills but I never really notice this happening because I am either counting my breaths or doing a ‘Dory’ and keep repeating the words “just keep peddling, just keep peddling, just keep peddling” in my head until I reach the top. I get there after a while and they have become “easier” over the years but if there’s one thing about mountain biking I dislike, it is riding up the hills… oh and headwinds but I won't bore you with that.

So my game plan is to lose as much weight possible and strengthen my legs by doing my ‘pee squats’ everyday and looking at a few more exercises that will give more “power” to my current weight!

Being in the food industry does not make the whole dieting thing easy. I am exposed to yummy foods, decadent cakes, home baked cookies… all the things that are considered as unhealthy and not good to eat when trying to shed the pounds. I am usually very good at work. During the week I try stick to a healthy breakie, a mid-morning snack, a bowl full of greens and colourful veggies and protein for lunch. Dinner with my family in the evenings could be anything from chicken ala king to tuna & avo wraps. I am not big on the carbs and also have developed an intolerance for gluten over the years so that is a help when it comes to cutting down the calories. What I have been doing since the beginning of the year is looking at my portion sizes and replacing my gluten free pasta with wilted spinach when we eat Spag Bol or having a big black mushroom as the base of my burger to reduce the carbs a bit. So there are ways that the family eat ‘normally’ while I try shed the excess baggage.

Cutting the carbs

I do however have a little devil on my shoulder when it comes to GnT’s and wine. My alcohol intake has reduced a lot since Christmas. We may have a whisky some evenings or a GnT on the weekend and lunch with the girls obviously comes with wine. I am ashamed to say that I am feeling really good and “clean” since I cut back on the alcohol so will stick to this as much as possible but there will be days when the hair comes down – it’s just making sure that the horns don’t come out and the wheels fall off!

These are marginal adjustments is my approach when it comes to my diet… lets see if the results come with it!

For those of you that do have a sweet tooth…. Here’s a favourite recipe of mine – Chocolate & Banana Cookies (gluten free, lactose free, vegan & sugar free)

3 large bananas

1 cup of oats (not the instant stuff)

2 Tbl honey

2 Tbl raw cacao powder

2 Tbl chia seeds

Shake of cinnamon

Heat your oven to 180 degrees C

Mash up your bananas well

Add the dry ingredients and mix

Spoon dollops of the mixture onto a greased baking tray (should make about 15)

Bake for 10 – 15 minutes

Hide them so no one else can find them and enjoy!

Training Summary

13th – 19th January

Mountain Biking : 44.6km

Indoor Cycling : 55.39

Running : 13.03

Pee Squats : 200

Weight loss : 600g

Comments : Not a great week for training. With schools starting and 99% of my clients back from holidays I was crazy busy at work with very early morning starts at work and some challenging staff issues drained me so skipped 2 evenings of training… Need to up my game here, especially on the bike side of things! Happy with my steady weight loss.

Total Training summary from 1st January 2020

Mountain Biking : 44.6km

Indoor Cycling : 96.42 minutes

Running : 75.72kms

Pee Squats : 400

Weight loss : 1.4kg

Yours in adventure


Lindsey Lotringer:

"To me, old age is always 20 years older that I am… sorry to everyone that’s 60! The older I get, my life gets more and more adventurous and I am absolutely loving it! Being 40 is knowing what I want, who I am and proud of what I have become. I am a partner to the most amazing guy, mother (well, step mom really but I don’t like that description) to Kim who’s turning 12, a very grateful entrepreneur of a bustling catering company which has grown into a healthy happy business over the last 5 years, I am a friend, a sister, an aunt and a daughter… I am who I have made myself into and I love it! I started riding in 2012 and it fast became a part of me… the personal challenges it brings, the smile I get after achieving, the social side of it, the chance to exhale after a busy week – you don’t need a therapist if you ride a bicycle, especially if it’s a mountain bike!"

“The fun begins where the tar ends”


joberg2c is riding the off-roads less travelled and trails never travelled across four provinces of South Africa. It is sharing a passion for mountain biking with those who love riding. The communities, the trails, the landscapes and the feast of flavours all conspire to make this a journey for the soul. for more info visit their website:



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