Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Men in Tights, Part II

As promised, here I am chugging along at a comfortable pace in my tights at the Decker 20k.

I joke about my thunder thighs, but they are one area of my physique that I'm actually proud of. I have freakishly big legs. When I reached my peak weight of 165 my waist was 36 inches and my thighs were 32 inches. I'd do 3 sets of 8-12 repetitions on the leg press with 700+ pounds and then do leg extensions and leg curls with about 250. And I wasn't really working my legs very hard at the time. Unlike my upper body, my legs respond to weight work very quickly.

One downside to all of this was that I had to wear Levis 560 loose fit jeans and they were snug on my thighs. Lately the 560s have been getting baggy so last week I bought some 550s which are relaxed fit and my legs actually fit into them with a little room to spare. I tried some 501s for laughs and couldn't get them more than halfway up my thighs. So, all of the running has slimmed my legs down some, but I think my legs respond to running all the hills around hear as strength training and so they still stay pretty big.

BTW, I ran 5 easy miles on Sunday and my legs felt pretty good. Tonight I ran 6 miles pretty hard and I felt great. Really great. I can't believe it's only been a little more than a week since Dallas. I looked at my training plan and I only have a couple more really long runs before the 3M Half Marathon and the Austin Marathon. Everything else will be just putting the finishing touches on my conditioning and avoiding injuries. Oh, and losing some more weight. I reset DietPower this morning and it thinks I should be able to get down to 210 by the marathon. At this point, every pound makes a big difference so anything less than my current 225 will be a blessing.

6 comments:

Sister Mary Lisa said...

Thanks for the photo. You can be proud of those thighs. :)

Anonymous said...

Seriously, major Popeye legs happening there. You must (and should) be very proud. :)

Sideon said...

You'd kick Joseph Smith's ass if he tried his "sticks" game - squash that dead wannabe-prophet like a bug.

Anonymous said...

Great photo Bull, and I appreciate all the showing off with how much your legs can squat and curl. Very nice, maybe I will post a picture of my beer belly? Nah...

Anonymous said...

What's the swimming cap for?

Bull said...

It's just a light hat. I started out with a heavier hat but it got to hot so I reverted to a thin one that was just right.