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A Peach of a Century, Finale

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Biz

    I sometimes do a 10 mile bike ride around my office at lunch – and the last part has this crazy hill that I pretty much dread the whole ride.

    It wasn’t until I counted how many seconds it took me to get up it – only 100 seconds! – that I let it not control the whole ride.

    Great job! And pie and wine are a great reward!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      What a good idea! I love the idea of counting the seconds…something else to focus on than a killer hill!

  2. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance

    Wow! Congratulations to you! That is definitely something to be very proud of. I have never done a full century, but my husband has, and holy cow–it’s a looooonnng ride. I usually do the half-century while he completes the whole thing. 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a good move. And I am totally up for doing a half next spring! 50 is still pretty hard.

  3. debby

    Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! Years ago I was driving through Oregon when that bike event was taking place.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh that’s cool that you got to see it last year!

  4. Katy (The Singing Runner)

    Congratulations! You did incredible despite the wind and hills! I have a metric century coming up in a few weeks and I am pretty nervous! While it is supposed to be flat, the area is known to be very windy and cold in October. I’m already struggling to stay warm on the bike (despite wearing layers) so I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do! Haha!

    Also, I am struggling to take in enough calories during my longer rides. In your experience do you have any suggestions on how many calories I should be shooting for? I know that I under fueling, but there is only so much Gatorade and GU packets I can take in. I’m experimenting with solid foods but it’s a hit or miss whether or not my stomach will tolerate it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thank you, Katy! Wind and cold are definitely a challenge this time of year. I hope you get lucky with your metric century. Let me know how you do!

      As to your question…I’ve often had the problem with long rides. What I found is that dried fruit (I eat apricots) about every 30 minutes or so helps a lot. It’s small enough that it doesn’t make me feel sick or bloated, but the sugar helps prevent crashes. I’ve gone almost exclusively to dried apricots instead of GUs. Also, stop at every rest stop and eat something. Carbs!!! Sugar!!! Trail mix, fruit, bagels with peanut butter, that kind of stuff. It helps me a lot.

  5. Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog.

    THAT is impressive, lady. Really motivating 🙂

  6. Tara

    Sounds brilliant! A challenge and a phenomenal accomplishment :o) Congrats!!

    I would love to try something like this.

    My end of summer challenge was a Triathlon that I completed on the 1st of September. The buzz crossing the finish line was soooo worth it, even if I had wanted to crawl up in a ball and not finish the run, haha! Nice to end the summer on a high :o)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That is so cool that you did a triathlon. That’s on my to list…some day! It is definitely a special feeling crossing the finish line strong and knowing you accomplished something you set your mind to!

  7. Jared

    Congrats! This is so inspiring 🙂 Reading this post made me want to set a fitness goal for next summer! And I can imagine how freaking delicious that wine tasted at the end of all of that. Good on you!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I like having at least one fitness goal each summer…it’s a good focus and it’s (usually) fun to train for. Pie and wine at the end are just a bonus. 😀

  8. Ragemichelle

    AMAZING!!! You freaking ROCK! And now I want pie.

  9. Jennifer

    Congratulations! This is awesome!! I would love to get into cycling one day. I need a bike first! I have a race coming up on Oct. 20 and I’m excited for it. I won’t be in the best condition to run too fast (probably won’t beat my previous 5K time), but I’m just glad to be running again. Possibly gearing up for another half!

  10. Rick

    That is an awesome trip you did there! I have been thinking about getting into cycle touring myself lately, but know that I’ve got a long way to go before I can do so. Interestingly, it looks like the tour pretty closely followed one of my most favorite scenic drives.

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