October 8, 2014

I'm just the driver.

It's a good thing I like the driver's seat, because I get to do it again in 10 days.

Last time it was on roads for 30+ hours and right near my house. This time it'll be ON WATER for about an hour (19 minutes of racing) and across the country.

I'm in dark blue in this picture.
Next week I'll be in a slightly different position but in the same role.
And the rowers will be female, and there will only be 4 of them.

I'm very excited and a bit anxious. I haven't done this since 1998. It's a big race with lots of competitors and many twists and turns along the course. Those oars stick out pretty far, and the boats are pretty fucking long. I was quite moved when, out of the blue, an old teammate phoned me to ask if I'd be interested. Without hesitation I said, "yes." Then I reminded her (and myself) that it's been a long time since I was in a boat and also that I'm a little bigger than I used to be. I promised I'd get skinnier, but she said not to worry about it. So I didn't. But now I kind of am. 

The last time I tried a crazy weight loss plan intentionally was about 20 years ago. I lost 20 lbs in 8 weeks. I ate Honeycomb cereal and jelly beans for carbs and cottage cheese and gummy worms for protein and ran about 40 miles a week. The results were frightening-looking and I'm glad there are no pictures. 

Unfortunately, I only have 10 days and can't eat Honeycomb OR cottage cheese OR run at this point in time. 

I need a really awesomely psycho weight loss plan. But it needs to involve eating because fasting is not my forte. Any ideas? I'm sure there are some blogs out there that might guide me. Leave a link in the comments if you know a good one. I'm looking to lose as much as possible as fast as possible without getting sick or comatose. Maintaining mental clarity is a plus. 

In addition to being bigger than I used to be, I am also more accustomed to being in that sitting-upright-in-the-stern position. For this race, my friends have secured a super fast, expensive, fancy boat wherein the coxswain is LYING DOWN in the bow. WithOUT pillows. 

It's going to be fun.

What's the most stressful thing you've ever done in the name of FUN?

What's the weirdest weight-loss plan you've ever followed...or tried to follow? 

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