I worked out twice this weekend. I’m sore all over, and of course now I have concern with the long-term state of my knees as well.
Life Has Changed
I’m still suffering from last week’s break in. I’m not scared to be in the house, mostly because it seems that the MO of these thieves is to strike when homes are empty.
What’s really gotten to me is an interruption of my routine. In case you haven’t figured it out I am a comfortable slave to my assembled routine, especially when it comes to my music, video, photos, and data backups — all of which were handled by the computer which was stolen. I’ve be trying to reassemble my routine using my ancient iBook because thanks to a high insurance deductible I have no plans to replace the stolen computer and graphics tablet.
Stone Mountain Is No Mont Ventoux
And I am no Lance Armstrong.
On Saturday morning I did something I hadn’t done in approximately eleven months — I got on my bicycle and rode. The ride was almost nixed by a phone call which woke me at 4am that caused me to sleep until 7:30am. I was hoping to be on the road no later than 7:00am in order to beat the heat.
I was determined (read “stubborn”) to ride the ride I used to ride when I used to ride often. I struck out on my thirty-eight mile (round trip) course to Stone Mountain and quickly realized that my knees will never be the same again (I suppose surgery might be the answer) but pressed on with more of a bothersome feeling, not a painful feeling. A little more than 2.5 hours later I returned to my driveway, dripping wet (sweat) and quite tired.
Saturday’s ride was quite the eye-opener. I was proud that I was able to ride the entire course, but it reminded me that taking eleven months off was a bad idea and that I have a lot of work to do before riding longer distances. However, it felt good to be back on the road, and it’ll feel better when I’m better at it again.
ITP Flickr Pic
It’s been a few days since I’ve picked up a camera. Consider this the fallout from spending time exercising as well as losing my main photo editing computer in the robbery.
This is a shot that I took with my iPhone a week ago. I’m trying hard to get my mojo back.
Black Sheep Hash 500 Minus 1 : The Lyons’ Run
Yesterday was the fourteenth running of the Black Sheep Hash Lyons’ Run. And if you weren’t there, why not? As I promised I brought a case of PBR with me as penance for my five-snare hash two weeks ago. Yesterday the hares were much smarter than I was as they started laying trail thirty minutes before they were supposed to in order avoid getting snared. And to complete my penance I played substitute-hare and took the beer blessing at the hash’s start.
The trail, which started at a location that I was eying as the potential start to my trail two weeks ago, was a good mix of real and surreal. We hashed through many downed trees that were no doubt taken down in order to build new subdivisions. We then hashed through an abandoned golf course as well by an abandoned club house and partially-completed tennis courts. In many ways this hash further cemented my desire to get out and see this country before completely destroy it.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – uncertain about my future
Current Music – listening to “The Tech Guy” podcast
Website Of The Day – I dream of a day when I can attempt projects like Alinea At Home. I find myself dreaming a lot more these days.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 38 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 3 (3)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 2
Marta Rides – 0
– Not get fired from my job
– Restart work on house, actually making progress this time
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalapeño Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem