Actually, it was hard, only somewhat ugly, but very rewarding ride last night.
My Moment Of Zen
I met up with ITP-Reader Bob and his friend Matt at Riverside Park for a twenty-seven mile ride. I kept in mind that neither of these guys were near my age and that they weren’t on their second ride of 2009. I rode the best ride that I could last night. I never seemed to have that “next” gear to keep the wheel, nor the lungs to power my way up the inclines at the same rate that they could. I think my “out-of-shapeness” caused them to stop and wait no more than four times, but I felt badly nonetheless.
The course was challenging but very doable. I scared the crap out of myself down a long, winding downhill that ended with at ninety-degree right-hand turn. My speed was sufficiently high that I could not brake well, and with a truck coming from the direction that I needed to head, I made a decision to pull up and turn left instead. My legs and lungs didn’t appreciate the extra work they needed to produce in order to catch up to the others.
After the ride I followed Bob back to his house where ITP-Reader Laura had prepared a great dinner of burritos and green beans which I consumed with the single Sam Adams which pushed me toward exhaustion.
The only thing missing from the night was seeing Bob and Laura’s little one who apparently
had passed out from a heavy day of drinking goes to bed early, which probably makes sense for a fifteen-month old. When I arrived at my bed I passed out from exhaustion, which probably makes sense for a reborn cyclist, five-hundred-twenty-nine-month old.
Oh Yes It’s Laundry Night, Oh What A Night
With a week’s worth of work clothes, in addition to some cycling kits which need to be laundered I’ll be dragging my shit to a laundromat tonight.
The laundromat of choice tonight will be the one next to Lee’s Bakery so that I can get a Bahn Mi Vietnamese sandwich for dinner. YUM!
RealiTV Update : Hell’s Kitchen Is Hellish
Last night was the fourth episode of this season’s Hell’s Kitchen. Four episodes in and the makers of Hell’s Kitchen have already turned this into the biggest clusterfuck of a season to date. So far people have been fired mid-season, last year’s Biggest Loser Robert has been brought back, and we’ve had flashes of lousy food and arguing.
I’m giving this season a few more attempts to become interesting, at which time I may decide to give up on this franchise the same way that I did for Survivor, and The Apprentice.
Occasionally I’m going to drop a query into the blog in an effort to stimulate more people to comment, as well as to learn. So let’s kick this off with…
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you are doing today? That is to say, if you had ample funds what would you be doing today?
My answer would be “Planning a long-distance, long-term, photography road trip.”
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, but a bit frantic
Current Music – listening to “The Candid Frame” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’ve long been a fan of rhythm-based video games. Yesterday I was introduced to Tapulous’ Tap Tap Games for the iPhone. Oh hello, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 27 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 198 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~4 miles, Wheel Mileage – 65 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 5 (5)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 4
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