For reasons I will outline below the events of last night, post bike ride, are some I’d like to never repeat.
Ride, Paulie! Ride!
I joined ITP-Reader Melissa for a twenty-eight mile bike ride last evening. The ride had all of the trappings of disaster — poorly maintained roads, cars making unpredictable maneuvers, discovery that I left my seat bag open and I thought that I lost my car keys (which were found in one of my jersey pockets), and mechanical failure.
Our path wound through Kirkwood, up toward Decatur, through Avondale Estates, out to Stone Mountain, and back. If was near Decatur that Melissa saw that my seat bag was unzipped. We stopped to check it out and upon not seeing my keys where they belonged I jumped to the conclusion that they were dropped somewhere. Luckily, a second later I felt my jersey pockets to discover them.
In Avondale Estates we crossed with the traffic light only to hear a police siren start. We feared that we were the target of that siren only to then realize that a car ahead of us had made an illegal right turn on red. It was at that point that I also realized that my right pedal had broken and that I was unable to clip my foot in. Flat roads provided minor difficulty since Spinning courses taught me to pedal in a circular motion, but my inability to pull with my right foot proved to be a royal pain in the ass on inclines. This malfunction was discovered by me at mile eight, and I did my best to disguise it so that we’d not cut our ride short. I think Melissa must have caught on when my hill climbing was abysmal, and I begged out of going into Stone Mountain park. 😉
Our return route took the flatter Dekalb Path, through the parts that I think I’ll give up on in the future. At one point I was not-so-kindly directed to “Get the fuck out the road” by some gentlemen in a POS car. I don’t need that sort of anger directed toward me, especially as I am trying to use the path constructed for recreation.
Today I plan to splurge on
some new pedals for the Red Rocket as well as some proper road cycling shoes, my first ever a pedal wrench to swap my road bike pedals with my mountain bike pedals.
Rest, Paulie! Rest!
Yesterday I spewed bravado about riding last night, and then riding again tonight. That ain’t gonna happen.
Last night’s ride was tough, but nothing that should put me on the shelf today. Upon returning home I popped some ibuprofen, took a cold shower, and iced my knees as I prepared to watch Hell’s Kitchen.
As I sat there, also cooking a pasta dinner to help with my recovery, I started to sneeze. And then I sneezed again. And then again. And then my mouth started to swell. And I started to feel sore. And I continued to sneeze. WTH? I ate my dinner as I watched Hell’s Kitchen and then went promptly into bed to rest.
I’m not sure exactly when I dozed off, but I can tell you that I awoke precisely at 0123 (1:23am) EDT, with a knotted back, and could not get back to sleep until around 0430 (4:30am) EDT. A 0430 sleep time does not bode well for someone whose routine it is to wake at 0530. I “allowed” myself to sleep in until 0630, so I fully expect to hate today and fall asleep at my desk sometime around 1400 (2:00pm) EDT.
Shopping In Stores? What A Concept!
Today I’ll be visiting the local REI for my new pedals and shoes. I’m sure that I’ll also poke around the camping area to kindle my desire to get out and “camp” this Fall.
On Friday I’ll be visiting the local Apple store to pick up my copy of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6). I’m not looking forward to all of the preparation and work needed to upgrade my Macs, but am looking forward to a leaner, meaner version of OS X.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – sore, really tired, cranky
Current Music – last week’s “Sound Opinions” podcast
Website Of The Day – The Fancy Fast Food blog is really neat; what they do is take ordinary fast food and reconstruct it as fancy food.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling, 28 miles
Morning Weigh-In – 199 pounds
Foot Mileage – ~12.5 miles, Wheel Mileage – 175 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 14 (14)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 25
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