I’ve been waiting a long time (nearly six months) to reuse that title in reference to bike riding. This past Saturday I finally rode a bike on the road again. I won’t lie, it felt great and nervous emotionally (my first attempt at riding in a new clipless system didn’t help this), but not as great physically. I joined ITP-Readers Jill and Harold for a 33-mile ride around the Lake Hartwell area. I couldn’t quite keep up with them and at a fork in the road 16 miles out I lost sight of them, and subsequently chose the wrong fork. Not knowing the area well I turned around and made the trip back to the cabin solo, stopping at a local convenience store and spending my only dollar on a can of Cheerwine while refilling my water bottle [In six months I’ve lost my ability to smartly pack my bike pouch, that’s why I only had $1]. When I arrived back at the cabin I looked at my iPhone and heard that Jill and Harold figured I’d taken the wrong turn, had been waiting for me, and Jill actually rode back and saw me riding away and yelled toward me to no avail. Knowing how tired I was becoming and not knowing the area I figured turning around was the “best” course of action; I assumed that Jill and Harold would eventually pass me at some point, but instead I finished about about five minutes before they returned.
Around thirty miles into the ride my hip began to bother me, not to the point of requiring me to stop however, as I started to tire. During the last few miles I started to cramp.
I’d yet to install a speedometer/odometer on BlackJack, so I used my Garmin 305 to record my ride.
Yesterday my legs, while tired, were fairly okay however my right knee was a little bothered all day. I think the brief time I spent in the lake after the ride helped my legs immensely.
ITP Flickr Pic #1
It was brought to my attention that I’ve never shown a photo of BlackJack. Here it is, atop of the Jackmobile.
Not a great photo I admit, but it’s the only one I have and the wear and tear of the decals capture the beatings I’ve the Jackmobile over time.
Mapping Out My Remaining Vacation Time
As August will be gone in no time, and the thought of taking a “BIG” vacation this year has vanished, it’s time for me to start planning my remaining vacation time for 2011. Sadly I’ve already burned a lot of time this year not doing a whole heck of a lot. There’s the Inter Americas Hash in October, which if I go, will consume a couple of days. I know that I’ll take at least one day heading back to Black Mountain, NC to experience another fantastic weekend with ITP-Readers Lisa and Randy, and kids, at LEAF. And I’m going to start looking for an extended weekend on which I can fly up to New York to visit my brother and sister-in-law.
But now I need to catch up on the job which grants me the paid vacation time…
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – okay, not great, all is still not right in my word but I’m either working on, or thinking about working on, the things I need to do to make it better
Current Music – listening to a KEXP “Music That Matters” podcast
Website Of The Day – This weekend ITP-Reader Harold introduced many of us to steamed hamburgers using his Burg’r Tend’r. Damn, they were good.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday: bike riding, 33 miles
Morning Weigh-In – not yet
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 33.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 42 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 14
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Ride my bike no fewer than 150 miles
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose two pounds
2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than
two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions