I went out for a recovery walk this morning. Even though I started at 6:30am it was warm(ish). As I walked I broke a sweat, but that was nothing compared to the sweat which occurred after exiting the shower in our far too warm and humid locker room at work. Sometimes it seems pointless to shower if I am only going to break out in a sweat immediately following.
Today’s Personal Project
Eat vegetarian today.
Today’s Daily Challenge
Get better control of your money by spending 5 minutes organizing your wallet.
Getting control of your money starts with the stuff you carry with you every day! A well-organized wallet that’s free of excess bits of paper lets you see exactly what’s in there, so you know what you have to spend at any given time. And a wallet that’s lighter on credit cards (especially store cards, which typically apply gigantic interest rates) will make you less tempted to use them.
I have done this every day for quite some time.
Sisters And Brothers
I arose at 4am yesterday so that I could get myself together and drive up to Roswell for the GA400 Century. I was more than a little surprised to see a couple of well-dressed young ladies and a well-dressed man standing on the corner of Flat Shoals and Glenwood at that time. Could they have possibly just stopped partying? I’m too old to remember the days when I’d stay out that late.
I’m glad I did the ride, but I think that this will be the only time I do so.
Getting up that early to ride that long is insane. To my surprise the event lack decent signage for the registration area. Luckily for me my last name starts with ‘N’ so once I found the line for my name, it was much shorter than most of the lines around me.
I guess in part due to the registration SNAFUs the start of the ride didn’t occur until about 6:30am, a good fifteen minutes after which we were supposed to depart. For most events a fifteen minute delay wouldn’t be that bad, but since the section of GA 400 from Exit 7 to Exit 6 was closed because of us, it seemed to me that we should have started on time.
In my Yoo Hoo! jersey I was a fan favorite, having a number of people talk to me all ride long.
I was cruising along for the first nineteen miles (thanks in part to the many downhills in the early part of the ride) and then things started to feel odd. I stopped my bike and confirmed what I believed… I was losing air from my back tire. DANGEN! I pulled over and took the back wheel off to find a thorn, or some sort of foreign object, sticking out from the inside of the tire, thus puncturing my tube. Always riding prepared I started the process of replacing my tube when a couple of the SAG motorcycles stopped to ask if I needed help. I borrowed a frame pump in order to save some of the CO2 in my cartridge, and was back on my way a little less confident than I when I started.
My puncture was not far from the second rest stop, where they were inexplicably out of water by the time I got there. I futzed around with my wheel some more and was back on my way, now much further behind most of my riding companions.
My ride was fairly routine for quite some time, though my right knee started to feel strained along the way (note to self, I need to figure out how to adjust my right cleat in order to save my knee), until I hit the “three sisters” which occurred around the fifty-mile mark in the ride. At big sister my legs started to cramp, I had to get off the bike and walk a while. At middle sister I cramped some more, and had once again dismount and walk. And by little sister there was no doubt that I was not going to be able to ride up it either.
At some time after the three sisters the ride turned into a bit of a hash. I was following two women and we three were cruising along when we missed a poorly marked turn. We were headed downhill and while there may have been a road marking, there really should have been signage to ensure that the riders knew that we were to turn. Much like at a hash the confusion caused a pack to form and we all pedaled together until we hit the second climb of Old Alabama Road.
By the middle of Old Alabama I was physically and mentally beaten so I dismounted for the final time, walking my bike up Old Alabama much in the same way that I did back in January when the Wheelhopper hash was in that area.
I took a chilly bath and many short naps once I returned home. Around 4:00pm I was getting really hungry so I decided to treat myself to a Fox Bros BBQ for dinner.
ITP Flickr Pic
I should have taken a photo or two yesterday.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – tired
Current Music – listening to today’s stage of the Tour de France
Website Of The Day – Today’s website Keep North Fulton Beautiful might give you a hint at one of my upcoming Personal Projects.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Friday = walking, ~5.0 miles; Sunday = bicycling, ~63.0 miles
Morning Weigh-In – not checking
Foot Mileage – ~20.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~63.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Days Of Bed-Making – 0
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 7
Pancakes Eaten – 0
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2012
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me — Mindy Kahling
- Flotsametrics and the Floating World: How One Man’s Obsession with Runaway Sneakers and Rubber Ducks Revolutionized Ocean Science — Curtis Ebbesmeyer
- God, No! — Penn Jillette
- The Elephant to Hollywood — Michael Caine
- Here Comes Trouble — Michael Moore
- How We Decide — Jonah Lehrer
- Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson
- Death of a Salesman (Penguin Plays) — Arthur Miller
– Take at least one load of stuff from my house to Goodwill
– Post at least ten new photos during the month (let’s try this again)
– Lose at least two pounds (net weight loss)
– Finish two books (audio or otherwise, comic books do not qualify)
– Exercise for thirty minutes no fewer than twenty days
– Not to get sick for the entire month (may be a moot point as of today)
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than ten days
– Watch all of the classes in the 2011 Winter semester of Stanford’s CS193P (iOS Development) course
– Ride no fewer than 150 miles
2012 Goals [will be a little less fluid than last year]
– Get my weight under 200 pounds, or at least whittle myself back down to where wearing a 36″ pant size is comfortable
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than one one 10K
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Restore the ITP Estate to a condition where it can be put up for sale at any time
– Buy a new iPhone (iPhone 5?),
a new iPad (iPad 3?), and MacBook Air [look, not all goals have to be altruistic]
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient and profitable programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions
– Start, and continue, to make my own bread using my bread machine as well as using the technique outlined in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
– Read and discard magazines during the month in which they arrive (even digitally)
– See more live concerts than I did in 2011
– Eat more pancakes
– Drive/Fly somewhere for a real vacation