A Weekend Of Slow Leaks

On Friday I took the Jackmobile to Peach Auto and had them pull the nail I found in one of its tires and plug the leak. After returning home on Saturday from the Tour de Pike I was dismayed to feel the rear tire on the Black Jack and discover that it was leaking air. Upon disassembling the rear wheel I found a small thorn in the tire and with the help of a bucket of water identified the leak. I patched the leak yesterday, tomorrow I will check to see how well (or poorly) my patch is holding up.

Today’s Personal Project
Go to LA Fitness tonight.

Today’s Daily Challenge
Eat one food that contains the nutrient zeaxanthin, such as kale, spinach, corn, or eggs.

Zeaxanthin is a nutrient that acts as an antioxidant in the eye and can help reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration. Most Western diets are low in zeaxanthin, so adding it to a meal or snack can boost the health of your eyes and the protection of your sight.

Well, I’ve already eaten egg because I needed a “real” breakfast so I could take my medication this morning.

A Shortened But Great Time At The Moreland Day Spa
I headed down to the Moreland Day Spa on Friday night for an evening of dinner, drinks, and fun before having to wake early to do the Tour de Pike.

I never heard my iPhone’s alarm on Saturday morning and subsequently rushed around the bedroom in order to get ready. Because of this I was never in tip-top mental condition throughout the entire day.

ITP Flickr Pic
Top of the mornin’ to you.
Top Of The Mornin' To You
While cleaning out my cycling bag (you’ll understand why more in a minute) I turned it over to clear out any sand and dirt and was convinced that something else (not that which is mentioned below) fell out. I looked down into my back yard and saw this patch of clover, on St. Patrick’s Day no less, and was moved to take a photo.

I’m Losing Everything Except Weight These Days
I’ve been losing many things, my mind not one of them though I wasn’t so sure about this on Saturday morning.

It was late and very dark on Friday night when I took the Black Jack off of the Jackmobile for the night. When I went back out to the Jackmobile on Saturday morning I was confused to find my shoes and helmet on my trunk, because I didn’t remember putting them there. Then I looked up and was confused to see my bicycle (or so I thought) atop the Jackmobile, because I knew that I had taken it off the night before. And then it dawned on me that the bike was on the “wrong” side of the car (the Jackmobile has always only had one bike tray on it — on the driver’s side). Little did I know, ITP-Readers Steve and Barb had been conspiring to put a second bicycle tray on the Jackmobile (supposedly this is to help me be more available for women; so there seems now to be an opening for a female bike rider in my life…). Many thanks to all for confusing the shit out of me, and supplying me with a second tray.

This weekend I lost one of my two bicycle water bottles (two new, fancy-pants Camelbak ones are on the way from Amazon, even though I should have remembered that I bought new cheap ones at REI just last year). In rushing around to get ready on Saturday morning I also misplaced the cradle for my Garmin Forerunner charger (I probably left it at the Moreland Day Spa; I’m waiting to hear from ITP-Reader Steve before ordering another one from Amazon ITP-Reader Steve didn’t see it in the bedroom in which I slept, so one of those is winging its way to me from Amazon as well).

I’m still fighting my health concerns, though as I mentioned I was able to ride 42 miles with little (at the time) pain. On Saturday afternoon/evening my chest was slightly problematic, and my knees and back started hurting. Now that I have determined that I can exercise, have a means for transporting another person (female preferred ;)), and will soon be receiving replacements for all of the things that I lost this weekend, all I need to do is make sure that I am not about to keel over any time soon.

Already Behind The 8-Ball
I have much more to discuss, but it’s 9:40am (already) and I am already waaaaay behind, so I must start doing the job that pays me. Consequently I am ready to hear from the (also unpaid) ITP-Editors 🙂 today.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – late
Current Music – listening to a recent “The Story with Dick Gordon” podcast
Website Of The Day – I’m thinking of joining Angie’s List sometime this week.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – Saturday = bike riding, ~42 miles
Morning Weigh-In – sadly, 213.6 pounds

Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – ~42.0 miles
Gym Visits – 2 (2 cardio)

Days Of Bed-Making – 0

Vegetarian Meals – 22
Carnivorous Meals – 23

Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0

March Goals
– not get sick
– lose two pounds
– walk/run no fewer that 50 miles
– lift weights at the gym no fewer than eight times
– finish at least two of the books I am reading
– take at least one box of things to Goodwill
– post at least ten photos in the blog
– drink a lot less alcohol
– prepare a house repair plan and budget
– return ITP-Reader Martha’s coffee percolator to her
– return ITP-Terri’s crutches to her

2013 Goals: Measurable
– Get my weight down to 190 pounds so that I can wear a 36″ waist pants comfortably
– Completely read ten books, audio books permissible
– Dissolve Sharpened Stone
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Completely run at least one 10k
– Fix all (or at least most) of the things which are wrong with the ITP Estate

2013 Goals: Unmeasurable
– Simplify, simplify, simplify
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– 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)
– Take two real vacations, perhaps one abroad
– Take a more proactive approach to meeting women (read “stop being such a pussy”)

Books I’ve Read/Heard In 2013

  1. Pages 1.7 for iPad (Timestompers Guide) – by Sean Wells

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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14 Responses to A Weekend Of Slow Leaks

  1. martha says:

    A cradle for a 305? Cancel if you can, we have 3 chargers and only one Garmin that uses them. I like my camelback bottles, I have two…what I really need is a new hand water bottle holder (sans bottle), mine just smells bad 🙁

    I manged a nice 36 miles ride Saturday and a not so nice run yesterday. I don’t know if it was the ‘heat’, the air(I think the pollen has started) or a mental thing but the run was rough. I made it to bootcamp this morning, then left 15 minutes later when I realized the workout was going to kill the little bit of feeling I still have left in my legs.

    We started cleaning and packing a bit of stuff this weekend. I know I’m jumping the gun a bit (we won’t have any plans until next week)…but I felt the need to get things organized. I even manged to get Jerry to clear out his closet. He starts a new job April 1st so we needed to do a quick inventory to see what we needed to buy him for work. Did I mention Jerry starts a new job? *Huge sigh of relief*

  2. Martha says:

    oh Steve and Barb….Well done!!!

  3. Barb says:

    The 2nd bike tray did give us the fun we imagined, your confusion was just too classic.
    I was beat after that 42 mile breezy ride, and I’m sure the beers didn’t help or shall I say hurt. I of course couldn’t nap (I wish I could nap) but got 10 hours of sleep Saturday night.

    Sunday I went on a leisurely ride with JoAnna, Mike & some friends of theirs. One of the others hadn’t been on her bike since last fall & never rides very fast, so I think we averaged just over 10mph on the SCT. We rode 30 miles, and I swear I felt like I hadn’t even ridden when we were done. It was a gorgeous day, interesting conversations, so I guess that was a good recovery ride.

    I did wear green & actually went to a bar on St. Paddy’s Day (first time in years), but no green beer was available (thank God). Heard an pretty good Gaelic band, some cute little girls were there dancing Irish jigs, it was a nice evening.

  4. Barb says:

    whoooo hoooo – Jerry got a job!!!

  5. Martha, I thought about asking if you had an extra, but I figured I’d go ahead an order one anyway. Besides, now I am certain that Steve will find it in the bedroom in which I slept. 🙂

    I wore green but failed to leave the house (I didn’t even go to a Mexican place yesterday!). I was a “good” boy and watched and worked on the code for the “One Month Rails” online class in which I have enrolled. Have I mentioned that I am honing my skills and trying to start networking?

    Also, I am TAR-compliant if anyone needs or wants to discuss last night’s episode in the comments.

    And congrats to Jerry. I am sure that this will make the renovation (and paying for said renovation) much less stressful.

  6. Steve says:

    I have searched said bedroom high and low and the only Garmin charger I find is my own. I mentioned said errant charger to the mizzus and she was ignorant.

    Barb, maybe nap is a bit misleading. After you guys left, I napped for damn near 3 hours. I can still feel that ride today- should have gotten on my bike for at least a little spin, but had much walking to do yesterday, which I guess helped a bit.

    Congratulations to Jerry! (and to you Martha)

    And I haven’t posted the invite yet, but Wednesday is the 3rd this month, so please make plans to attend…


  7. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    It’s just the cradle (the piece to which you connect the watch and plug in the micro-USB), but call off the dogs because I will have a replacement by the time I see you Wednesday night at George’s. and as one of my (all-too-few) girlfriends once said, “If it were up my ass I’d know where to find it.”

    Disregarding the chest issues I felt great yesterday.

    Many thanks for putting us up and putting up with us, and of course for the new tray.

  8. Barb says:

    I’m not TAR compliant – so I can not discuss until tomorrow. We will be watching that tonight (and eating mexican food since I didn’t do that yesterday)

  9. Jenka says:

    Great Publix half marathon yesterday. It was my slowest one of all time, mostly because I stopped at mile 7 and had a Guinness! Martha, Malissa and Jeff brought it to their volunteer gig at the mile 7 water station so I stopped and chatted for about 10 minutes or so. Turns out Guinness is great running fuel!

  10. Steve says:

    Guinness is good for you!

  11. Martha says:

    This Martha? This Martha’s ass was probably still in bed when you hit the 7 mile mark.

    Well is anyone ever needs a charger for Forerunner 205/305 let me know.

  12. Congrats to you, Jenka!

    Beer, and I assume nitrogenated is better than carbonated, is really good fuel for getting you over the hump in endurance races: flat sodas work well too.

    I don’t know what my dinner will be tonight. By the time I leave work, workout, and clean up, it will be getting kind of late.

  13. Barb says:

    I have mexican chicken at my house for dinner……… not that I’m on the way at all.

  14. Jenka says:

    No, I was saying, “Hey Martha, you know Malissa and Jeff, right? They brought Guinness!” That was sloppy writing on my part.

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