I really did hope to do some yard work yesterday, but nothing too challenging for my leg. Speaking of which, depending on the time you read this I have probably seen an orthopedic. Naturally I didn’t attempt the Moonlite hash since I am still uncertain of my leg’s readiness.

Last night I wanted to cook something from items I have previously purchased, so I made a huge batch of “American Goulash”, adding a can of mushrooms that I had in the pantry in place of the zucchini that I didn’t have on hand. While this concoction wouldn’t win any culinary awards, it filled my belly and made me happy.

Last night I watched another episode of the Eco Challenge. During this episode one of the Ecuadorians was interviewed; she spoke no English and strangely no subtitles appeared on my screen so I have no idea what she said.

Hope you had a fine Monday and are staying well.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 188.4 pounds (-0.8 from last week’s weigh-in); given all that has transpired recently, I am pleased.

August 2020 Summary: It was all great until it wasn’t.

08/01 – ?, V, cycling (43.0 mi, 179:55) 🥵
08/02 ?, V, hashing 🙂
08/03 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 😀
08/04 – 195.2, V, yard work (~120:00) 😐
08/05 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 🙂
08/06 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 🙂
08/07 – ?, V, nothing 😢
08/08 – ?, V, hashing 😐
08/09 – ?, V, hashing 😐
08/10 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 😀
08/11 – 193.2, V, nothing 😢
08/12 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 🙂
08/13 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 😀
08/14 – ?, V, trainer (50:00) 😀
08/15 – ?, V, hiking (9.67 mi, 243:42) 😀
08/16 – ?, V, hashing (5.17 mi, 119:13) 🙂
08/17 – ?, V, hashing 😐 (injured shin)
08/18 – 189.8, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/19 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/20 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/21 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/22 – ?, V, walking 😐😢 (injured shin)
08/23 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/24 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/25 – 189.2, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/26 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/27 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/28 – ?, V, nothing 😢 (injured shin)
08/29 – ?, V, walking 😐
08/30 – ?, V, easy yard work 😐
08/31 – ?, V, nothing 😢

Here’s hoping September is a lot better for me.

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26 Responses to 2020-09-01

  1. Another long-standing Atlanta icon appears to be on its way out. On my drive to my doctor appointment, heading up Piedmont, I saw that Skate Escape is up for sale. This business was in place when I arrived in 1995 and looks as if it’s still in the 1980s.

  2. ITP Lurker says:

    516 cycling miles in August, plus 42 walking miles. 522 cycling miles in July. I set a goal in June of riding at least 100 miles a week, with a stretch goal of 500 miles per month, which at the time felt like a moonshot. The more I do, the more I can do. Prior to this summer I doubt I ever rode 500 miles in a year except when I was a kid. I seem to lose about a pound per 100 miles that I ride. Given that I don’t want to give up meat, I’ll take that pace. I have curtailed alcohol down to one beer a day. I really like the first one each day, but really don’t want a second one any more.

    • Steve says:

      That sounds like a very workable plan. Great job, Lurker! I haven’t seen a hundred mile week in a helluva long time. It can be a goal though.

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Thanks, Steve, it’s working well so far. A couple of cloudy weekend mornings in August have helped me ride distances between 40 and 71 miles each Saturday and Sunday.

        • Steve says:


          • ITP Lurker says:

            My weight was creeping up and I did not like it one bit. Someone else in this space proved it’s possible to drop serious pounds at age 55. If not now, then when? Sure isn’t going to get any easier from here.

    • Bonnie says:

      *Fist bump*. Hopefully you can help inspire me to get back on track in September. Hey, that’s today! I sort of have your mindset, if I don’t want to give up eating some things and drinking, well then the only alternative is to exercise it off! I’m just not as good at executing it. I’ve gained back a few pounds of my COVID-time weight loss, so I need to get to it!

      • ITP Lurker says:

        I’m doing a long ride every Saturday and Sunday morning. I’ve been to Stone Mountain several more times in July and August than in the entire 34 years that I’ve lived in Atlanta. I do like that route though. I tend to tack the Beltline onto the end, because 34 miles isn’t enough, I’m trying to keep my long rides at at least 40 miles. I rode to Lithonia on the Arabia Mountain trail from Grant Park on Sunday (56.5 miles). I figured out how the Monastery leg of that trail works, so that’ll be on my horizon soon. During the week I ride the Beltline to 10th Street and back at least 3 or 4 weekdays, which is about 9.5 miles round trip. It’s pretty easy to rack up the miles if you stay consistent.

    • Well done!

      Use my diagnosis as a guideline for increasing your exercise at a sensible rate.

  3. Steve says:

    I read about SkateEscape and have long been surprised it hasn’t been gone by now. I seem to remember the developer bought some adjacent property and is putting up something “big”.

    Work, speed watch TdF at lunch, 2 mile run (getting better), cut grass, watch Yellowstone. Only one episode left!

    Actually been working this morning!! Who knew?


    • I assumed Skate Escape has owned that property for some time, that’s why it remained.

      With all of the tall buildings being shoved into midtown at some point I may wish never to return, at least by car.

  4. Bonnie says:

    *Fist bump* Paulie. I’m glad one of us is still losing weight…

  5. Back from doctor and Lowe’s.

    Doctor doesn’t believe I have a stress fracture, but rather a stress reaction. The latter is potentially overuse combined possibly with a lack of sleep. That doesn’t sound like me at all! 🙄

    From here:
    – wear walking “boot” for two-three weeks
    – stationary bike, and non-weight-bearing exercise for the next two-three weeks
    – if feeling better ween off boot, walking is okay
    – if continued good feeling hiking, walking/running permissible


    Lowe’s had many watering cans today. I also bought the last three large bags of soil for future gardening considerations.

    • Steve says:

      Stress reaction? That’s a new one. At least it isn’t broke. And seems like a workable treatment.

    • I’d not heard of that either. No MRI taken because she felt it was unnecessary right now, and would have been expensive since I’ve not met my medical deductible. If it doesn’t improve completely in three weeks, it’s still an option.

  6. ITP Lurker says:

    Does anyone have a heart rate monitor they particularly like? I’m looking for advice on what brand/model to buy. From what I can tell, the calories burned that an app like Strava or Map My Ride reports can be off by as much as 60% and I want to get some meaningful insight.

    • I have used Garmin, Polar, and Wahoo. The latter of these is what I wear these days when exercising, perhaps because they are Atlanta-based, perhaps because I like their iOS app.

      • Steve says:

        I have a Polar- my second one, after finally killing the first one after 5 or 6 years. Replaced in June (May?) and just now needing a new battery.

        I was thinking the other day of my first bike computer. Cateye Solar!! Had a connector for a cadence sensor and you could buy a separate HR strap that plugged into the cadence port. And before that, 2 different kinds of cyclometers!! And don’t forget the handlebar mount for your stopwatch. Now I’m dating myself.

    • Bonnie says:

      First, thanks in part to you, I just rode 34 miles to Stone Mountain! I understand chest strap Heart rate monitors are more accurate, but I have a Garman Vivoactive 3 watch that detects heart rate. You can use it just like Strava / Map My Ride to log your exercise. It can then export your exercise data to those apps. If You don’t require navigation, you don’t even have to have it connected to your phone until after the ride when you sync it up. It saves a ton of phone battery in my experience. I got my watch at a big discount on Black Friday last year. However, if I were to buy a chest strap I think I would buy a Wahoo, but I’m not really sure why, ha ha. I have a Wahoo bike computer and I like it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

      • 🤜🏻🤛🏻

      • Steve says:

        Impressed. Going to have to up my mileage!

      • ITP Lurker says:

        Go, Bonnie, go! I’m glad you got a good ride in. I wasn’t sure how accurate the wrist devices are. I’m not thrilled about wearing something, but I feel like it might be less intrusive on my chest. I gave up wearing a watch decades ago and can’t go back. The Wahoo chest strap seems to have memory as well, so that seems to tip it over the Polar device.

  7. I gave one of my fingers a paper cut this morning, and remind myself each time I use hand sanitizer today. Ouch!

  8. Steve says:

    Barb, Kevin’s team has 2 men in the break- they won’t stay away, but they got good press.

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