Yesterday I had to make the admission that my knee needs rest. It was an easy diagnosis since my knee was stiff and painful every time I got out of my chair to walk around the house. Because of this, I chose to not go to the Moonlite hash. Fortunately for me, Bonnie was busy all day, doing something cool that I will let her divulge here if she wishes, and I was able to drive over to her house to share dinner (which she made) and some beer on her lovely front porch. Upon returning home I briefly chatted with my mother on the phone before lying down and falling asleep well before 10pm.

When we all started sheltering in place last Spring many of us aspired to be “better people”. In addition to mucking around with plants, I started making lists of chores I’d hope to accomplish on a monthly basis. At first I was checking the list often, making concerted efforts to knock off items. As I mentioned at the end of September, it was my only month of complete failure. This morning I realized that I’d not even started a list for October. I’ve changed this already.

This afternoon I am going to attempt to get back doing destruction and cleanup in the backyard. My hope is that in a week or so I will finally have the airspace cleared so that I can plot the location of my raised vegetable beds. The clearing will also provide some more burnable materials for this Winter’s fire pit fires. Woot!

Hope you had a healthy Monday.

Tuesday Tale of the Tape: 190.4 pounds (+0.8 from last week’s weigh-in); not horrible, even though I did hike over fifteen miles this last weekend.

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17 Responses to 2020-10-06

  1. Steve says:

    Sorry about your knee. I have always thought cyclists should have an advantage when it come to knee issues, but I guess you can still torque it. Hopefully it will heal quick.

    No meetings yesterday, just a chance to start compiling my stats for 3Q. Got a 2 mile run in last night. I need to start making it a regular occurrence. At least I’m not in pain this morning, so that’s a start.

    Just bricked my iPad for the second time in a week. Both times while opening Gmail. Hmmm.. I did add an audio recording app a couple weeks ago that I likely will not use again.

    Garrant Thomas is out of the Giro. Fractured pelvis… and still finished yeaterday’s stage of 150 km. I never saw the crash in the neutral zone, but apparently it was caused by somebody’s bottle and he landed on a curb. Ouch.


    • Thanks. I don’t know when I first tweaked it, but there was a noticeable pop when I did a deep knee bend in REI to look at a product on a low shelf seven days ago.

      Bummer for Thomas.

  2. Bonnie says:

    After nearly 4 hours (!!!) at the dentist (long story), I picked up my new mountain bike! Of course it didn’t fit on my car rack (I figured it wouldn’t) so I came prepared with all the necessary items to ride it home. Then I had to walk 5.5 miles back to the shop to fetch my car. It dawned on me about halfway through my walk that I could’ve just ridden my other bike that DOES fit on the bike rack and saved myself an hour. Oh well, it was a nice walk. Here is my new bike. Wasn’t sure I could justify making the jump to a full suspension so hopefully this will do. It’s not like I’m going to be doing jumps or drops, etc. It will certainly be an improvement over my 23-year-old rigid MTB. I will use it for trails and gravel riding. https://www.atlantacycling.com/product/trek-roscoe-7-363651-1.htm

    • Bonnie says:

      Oh and I had it set up tubeless. I’m kind of intimidated by it but we’ll see… There were no extra tubes to be had anyway!

    • Now she has all the technology I don’t understand, so I can never help her in a pinch. 😂

    • Bob says:

      That is a solid bike Bonnie, congrats!
      Tubeless is really low maintenance, you only need to add some sealant once a year or so. I do carry a tube with me and a tubeless puncture repair kit (search for Lezyne repair kit on Amazon), it is a plug kit that is easy to use.
      Also with 27.5+ tires you need to monitor your tire pressure. With the + tires 1 pound makes quite a difference. It will take a while to figure out your desired pressure so play with the numbers for a bit, experiment with higher and lower pressures till you find what you like.
      Have fun, I love new bike days!

    • ITP Lurker says:

      Congrats, Bonnie! That’s exciting! I’ve never ridden a mountain bike, but I’m intrigued. That’s funny about not realizing that you could have ridden your other bike back to your car. That’s something I’d do.

      • Bonnie says:

        I am not a thrill seeker but I do like riding off-road. I have no desires to conquer very technical trails or downhill. I tried to ride gravel (Beltline Southside Trail) with my hybrid but I hated it. It has 32c tires and I’m thinking about putting gravel tires into the rotation but the bike will only accept up to 35c and I don’t know if that’s going to make enough difference to justify the cost…

  3. Bonnie says:

    Also, I lost 4 pounds since the start of the weekend. 😮 I guess walking/hiking 8 miles a day for 3 days in a row does some good—even with lots of beer consumed. 🙂

  4. I just received an email from Wahoo Fitness about getting a free heart rate monitor when you sign up for their fitness plan, and it reminded me to as Lurker if you ever bought a heart rate monitor?

    • ITP Lurker says:

      I never pulled the trigger on it. I wasn’t completely sold on the need for another device, so I’ve kicked the can down the road. Part of the reason for my deferral is now that the weather is cooler I don’t feel nearly as taxed on my rides as I was at points during the summer. Plus, as evidenced by my 100 mile ride, I’m getting stronger.

      I’m going to spend my biking money on a tail light for my bike since I didn’t take proper care of the one that I had, and also I need some warmer cycling clothes. I’ll revisit the heart rate monitor down the line.

      • Bonnie says:

        I also need some warmer cycling clothing… Last year I didn’t ride between mid-October and late February! I’m determined this won’t be the case this year!

      • Bob says:

        Check this out Lurker, it is expensive but I know a couple people that have one and swear by it. Good to know when cars are passing or approaching at speed, also makes turning much safer as you don’t have to look behind you as much.


        • ITP Lurker says:

          Thanks, Bob, I’ll definitely think about that. I do ride on roads often enough that something like that makes a lot of sense. I appreciate the tip! I imagine that would be helpful on bike trails as well when someone comes flying up out of no where.


  5. Just got done stirring the compost. Sadly that’s not a euphemism for anything else in my life…

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