Archive for January 2010

Fresh Spokelites

January 31, 2010

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Last Monday morning as I headed to work, I noticed that my rear SpokeLite was dead.  By the time I got home that afternoon, the front had also stopped functioning.  I guess that’s what happens when you always change batteries at the same time. 

I picked up new batteries for them after church today, so this afternoon I brought them in, cleaned them up (they were absolutely black with filth) and installed four new batteries.  Now I’m good to go when the crud melts off the streets!

By the way, does anyone besides me think that bicep muscle on the magazine in the background is Photoshopped?  That  just doesn’t look right!

God bless…

TW

Just driven to ride

January 29, 2010

This is the view out my dirty office window this afternoon.  The crud was actually forecasted to start late yesterday afternoon, so I took the opportunity to drive the Jeep so I could run an errand that I had been avoiding doing for a couple of days because doing so would prevent my riding the bike to work.  It was cold and windy by the time I got home last night, but the snow still handn’t started.  Likewise, by bedtime it was still pending.  I muttered to myself that I could have/should have ridden my bike, and hoped that by the time I got up the dreaded white stuff would be stacked high on the lawn.

Imagine my surprise this morning when I looked out the window and there was still not a flake in sight!  My first thought was “Check the radar…maybe I can ride!”  Luckily, it showed a blob over the top of us that made me come to my senses.  By the time I got out of the house, it was coming down pretty good and has not stopped since.  They’re now saying we might get 3-5 inches.

The sub-title of this blog says “I’m just driven to ride”, and that’s the truth.  On days like yesterday and today, it drives me nuts to not get to ride my bike to work.  (Yeah, I know there are guys (and gals..for equal opportunity) out there that bike commute in the snow, but I’m not one of them.)  Today, I had to settle for a lunch-time run on the treadmill at the fitness center for my adrenaline fix. 

Sigh….maybe next week.

God bless….

TW

Quirky!

January 28, 2010

I have a quirk that I want to tell you about. I don’t know if you will find this odd, or not, but it’s me and I can’t help it. When I go out for a bike ride or a run, I’m disappointed if I don’t go far enough to “make it worth it”. I’m not sure why, but if I don’t make it a minimum distance, I almost consider the effort a failure.

That minimum distance when riding is 20 miles, unless it’s a commute or a slow ride with Pam on one of our trails. Other than that, it’s gotta be 20 miles or nothing! Anything less isn’t worth getting sweaty over! When running, I need to go 3 miles for some stupid reason!

With that said, I usually run with a group of co-workers during the winter. There is a group that consists of 2-6 folks who go for a lunchtime run, using various routes starting from our building.  Lately, I’ve been getting the feeling that some of those routes are a little short of my minimum. When I didn’t know that, it didn’t seem to bother me, but one of the guys brought his Garmin Forerunner the other day, and they only ran 2.66 miles. 2.66! Holy cow, that’s not enough! Based on that, I decided I would dig out my phone and start mapping the various lunchtime running routes we use.

I’m happy to report that today’s route is pretty darn close to a 5k. It logged at 3.09 miles! Just right for an oddball like me!

God bless…

TW

On Eagles’ Wings

January 27, 2010

 

After doing battle with the wind for the past two days, something magical happened this morning!  My bike tires sprouted feathers!

Seriously, the way those tires were flying over the pavement, they had to have sprouted wings!  It was a smooth, fast, and fun ride to work this morning. 

Oh!  And the topping on the cake was that I managed to trigger two stoplights with no cars around!  Exceptional!

God bless….

TW

Riding like a drunken sailor

January 25, 2010

In a word, today was WINDY! 

After having to drive the last couple of days last week due to a confused schedule, I was looking forward to commuting by bike this morning but was a little apprehensive about the 25-30 mph winds with gusts into the 40′s. 

After lifting weights this morning, I consulted the trusty thermometer on the back patio, then decided that I had better dress for the wind chill instead of it’s 30 degree reading.  In hindsight, I should have split the difference because by the time I left the house, my base layer was already sweaty from lifting and when I eventually made it to the office, my mid-layer was soaked through as well. 

I knew it was going to be a tough grind as I started up the hill out of the river valley and found myself cranking along at about 6 mph into the wind.  When I got to the top and turned north, the wind was at my side, and it literally pushed me all over the lane as I descended the hill past the fire station.  I know I must have looked like a drunken sailor to the car that was following me down the hill.  I didn’t dare get too close to the road’s edge for fear of getting blown off by a gust.  Luckily, it was along that stretch that I encountered the worst gusts of the trip and the rest of the ride was just more of a grind instead of the out of control roller coaster I experienced for a few minutes.

Other than being slower than normal, the rest of the trip in was uneventful.  The wind held for my ride home this evening.  After having to work so hard getting to work, it was pretty cool to just let it push me the biggest part of the way home.  For some reason, traffic this evening was pretty light as well, and I was also thrilled at the amount of daylight I had in spite of leaving the office about 15 minutes later than normal.  I’m getting antsy for spring!

Yesterday was preventative maintenance day for bicycle computers at my house.  I changed the batteries on three of the five computers in use on our four bikes.  A fourth is awaiting a change, but Pam’s bike is hanging in the barn and wasn’t very accessible because the boy has a bunch of junk in front of it that needs to be moved.  The fifth is just a couple of month’s old, so it should be good for another year.  I still need to buy a battery for the wireless transmitter on the tandem’s Flight Deck, but I keep forgetting to see what kind I need.  Hopefully I’ll remember that before it goes bad!

How about you?  Have you changed the battery in your computer lately?  Better to do it now than wait for it to die at some inopportune time!

God bless…

TW


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