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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Yesterday was bike fitting day for the hubs. I'm on vacation this week. I get more vacation time than the hubs so he's working Mon & Tues to save a few days for later in the year.

Meaning that since his appointment at the bike shop was for 6:00 and he usually gets home around 5:30 I decided that it would be helpful to put the bike rack on my Jeep.

The Jeep I've had for 4 months and never put the bike rack on before.

Even better I decided this at around 2:00 when the muggy heat was hitting its peak. Hey, that's a perfect time to root around in the shed. The shed is where hubs gets to really express his anal retentive nature. He has little pegs and shelves, everything is so neatly arranged its a little scary. Meaning that I instantly spotted the bike rack. The problem is that he had it up in the rafters beside the surf boards and ski rack. I got the thing wrestled down, but it was not easy. I kept thinking that something big and heavy was going to fall down and nail me in the head, but I pulled it off. Even better, got it on the Jeep without damaging myself, the jeep, or the bike rack.

Next up, locate the little plastic box with the pin and all those rubber bits that hook the bike onto the rack. When I had an Escape this box lived under the seat. I fiddled around under the seat but failed to locate it.

back to the shed - nope
in the utility closet in the house - nope
with the bike stuff in the storage room - good idea but nope
back to the shed - still no
fiddling around the Jeep ooh ooh maybe with the spare tire - nope

sent a text to the hubs - OMG OMG I think we traded the Escape in and didn't take out the bike rack stuff

He told me that it was in the compartment under the seat cushion in the passenger side of the Jeep.

There is a compartment there?


Fast forward to the bike pickup. The pedals are not in. It's going to be Wed or Thurs, butt hey still did the fitting while I did the important stuff like find a water bottle cage that matched his bike and picked out his lights and flat kit. We left with a helmet and water bottle. Kind of a lot of money to just walk out with a helmet and water bottle. We pick up everything else on Saturday.

Then the hubs I suppose in an attempt to be consolatory said that it was good practice to put the rack on the Jeep and now I know where the parts are kept.

If I kill him can I return the bike for a full refund?

I'm not sure about this little event on the 1st. I really want to do it but he's going to have had his new bike for a little over a week. I recall the first few times I went out on my road bike and let's just say that seat take a bit of getting used to. I don't want him to overdo it and then end up really sore and lose interest.

He wants to do the group ride on Sunday that the store puts on. That is a 20 mile no drop ride so I'm going to wait to see how it goes before I figure out what to do about the 30 mile ride.

yup I do have pirate flags on my tire stems - let that be a warning to ye

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APONI_KB 8/19/2014 12:12PM

    They put some demo pedals on there just to get the fitting. Then they broke the news to him that the bikes at the Y are SPD and his are SPD SL so apparently the plan of going to the Y to practice clipping in and out won't work.


The boards are 9 foot NSP so big enough to catch a wave easily but a bit tough to wrestle out there sometimes.

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GHK1962 8/19/2014 10:53AM

    Hehe ... I really like the way you write. I was totally laughing at, "If I kill him can I return the bike for a full refund?" ... sounds like something my wife or I would say haha.

But bummer about the pedals not being in. How did they do a fit if the pedals weren't in? If I recall correctly, he's opting for clipless?

And oohhhh .... what kinda surfboard do you have???

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well I've overdone it this time

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today would be day 3 of my getting out there on my bike. I'd like to think that isn't unusual but sadly it is. I run every morning with the dog and mean to get out there on my bike when I get home from work but sometimes it happens and sometimes it...doesn't.

I don't even know what happened but I was out riding on Saturday and it hit me that I really really like riding. I was pushing things trying to see if I could maintain the kinds of speeds I want to work up to in order to jump into a couple of group rides that I've been looking into.

Then Sunday I went out with the hubs and pushed it yet again.

I'm off work today so I headed back out. At least this time I decided not to push it, just sort of cruise along. I ended up with a little over 10 mph average but really that's only because there were some hills I went all wheeee on and a brief stint on a busy road that I kicked it to get off of.

Then I came home, got a shower, sat down at the computer, and I'm afraid that when I got up out of my chair some rather unladylike language was used.

Even better, I went to Target. It's on the 3rd floor and I usually park in the 2nd level and walk up. OH MY GOD that was painful. I got a cart so I could use it as a walker but I had to go back down those stairs to get to my car.

I have a pretty clear idea of exactly what muscles cycling works. Sadly the hubs picks up his new bike today so I'm sure he's going to want to go riding tomorrow.


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APONI_KB 8/19/2014 8:44AM

    OH they fitted the bike when I bought it, I'm afraid the problem is uh me


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GHK1962 8/18/2014 4:09PM

    Oh man ... isn't riding just fun at times? I reallllllly like riding too. I need to do it more perhaps and try not to concentrate on running as much. We'll see.

Anyway, keep riding, your muscles will start to acclimate.

In the future, if you have not done so yet ... and can afford it, go and get a professional bike fit. It's worth it's weight in gold. Most places I know charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 - $150. Takes anywhere from an hour to two hours. It really does make a difference ... and you feel like you can ride for hours!

And ... woohoo on the other half's new bike!

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signed up for my first bike riding

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Unless you count triathlons that is

I hunted for key terms or rather NOT key terms like "challenge" and "assault" and "beautiful MOUTAINOUS scenery".

I'm trying to wrap my brain around the differences between bike events and running events. For a running event we just call it a race and stick people like me in the back where they can't cause any trouble and fire off the starting pistol. I don't think bike events quite work that way. I have this mental image of me in cut off jeans and one of my comfy stolen from dad Air Force t-shirts in an old mountain bike lining up to take off at the Tour de France.


Anyway I've opted for something called Pedal The Park: http://www.hpccr.org/news-and-events/pedal

Its a fund raiser for hospice. (insert tasteless joke about needing hospice after getting in over my head in a bike race)

30 miles right, I can ride 30 miles
especially if I'm a little bit afraid that I won't be able to keep up

I've also signed the hubs up for it. His signature on the form looks suspiciously like his signature on all of his race forms and the Christmas cards "we" send out every year. I've told him that he has two choices, ride 30 miles on his ancient mountain bike or head off to the LBS - WIN

we're heading out for a ride here in a few and then when the store opens its off to the bike shop

Also there was an add in the paper about 20% off last year's models and I have an account with them, one of those 18 month interest free deals.

Soooo here we go.

This was my first day on my new bike right at a year ago. I look a little tense and nervous. I feel a bit more confident now at least.

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MUFFIY831 8/18/2014 9:14AM

    Fantastic on so many levels!

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APONI_KB 8/18/2014 7:30AM


I think the hubs is nervous, but if he can run a marathon in 4 hours then he should be able to putter around on his new bike for 30 miles.

I don't know how those hospice people do what they do. When my FIL was dying they swooped in and were a real gift. Its heartbreaking that one of the groups involved is hospice for kids. I wish that type of thing was not necessary but glad that there are people out there who can do this sort of work.

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GHK1962 8/17/2014 11:46PM

    Man .... sometimes you can't hit the 'Like' button enough.

What am I talking about? Well ... charity events. And the one you are riding in ... is FREAKIN GREAT.

Hospice ... while not the one I know ... it is STILL freakin awesome. My grandfather was in Hospice ... I send donations to them every so often. The work they do ... the compassion ... the way they treated him ... and the way they showed compassion to my family was nothing short of ... of ... I would travel there if I could to ride in this. It is a good cause. A VERY good cause.

Ok ... now, besides that ... I took a look at the site. Several different rides ... and the 30 is a good length. You WILL do fine. :) Bike event rides, unlike a lot of Run Races ... the rides, they are more at your own pace. Not a race. Just enjoy the ride. Especially if your other half is there. Then after, totally enjoy the after ride events ... THIS is what riding is all about. Not times. Not winning ... just ... riding.

Damn awesome ride.... damn awesome.

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stress eating meltdown today

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Yea afraid its true

I've been getting better about avoiding the candy dish at work. I actually made that one of my tracking goals. Today was a fail.

It started out ok. I took the dog on a run and got into work a little early. Then I logged into my computer. If it could go wrong it did and of course everything was flipping URGENT. I work in finance systems IT. Its generally a pretty fun job. Today, not so much. I guess people don't realize that I have other people also freaking out about something because they were all emailing, calling, and sending me instant messages asking me when I was going to get to their email.

My normal response to feeling like its all piling up is to pick up my camera and head out for a walk. Today I was trapped at my desk or running to meetings all day and yea around 2:00 I snapped and freebased some Reese's cups and tootsie rolls.

The funny thing is that it tasted really really sickeningly sweet. I guess I've gotten used to a lower sugar diet. That didn't stop me though.

Then I felt stressed, kind of sick, and annoyed with myself. So that didn't help.

This is one of the pictures I took on a stress break walk earlier in the week. I really wish I had been able to do this today.

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GHK1962 8/14/2014 10:38AM

    Mr. Melville would be impressed too :)

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APONI_KB 8/14/2014 7:49AM

    I have a dentist appt this morning so I get to "hide" for a little while - so that's fun.

love the fish emoticon
I actually have goldfish; Queequeg, Tashtego, and Drago

"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I
grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last
breath" - kinda works for candy ;-)

wouldn't my 9th grade English teacher be proud

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GHK1962 8/13/2014 8:15PM

    Heh heh ... sorry, but I had to laugh at, "I snapped and freebased some Reese's cups and tootsie rolls."

I mean...yeah it was blech day at work and you went off the candy wagon so to speak ... but what is interesting is you now feel it tastes blech. I say chock it up to a junky day knowing you'll remember what it felt like the next time ...

And ... go for that walk tomorrow!

(No reason for this particular emoticon ... to me it just looks so big eye creepy that it makes me laugh.)

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LYNMEINDERS 8/13/2014 6:25PM

    Awesome pic,...

You have only had a small meltdown...you can get right back into it all without damage...I know you can....

I have times like that as well ....we all do....I too know what its like to have everone wanting a piece of you....
Prayers coming your way

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RAPUNZEL53 8/13/2014 6:23PM

  Good Luck!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 8/13/2014 6:14PM

    Nice photo !

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bikes don't belong on roads

Monday, August 11, 2014

Yup I got that exact comment today when I mentioned that I really wanted to ride my bike but if its raining I'm going to go swim at the Y.

deeply fascinating but its important to make long term plans

I try to be very zenlike about things. Also I'm a shotokan blackbelt. Those two factors were having a vicious debate. Zen won out and besides obviously this guy does not like cyclists so if I turn both barrels of fury on him it won't exactly win him over, satisfying as it may be.

I reined it in to code yellow.

So I said, yup they do according do Johnny Law anyway.

Then he countered with, "don't tell me you're one of those people in cutesy little bike clothes riding 20 mph down the street causing road rage"

CODE RED breathe breathe

I got it down to code orange which was tough.

Those cutesy little bike clothes have padding where nature didn't put any. You know what, I was at the Y over the weekend. There were people doing yoga in yoga clothes, people playing basketball in basketball clothes and most bizarre people running in can you believe it running clothes. So what is your point?

Besides, 20 mph is pretty good. Was this downhill? I'd love to average 20 mph.

Then his argument was that the city should build a track for cyclists to keep them off the roads.

Ok I give up - CODE RED

Well maybe you don't realize this since you don't actually live IN the city like I do but we do actually have a track for cars. They do those sprint cup races out there. Maybe you should get off the road since you seem to be the problem and go drive around and around in circles or better yet, stay in South Carolina since that's where you pay property taxes. Those roads are MINE, I'm the one whose paying taxes on them.

Yea I went there.


On a prettier note my figs are ripe now. I have to admit that I've eaten quite a few and was a bit nervous when I pointed my macro lens at one fearing what I would see. Thankfully there was no detectable extra protein, at least not in this one.

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GORIANA 8/15/2014 1:24AM

    Some bicyclists do not share the road well and they ignore traffic signals. Maybe that is what he meant.

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    Ughhhhh how about, 'if certain loud-mouthed drivers could be respectful of other humans, there wouldn't be a problem'?? Here in Pittsburgh, we are just starting to become a bike-friendly city. We have great river-side trails and rail trails, but our new mayor is really trying to make the streets more bike-friendly. But there are still SO many people with the old school ideas like your 'friend' here, and they make it kind of treacherous for us cyclists. I wind up staying off the roads mostly and just bike the trails because I know so many people who have gotten hit by drivers.

Also.... 'cutesy little bike clothes'??? I am so impressed with your self-control! I would not have been able to keep it together!

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APONI_KB 8/13/2014 5:57PM

    This sort of thing is what kept me off my bike for years, literally years. From time to time something would end up in the paper about a bike race or someone getting hurt or even killed on a bike and the vitriol that would spew forth was frightening.

Now granted this was all on the internet and its a little too easy to be all tough online, but still I went out there fully expecting someone to try to run over me. I stay wary out there, but I've been pleasantly surprised that drivers seem to treat me with respect.

Still though I try not to be one of those people weaving in and out of traffic and cutting past cars stopped at a light. I try not to make it worse.

I guess I've gotten used to a bit friendlier treatment so I was really surprised. It made me feel differently about this guy. I'm still friendly but I'm not really seeking him out to chit chat now.

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GIRANIMAL 8/12/2014 11:14AM

    Ha! Thanks to Greg now I just HAD to chime in! emoticon

I am impressed at how long you kept your composure! Maybe it was because this was not in the moment on the road? Because I've had this screaming match WHILE riding the streets of Chicago -- not pretty.

It's so hard for me to understand why everyone can't just have an iota of common courtesy and tolerance, and therefore just get along. It seems so simple, doesn't it?!

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GHK1962 8/12/2014 10:56AM

    Hmmm .... I think this feller might be right. Cyclists should keep off the road and only ride on a cycling track. That way cars can use the road.

Also ... I think that people with baby strollers should stay off the sidewalk and use baby stroller treadmills. That way people walking won't have to wait for slowly moving families.

And ... swimmers should only swim in swimming pools. That way boaters and jet skiers on beaches, rivers and oceans don't have to watch out for them.

And ... kids should only play in sanctioned playgrounds. That way they're not out bothering adults.

And ... people should only walk their pups in dog parks. That way we can assure we never see dog poop in our yards.

Ahhh ... what if our world really was like that? I'd like to think that most people really are courteous. But yeah, there's those few jerks out there. I try to just ignore them ... but admit, once in a while I get a bit angry ... especially when I see someone doing something that puts someone else in danger.

As for going Code Red on someone ... I have this friend on Spark who has gone Defcon 4 at times. I won't mention Giranimal by name because that wouldn't be ...oh ... wait .... I hope she does not see I mistakenly did just that! Heh.

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APONI_KB 8/12/2014 8:35AM

    You know, people pay a lot of money for their cars with thier cushy seats, amazing climate control sound, and systems I would have killed for in college. Why are they all in such a hurry to get out of them.

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GOLFGMA 8/12/2014 7:58AM

    Yesterday while on the road I was traveling behind a police car and we came upon some slow traffic. It only lasted a short time and I heard a horn blow as a cyclist turned onto another street. I half expected the policeman to pull over the guy who blew his horn but he let it go. Road rage is a term only making appearance in the last several years. I think it is another sign of lower morals in our present day society. emoticon

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BILL60 8/12/2014 7:04AM

    You certainly have more control than I and I commend you for it. Hang tough!!

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