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A firm belief in squishiness

Thursday, September 01, 2011

So I just got back from riding my bike and I took some pics along the way. I rode for an hour and sweated profusely. The temperature rose almost 10*F in the hour I was out.

Since it is the 1st... it is a counter clockwise day.

It is interesting to see all of the little things you miss when you are head down and pedaling hard.
This lap was dedicated to finding things worth photographing.

apples are kind of hard to roll over.

Hang a left and head up hill to another bell.

This is uphill side erosion contol. The community or Ripon Wi won a Pepsi Refresh grant to build this trail. Thanks to the volunteers that helped with the trail building. You know these were wheel up the trail in a wheel barrow and placed by hand.

I came upon this section, and it reminded me of the song "Wonder Boy" by Tenacious D. You take the low road, I'll take the high.

I rode the section again to find 2 large stones 2.5" apart at the end of the low section. Just enough for tires.

Though a few switchbacks and then you come across this. Literally.

It rained a few nights ago, but only a little, and it was weeks ago to the last rain we had. This is about an inch of loose sand, and pure hell. I cleaned it the first time. That was the only time. Yes, it is going uphill.

There are many rock features along the route, but this by far is the most intimidating.

This picture sums up all the hard work that went into building this trail.

So back to the title. I rode here a few weeks back. I lost it going downhill just under 20mph and went over the handlebars. I killed my front wheel, but was able to ride back to the car, and washed up a few minor scrapes. I had about 60psi in some Pananracer Cinder 26x1.95 tires. I replaced the wheelset at LBS that day, and this was my first trip out with new wheels. I also replaced the tires with some old ones I had in the garage. I thought they were too fat and slowed me down. They did, but I was riding crushed limestone, on old railbeds. So today I was out on some WTB Velociraptor 26x2.1 at about 45psi. WOW! What a difference. I felt more in control. The ride wasn't as harsh, because I could feel the rear tire absorb some of the trail chatter. If you want to ride you bike more efficiently off-road, you need to have traction. You cant accelerate, stop, or turn effectively of you don't have traction.

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KA_JUN 9/1/2011 6:58PM

    That's a beautiful trail, good job on cleaning that nasty looking switchback!

You were running 60psi over a rock garden? I did that when I was first starting out and it was like trying to ride a rabid wild horse, lots of bucking and washouts in corners.

As the weight has gradually come off, I've been able to run around 30psi and the handling is night and day. I think that's something that folks who sell mountain bikes should be required to suggest and/or tell you about when you pick up a new bike.

How do you like those Velociraptors?

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Do your homework before going outside to play.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Today is a double homework day. I have been doing my math homework regularly. Today I am doubling up so I can get outside tomorrow. Its the first of September tomorrow, and I have about 4 months before I will be A.) snowbound B.) baby bound and C.) engulfed in the holiday season. The seasons are starting to change here in Wisconsin, and there really isnt a better time than autumn for outdoor recreation. Back to US Measurements and Conversions.

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IMREITE 9/3/2011 2:02AM

    i put off some projects because i would rather be outside. now that the weather is getting cooler, i have some things to freeze or can.

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THOMS1 8/31/2011 3:53PM

    Good idea! Work hard and play hard. emoticon

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KA_JUN 8/31/2011 2:55PM

    Awesome, get it out of the way to play!

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Rain Rain Go Away

Friday, August 12, 2011

Today was my first commute to work. As it would turn out... it rained on my way home. I will be rising early to check the weather, as the thunderstorms are supposed to continue through the night. I am currently watching Whale Wars, and would like to say I hope I can encourage my kids to stand up for something they belive in.

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W5VEOTX 8/13/2011 8:27AM

    Send us your rain. Severe shortage; only 3 inches all year so behind about 30 inches for the year. I will ride in the rain ! ! !

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KAYE454 8/12/2011 10:41PM

  At the least the rain has cooled the Midwest down now yeah

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Major Changes

Thursday, August 11, 2011

So, after a while, I have decided to get more active on this site. With a busy life it is easy to lose track to the things that you should be tracking. I've put on a "few" pounds in the last year or so. I am hoping to become a more frequent blogger, like my Twitter friend @fatcyclist . If you don't know "fatty" look him up on and follow him on . His name is Elden and is very real, synical, slightly sexy yet self depreciating. He started his blog maybe 5 or so years ago, and has lost and maintained his weight on his bike(s). Hes down in the 150s now but still goes by the name Fatty. I am also on twitter as @656Grand . SO, the major changes are, I am going to give bike commuting a go until the Wisconsin snow comes. I also changed my major at school. I am persuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Design, so that one day I will be able to work in a bike shop. Well, not just a bike shop... I want to work as a designer for Trek Bikes. Their world headquarters is just 70 miles from my house!

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HEALTHY1JESS 8/12/2011 6:37AM

    Wow! A Trek designer. That would be cool! Go after your dreams! emoticon

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I got the 411

Saturday, April 10, 2010

So Its been almost a year on SparkPeople. 364 days exactly. Tomorrow is my one year anniversary. What have I accomplished? I lost a lot of weight. I can pretty much tell the calorie content of a plate of food, just by know whats there. I didnt know what to expect really. I was hoping to look differently though. Even though I have lost over 30 pounds, I still look at myself the same way in the mirror. I still see love handles, man boobs that are slightly less jiggly when I brush my teeth, and other problem areas, that probably only I view as problem areas. I wish I would have know the importance of strenght training in the beginning. Maybe I would have more muscle definition. Maybe some abs, or just not a gut for once would be nice. I grew tired and worn out after the end of last summer and didn't really exercise for almost four months. I am motivated again but trying something different. I have started strength training, to regain the muscle I lost. I am also going to try to add some cardio to help burn the spare tire off. I am not really concerned with what the scale says anymore. There are big people and little people...

Brock Lesnar is big. He fights in the UFC at 265 pounds.

Urijah Faber is small. He fights in the WEC at 145 pounds.

Both men are phenominal atheletes, and neither one is fat. Unlike Roy "Big Country" Nelson, another UFC Heavyweight, who prides himself on his belly.

So I guess what I am trying to say is.... I look a little like Roy Nelson in my mind. I want to look like one of the other guys, and know that the scale really isn't going to help me. Just because Brock Lesnar weighs 265 pounds, would you call him fat?

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NACOLESWORLD 4/12/2010 2:18PM

    emoticon It is never too late to start working on your muscle definition. At least you realize it needs work and are taking steps to get there!

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JESS95841 4/10/2010 1:00PM

    The scale is definitely not the best way to measure progress! I think strength training will help you out a lot to lose inches! emoticon

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