DAVEINSEOUL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAVEINSEOUL DAVEINSEOUL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Recovering from a bad cycling accident (that could have taken my life). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784428 I haven't been very active on SparkPeople and the blogs, because on July 18th of this year I was involved in something that all active cyclists dread - a high speed bike crash. <BR> <BR> How bad was it? Well, as soon as I hit pavement, I blacked out, and did not 'come-to' until I had been in the emergency room for about 30 minutes. I fractured my skull (yes my helmet did save my life - that I'm sure of), broke my wrist, had a wound open near my right eye requiring 45 stitches, and broke m... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:50:33 EST '60 for 60' - in the bag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708503 On Saturday, May 31, I turned 60 years old. In America, this is not a big deal, but here in Korea, it's a VERY big deal. <BR> <BR> So as I approached my 60th birthday, I wondered what to do to make it special. Then I hit on a great idea - why not do a 60-mile bike ride? <BR> <BR> And so, the '60 for 60' idea was born. <BR> <BR> I have recently lagged on my exercise for reasons that are too numerous to mention, so I had been thinking of a way to focus my exercise efforts and start to g... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 23:59:05 EST Getting my cycling groove back on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640716 Today is March 7th. <BR> <BR> I already have 16 rides logged in for the year. At an average of about 30 KM per ride, I have already logged in about 480 KM (about 250 miles) this year. <BR> <BR> The weather here has been incredibly co-operative here for February and early March. Since the 15th of Feb, we have had an incredible 15 days were the temps have been above 40 degrees without any rain (my deepest sympathies to all those riders fighting the snowstorms in the East and Mid-west). <BR>... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:00:56 EST Can't believe I got in a 25 KM ride on Jan 2, 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578995 Happy New Year everyone. Time to get re-sparked! <BR> <BR> I have been really slacking on both exercise and nutrition lately, and of course, that caused a serious relapse in conditioning and weight. But it's a new year and time to get re-energized and re-sparked! <BR> <BR> I could not believe my good fortune today for January. It was a nice sunny day, the winds were calm, and the thermometer climbed over 40 degrees today - I just had to ride! It isn't often we have weather that great in... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 07:03:34 EST Columbus Day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512822 While I had to work today (not enough vacation time built up), I did manage to sneak one last warm weather ride in on the holiday. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, the spandex is gone until next spring - no more bike shorts. Our local forecast predicts 49 degrees by tomorrow morning and the high not reaching above the mid - 60s. Time for the parkas and winter bike pants. <BR> <BR> But it also means that we are into a dry spell - so I have been so busy riding lately, I have not had much time to updat... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 02:48:20 EST One more day closer to September! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446065 The good news - the rains are over. <BR> <BR> Now comes the intense heat - not as hot as California, but up in the upper 90's, with 80+ percent humidity. Hot by almost any standard. <BR> <BR> So the biking shifts to 5 - 6:30 AM - too hot to do it anytime else. At least that's a pretty and quiet time along the river. <BR> <BR> But I am NOT a morning person. So I will get up to do the rides - but I don't like it. <BR> <BR> I can't wait for mid-September! Then we will get back to normal ... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 07:06:48 EST Back to a lifestyle of fitness - and Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443902 Last month, I earned 1000 Spark Points, and I logged over 1500 fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> It has been a long, long time since I've posted a 'double 1000' month - probably at least two years. Anytime I can do both, I feel that I've made remarkable progress toward getting fit. <BR> <BR> And I have. I remember 3 and a half years ago being so, so out of shape and so overweight that even the slightest walks up stairs or walking from one office building to the next was simply a chore. I never,... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 07:58:08 EST The Joy of Cycling - The Pure Joy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434937 Now I know why some dogs just can't wait to go for a car ride and stick their head out the window. <BR> <BR> At least I kind of felt that way today. Today, I experienced what I can best describe as 'the pure joy of cycling'. <BR> <BR> For a change, I went out alone to do a very relaxed 20 mile ride. There was no one else to push me, no one else to meet, no timelines, no expectations. Just me, the bike, and the whole day - I had nothing else planned. The only thing I wanted to do was ... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:23:09 EST OK, I give up - but I'm not going all this rain ruin my exercise routine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423867 Let's just say I gave in, but did't give up. <BR> <BR> With the rain here in Korea entering it's sixth straight day, I was having a real bad case of a 'bicycle jones' (you have to be pretty old to remember where that came from :-). I needed to ride! <BR> <BR> But the weather wasn't cooperating, and with only road bikes in the house, I finally gave in and put Specialized on the indoor trainer. All this rain is starting to make a good case for getting another MTB with fat, nobby tires - but... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:00:08 EST All this rain forces me to change my exercise routine - and that's a good thing. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420354 Last week there was so much rain here in Seoul that I could only get out on my bike for two days. <BR> <BR> This week promises to be more of the same (sigh). <BR> <BR> But looking for the silver lining in the clouds, all this rain has forced me into alternative modes of exercise (mainly a lot of walking). I think it's been pretty good for me to change things up a bit - at least my body thinks so. I've been on a long, long plateau with my weight - but in the last two weeks since I've chang... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 01:05:33 EST Been a Long time since the last blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415163 Gosh, how time flies - I realize that I haven't added a single blog in over two months. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of reasons (and excuses) for the lack of blogs - too many things to do, to much time spent on the bike, too lazy, etc. <BR> <BR> But anyway, I'm back for a quick blog and some updates on my many cycling activities. <BR> <BR> I guess the trip of the year (so far anyway) was the ride I went on with some others from work two weeks ago (Sat, Jun 29). We ferried our bikes up to... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 06:57:19 EST Getting back to fitness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342703 I logged in over 1000 fitness minutes for the month of April. It has been almost 9 months since I have been able to work out this much. <BR> <BR> I've had many distractors on my fitness and weight loss journey. No more! Time to get back in shape! I've done it before - I certainly can do it again. <BR> <BR> Onward! Thu, 2 May 2013 00:40:08 EST It's been a great cycling week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336947 170 KM (about 103 miles) of cycling. <BR> <BR> 546 Fitness Minutes on the bike (over 9 hours). <BR> <BR> 6 out of 7 days where the weather was good enough to get out and ride. <BR> <BR> All in all, a wonderful cycling week! Every week of the year should be so good. Anyway, I will certainly take it. <BR> <BR> Onward! Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:54:19 EST Riding 4 days in a row! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334606 The weather has finally forced me off the bike for a day. Actually, it's kind of a relief - I have been riding really hard lately - which is a GREAT thing! <BR> <BR> With the short Wednesday evening ride yesterday, I have logged over 110 KM (about 70 miles) for the week, with a ride every day for the last 4 days in a row - and it's only Thursday. I haven't logged that many miles in one week since my last annual bike trip in October 2012. <BR> <BR> I'm here to tell you, it feels soooo go... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:09:38 EST Two 20 mile rides - back to back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331343 What a difference a day makes. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, with a real fierce headwind, I did 20 miles in 1 hour 50 minutes. <BR> <BR> Today, I took twenty minutes off my time - 20 miles in 90 minutes. <BR> <BR> It was really great to have time to be able to get in two 20 mile rides in as many days. It has been a really, really long time since I've done that. Better than that, I have regained enough of my fitness to recover from a long ride within about 24 hours, enough so to go on another long ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 07:29:31 EST First Chamshil loop of the season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315072 81 minutes. <BR> <BR> That's a long time for the complete Chamshil loop. But considering the fact that it was my first complete loop of the year, and it was very, very windy, I'll take the time - it was good to be back on the bike and good to be back doing a fairly long ride (16 miles). It's certainly not a half century ride or anything close, but it is good to back to some longer rides. Now that the weather has turned a little warmer, hopefully I can be more consistent. <BR> <BR> Onward... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:52:59 EST Enjoying a 'spark' of past cycling days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310652 The days here are getting warmer, and the weather is getting nicer. It means that I have the ability to finally get in more than just the ocasional bike ride. Now that I'm finished with all my other obligations, I'm getting more focused on getting back into great shape. For me, that means a lot more time outside on my bikes. <BR> <BR> It was absolutely gorgeous yesterday - I had to get out and do at least a short ride. I decided to go out into the wind, so that I would have a nice tail ... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:05:21 EST Today was a good day to get back on the bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305995 It's been over three weeks since I have been able to go for an outdoor ride. <BR> <BR> It's been more than 6 months since I've been serious about maintaining a good exercise routine and a healthy eating routine. <BR> <BR> It's hardly any surprise that the results would be that I gained back most of the weight that I lost last year. <BR> <BR> That's the bad news. The good news? In the past six month I have finished a dissertation, obtained a Ph.D. in Information Technology, completed a i... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 06:58:28 EST Dave Martin, Ph.D. - Information Technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225200 I never thought I would see this day. <BR> <BR> It has been 5 years, 8 months, and 25 days of hard work, obstacles, frustration, and yes even enjoyment and satisfaction knowing I was able to perserve and 'get it done'. <BR> <BR> On January 17, 2012, I successfully defended my dissertation, and 'earned' the title - Dave Martin, Ph.D. I have submitted my final dissertation last Tuesday, and now am just waiting the formality of the sign-off of the Dean of the University for them to confer my... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 06:23:07 EST A Christmas workout takes me over 10,000 fitness minutes for the year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175672 Considering all the things that happened to me this year, I'll take it! <BR> <BR> At the beginning of the year, I set a very, very aggressive fitness goal for myself - 20,000 fitness minutes. I knew it would be a real stretch goal, but given my love of cycling, and all the opportunities I have for going on real long rides in the spring, summer, and even early fall, I really thought I could do it. <BR> <BR> Then ..... the April crash, which took me out of circulation for about 16 weeks. <... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 07:05:31 EST The snow has melted, the frost is gone, the temps are in the 40's.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167829 And it's a nice Sunday afternoon. <BR> <BR> It can only mean one thing - it's time for an end of season bike ride! <BR> <BR> When I got up this morning, I really didn't know if I was going to do this. I mean there was frost on the ground, and I was feeling a little sore from spending 45 minutes on the trainer yesterday. <BR> <BR> Still, I was thinking that maybe a bike ride might be in the works. So after church, I drove down to the river to check on the condition of the bike paths. W... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 05:47:48 EST Completed my first one-hour interval workout since April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159888 It has taken me a very long time to really get back on track since my injury last April. <BR> <BR> Another key milestone was that I was able to complete a one-hour Spinnerval session on my indoor trainer called 'Suffer-fest'. <BR> <BR> It is a really hard interval workout, followed by a 20 minute time-trial, followed by another shorter interval workout, then a cool-down. It takes 60 minutes to get through - and there have been times, in the past, where I could not get through the entire v... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 05:03:02 EST Winter arrives in Seoul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156724 With a vengence. <BR> <BR> We received over 4 inches of snow today. To many in North America (and other colder regions of the world), 4 inches is a mere dusting. <BR> <BR> But it's enough to shut down a city that rarely sees more than a dusting of snow - even in the coldest of months. It shut down all our schools, and all non-mission essential personnel on post were asked to leave by 1300. All events planned for tonight were also cancelled. <BR> <BR> As I said, 4 inches will shut this... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 06:22:18 EST Glad to have an indoor trainer on a cold day like today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155602 There were no excuses today. <BR> <BR> It was really cold outside, so I didn't really feel like going outside today - at all. <BR> <BR> It would have been soooo easy to curl up with a good book and snuggle under a blanket with a nice cup of hot cocoa (I still might do that - later). <BR> <BR> But with my Specialized set up on my indoor trainer, and knowing I have a big weekend of sking coming up (I almost went out skiing tonight - that's another story), I know I need to work to get my card... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 07:24:28 EST Crackle!, Zap! Hisssss. - Time to reboot. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153238 On the 20th of November, I turned in my first complete dissertation draft. <BR> <BR> That same afternoon, I was invited to pre-Thanksgiving buffet. <BR> <BR> That evening - I became sicker than I have in a long, long time - I was completely down for two days, and didn't recover until last Sunday. <BR> <BR> So until last Monday, I had not done any exercising for three weeks. I was really out of it, and was eager to ease back into it. <BR> <BR> Tuesday, Weds, and Friday were spent on the... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 06:07:49 EST Trying to Spark while trying to finish my PhD dissertation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132411 On Oct 5, my dissertation proposal was (finally) approved! <BR> <BR> On Oct 12, my pilot study (required by the university) was completed. <BR> <BR> On Oct 28, my final survey went public. <BR> <BR> After about two and a half weeks of data collection, I received 51 usable surveys, and closed my data collection effort. <BR> <BR> Finally, on 12 Nov 2012, I have completed all my initial data analysis and am starting to write my final two chapters. <BR> <BR> All the while, I'm trying to exer... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:36:46 EST A two hour mountain climb gives me a 'break' from cycling. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122939 Some break:-). <BR> <BR> I've been getting in some real good cycling for about three months now. Unfortunately, it hasn't don't as much for my weight loss program as I had hoped. Methinks (that's a word?) that I have reached a plateau in cycling, and I needed to start mixing in some other outdoor activities. The weather is starting to turn a little nasty as well, so I thought it might be a nice time to get into something like mountain climbing. I have a good friend who has been bugging m... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:14:07 EST You have just entered the 'smack-down' zone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5122183 Last Wednesday we added a new rider to our group. Normally, when we do this, we take it easy on them the first few rides until they get their muscles and cardio adjusted to frequent riding. <BR> <BR> But not last Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Our prospective new member thought that biking was going to be easy. He went out with some friends the night before, and between drinks, he spent the night 'tweeting' to a couple of members of our group about how he was going to 'smoke all of us'. <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 06:41:29 EST A perfect day to ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105678 The clouds have rolled in this afternoon - it might even rain tonight. <BR> <BR> What a change from this morning! This morning marked the beginning of a perfect fall day. It was crisp. cool (but not too cool), sunny, with just a slight hint of a breeze. <BR> <BR> So in spite of all the work I need to do to finish my dissertation, I could NOT help myself. I just HAD to get out and ride! <BR> <BR> So I met up with one of my colleagues from work at about 0900. We pushed off for what ended... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 06:54:45 EST Korean Trip Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092316 As promised - here they are - uncut - enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l236256795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875554217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265355899.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647300458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396491767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 08:22:16 EST Korean Bike tour complete!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090841 It was flat. It was mountainous. It was isolated. It was beautiful. <BR> <BR> In short - it was the experience of a lifetime (my third one)! <BR> <BR> It almost didn't happen. <BR> <BR> Thursday, Oct 4 - one day before the start of our tour, I found out that our original route through the bottom half of Korea was blocked. It was a major industrial accident (a hydrocloroform gas leak from an industrial plant 5 km from our bike path) that blocked our way south. So after some discussi... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 06:43:07 EST This year my bike vacation is in Korea! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081033 Two years ago, I made my maiden bike vacation to Canada. It was a great trip. <BR> <BR> Last year, it was California - also a great trip (but a whole lot hotter than Canada!). <BR> <BR> This year? This year, I've decided to stay in country and do a five-six day, 365 KM trip through the heart of South Korea. <BR> <BR> The Koreans have spent the last 5 years and several million dollars upgrading bike paths near every major river in Korea. As a result, they have a GREAT network of bike ... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 19:28:17 EST Best. Ride. Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067457 It was a cool Saturday morning, when our informal 4 man riding group started out on this ride. We wanted to spend some time riding out in the Korean countryside, but weren't really keen about riding over 30 miles out to the start of this path. So after some discussion we all agreed to put our bikes on the subway and get off near the end of the line. <BR> <BR> So we got to Yangpyong, our starting town, at about 0730 and were on the road by 0800. In less than one mlle we were out of town an... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:24:59 EST Two 'hammerhead' rides in three days - Whew! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050466 What can I say - I like to go fast. <BR> <BR> Three days ago (Friday), I set a personal best for one of our local Han River loops - the 'Chamshil' loop. We call it that because it goes out from the bridge closest to our apartments (the Bampo bridge) and follows the river for about 7 miles to the east. Then the bike path crosses the Han River on the Chamshil Railroad bridge (where the Chamshil name come from) and then loops back west to go home for 7 miles before crossing back over the Han ... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 00:32:49 EST A 51 mile bike ride takes me to over 110 miles for the week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040862 That included enduring not one, but two typhoons. <BR> <BR> We started out the ride at 0630 on Saturday morning, really wanting to beat the heat and the people. It's really not at hot as it was last month, but still warm enough in the afternoons to be a bit on the uncomfortable side. <BR> <BR> It was a misty, foggy start. We thought we were going to get rained on, but it turned out the 'dark clouds' were only a thick fog covering. It burned off finally about 10:00, but it gave us abou... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 08:07:10 EST Pedal Nirvana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039634 I have finally reached it! <BR> <BR> After suffering four minor crashes last year when I was using clipless pedals, I decided to chuck the clipless pedals forever. It's a decision that I don't regret at all, having avoided all manner of accidents because I was able to very quickly put my feet on the ground, without having to worry about being clipped in or not. But I never expected finding the right platform pedal for a road bike would be so challenging. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, my search ca... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 06:37:36 EST 'Smoking' a few younger, 'fitter' riders http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033914 OK, you caught me - this is a 'brag' blog. <BR> <BR> But at 58 years old, and spending 5 months recovering from a real severe pelvic fracture, I think I'm OK to brag a little. <BR> <BR> I was riding last night along the Han River on a fairly flat, open path. I had the wind to my back, and was riding at a pretty good clip, when some younger riders on road bikes decided that they wanted to pass me. Again, I was feeling pretty good, so I picked up the pace a little to draft behind them. <BR... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 22:27:51 EST Breaking the 1000 fitness minute barrier for August http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028393 With my 20 mile ride last night, I broke 1000 fitness minutes for the month of August. It was quite a pleasant ride, even considering the nasty cross wind I had to endure. Hopefully I will be able to get in a couple more rides this month, but we have a typhoon approaching that will probablly put a damper on things. It's pretty hard to stay upright on a bike in 110 mph winds. <BR> <BR> Right now, we are all 'battening down the hatches' getting ready to ride out the storm. However, with o... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 20:04:50 EST A nice day off follows a "Sufferfest". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5025815 Not to be confused with a "Supper fest". <BR> <BR> Troy Jacobson, famous triathlon coach, has developed a series of indoor cycling training videos, in order to help those of us who want to improve their cycling performance. He calls these videos "Spinervals". Well Spinerval 27, which came with my Kurt Kinetic Trainer, is called "Sufferfest". <BR> <BR> For those who aren't familiar with this video, it starts with a 5 minute warm-up, followed by 3x30 second sprints, followed by a short cool... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 03:28:50 EST Rain Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5022190 After three days of barely beating the rain, it caught up with me today. It looks like its going to a washout all day. <BR> <BR> So I might get into the pool as a good alternative tonight. This rain doesn't look like it's leaving anytime soon, and while I'll ride back if I get caught into the rain, I won't go out to ride if the bike paths and roads are wet. <BR> <BR> The pool and jacuzzi sound like good, though, on a rainy day like today. <BR> <BR> Onward. <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Aug 2012 18:42:52 EST The 'new' normal after my bike crash. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011741 I am trying real hard not to put my life into 'pre-injury' and 'post-injury' catagories. But when I've only experienced three major injuries in my entire life, and the last one (broken pelvis) having so severely disabled me (only for 3 and a half months, thankfully), it is really hard not to view everything as pre-crash and post-crash. <BR> <BR> Like today. <BR> <BR> I rode about 20 miles this morning. I found myself thinking - "That's the longest I've ridden since my crash"... then I c... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:57:15 EST My first Chamshil Loop since April takes me to 330 fitness minutes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009319 For one week! <BR> <BR> I was hoping to get the ride in this morning - but the weather was too threatening, so we canceled the ride. While some people enjoy riding in the rain, that doesn't apply here. Even if I didn't think it was a dangerous activity for a road bike (which I do), I don't like getting the mud streaks up and down both sides of my body - and no, I don't use fenders. Anyway, the point made is simply this - I don't like riding in rain. So I cancelled the ride, and got two ... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:07:11 EST The moon, the sun. and the bike. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000280 Getting up early in the morning to ride does has some pretty cool benifits. <BR> <BR> It's quiet. It's cool (well relatively cool, anyway). And the views? Spectacular. <BR> <BR> I was coming across one of the bridge's on the Han River to park at the usual parking place to get ready for the morning ride. The sky scape was something that I don't get to see very often. On the west side of the bridge, the full moon was setting, as the day was breaking. On the east side of the bridge, the... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 01:02:46 EST Shifting my body clock so I can ride in the morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990134 The heat wave that has been affecting most of world finally caught up with Korea. <BR> <BR> It is HOT - humid too! <BR> <BR> During this time of the year in Korea, if I want to participate in outdoor cycling, and not fry myself (or get a bad case of heat exhaustion or worse), I have to ride either early in the morning or late at night. While riding at night is OK, and I have done it in the fall and winter, I prefer riding in the morning. It's the coolest time of the day and it's not as c... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:04:44 EST Getting back into the groove. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987037 I got out with our informal group yesterday evening for a nice, short group ride on the Han River. It was our first ride together this summer, and my first group ride since April. It also marked the first ride on my Specialized Allez Comp, and my already my third ride this week. <BR> <BR> BTW, I was officially cleared to ride yesterday by my doctor. In fact, the doctor was absolutely amazed at how well my bones were healed up. That's when I 'spilled the beans' and told him that I had alr... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:18:27 EST 12 miles in 1 hour - my first long ride (since the crash)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981353 It has been 13 weeks without a long ride. <BR> <BR> 13 WEEKS! <BR> <BR> That's really not that long - but for me, after 2 years of riding almost 15 times a month (almost every other day), 13 weeks without a ride was hard. For the most part, I've been pretty good about following doctor's orders, knowing that you can't really speed up the healing process. I've been a 'patient out-patient'. <BR> <BR> Until yesterday. <BR> <BR> On Friday, I moved my Specialized from my office to my home -... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 07:39:55 EST I'm BAAACCKKK!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978642 OK, so it was a very small ride (only around the parking lot) on my new Specialized - but it was my very first outdoor ride since my crash 13 weeks ago. <BR> <BR> I was taking my new Specialized Allez home from the office (there are only two safe places for bikes here in Seoul - in the office, or physically in the house). The gentleman who is going to buy my Cannondale hybrid is returning from his business trip, and wants to have that bike this weekend. So I did the 'bike swap'. <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:37:17 EST My new (second) road bike awaits my return to cycling . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4975654 During these all too long weeks off the bike, I have had time to reflect on the kind of cyclist I am. After some reflection, I have decided that I am a serious recreational cyclist who likes to go both fast and long distance (although not at the same time). I decided that I like to do short 1 to 1.5 hour loops where I really can push myself, but I also like to take more leisurely rides that can span several days. <BR> <BR> So far, all my multi-day trips have taken place in North America - ... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:40:38 EST 92 fitness minutes in a week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970819 I'm starting to crawl, walk, swim, and bike my way back to fitness. <BR> <BR> Last week I was able to log over 90 minutes of fitness in three separate sessions. That's the most cardio work I've been able to do since I crashed my bike twelve weeks ago. Not near as much as the 300-500 minutes per week I could log in a average week before the crash, but as I have only been able to do small workouts prior to last week, I consider it a major accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Now on to my doctor's app... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 05:19:36 EST Thanks for your support through my recovery. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969619 It was a lot more difficult than I could have EVER imagined. But now, as I prepare to finally get back on the bike next week, I would gauge that I am almost 90 percent completely recovered from my injuries caused by my bike crash last April, and will completely heal up in the next two weeks. <BR> <BR> My best supporter during this time of recovery? My dear and wonderful wife - who has simply been amazing throughout my entire ordeal. <BR> <BR> Next? My great and wonderful Spark friends! ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 07:01:57 EST