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Extra resistance?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013      6 comments

My ride home yesterday felt sluggish. I averaged a little over 14 mph, but it sure didn't feel like it. This morning, I checked the pressure in my tires before my ride into work. The wheel wouldn't freely spin into the position I wanted it... Read more

Back to my regular life

Monday, June 10, 2013      1 comments

Last Friday, I had my pre-op appointment with my doctor and a pre-registration appointment at the hospital. Both went well, which was a nice treat leading into the weekend. Friday afternoon, I drove to Ridgefield, WA, to see my younger niec... Read more

Ride? Drive?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013      3 comments

The weather was beautiful yesterday afternoon, so I rode home on the south side of the river (a longer route than my usual). My speed was pretty good. I kept feeling a twinge in my right thigh (I think it's my adductor longus). This morning... Read more

Sweet ride

Tuesday, June 04, 2013      1 comments

This morning, I averaged 15.6 mph on the way to work. I was even speeding in a school zone (22 mph in a 20 mph). No worries though: in two & half years, I've seen a sheriff's deputy monitoring that school zone ONCE. No speeding ticket for the Tr... Read more

Mediocre Motivation

Monday, June 03, 2013      3 comments

I went for a ride Saturday. I'd hoped for about 45 miles; I decided to ride just 29. I had a hard time pushing myself out the door, but I knew that once I started riding, I'd be happy I did. And I was right. Once on the ride, I lowered my expect... Read more

My bike is home!

Saturday, June 01, 2013      3 comments

I picked the sleek red beauty from the shop yesterday. New derailleur, new cables, new chain, new front tire (unrelated to the carnage - I just took the opportunity to replace it) - $180. That's three tanks of gas, or god only knows how many cas... Read more

I miss my road bike

Wednesday, May 29, 2013      1 comments

I rode home last night and to work this morning on my mountain bike. It's about five pounds heavier than my road bike, but the big difference is the tires. Those fat, aggressive treads create much more resistance. It takes a lot more work to mov... Read more

Here's the damage

Thursday, May 23, 2013      0 comments

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Sick bike

Thursday, May 23, 2013      1 comments

I had a major mechanical on my ride into work this morning. One of the derailleur pulleys dropped out of the derailleur. One of the pins in my chain popped. The derailleur hanger is bent. (!!!) I can not make a big enough frowny face to ex... Read more

Good day to log some miles!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013      2 comments

I skipped my lunch walk because of the weather. The workout clothes I had at the office were a pair of shorts and a sleeveless microfiber shirt. They were inadequate for the wind & rain that rolled through at lunch. I was fearful for the conditi... Read more

Lagging motivation

Wednesday, May 15, 2013      3 comments

I went for a walk at lunch today, but it was a short, slow walk. As I was changing my clothes I realized I was wearing a Wonderbra - no running today! It was difficult to get myself out the door. I found all kinds of plausible excuses to not wal... Read more

First swim

Tuesday, May 14, 2013      2 comments

I'm staying at a hotel with a pool, so I brought along swim gear gear for my first swim in a few decades. It was both awful and good. Last week, I tried on my swimmer swimsuit. The swimmer swimsuit is different than the fat old lady with sa... Read more

Setbacks are a part of life

Wednesday, May 08, 2013      6 comments

Warning: the following posts contains discussion of my inner lady parts. Quit reading now if you can't stomach old broads talking about such things. Went to the doctor today. Every six months, she likes to check in on the random stuff that'... Read more

Slow progress - and that's the way I want it!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013      2 comments

I've decided to throttle down my transition to running. I was running one minute, followed by two minutes of walking. After a few weeks of that, I increased my running to ninety seconds. I think that's too much for my body at this point. I... Read more

No running today

Friday, May 03, 2013      0 comments

I left work early today. I ran a few errands on my way home, including stopping at a local nursery. The first thing I did when I arrived home is plant the veggies I bought (three tomato varieties, spaghetti squash, and sweet basil (to replace th... Read more


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