Bike to Work, day 107

October 30, 2008

I did it again!

0:24’02, 6.75mi
avg 16.8mph, max 27.2mph
29ºF, Odo 2602.2mi
Cadence: low 80s

Really, I must invest in some clear riding glasses, and some kind of windproof footcover.

0:21’32, 6.75mi (13.51 total today)
avg 18.8mph, max 33.1mph
44ºF, Odo 2608.9mi
Cadence: high 80s, low 90s

I was listening to Beethoven’s 7th all the way home.  Music is love.

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This morning’s numbers mean nothing, since I only started the timer half a mile into the ride.  Regardless:

0:21’27, 6.47mi
avg 18.1mph, max 26.4mph
38ºF, Odo 2588.7mi
Cadence: not bad (80’s)

Clearly, the big challenge has been to get out on the bike!  Walking around at work proves to be very taxing, leaving me exhausted at the end of the day and sleeping in the next morning.  It’s remarkable that I biked in today, since I had karate last night and got to bed late.  I would have been ready to ride in yesterday but it rained and I still don’t have all the gear I need (coat, pants).  I know the coat I want, but I have no idea what to do for pants.  Do I want the skintight wetsuit type pants or loose fitting skipants?  The helmet is dorky enough, but am I prepared to look like a seal on top of that?

0:21’40, 6.76mi (26.99 two day total)
avg 18.7mph, max 31.1mph
41ºF, Odo 2595.4mi
Cadence: not bad (80’s)

Phew! I’m home after what feels like the coldest after-work ride since March, but I’m still marking today as a huge success.  I’m shocked that all I needed for today’s chill weather of 38-41ºF was a single wicking shirt and a windbreaker.  No insulation needed.  I missed my hat on the ride home, my bald head and ears still hurt.  Regardless, great success!

Now for a shower and some much needed cello practice.

It was 38ºF this morning, and though I did hit the snooze once, after that I got up and got on with my morning!  It feels really good ride again.

I noticed one of my customers in bike shoes this morning. He rides 21 miles each way!

0:24’46, 6.75mi
avg 16.3mph, max 26.7mph
38ºF, Odo 2575.2mi
Cadence ?

It’s too dark to read my cadence in the morning, now.

Today was excellent, and I attribute it entirely to biking in.  Yes!

0:20’44, 6.74mi (13.50 total)
avg 19.5mph, max 28.6mph
~50ºF, Odo 2581.9mi
Cadence 84rpm (77-105)

I felt energized and alive!  After working for about an hour, I noticed someone in biking gear, specifically the bike shoes.  When I spoke to him, I learned he’d ridden 21 miles.  When we shook hands, his was very cold.  I carried that positive mood all day long!

Bike to Work, day 104

October 16, 2008

0:24’46, 6.75mi
avg 16.2mph, max 29.7mph
52ºF, Odo 2561.6mi
Cadence ???

Two days ago in the cafateria, our fitness center was testing blood pressure and Body Mass Index.  My blood pressure was the lowest they tested: 110/78 and my BMI was 11.7%

0:22.15, 6.76mi (13.52 total)
avg 18.2mph, max 29.0mph
66ºF, Odo 2568.4mi
Cadence 80-106rpm
*light rain, wet road, soaking wet clothes.

This was not as fast as I’d hoped, considering the rush I was in, but since I made it to the studio on time, it was good enough!

Bike to Work, day 103

October 15, 2008

0:24’59, 6.76mi
avg 16.2mph, max 29.1mph
52ºF, Odo 2548.1mi
Cadence 77-101rpm

Tonight I have a private lesson with my karate instructor Mr. Steve White.  He’s a 7th degree black belt.  I’m so excited!

no time

0:20’07, 6.75mi (13.52 total)
avg 20.2mph, max 31.0mph
69ºF, Odo 2554.9mi
Cadence 77-107rpm

Bike to Work, day 102

October 14, 2008

0:24’07, 6.77mi
avg 16.8mph, max 31.6mph
54ºF, Odo 2534.6mi
Cadence 77-100rpm

Last night I did some grocery shopping on my winter bike and finally managed to practice cello.  None of my roommates had seen me practice before, so I lugged my cello down to the kitchen and played a few songs.  I’m not used to people listening to me practice, so I was really touched when one roommate thanked me after.

0:20’43, 6.77mi (13.55 total)
avg 19.6mph, max 31.0mph
62ºF, Odo 2541.3mi
Cadence 77-107rpm

I pushed as hard as I could, and wore myself out too soon.  Still, half way home I was flying in the giant 53 tooth gear and I felt amazing.  Yay!

Bike to Work, day 101

October 13, 2008

You’ve heard of sleep-walking, but I feel like I was sleep-cycling this morning.  Zzz.

0:23’57, 6.45mi
avg 16.2mph, max 30.3mph
46ºF, Odo 2521.0mi
Cadence 76-??rpm

It was too dark to read the cadence without being dangerous about it, but I know it was low often and that’s fine with me!

I nearly forgot to mention this very important fact: Congress passed the commuter act,  which gives benefits for us bike commuters.  For example: Employers of people who bike to work stand to gain a $20 per month tax credit per cycling employee. Not bad!

What a day!  The fall colors are out in full, the air is crisp and cool.  And I’m out on my bike, enjoying it.

0:20’18, 6.75mi (13.20 total)
avg 20.0mph, max 31.8mph
64ºF, Odo 2527.8mi
Cadence 84-110rpm

No complaints from me, this was an excellent ride home.  I’m sweating and happy!

Now that I’ve posted a (much) faster ride on this route, I feel like I can just ride it casually.  Don’t get me wrong, clearly I love to ride fast, but this is the season (at least in New England) to slow down and enjoy the scenery.

Bike to Work, day 100!

October 10, 2008

And what a beautiful day for it.  54F, high 70s no complains!

0:24’18, 6.74mi
avg 16.6mph, max 26.3mph
54ºF, Odo 2507.8mi
Cadence 67-100rpm

More later, including karate promotion.

What a wonderful, warm and productive day.

0:21’15, 6.76mi (total 13.51)
avg 19.1mph, max 29.9mph
71ºF, Odo 2514.6mi
Cadence 78-110rpm

At the karate studio, there are several levels of teachers.  In order to progress from ‘Teacher’ to ‘Full Instructor’ you must write out, in detail, all of the material.  Every form and every technique.  Some people excel at physical motion and have to struggle with words (myself).  Some people struggle with physical motion and excel with words (my aunt).  Last night, after years of working on this certification, I passed! I’m now a First Level Instructor of Kenpo!  Yay!

Bike to Work, day 99

October 8, 2008

I was far too tired to keep my cadence up this morning.

0:24’58, 6.75mi
avg 16.2mph, max 29.5mph
34ºF, Odo 2494.3mi
Cadence 67-100rpm

First day in new job role as desktop support.  Now I actually meet customers face to face, instead of just being a voice on the phone.  I can see my customers’ thankful smiles!

Today was excellent!  Work was fantastic and the ride home was very enjoyable:

0:21’02, 6.74mi (13.50 round trip)
avg 19.2mph, max 34.2mph
71ºF, Odo 2501.1mi
Cadence 75-110rpm

I’m not sure how I reached 34mph, but it could have been drafting a school bus.

On the End of Love

October 7, 2008

I came across a fascinating, thought provoking question yesterday: ‘You are on a plane that’s about to crash. You have time to make ONE phone call. Who do you call and what do you say?’

The simple answer is I would call my ex, B____, and tell her I love her no matter what.  That doesn’t explain why.  This does.  There’s no fiction in this creative work, it’s 100% true.

Epilogue

It started with that I had to overcome huge obstacles to make it happen, and she was heartbroken not to see me for Christmas. With two miracles and some grace, it happened. I left from New Hampshire in a blizzard, landed in Kansas in even more snow, and was carried by angels the whole way. She wasn’t expecting me, and when I came through the door she went catatonic, her breath caught. I flew half way across the country; I had roses. and cookies for the kids. and a gift.
and my heart, right there out in the open. I couldn’t hide it, it’s not like I can afford this kind of thing every day. week. year.

She was still not really herself when she started saying “hi” but somehow she managed to walk over and hug me, clumsily. It was like she was sleep walking, like it wasn’t real. she said “hi” again, and again, several times over, trying to make it sound different, sound right. she was so blown away, and I was so happy to see her. She didn’t believe I was there. I told her: “My love is not bound by time and space, it cannot be held back by thousands of miles or insurmountable obstacles. I’m here; I love you.”

We cuddled on the couch, in front of the fireplace. Nothing else, just holding eachother. We were so warm and so beautiful. Even when I left she found it hard to believe I’d ever been there. The roses were undeniable though.

And now it’s my heart breaking. All my patience and quiet acceptance and incredible struggle just to hold us together was not enough. She can’t be with me, and I will not suffer that rejection again. My love for her will always be there, smoldering quietly behind everything. Regardless of my desire for it to leave or to stay, it will always be there,
like a ghost.

I cannot hope for it to leave, but I can move on; I have moved on.

© 2008