Bike to Work, day 35

June 17, 2009


0:22′12, 6.45mi
avg 17.4mph, max 28.1mph
50ºF, Odo 951.0mi
Cadence: meh
*humid and cold

As you can probably tell, I didn’t have much gusto for sweating today. I was tired and didn’t feel like showering twice in one morning. When I arrived I realized I’d forgotten my towel again. Oh well.

Today will be a good day.

0:21′56, 6.67mi
avg 18.3mph, max 31.2mph
75ºF, Odo 957.7mi
Cadence: 90rpm

Much improvement, actually.  Maybe I am getting used to pushing at 90rpm.  Or maybe I don’t care.

Took abnormal routes today, less knee pain.

This morning I hit my snooze button but didn’t go back to sleep; I couldn’t.  Today’s the day I get off my butt and bike to work!

It would have been yesterday, but I forgot to set the alarm back.  I woke up eager to ride, but it was already too late to leave.  Still, this allowed me to carry a larger quantity of clothes into the office.

I still forgot some essentials, for example: a towel, and some clothing I’d rather not mention.  Oh well.

0:21′40, 6.94mi
avg 19.2mph, max 28.6mph
54ºF, Odo 933.2mi
Cadence: 90rpm!
*Damp conditions, very humid

By ‘very humid’ I mean some of the time it felt like it was raining, except no water was falling, it just hung there in the air.

I took the bridge over the big intersection.  It took more time but I didn’t have to worry about traffic.

I keept my cadence at 85-100rpm the whole time.  A couple times I dropped below 80 but shifted right away.  Knee problems be gone!

It feels great to be back.

Biked lunch, too.

0:19′46, 6.76mi
avg 20.5mph, max 31.1mph
71ºF, Odo 944.6mi
Cadence: 90rpm!


3rd Degree Black Belt

June 6, 2009

I passed my test! I passed I passed WOO I’m a 3rd black belt I did it!!  Yay!!!

The promotion ceremony will be on Wednesday 6/24.  When I got out of the studio I screamed and jumped up and down I was so happy.  Yay!!

The New Cello

June 5, 2009

more pictures

Knee Problems

June 3, 2009

It’s not so much a problem as prevention.  It’s been hurting, and I’m not interested in any kind of failure regarding my big test at the karate studio.

The long and short of it is, I’m not biking for a while.  Probably I’ll bike casually after my exam, but considering the risk I’m taking things easy.

Today is the first day my knee didn’t hurt all morning.  Wish me luck.

Bike to work, day 33

June 1, 2009

Good Morning!

Today’s ride was cold and slow.  I carried a full bag of clothes, forgot my lunch, and left late.  My butt hurts, my knee hurts, I wasn’t fast, my cold lingers as a hacking cough.  I don’t care.

0:23’39, 6.75mi
avg 17.1mph, max 29.7mph
43ºF, Odo 919.5mi
Cadence: meh

I gave that cold a week to vacate.  I’m worried about doing leg locks at the karate studio, they might aggrevate my knee even more.  Maybe it just hurts from the heavy lifting this weekend.

I still don’t care, I’m overjoyed: I have a new cello!  Yay!

0:20′56, 6.76mi
avg 19.4mph, max 34.0mph
72ºF, Odo 926.2mi
Cadence: meh

Max speed while chasing a truck.  I won’t call it drafting because I failed to keep up.  Maybe it started as drafting, but I certainly slipped out of that slip stream before I reached 30mph.