Bike to Work, day 37

July 17, 2009

First day back.  I usually don’t expect much when I’ve been off the bike this long.  In spite of this, I pushed for speed:

0:20′41, 6.75mi
avg 19.6mph, max 29.5mph
68ºF, Odo 982.2mi
Cadence: 90

Beautiful results!

I made a new friend on the ride home: Ian.  He thought I was someone else, heh.  We raced about and drafted eachother.  Fun!

0:21′05, 6.75mi
avg 19.2mph, max 33.0mph
87ºF, Odo 989.0mi
Cadence: 90

Too bad about that stop at the intersection, and that I bonked myself racing Ian.  Good day!

I likely won’t be biking next week, since I’m moving.

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A Sensitive Topic

July 16, 2009

After 2 months out of the saddle, I noticed something very interesting that has frightened me and shaken my resolve to get back on.  My junk was numb.  Now it’s not.  I won’t tell you how I discovered this, but it was a bit of a shock, a disappointment.  Let’s just say that slightly numbed junk can be fun sometimes.

If it took 2 months to regain my sensitivity, after only a few (36!) days on the bike, then it may take even longer if I bike even longer.  What if I never get it back?  Sure I love biking, but I love my junk more.

Maybe I’m not sitting correctly.  It seem everyone else sits flatter.  I’ll try that tomorrow.  This is definitely worth a new seat, if a seat will solve the problem.  Also I’m convinced this has more to do with pressure than rubbing, but I’m willing to explore cream, too.

Yes, I was fit to my bike, at least concerning my feet.  I’ll stop in and ask about my riding position.

Numb junk is … a sensitive topic.

Sleeping In

July 10, 2009

This morning promptly at 5:45 I woke up refreshed.  It was beautiful outside, the sky was blue with no clouds.  The tree outside my window had brilliantly lit green leaves.  Everything was perfect for biking to work.

I rolled over, and snoozed for another hour.

Not that I’m being lazy.  I’m just exhausted from a full week.  Fireworks this weekend, Circus Wednesday, and staying up late every night doesn’t help either.  In my defense it was only 50ºF.

Looks like the monsoon is finally over.  Have I gotten lazier? Probably.  Do I need to compensate for 2 months of no sunlight? YES.

Rain!

July 7, 2009

Monsoon season is not over.

Also, I ran a little experiment today, during the downpour.  I know some math people say you’ll get wetter if you run than if you walk.  I’ve disagreed with this since I heard it the first time.

So I ran, and, as I suspected, didn’t get all that wet.   In fact, it was remarkable how dry I was!  If I’d been walking, I’d have been soaked.  Sure, my knees were wetter than if I’d walked, but I’ll keep my dry head and shoulders, thanks.  Here’s a seemingly well thought out experiment just to show I’m not the only crazy one.

Run your little hearts out, the exercise is good for you!

I’m hoping the monsoon season is over.

0:22′18, 6.67mi
avg 18.0mph, max 27.2mph
55ºF, Odo 968.5mi
Cadence: 90

It was nice to bike in, but keeping cadence at 90rpm is just not fun. Beats knee pain, sure, but it feels like needless work!

0:21′47, 6.98mi
avg 19.2mph, max 33.2mph
82ºF, Odo 975.4mi
Cadence: 90

So nice out!