Archive for March, 2010

The Place I’ve Been…

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve been here.  I have been somewhere else. It has kept me from blogging.  Writers know this place as Revisionland. Revisionland is like a quicksand.  Once you step in, it is hard to get out.  In fact the only way you can get out is by slowly working your way to freedom, one word at a time.  

But while Revisionland has kept me from blogging, it has not kept me from biking.  The fresh air was good for me. Last night I didn’t get around to it until dusk.  A gimpy-legged raccoon scuttled across my path.  Crows mobbed a great horned owl who had come out on a limb a bit earlier than usual. And now, like all days after I ride, I have these great images. Images that some day might help me escape Revisionland…

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Cool Ride

If you’ve been around for a while you may remember a post titled Destination Equals Motivation.  Today, my daughter and I set out for a ride that was completely motivated by the destination.  That and the beautiful weather! Just for a change of pace, I’m going to present it as a photo essay.

On the way way to our destination we passed trees that bloomed against antebellum backgrounds.

 

...and boats being swarmed by gulls...

 

Finally we reached our destination!

 

We parked our bikes in front of a broad swing and sat to enjoy our shaved ice on the most beautiful day so far.

 

But clouds rolled in and suddenly eating shaved ice on a swing facing the sea (and its breeze) became a very cold thing to do. So we sought shelter at a friendly store.

So… riding toward a shaved ice stand and seeking shelter in a candy store may not be the best way to get into shape.  But in our defense, someone did walk into the store and say, “It has dropped ten degrees in the last ten minutes.”  And it was a very nice afternoon with a daughter who loved both of the desinations.

That’s her shaved ice hanging from the handlebar, by the way.  It was too cold to eat!  And it didn’t spill on the ride home. 

Hopefully the small successes really do count for something.

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The Sprint

I was reading an article about exercise bikes where trainers experimented with making clients alternate all-out sprinting with a comfortable pace. They found that this technique helped burn a healthier percentage of fat. (If I come across the article again I’ll give more exact data… but there are so many magazines and papers in my house that I’m making no promises here.)

Anyway, I thought I could apply this principle to The Hot Pink Bike Route.  So every day that I rode last week I looked for patches of road where there wasn’t too much traffic and there weren’t too many driveways.  Then I sprinted. In the short-term, I can tell you that this technique definitely increases heart rate.  And it isn’t too hard either!  We’ll see where it takes me in the long run.

It is still quite chilly here, so I’ve been riding in the mid afternoon — something I avoid in the warmer months.  But with the sun overhead I was able to get some cool pics of the shadows my wheel was making.

Onward I roll….

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