October 2011 Archives

This Guy Is Right On!

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Wow. He manages to put into words everything I thought but could not put into words.



Hat Tip to Balloon Juice's Dougerhead.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 36

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 14.09 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 01.05.17
  • Top Speed: 23.7 mph
  • Average Speed: 12.9 mph
  • iPod:
  1. REM - "Out Of Time"
  2. Sarah McLachlan - "Surfacing"
  • Wind: 3 mph SSE
  • Humidity  63%
  • Temperature: 64 F
Okay; I have been battling an intestinal bug for the past week. I will not go into details, other than to say it is very mild. In fact, my gut does not feel upset at all. However, I am feeling weaker. Or rather, was feeling weaker. Today I did not feel weak at all. My average speed was slower than normal due to taking a road I thought was paved, only to turn out it was mostly gravel. Only the two ends were paved, just long enough for me to not see it turn to gravel. Washboard gravel. Needless to say, it profoundly affected my speed. And my butt.

Otherwise, today was a wonderfully pleasant run. The wind was calm when I started, with a temperature of 61. I stopped three times to stretch, learning that I have a long way to go before I am limber in my hamstrings. But than, I have always been tight in that area, even back in high school. I never could get them to stretch properly. I suspect that is part of why I have lower back problems.

Well, it is 10 after 9 in the morning and I have breakfast to make, an apartment to clean, and laundry to wash. May your day be pleasant.

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today

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That I was brought into this world. My condolenses to the rest of you.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 35

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 10.55 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 0.45.21
  • Top Speed: 16.5 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.9 mph
  • iPod: Minnesota Classical Public Radio 99.5
  • Wind: 6 mph SSE
  • Humidity  30%
  • Temperature: 78 F
Posted without comment.

Not Safe For Work!

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Or for those of you with virgin ears



Hat Tip: Blue Girl over at They gave us a republic.

2011 Tour De Rook - Leg 34

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To the stats:

  • Thumbnail image for Tour_Rook.gifTotal Distance: 16.65 miles
  • Elapsed riding time: 1.15.34
  • Top Speed: 27.6 mph
  • Average Speed: 13.1 mph
  • iPod:
    1. Indigo Girls - "Rites of Passage"
    2. Hootie & The Blow Fish - "Cracked Rear View"
  • Wind: 7 mph SSE
  • Humidity  22%
  • Temperature: 78 F
What is there to say? I went a whole week without doing a leg. The weather and my schedule conspired to keep me from hitting the road during the work week.

As a result of not hitting the road earlier this week, I felt lethargic during most of today's run. After about 10 miles I moved beyond lethargy to simply having no energy what so ever. Thankfully, the stiff wind that had been coming out of the Southwest shift around and mellowed out. That, and it more or less was to my back.

However, I believe part of the problem was that I had a stomach bug yesterday. I did not feel physically unwell - aside from the increased ringing in my ears - but I did get a mild case of the runs and my girlfriend told me I had a bit of a fever. Indeed, on the way down to Rochester, what I thought was going to be a simple case of passing gas turned out to be a little something else. I had to make an emergency stop at the Rochester Wal-Mart and buy myself new underwear and pants. At least I received a nice surprise; I now fit into a 36 inch waist with room to spare! At the start of this year's Tour I was finding a 38 inch waist too tight of a fit. So, you can imagine my joy.

Anyway, I am hoping to avoid a repeat of last week's failure to ride. I will see what life throws at me, though.

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