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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sorry about the infrequency of posts

As a lot of you know, I'm a student, studying Psychology. I've had a very busy couple of semesters between training time, homework and other aspects of my life. In my quest to reinvent myself, and maintain the weight loss, I have to spend a lot of time. Often, I'll multitask, for example and read assignments while on the trainer. I'm planned several papers this way. It's interesting, but the exercise allows me to narrow my focus to pedaling, breathing and assimilating the information in the assignment.

Other than that, to me, cycling is a meditative time as well. On a ride, I fall down inside myself and all the pressures recede. My world is simplified to the simple concepts of breathing and patterns around me from the traffic. Time goes away, and so does pain and stress. It's a very Zen thing. That's a large part of what keeps me motivated as well.

I'm still running the Spinner Saturday Program, by the way, I've just hosted it online at Google for now. I'm currently working on a better version in full database form (LAMP or other) though and expect to hopefully have a Beta release on line under my own hosting at some point.

As to my cycling, that's a permanent life change. I'm happy to say that I'll ride til I die, or as long as I have even the capability to ride a trike even.

On another News Front: Tour de Cure

I'm pleased to announce that Team Stormcrowe is sitting in the number one slot for fundraising for the Indianapolis event on June 14th.

Monday, March 17, 2008

What I did on Vacation, a Ride Report!

Well, as you know, I did two rides over Spring Break....one unofficial, a 34 mile ride in Chattanooga and up Lookout Mountain.


The Lookout Ride was a killer for this Indiana Flatlander, with 1800 feet of HARD climb! I was still hurting from it when I started Tour de Pike. Chattanooga, though, is turning into a Cycle Friendly town, it looks like. There are even sensors for bikes in the Tunnels on Brainerd Rad that activate flashers and tell auto drivers to move to the left lane and not crowd a cyclist.

And off to Georgia we go. I met up with ModoVincere for the ride, a fellow BFer.

Tour de Pike kicked off with a bagpiper, by the way. He's also one of the local lawyers. Not a bad Piper either

All in all, it was a nice ride! I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to be able to go again next year! Now, here's some better video from the ride.

Any of you Clyde's and Athena's in the southlands might want to join me next year!

PS: As an after thought.....the dirt roads are the roads that Google Maps routed us in to Barnesville on (Where we were staying for the ride....closest motel!) The Country Hearth Inn in Barnesville also is the only public access Internet in the area with their High Speed Wireless.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Looking like Georgia on my Mind!

I think I'm going to go to Georgia for Spring Break, and ride the Tour de Pike I mentioned in my last post. I need a break from the winter weather and Georgia sounds like a great place....early enough it won't be beastly hot, and warm enough for jersey and shorts.

Speaking of jerseys, I just had one arrive! My Mom got me a really nice jersey. It surprised me, and is quite cool!

Reproduction of the 1980 Soviet Union Olympic Cycling Team Jersey

How do you think it'll be received down in Pike County, Georgia?

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