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More Bike Pictures [Nov. 19th, 2012|06:26 pm]
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With the gain in strength and so on, I keep waiting for the pounds to melt away--but so far, though I can feel harder muscle under the flab, the flab is still with me.   Better than no hard muscle.  The last pictures were from September 28, so even counting the 2 weeks of travel and some sick days, there's been a solid month of riding since then.   I'm covering more distance.   The pictures in that post were taken from nearer the house than those today--my husband walked out to very near the dry woods.

I rode out  the gate near the front end of the tractor, and am partway across the near meadow, soon to cross the old ditch at the rock crossing.   (This picture's been lightened some--moving clouds affected the light unpredictably.)

Coming up the trail to the dry woods from the ditch, and about to ride over one of the old terrace berms that lie across the slope.   The picture doesn't show how much more easily I can ride up this slope than a month ago.  But that's not all.  I don't stop at the dry woods corner anymore.

I'm starting the turn and climb up onto the top terrace berm,  and will ride along it, then come down on the left and cross the dry woods swale before turning onto the trail across the front of the dry woods.   I found this up-ward turn scary until this past week.  Now it's routine.
Riding the mowed path on top of the berm; tall grass conceals the drop-off on either side.  The trail turns, dipping into a shallow area that collects water when it rains (you can just see the gabion--wire sausage filled with rocks--that helps control erosion in storms.)

When I make the turn and come across the dip, I have a choice of two trails:
The one to the right goes into the dry woods on a winding path that leads upward through brush, then a flat open area, then onto bare rock, and finally Fox Pavilion.    To the left, the trail runs along the front of the dry woods, beside the dry woods swale.  The berm that confines the swale angles away.  Today I rode to the other corner of the dry woods (into a head wind) and then came back. on the same trail. 

Here I'm coming back across the dry woods swale, having ridden across to the far corner of the dry woods and back--much easier with the wind behind me, having turned right onto this part of trail and about to turn left and up onto the berm.. 
This is an easier, gentler turn and rise than coming up the other way, where the turn is sharper and so is the rise--it's not high, but it's still steeper.
Up onto the berm, just about level with the end of the gabion (barely visible through the grass. 

And from there, back to the house, first mostly downhill to the rock crossing of the ditch, and then up the slope of the near meadow into the horse lot, through the yard gate, into the yard.


Although the "short loop" ride is open and easier for the photographer to get pictures, we'll try for some in the brush and woods later. 


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 12:29 am (UTC)
Grump. Once more I put in an LJ cut and carefully (seriously, carefully) positioned the pictures and text inside the dotted lines--and once more the cut didn't work right. I'll try again. Once. It's Thanksgiving week and I don't have time to mess around more with it.

Nope...no luck. Sometimes I've been able to cut something, delete the cut, replace the cut, reposition the cut text & images, and paste it, but this time it's not working. SIGH.

Edited at 2012-11-20 12:33 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-11-20 05:53 am (UTC)
I don't know if you'd want to try messing around with the html, but if you click into the html part of posting, you can write:
< lj-cut text="whatever you want the cut to be called" > (remove spaces)
then the text you wish to be cut, then
< /lj-cut > to close it (again, remove spaces).

You can always click back to Rich Text to make sure it came out ok, and/or continue writing.

Edited at 2012-11-20 05:54 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: EClaireMcLean
2012-11-20 12:58 am (UTC)
That pasture of standing grass is going to make your place a bit of a deer magnet in about a month. Looks like you are having fun while getting your exercise. Yea!
Happy Thanksgiving!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 02:27 am (UTC)
A "bit" of a deer magnet? We have deer tracks all the way to the water garden. Our hunter says they come under the highway (through the culvert) to his feeder, and then head our way for a drink. The highway construction cut them off from any water on the far side of the ridge, where they used to go.
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[User Picture]From: kengr
2012-11-20 02:01 am (UTC)
That last image (the side view) made me think of Elmira Gulch(sp?) riding off with Toto.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 02:26 am (UTC)
Uh...I'm hopeless with movie references if that was a movie reference...
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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2012-11-20 09:52 am (UTC)
Cycling is a good thing to do. I'm prevented from riding on the main road here but might in the spring take a bike out to the more remote bits.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 01:51 pm (UTC)
I would not try riding on any of the higher-traffic roads around here. Cyclists have been killed on them, even though road/race cyclists do use some of them for conditioning.
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From: abwarwick
2012-11-20 11:11 am (UTC)
Great Pictures -- good luck!

Not to worry about the pounds, they will eventually come off.
As you know, muscle weighs more than fat.
And the increase in endurance is worth all of it.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 01:53 pm (UTC)
Increase in strength and endurance definitely trumps weight loss. I do have more energy for the rest of the day now. And I'm having fun.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2012-11-20 12:12 pm (UTC)
Great pictures, and it all goes to show that it's never too late to take up a new physical activity! I don't think my knees would let me cycle, but after mumble-teen years' ice-skating, sore knees are a given.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
I chose cycling because my knees have had problems for years. Not saying it would work for yours, but so far (which is not far in distance or speed) my knees are holding up. One of the reasons I'm not pushing harder for speed or distance is to avoid re-injuring the very noisy (crunch-crackle-crunch) knees. Also the hip that the horse kicked.
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[User Picture]From: catsittingstill
2012-11-20 12:19 pm (UTC)
Good for you!

Looking at these pictures it looks as though the bike seat may be set lower than most people find most comfortable. I believe the usual rule of thumb is that when the pedal on a given side is farthest from the seat, the knee on that side should be almost straight.

I rode for years and found this length much more comfortable for me than having the seat closer to the pedals; if you haven't given it a try it might be worth looking into.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-20 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know the bike seat needs to come up a little. It's that low because, when I started, I needed to be able to put my feet flat on the ground while on the seat--it was a confidence thing. I had had trouble with the mountain bike because I couldn't, and I needed time with this bike to regain confidence. The lower seat definitely helped. The next time I take it to the city (where the bike shop is) I'll ask them to raise the seat a little.
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[User Picture]From: friar_bacon
2012-11-21 02:26 pm (UTC)
Go you!
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