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A Brief Update on Bike & Fitness [Dec. 2nd, 2012|02:58 am]
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Since the last post, I've had progress on several fronts with the bike and riding. Thanksgiving week was pretty much a bust, as I was working on the feast and then recovery therefrom, but on the Saturday after Thanksgiving I rode the short loop in reverse (a harder direction due to longer uphill leg) without stopping, and then early in the week did two more-than-half-mile rides on the land. On Thursday, I took the bike to the city to have a bike computer and rear-view-mirror installed.

These have made a huge difference. The rear-view mirror has given me more confidence about riding on the street (our streets are so narrow, especially the one easiest for me to ride on--the others are across a highway.) I had been avoiding it except for once a day at the quietest time. I rode the full length both ways on Thursday when I got home from the city, and twice Friday and today. Since it's easier to ride on the street than on the land, I can ride farther.

The bike computer, meanwhile, gives me an accurate measure of the distance traveled, which is allowing me to "map" the rides both on the street and on the land, and plan for rides of specific lengths. (I now know that Short Loop is 0.48 miles, for instance, not the 0.45 I was estimating from Google Earth.) Combined with more confidence about riding on the street, this means my distance has shot up. In the three days this past week before I got the bike computer M, T, W), I rode a total of 2 miles. In the three days since getting the computer, I've ridden 5.85 miles, and two of the days I rode more than two miles/day. (Thursday, I didn't have that much time to ride when I got home from the city.) Today I rode part of the Dry Woods trail I had not ridden before, and part that I'd ridden but not confidently. Some of it is still very difficult for me--practice will fix that. From where I start through the Dry Woods trail to the west grass is 0.31 miles; because I ride into the back yard (but start out in the horse lot) the round trip is 0.64.

My legs are feeling it (which is good) but not really painful (ditto.) This week's goal is 2 miles on pavement and a half mile or more on the land every day (weather permitting; we have fronts in the forecast.) I also want to work toward doing the two miles on pavement in one ride, not two separated by a rest, so I can do just two rides a day--a pavement ride and a land ride.
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[User Picture]From: judifilksign
2012-12-02 04:11 am (UTC)
Last summer, I rode my bike for health and fitness, and enjoyed it very much. It is neat to read of someone else riding, too!
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From: (Anonymous)
2012-12-02 05:24 am (UTC)

Easy Rider

Well done, keep up the pace.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-02 11:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Easy Rider

Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-12-02 07:47 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I'm glad you got the mirror, for more security in the streets.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-02 11:32 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure how much it would help, but it does, a lot. I'm really glad I got a larger one than the mountain bike had (it had a little tiny thing that didn't show much.
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From: sheff_dogs
2012-12-02 04:09 pm (UTC)
Good steady progress :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-02 11:34 pm (UTC)
The only good thing about the continuing severe drought is that it's dry enough to ride every day.
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From: sheff_dogs
2012-12-03 05:34 pm (UTC)
Considers the ankle deep muddy clay either side of the path down the garden, the muddy clay tracked up the steps, along the back hall and into the rest of the house by the dogs. Sighs.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-03 05:50 pm (UTC)
Sees the dying trees, the dead roses, the dropping water level in the water storage tank and the city water restriction level (limiting the days we can use city water for anything but drinking, cooking, and personal cleanliness) and sighs as well. Why not seasonable rains for both of us??? Wouldn't that be a neat idea? (Stares at sky and imagines a Weather Rearrangement Department.)
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From: sheff_dogs
2012-12-10 06:16 pm (UTC)
On of my frustrations with the mud is that it has been this bad for much of the summer, it just shouldn't be this wet all summer, and I guess it shouldn't have been that dry for you.
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[User Picture]From: friar_bacon
2012-12-04 02:22 pm (UTC)
As you become capable of longer rides, you might find MapMyRide useful. www.mapmyride.com
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-12-04 02:39 pm (UTC)
I don't think so, thanks. First, it seems to be associated with Facebook, and I am not on (and will not be on) Facebook. Second, I have my own ride log, and see no reason to duplicate it online. Neat idea for those who want it, but...not for me.
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[User Picture]From: friar_bacon
2012-12-04 02:54 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. Just to correct a misapprehension, you can sign up with facebook, but you can also simply use your email address--no facebook required. I use it to map out new routes and look at what other riders have posted. Again, not something you would find useful now, but perhaps when you are looking for longer rides near you in the future you can see where others have gone. I especially like the elevation gain/loss mapping.
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