Probably the Lowest Mileage I’ve Had in a Month In a While

So February is over, and it is the shortest month of the year, with smaller number of days.  But that hasn’t stopped me in the past from piling up the miles.  Well, it’s odd, this time, I only got 369 miles in the month.  Looking back on that month, I really didn’t do any big rides on the weekend.  In fact, I had one weekend where I was on call, and another weekend where I visited dad.  Plus, there was another weekend where it rained, so that’s 3 weekends where I didn’t ride at all.

Now I still commuted almost every day, but that still didn’t accumulate the mileage.  This makes it extremely difficult if you are trying to go for a double century.  I’m starting to re-think my goals, and whether or not I should be concentrating on mileage.  With this said, my goal of Solvang may not come to fruition.  I’m also way out of shape for a double.

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Spring is Approaching

Spring is getting closer and closer … and not because of all the flowers blooming, and not because allergies are kicking in (although it is inevitable) … but because the days are getting a little longer, and if I get out of the office on time (5 pm), I can actually still enjoy daylight.  It’s kinda cool to be out riding at sunset, and be out there on the transition as it goes to black darkness.

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Oh, and the sunset picture ain’t bad either.

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Time to Work Off That Belly

I recently took a look in the mirror, in the bathroom, and look at my mid-section … Oh, the horror!  Damn, I have really been lolly-gagging.  Crap, it’s time to do something about this.

Well, Camino Real is this weekend, and I know I’m going to miss that.  The question is … will I actually be in shape for Solvang next month?  I just feel like a real slog now.

So it’s time to get out on the road, and do those before work rides up Mora.  Too bad the evening Meetup rides start at 5:15 pm … there is no way I’m going to be able to make it to Los Altos by 6:15 …. probably won’t even be able to leave the building till at least 5:20 pm.  I think that definitely is hurting me, because I don’t have that motivational group leaving every Tuesday evening.

It does help that it is not bone chillingly cold out there, so I can actually wear shorts and short fingered gloves.  That definitely helps, as I feel a little faster without the long fingers and the knee warmers.

Of course, this month didn’t help me much either.  One weekend, visit my dad … the next weekend, on call.  That is really going to hurt my training schedule.

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Pink DB Long Gone


As most of my loyal friends and followers know, I visit LA about once a month (sometimes a little longer).  This means I won’t normally keep tabs on this bike.  I normally will take this bike out when I fly down.  Yes it’s a heavy bike, and not a great climbing bike, but at least it’s a bike I can ride.

Well 3 months ago, my dad called me to report it was no longer in the cage in the basement of my dad’s condo.  What was strange was the padlock for the cage it was in was not broken, but it was just gone.  Well most likely it was stolen about 3 weeks prior to finding out about it, so chances getting it back is slim to none.  That’s why I didn’t pursue it too hard, plus it’s has a good run (a good 20 years).

What this does mean is I don’t have a bike to ride when I fly down here.  With the weather being so glorious today, seeing everyone enjoy the weather was a utile disheartening.

Well, if you by chance see remnants of this link diamond back, let me know.  I mean, how many would want to get caught with a pink bike?

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Friday the 13 Gone and Past

Did anyone realize yesterday was Friday the 13th?  I guess I was so busy, in my day to day routine, that I didn’t even realize the date.  I’m not terribly superstitious, so it probably didn’t matter anyways.  It wasn’t the worst day, although I had a marathon troubleshooting call, but I actually enjoyed it.  Now earlier in the week, that was god awfully nuts, but Friday the 13th wasn’t actually that bad.

Oh, and Happy Valentines to all you love birds.

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Back to the Mac Again

I’ve been looking into getting a Mac for a while now.  One of the things that prompted me this way is graphics and video editing … the Mac just has that nailed down.

I tried all sorts of software on the Windows side (like Adobe Premiere), but it just isn’t as smooth as it is on the Mac.  Yeah, there is Moviemaker on Windows, but iMovie on the Mac just has a more intuitive look and feel, for those wanting very simple video editing (like trimming, truncating your videos).

I was contemplating the iMac 21 inch, but wanted to make sure there wasn’t a hot new model around the corner.  I saw the iMac 27 inch Retina Display, but that was way too expensive, and besides, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a Retina Display, and a normal display.

Finally, today, my laptop’s HD took a dump … couldn’t boot it … I mean the drive wouldn’t even spin.  Ok, this is my excuse … off the Fry’s to buy an iMac.

Since I’ve had 5 other Mac models before, I knew what I was getting myself into.  No more Ctrl-Alt-Del, no BSOD, but I did have to break old PC habits … had to find the Control Panel (System Preferences), no Ctrl-C (it’s now cmd-C).  Ah yes … back to the old Apple menu, to find things like OS, memory, etc … The whole cmd vs. Ctrl thing is going to screw with me for the next week or so, but it will be fun getting used to that.  Plus I have a shell I can access directly, without having to download an app (since this thing has a BSD shell built in … nice).

One thing that is annoying … the mouse.  The scroll on the mouse is backwards than what you would think.  I mean you slide your finger up, to scroll down?  That doesn’t make sense to me at all … but I guess I’ll get used to it again, like other things.

Also, Safari web browser doesn’t seem to like Adobe Flash.  I had several sites that required it … then I installed Google Chrome, and then I was able to view it.  Damn, Apple, when are you going to play by the rules, and be compatible with everyone else?

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There Goes the Biking Every Day Goal

I knew I wouldn’t be able to sustain this, but I thought I would try to bike every day of 2015.  Well, that didn’t last very long.  I did 5 days, and on the 5th day, I even started early, so that I can make it into the office by 6 am (because east coast guys were gone, and I had to cover for them).  On the 6th day, I woke up late … damn it!  Not going to be able to make it into the office in time riding … crap … driving in.

So much for the streak.  Now what other year long goals can I try???

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