Thank You to Everyone for Your Sympathies

I want to thank everyone for expressing their sympathies after hearing about my bike accident.  The outpouring of support is incredible, and I just want to thank everyone for their kind words.

The most common comment was when they looked at the bike, and they look at me, they are amazed at how well I came through … typically, they would say I look a hell of a lot better than my bike does.  Everyone is so thankful that I wasn’t injured worse than I was already.  Thank you for that.  I just brought my bike in to my LBS today, and they’ll give me a call on Tuesday, and let me know how bad it really is.  We do know a new fork is in order, but we’ll see how bad it really is.

We think what happened is that my front wheel locked up.  I don’t know if it was my gut reaction, and slamming on my ultra powerful disc brakes, but it seemed the wheel lockup, and the speed I was going, put so much force on the fork, that the fibers sheared away, as if someone cut the fork wiht a hacksaw.

I’m doing much better now … I’m regaining flexibility in my torso, to the point where I can back out of my driveway without too much discomfort.  I’m also finally able to sleep in my bed, instead of my recliner sofa … so things are improving.

I figure another week until I can start riding around the block.  Climbing Mt. Umunhum seems like such a pipedream now, but I’m not going to let this stop me.  I’ll be out there, don’t you worry about that.

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Not Another Fall

… yes, unfortunately, I took another fall earlier this week.  This was just on my commute into work, and it’s funny how everything seemed to be all going smoothly, and then suddenly, wham!  There was no car involved, but some pipe or cylindrical object was in the bike path, and I don’t think I saw it in time.

End result … face hit the ground, lacerations on my face.  After about a day, the blood dried up, but it also meant my jaw couldn’t really open too wide.  Was checked into El Camino Hospital, and nothing broken on the face, or knees … all checked out fine.  I do have cracked ribs, so here we go again … 6 weeks of being off the bike.

I was prescribed motrin and narco, but  I’m trying to not tap into those drugs quite yet.  I’m able to handle the pain so far, and I’ll just use them as a safety blanket.

This means my double century season is over.  I’m not sure if I am throwing in the towel for double centuries, but this body is getting old, and having two incidents of cracked ribs in 1 year … odds are not in my favor.

How’s the bike?  I don’t know … co-worker will be taking them with him (I left the bike in my cubicle) … most likely a cracked or broken fork, but not sure how the rest of the frame is.  Yes, this was my Volagi.  I may want to shift my focus on my riding from here on out.

Glasses were all shredded, so I had to go an order a new pair … luckily, I have a spare set of contact lenses, that should last me a couple of weeks.  It’s a shame .. these only lasted 5 months.

Update: Fork sheered at the headtube, and a broken spoke on my front wheel. Damn, too bad I didn’t have my Garmin VIRB recording at the time.


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Where’s My Picture Apple?

So it’s been what … about 3 years since I last owned a Mac.  Been working on Windows all that time, and now I’m back to a Mac as my home machine.

When I take photos on my Garmin VIRB, I typically import them into iPhoto … ahem … maybe that was my first mistake.  I use Google Photo for all my pictures, so I wanted to transfer the photo that was imported into iPhoto, then transfer them over to Google.  Well … that is a lot easier said than done.  So typically, you would see a file where the picture is, and then simply drag it over to Google Photo … right?

Well, first of all, this is Finder, which is where all the files are located, right?  Wrong … I mean look at the list of items you have to choose from in Finder … Favorites, All My Files, iCloud Drive, AirDrop, Applications, Desktop Documents, Downloads.  But where is iPhoto, and where is the equivalent file for the pictures?  So I did a Google search, and I found an interesting thread .. … the original poster wanted to find out where is the file that is imported into iPhoto.  Exactly what I was looking for.

The main responder went ahead and told the guy that he is an idiot for needing to know where the file is … and basically stating that you don’t need to know where the file is.  And then went on the debate on Apple wants control, and why can’t you answer the question.  Then, he responds with:

In a nutshell: you can’t access the files via the Finder. When you chose to use iPhoto you chose to make it your Photo Manager. Anything you need to do can be don either with or via iPhoto. It’s your “Go-To” app for your photos.

Say what?  The Finder is supposed to have your files.  Well, after reading the thread a bit more, I finally found where the file is located, but it is a bit convoluted.  I have to go into iPhoto, select the photo, then choose File > Reveal in Finder > Original File.

Just to geek out, I wanted to see what the path was.  It is essentially Users/username/Pictures/iPhoto Library/Masters/Year/First two digits of month/day/folder name

Ok, so why couldn’t I find it by browsing through the Finder?  Well, the Masters filder under iPhoto Library is hidden.  What????  Sheesh!

I really wish Apple would compromise on its control of its files.  This simple little want became a 3 hour project.  I want my 3 hours back, Crapple!

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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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