New Gadget

No bike ride today, because i got a new Palm Pilot last night and I was up late playing with it.Still on the wagon, too!

Update 2:35PM

Needed 2mg gum

Easy Ride on the Trainer

Elapsed Time: 00:41:57
Max Speed: 21.4mph
Average Speed: 14.9mph
Distance: 10.40 milesJust some light work on the trainer today. My legs are just starting to get over the soreness from Saturday’s ride.

I am also noticing that it’s harder to get my heart rate up when I’m not smoking. I suspect this has something to do with the Carbon Monoxide that’s no longer binding up my hemoglobin.

The slick tires do indeed make the trainer a bit quieter. The big CA-CHUNK from changing gears is still pretty loud though 🙂

Still on the wagon

After 24 hours, I am still on the wagon, and the goats are still running.

I put new slick tires (graciously donated by Klinutus) on the bike last night, in hopes that it will make the trainer a bit quieter. The gf does not seem to like the rumble of my knobby tires on the trainer at 5am.

Hopefully, I’ll get out of bed tommorow in time to see how quiet they really are. 🙂

Update 9:40AM:
Needed 2mg gum.

20 Miles on the trainer

It was rainy all day, so I did the trainer instead of riding outside like I had planned.
I got around the saddle problem by getting off the bike at around 45 minutes and taking a 4 minute break (to refil water bottle and take a leak). My cyclocomputer stops the clock when I get off, so total elapsed time (including the break is 01:30:20).Elapsed Time: 01:26:20
Max Speed: 26.0mph
Average Speed: 14.0mph
Distance: 20.28 miles

Pagan Elder Gods

Klinutus (Klinutus, rah rah rah) has suggested that perhaps the reason I fell from grace so suddenly after almost 2 weeks of relatively easy progress is because I had fallen victim to the shenanigans of Loki.

After careful consideration, I am inclined to agree. There can be no doubt that my smoking is the result of the mischief of pagan elder gods.

Therefore, on Monday, I shall don a fresh 21mg patch, after having made burnt offering to Thor

I think most of those 12-step type programs have a step about turning your life over to god or whatever, and Thor seems like a pretty cool god to me. Plus, he carries a big hammer, which he uses to beat the snot out of bad guys (like Loki). He also rides around in a chariot pulled by two goats.

Goats are cool. Hammers are cool.

Thor and I are quitting smoking.

Thor's Hammer

Morning Trainer Session

Got the bike back from the shop, and finally got on it.Elapsed Time: 0:55:14
Max Speed: 29.6mph
Average Speed: 15.0mph
Distance: 13.89 milesIt seems my limiting factor is no longer my aerobic endurance, but my ability to tolerate my uncomfortable saddle for longer than an hour. I think I may be in the market for another saddle.