7 Days of Freedom

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages….Bone has not had a smoke in 7 days!!! Woo Hoo!
…and there was much rejoicing…

Short Ride on the Trainer

Woke up this morning feeling like hell. I think I’m catching a cold or something. I did a short ride anyhow.Elapsed Time: 00:25:27
Max Speed: 25.3mph
Average Speed: 15.9mph
Distance: 6.75 miles

While I was getting ready to ride, I got distracted by the TV long enough to get a resting heart rate reading. I don’t have anything to compare it with, so I dunno if it’s a good number or not, but the number is 74bpm.

On the smoking front, I’m still on the wagon, but I’m getting stronger cravings of longer duration than I had the other week. I am confident that Thor will give me the strength to resist.

Update 10:58AM
According to these guys, a RHR of between 60 and 80bpm is acceptable for an ‘untrained’ person.

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