Given my lack of riding and the substantial time lapse since any real physical activity, I’ve decided to ease myself back into shape by trying to get in some sort of workout everyday, but at a very low level. Worst case is that I feel great while riding, then overextend myself, and then feel so sore the next day that I miss an opportunity to ride again. The plan also calls for mixing it up a bit with some walking, rowing, and even some weights. I just want to stay in motion, focus on my diet, and slowly get into shape while gradually losing a few pounds. Taube’s book, Atkins, and the Primal Diet are still my guides, but the true challenge is overcoming my love of sweets. If I can just stay away from the snacks and ice cream, I think I can get down to fighting weight again.
The last two nights I’ve taken short, easy rides on the LHT. I had forgotten just how comfortable that bike is, and it’s much easier to slow down to a manageable pace than it is on the X bike. I even made a point of wearing my jeans so as not to get carried away with taking off on a longer ride.
A month ago I moved some saddles around, so the Selle Titanico is back on the LHT. I like how it feels, but of course a longer ride is needed to see whether it will stay.
In other news, the RBW group had a thread going on a chain oil, and someone mentioned using chain saw bar oil. Now next to the six bikes currently in the garage there are three chain saws on the shelf; and a gallon jug of bar oil. It’s odd that of two major activities in my life: biking and cutting wood, I never put the two together to realize that bar oil is specifically treated with an additive to make it “tacky”, so that the oil won’t go flying off the chain as it is spinning. That way it can maintain adequate lubrication both within the bar groove and through the wood. Considering a gallon of bar oil costs less than 8 oz. of teflon spray, I’m going to try it.
While on vacation, I got lazy and started growing a beard. First one in 15 years – has a lot more gray in it than I recall. I’m undecided on how long it will last.
Kent Peterson is working on an e-book. Check it out.
Distance: 4.8, 5.6 miles 2011: 1445.5