Monday, September 7, 2015

Short Day, Short Ride

Today's Trifling Tracking

I tried out a very short ride this morning just so I could say I rode.  Also hoping it helps with the metabolism, blood glucose, yada, yada.
I got up shortly after 6 AM this morning and had to walk Lilly the spoiled puppy dog who has yet to learn that OUTSIDE is where she is supposed to go potty.
She did her business like a good girl  and I proceeded to saddle up and take off on the bike.  I didn't want to use up the entire morning with bike riding, much as I'd love to, as I have other less exciting things to do, like finish painting the house, it's past time to start building up the winter woodpile, keep the RV and cars and tractor lubricated, maintained, and running, all that kind of baloney.
Tink, for once, did NOT anxiously follow me around begging to come with, since she was still in the sack with Jacque.  So I left the snoozing females and got going.
Of course at the 7-ish hour there is a lot of traffic, courtesy of those few Americans who still have jobs and must commute to Albuquerque and Santa Fe to get to work.  For the last several years I have had almost no negative experiences with those who think it's cute to come as close as they can without hitting me, although of course there are often those young fellers who love to rev up their engines while passing or approaching just because...... just because..... because they have an engine to rev up.
But none of such nonsense today.  The only "close encounter" I had was with a walker approaching me head on who foolishly walked off into the weeds and gravel off the shoulder so I wouldn't be forced to go around her by veering into the traffic lane.  It was nice of her, but no traffic was around at the time, so I could have easily gone around her, with both of us able to remain on the pavement or shoulder.

Ride Started: 7:25 AM    Ride Ended:  8:31 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.3   Ending Voltage: 13.1  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  61 F      Highest Temp:  71 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  6.37
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   5.5 MPH                              7.0 MPH                   26.6 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
1 hour 9 mins                         54 minutes                15  minutes

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Jogger Outruns Bicycle - Bad

Today's Tracking, Got it Memorized

We got going a few minutes later than we did yesterday, but still got going fairly early.
The clouds kept the sun covered up, mostly, and kept things quite a bit cooler than normal.  So much so that I actually wore my thin windbreaker today and only took it off after the first 3 miles and first real hill climbed.
All the coolness was wonderful, of course, but as we were creeping up the first hill in Grandma Gear, we were shocked to notice a jogger passing us like we were sitting still.  (I say "We", but Tinkerbell wasn't  shocked at all or upset in the least.  She just rides in the back basket peeking around my left shoulder to see what's up front).  We WERE moving slow, but NOT sitting still.... at least it didn't seem like it until this guy stormed by us.
Even more disgusting was the obvious fact this jogger was no speed demon;  he was just out for his morning constitutional, same as me.
Now, this happened while Tink and I were climbing a long hill, plus I was carrying Tink in the back basket, plus 20 or more pounds of electronics, radios, GPS, snacks, water, tools, and other favorite junk..... but still.  To be outrun by a jogger.  This video was edited for shortness, and necessarily so.  It took me a good mile to catch up to him and pass him, and he kept running farther ahead of me as long as we were both going uphill.  I caught up with and passed him about a quarter mile AFTER I topped the hill.  OH, to be 20 again.  Or 30.  Or 40.  OR FIFTY..... sigh.
Once we got the jogger in our rear view mirror  and rode on our way, it was a typical enjoyable ride.
Still working on the idea of a better time angle.  It was just enough time left to shower and get dressed in decent clothes and make it to Albuquerque for our appointed duties.
Another thing I have discovered the last couple of earlier morning rides..... I have left without eating anything for breakfast, not even a snack, and my measured blood glucose has been HIGHER during the rides.   Normally I ride after breakfast, and even with food in the belly I normally have to set my insulin pump to a lower basal rate (usually 25% of normal) while riding to avoid insulin reactions from low blood sugar while riding.  Two days in a row of riding without eating ANYthing before or during the ride and my blood glucose has RISEN while riding.... on an empty stomach.  I am forced to suspect I am burning fat by not eating, and I am not used to this, so am not getting the insulin dosage right to take care of this situation.  I'll have to continue riding without breakfast and monitor my weight to see if any blubber really IS burning away.

Ride Started: 8:04AM    Ride Ended:  10:14 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.1   Ending Voltage: 13.0  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  60 F      Highest Temp:  71 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.52
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
   5.1 MPH                              7.1 MPH                   27.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours 4 mins                       1 hour 28 minutes       36  minutes

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Early Biker Catches the Worm

Today's Tracking via GPS and Ham Radio

With our recently overloaded time demands, I decided to try riding fairly early in the morning, BEFORE I perused the Drudge Report, before I checked FB for gossip, etc, in hopes I could get in a ride and still get anything else done.
Didn't seem to work out that well.... it's currently 11 AM and we have to leave for Albuquerque in about 40 minutes, which means I'm still  not gonna get any household, yard, or car chores done today.  Sigh.  Maybe if I wake up a couple hours earlier and trade sleepy time for bikey time..... we'll see.
Tinkerbell, as usual, was literally between my feet after spotting me donning the biking duds, i.e. the day-glo yellow Tee shirt with the Velcro zipper down the front for fresh air purposes. Since Jacque was home safeguarding Lilly the Teeney Dog, Tink and I rode the vast dusty trail..... together.
We encountered more road crews paving small sections of Mountain Valley Road, as well as county crews trying to keep up with the heavy tree-sized weed growth along the guard rails on Frost Road.
The Paving Crew was, surprisingly enough, already hard at work at just after 8:00 AM.  They blocked the road only for  a few minutes, and the workmen kindly held back the Bobcat while I bounced around them and got back on the right side of the road.

We, Tink and I, stopped for about half an hour to check up on our favorite neighboring teenagers to see if they had gotten their donated garden tractor running yet.  We clunked around with it for a bit, getting all smelly with gasoline all over my hands.  The battery had not been charging so it was too dead to even spin the engine to see if it would start.  Gave up for another day and left for home.
On the way home we encountered another mild road blockage... crews cutting and slashing around the guard rails, freeing up the shoulders for bikers and such...

It was a bit cool this early in the morning.... it won't be long before I'm wearing additional layers to stay warm.  BUT not YET.

Ride Started: 7:20 AM    Ride Ended:  10:09 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.5   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  12.6
Lowest Temp  57 F      Highest Temp:  82 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.51
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  4.8 MPH                              7.1 MPH                   27.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours 13 mins                    1 hour 20 minutes       52  minutes

Thursday, August 27, 2015

No Time for Riding

Today's As-Usual Tracking via GPS and Ham Radio

Jacque and I have been asked to serve as "part-time" service missionaries at the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission and for the last 2 weeks have found just how involved such a project is.  Thoroughly enjoyable, we have found we have little time to do ordinary things like repair our vehicles, take care of yard and household chores, and...... ride bikes.
This morning we had "off" until 12:30 so I thought I would just start early and get in a decent 10-miler and get home in plenty of time.  I was able to get going shortly after 9 AM but by the time Tinkerbell and I returned, it was a rush job getting out the door.
Lilly went into surgery today to have her dewclaws surgically removed, so she was already in the vet's custody by the time I took off on the ride. 
Lilly After Surgery, Safe but Unhappy

Tinkerbell, as usual, was not about to allow me out of the house and insisted, again, on riding with me.
It was a pretty great riding day, though the wind got up a bit higher than preferred.  It actually got stiff enough to slow me down on my normally 30+ MPH downhill... only made 27-something, pedaling furiously trying to go a little faster.
It was nice to see the County Road Crews out trimming the huge weed growth that has been blocking the road shoulder / "bike lane" for weeks, what with our summer of lotsa rain.

Ride Started: 9:13 AM    Ride Ended:  11:23 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.2   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  13.1
Lowest Temp  64 F      Highest Temp:  87 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.34
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.0 MPH                              7.1 MPH                   27.9 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours 4 mins                      1 hour 28 minutes       38  minutes

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Must be Hot when You Like Headwinds

Today's Tracking via GPS and Ham Radio

I again took up riding today.  I at first thought I'd leave both dogs behind again, but Tinkerbell REALLY likes to go and was quite frustrated yesterday when I left her home.  Lilly, on the other hand, has yet to develop a taste for riding, even though she slavishly tries to copy Tinkerbell's behavior in almost all things.
Today I decided to try taking both dogs but this time to carry Lilly in the belly papoose harness I used to carry dearly departed Jazzy in.  Lilly fought against the whole concept at first, since she is violently opposed to any kind of restraint.  But in spite of her protests she seemed to take a liking to riding up front, face into the wind, and only complained a couple times throughout  the ride.  During previous rides she cried and whined most of the way, but she was inside a doggie carrier in the stoker's backseat on the tandem recumbent.  We'll see if she increases any enthusiasm for riding in the future.... stay tuned.
Today was a bit warmish, believe it or not.  We also experienced a fair amount of stiff gusting wind, but in spite of slowing us down, we appreciated the whistling breeze which helped cool us off.
Another display of unrestrained horsepower as we rode peacefully along....
 Note the mandatory urge to accelerate and powershift as he passes the lowly slowly bicycle.
As usual, we seemed to attract headwinds both coming and going, but again, we appreciated their cooling effect.
When  we got home both doggies immediately collapsed and slept for several hours.  Much as they enjoy riding, they don't do doggie naps while doing so, and as a result are completely bushed when we get home - even though they haven't expended any effort at all.  Such a Dog's Life

Ride Started: 12:28 PM    Ride Ended:  2:43 PM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.4   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  13.1
Lowest Temp  84 F      Highest Temp:  98 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.61
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  4.8 MPH                              7.1 MPH                   25.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours 13 mins                    1 hour 29 minutes       43  minutes

Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday. No Dogs

Today's Spotty Tracking

I had to haul some stuff to a neighbor's house this morning.  We are down to a single automobile.  We gave away our 1998 Exploder to a friend in a nearby town and at the same time discovered Jacque's Subaru needed money poured into it for repairs.  So until the Subaru gets out of the shop, we are sharing a single Ford Exploder, and Jacque took it today to do some work with one of her buddies.  I needed to haul some electrical repair stuff, soldering iron, wire, lugs, toolbox, etc, and it was to a place I normally ride past on my usual 10-mile loop ride, so instead of putting Doggies in the cargo basket I put in the ...... Cargo.
I jury rigged a broken starter connection for a Briggs & Stratton powered lawn tractor and this little project took almost an hour.  I used some high quality epoxy to replace a broken connector bushing and insulator, and left it to cure while I rode home to make an appointment in Albuquerque. 
On the trip over, I locked up my chain again downshifting too far, causing a sudden stop to manually release and remount the chain on its sprocket.  Gotta figure out  a way to prevent this, it could easily break something.....
The weather has been cooling a bit but it was over 10 degrees warmer today than it has been the last few days.  Still, the breeze was a bit stiff in the face but it provided nice cooling as I rode over and back.
Tinkerbell was highly put out that I left her behind.  Lilly has not started enjoying bike rides yet so she didn't care a bit.......

Ride Started: 10:02 AM    Ride Ended:  12:29 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   14.3   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  13.0
Lowest Temp  82 F      Highest Temp:  91 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.63
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  3.9 MPH                              7.2 MPH                   26.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
2 hours 43 mins                    1 hour 27 minutes       1 hour 15  minutes

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Snooties and Snakes

Today's Tracking via GPS and Ham Radio

I haven't been on the bike in like THREE days now and this morning I got up with blood glucose testing above 200.  I'm sure this has nothing to do with the ice cream and cake I forced down last night during a grandson's 17th birthday.  Even after a couple of boluses with the insulin pump it was still too high, so I skipped breakfast entirely and took off for a ride, which usually drives my BG down quite nicely.
Jacque was home, so I thought I'd sneak out and do a solo ride without any faithful doggie passengers.
Not so fast..... Tink hates to be left behind.  And she's only, what, 6 pounds or so?  So it's not like I'm really saving any time or effort trying to desert her. 
We again took the old beat-up recumbent 2-wheeler with the fantastic new right hand shifter and it did great.
We didn't forget the GoPro camera again today and got a couple of minor videos....
First we passed "One of THOSE" cyclists who cannot be bothered with mere mortal passersby on odd looking bikes.

I've encountered this unfriendly fellow several times in the past and he either ignores me or does a quick glance and then ignores.  No biggie.  Bicyclists come in all shapes and sizes and.... attitudes.
By the time we got to our ~5 mile halfway turnaround point, my blood sugar had dropped below 100, which is a wonderful thing.  We'll see how it holds out the rest of the day.
As we began the return leg for home, within 100 yards or so we encountered a victim of hit-and-run...
At least Jacque will be partially satisfied with this kind of snake..... dead, that is.  He was a fatty with a very rattlesnake-looking pattern on his back but was obviously one of our popular copycat bull-snakes that somehow manage to imitate a rattler's looks except for the head shape. And lack of rattle buttons.
On the way crawling up the last-mile of goat-path toward home, my new shifter "found" a new gear.... NOTHING.  It shifted the chain so far it popped off the inside of the cassette's largest gear, forcing a stop and a quick retrieval of the chain with the invaluable multi-tool.  Hopefully I can adjust the screw stops on the derailleur to prevent that from happening again.

Ride Started: 8:56 AM    Ride Ended:  11:08 AM
Beginning Battery Voltage:   13.9   Ending Voltage: 13.2  Lowest:  13.1
Lowest Temp  75 F      Highest Temp:  84 F 
Stats from the GPS:    Total Miles:  10.57
Overall average speed            Moving Avg               Max Speed
  5.5 MPH                              7.2 MPH                   32.2 MPH
Total Trip time                       Moving Time             Stopped Time
1 hour 55 mins                      1 hour 28 minutes       28  minutes