Biking

Half-time.

Biking has become a big part of my life. I started in 1999 riding with my 1982 Raleigh $150 garage-sale bike and I was hooked. I’ve trained more and more over the years, bought better bikes and gadgets but the reality is that it keeps my weight and general health in check and it’s a great socialization function – a great deal of my friends and family bike. I call my health club membership. One thing I have found interesting is the human reaction to forcing functions – meaning when there is an event to participate in, whether it be a non-profit fund-raiser or a real pro bike race, all people tend to train for the event. Of course when there is not an event, little training occurs. I’ve been in both predicaments.

To avoid this, I sign up for at least 2 races every year: The Triple Bypass and the Bob Cook Memorial Classic. Both are difficult rides, so you really have no choice but to get ready for them. Typically, I start training in January with indoor trainer rides and then by February start getting outdoors – weather permitting. This year was especially tough since we had sooo much snow (picture of our chicken coop and barn):

But now May has hit, I’m averaging around 150 miles per week and life is good.

I’ve learned a great deal over the years. Mostly that I’m not that fast, but I love the longer, harder rides. There is a feeling of accomplishment when you are done (or maybe the endorphins are just kicking in). The longer, the more elevation, the better and still better yet - If you do it with a buddy, it's the greatest. I can't for the life of me figure out why so much pain and suffering is so much fun.

I’ve also learned that I am a gadget freak. My polar 720i watch keeps track of my heartrate, speed, distance, elevation and even transmits this data to the computer. Both my bikes have wireless sensors mounted on them to track my every move. Here’s last years start on the triple bypass over the 1st pass - squaw:

Pretty cool, huh. I mull over this data all the time.

Point of this blog – I love biking, it’s healthy and I’m adding more data to the pile that we currently can’t keep track of – it’s good to be close to storage and great to be working for sun.

2nd half face-off – Solaris as the Storage platform. That should be some real action, get ready...

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