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…Tire Patch… September 9, 2012

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So, I patched my tire up last week in order to get home from work after a rear flat tire.

A couple days later, I put a little more air in the tire and was getting ready to ride to work when it blew up on me. Absolutely and catastrophically blew up. Sounded like a gunshot. Not the kind of gunshot when someone on a nearby farm is out shooting crows, but the kind where you weren’t paying attention at the range and the guy next to you let a shot off with a 44 magnum.

Lesson? Go back to the good patches with the vulcanizing glue. Don’t use the cheap pre-glued patches.

…August mileage… September 4, 2012

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So, I’ve finally settled into somewhat of a groove for commuting to and from work on my Surly LHT.

I managed over 135 commuting miles in August. With my varied, but often late shifts, many of those miles were riding home around midnight.

Really glad I ordered those spoke lights from Think Geek. They really attract the attention I need to be seen.

On tonight’s commute, I got my first flat in a long time. Got a little shred of green glass wedged into my rear tire.

Fortunately, I was able to patch it and be on my way. It was a good reminder to occasionally go through the items I carry regularly. Tonight I found my vulcanizing glue had long since dried up.

Thankfully, I carry a bunch of pre-glued patches. Specifically, I carry three packages of a dozen patches each.

Why? Well, if I keep them on the bike, I should always know where they are at.

Besides, over-prepared is still prepared.

…333… August 11, 2012

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Well, again it has been a long time since I’ve posted. Unfortunately, I’ve been hit with compulsions for hobby after hobby since retiring from the Navy. Since my schedule better allows me to pursue these… I have.

…and it shows.

At work, several of us decided to put together our own “Biggest Loser” contest. Weigh-ins were last week. I came in at 333 lbs. Yikes. Super yikes. Mega yikes. Really, I was speechless. But, as the song goes, “the race is on.”

I’ve committed to commuting the 10.2 miles to work by bike. I’ve committed to a better plan for food. I’ve committed to regaining my old self by losing a good chunk of my new self.

Here is a pic of my bike rigged for commuting, minus the Arkel bags:

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So, what’s my goal? The same as my goal when I started this journey in Hawaii years ago… a healthy change in how I live and what I do. To be healthier and happier. To bike to work. To work to live. To live to bike. To get back on the bike.

…tested route to work… July 19, 2009

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So, I tested my 11 mile route to work today. Not a bad ride at all. Very scenic. Only one section of a county road with no shoulder, but overall a decently safe commute.

Pictures follow:

This is just around the corner from my house. Lots of farmland out here still, though the nearby city is slowly encroaching.

Nice view of the road I ride for the first half of the ride.

The first of two rivers I cross…

Big Lake, Minnesota. Nice town.

And more fields…

Almost 6 miles into the commute…

And the second river I cross… the Mississippi!

Mississippi…

Still the Mississippi…

And last pic of the Mississippi…

You can see the rest of the pics on flickr.

I got a lot of sun today on my test ride, so I hope I’m up for my first day of commuting tomorrow… We’ll see.

…progress update… November 11, 2007

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Apr 06: 272 lbs, 36%BF
Oct 06: 261 lbs, 31%BF
Apr 07: 239 lbs, 25%BF (Waived as Failure due to Excellent Low – thanks to allowing stationary bike as option to run)

And Now…
Nov 07: 246 lbs, 22%BF !!!!

WooooHoooooo! I’m within the Navy BF standards!

My weight went up, but I’m leaner overall, so I don’t mind that.
You gotta love the exercise from bicycle commuting…

Oh, and I burned 203 calories in 12 minutes on the stationary bike! 3 calories more than the next highest out of more than 20 Sailors who did the bike for their PRT.