Sunday, August 14, 2011

TFJ: New Bike and Stuff

TFJ = Tired of the Fat Jokes

Since purchasing a spinner a few months ago, I've been pretty consistent. I've got a full page of entries now on my workout sheet.

I've lost, maybe, 5 or 6 pounds...not great, but I feel a hell of a lot better. I can actually go up a flight of stairs without getting winded. Yay for me.

Last weekend I bought a mountain bike, so I could ride around with LC.



No Jeff, no cool pedals yet. I'm just getting started. Need I remind you of my heyday?

I picked the bike up early Friday morning. LC had asked me to come down to the Y(MCA) to see him swim that afternoon, so I thought that would be a perfect opportunity to break in the new bike.

The Y is only a couple of miles away.

For normal people.

I decided to take the "back" way. Only there wasn't a back way. But I kept going...thinking that at some point I would find a street (I was on the trails, in a park).

This park was underwater...well, the roads were. See, I took the back entrance into the park, so I missed the "Road Closed" sign.

Every 100 meters or so there was a stretch of trail underwater, for about 100 meters.

Did I mention this was my first outdoor ride in ~10 years?

After the 2nd or 3rd one, my heart was racing and my arms were killing me. I stopped.

Then walked a little.

Got back on.

Got off.

Back on.

Finally, the park entrance...and more importantly, a road, a paved road.

OMG! I'm like 2 miles north of where I want to be.

Make it about a mile. Stop.

Half mile. Stop.

Finally just push forward, I knew they had sustenance at the Y.

I was supposed to be there at 2. I arrived sometime after 3.

Bought 2 bottles of Gatorade. Said hi to LC. Went outside and sat down. Exhausted.

After about 20 minutes, I gathered up my remaining strength and rode (straight) home. Took 10 minutes.

Total time: 2 hours

For perspective, this is what I did:



Blue line is the direct route to the Y. The red line is the route I took.

What can I say? I had no sherpa!

2 comments:

Greg Rahn said...

Hope you are getting ready for OOW. While in San Francisco I'd suggest hitting the Lyon Street Steps.

oraclenerd said...

@greg

That looks like fun. torturous fun. I might have to give it a spin though.

Have you gone swimming at the Dolphin Club (i.e. in the Bay)? I did that way back in 2002...cold water is the best cure for too many beers the night before.