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29 May 2018 @ 11:33 pm
Pthbbbt! Pthbbbt!  
I finally got back on the bike Saturday, after six-and-a-half weeks off. Just about destroyed my feet in the meantime, since walking was the only exercise I could do, but at least I made it!

And I'm back just in time for... cottonwood season. The fuzz is a'flyin' out on the bike path, although it's also the right time of year for the peppery smell that comes from wild grape budlets. \o?

I've lost quite a bit of conditioning, so biking is a lot more work now than when I left off. Still, I was able to ride about 10 "speed" miles Saturday and 13 today. But guess what I found out, now that I'm semi-wimpified? I tried to upshift for a hill that's on the way home, and I discovered that there is no place to shift TO. The chain ring on this new bike is not a triple! This is the first time in about thirty years that I've ridden a bike without a third chain ring. I just never noticed before. :O

So, I'm going to have to take the bike in for an estimate on a new chain ring this weekend. While I dig my way toward stronger legs.

Still, I'm able to ride again. The last couple of days have been BlastFurnacetm weather, but it's cooling off again starting tomorrow. Please, let spring stay a little longer!

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swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on May 30th, 2018 06:47 am (UTC)
Yay for being back on the bike :).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2018 05:36 am (UTC)
Yay indeed! It was starting to feel like a story from someone else's life!
bleodsweanbleodswean on May 30th, 2018 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's great news, K! I'm sure it won't be long before you're 100% once again.

I hear you about spring. We have another 22 days, c'mon Mother Nature!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2018 05:50 am (UTC)
I'm hoping the stamina will come back pretty quickly, even if it's only over shorter distances than before. Getting back to the distance+speed I had before the surgery will take much longer!

You know, I grew up in a much more forgiving climate, but I have been here long enough to 1) be grateful when Summer doesn't start in March, and 2) know that we'll reach a point in the summer where we're grateful if it's ONLY 90o. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 31st, 2018 02:07 am (UTC)
you'll get back up to speed. it's, uh, just like riding a bike. :D sorry about all the cottonwood fluff, tho.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 31st, 2018 05:54 am (UTC)
Heh-heh.

You know you don't want that fluff (and the little seeds attached)in your lungs-- because you would probably never get it out again. :O
passing_through: ummmmm_brianpassing_through on May 31st, 2018 11:40 pm (UTC)
What is a "speed" mile?

Also, YAY! for getting back on the bike. I'll bet that felt great.

So I Googled triple chaining and from what I was able to comprehend, it's best used when climbing hills? Which I can only imagine is hard as hell to do on a bike.

I do have a specific biking question. Why are there times when a cyclist pedals extremely fast but they're not moving at a pace that seems equal to the speed at which they're pedaling? I've seen cyclists downtown and on the outskirts of town in a hilly neighborhood over the years and I've never understood why some of them pedal fast without flying down the street.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on June 1st, 2018 12:52 am (UTC)
"Speed" miles are the ones where I'm not warming up or down. At work, they're all but about .5 of the miles, but at home, there are about 2 miles combined warm up/down.

I'm such a weenie when it comes to biking up hills (or into a strong headwind, which is the other time you want more gears). There are spots on the bike path where I will probably always need those missing gears, even if I don't go there often. Those people (usually men) who ride on fixed-gear (i.e., one-speed) bikes? That seems totally crazy to me.

The pedaling fast with little speed is something some cyclists (again, usually men) prefer. I've never understood why, because you can always downshift into a more efficient gear and get more speed, so why wouldn't you? I call that the "hamster-wheel" mode, and it wears me out pretty darn quickly. :O