I am a mechanical engineer born in 1953 with a lifetime interest in outdoor activities and fitness. My lovely wife of 44 years, Karen, and I live in Morgan Hill, Ca, a bit south of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have gone through and rehabbed from three major surgeries: two hip replacements, and a … Continue reading Welcome
After doing my century on Friday I was sore the rest of the day, especially going down stairs. This persisted through Saturday. I felt a lot better by Sunday. I just did a really easy recovery spin on Saturday, then on Sunday I walked with hand weights for 20 minutes, then did an easy ride … Continue reading A Couple of Days of Soreness
I was already toying with the idea of canceling the Sacramento century and just doing one from home. With GPS, it's not really necessary to do an organized challenge because you have your training log to show what you have done. But what was really driving this is that the air quality out in the … Continue reading Century From Home!
As I mentioned in a recent post, I've been disappointed in my cruising speed on my recumbent, and thought my rear thorn-proof tube might have something to do with it. So I replaced it with a regular tube. I also noticed my front tire was a bit low so pumped it up. What a difference! … Continue reading More Century Training- Cruising Speed Increases
There's been a debate for some time over whether single-sided strength training has and advantage over double-sided (doing a one-armed chest press vs doing a conventional barbell bench-press, for example). There are reasons to expect it to be better, such as getting your obliques involved in a one-armed chest press, and the fact that the … Continue reading Single-sided Strength Training Improves Endurance Performance
Curbing Traffic: The Human Case for Fewer Cars in Our Lives is the name of an interesting book I recently read by Chris and Melissa Bruntlett. I've previously discussed their book Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality which describes the history and implementation of measures taken to make Dutch cities bike … Continue reading Active Transportation and “Curbing Traffic”
Tuesday I went for a longer ride to try and increase my cruising speed on the recumbent. There's an odd phenomenon on the recumbent that I appear to be "leg-limited": my heart rate remains below my aerobic pace which is around 120 beats per minute, but if I try to go faster it's my legs … Continue reading Working on Cruising Speed
This is a question relevant to the Western US with all the wildfires we've been getting lately. ve always wondered if I'm doing more harm than good if I exercise outdoors on a day when the air quality is worse than moderate. An interesting study done in Taiwan answers this question. There are parts of … Continue reading Better To Work Out in Bad Air Than Not Work Out At All?
I gave some advice about this in a previous post, but that was four years ago and there are some updates, especially about choosing the right bike. There's been a lot of innovation and growth in the bike industry, so an update is in order. Traffic Fear:-A major barrier for most people to biking outside … Continue reading Getting Started With Biking
On Thursday I week ago, I did what I want to become my long, easy ride each week. This is to ramp up my time on the bike for the century in October. I rode for four hours and 37 minutes, at what seemed like an easy pace on the bike. No muscle aching so … Continue reading Odd Symptoms During and After Long Ride.
I've always loved this poem, an ode to non-comformity, by the Scottish author Jenny Joseph: Warning When I am an old woman I shall wear purpleWith a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer glovesAnd satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.I … Continue reading When I’m Old I Shall Wear Purple