Monthly Archives: June 2013

2013 tour De Rook – Leg 7

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 11.74Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 45.10
  3. Max Speed: 19.0 mph
  4. Average Speed: 15.5 mph
  5. iPod: Led Zeppelin Mix
  6. Temperature: 63° F
  7. Wind: Calm
  8. Humidity: 100%

It was a bright, beautiful day with a blue sky. The grass was glistening with dew as I brought my bike out from the porch. Peddling my way to County 61 to head north towards Willow River the air brushed cool against my face.

I managed to get halfway between the town of Willow River and the facility where I work. Turning around I noticed the hair on my arms was glistening with dew, sparkling in the morning sunlight.

It was a wonderful, serene ride to start the day.

 

2013 Tour De Rook – Legs 5 & 6

To the stats!

Leg #5: Tuesday, June 11th, 2013;

  1. Miles: 11.47Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 47.34
  3. Max Speed: 18.8 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.4 mph
  5. iPod: None
  6. Temperature: 79° F
  7. Wind: N at 5 mph
  8. Humidity: 32%

Leg # 6: Wednesday, June 19th, 2013;

  1. Miles: 13.60
  2. Time: 56.01
  3. Max Speed: 26.2 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.5 mph
  5. iPod: Melissa Etheridge – Brave & Crazy (on repeat)
  6. Temperature: 81° F
  7. Wind: SE at 9 mph
  8. Humidity: 48%

There really is nothing to say. It seems I’m maintaining a good 14 mph average even with the sporadic riding. Unfortunately, the weather and my health have conspired to prevent me from riding my bike into work lately. I am hoping to do so Friday. I am also hoping to learn what is wrong with my sinuses soon. I have a CT scan tomorrow. At least the saline solution/antibiotic nasal rinse has knocked down the bacterial infection. I can breath a hell of a lot easier, and my post nasal drip is gone!

 

Oh

And I am updating my Movable Type installation on my Rook’s Rant server. I am hoping that clears up some loading issues. If it works, I might be resuming political rantings over there.

And yes, now I have “Over There” ear-worming me into insanity.

Today’s Plan

Well, first off – laundry. Drying my bedding except my comforter now. The comforter and two towels are in the washing machine.

I am contemplating doing some Mindfulness Meditation as I await the dryer’s buzzer. I believe a good primer for Mindfulness Meditation is “Wherever You Go There You Are” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Maybe around noon I will take another bike ride. Weather.com and NOAA are forecasting sunny skies. I will see.

Oh, and I am planning on cleaning the rest of the house; vacuuming and mopping.

And then, when all that is said and done, I plan on overthrowing Western Civilization as we know it, replacing it with a John Cole utopia.

Now get off my damn lawn you rotten kids!

Okay, So It Is The Next Day

Yeah, I know. I know. I said yesterday that I would write a post about my health. Well, it is now today (yesterday’s tomorrow, in case anyone is interested) and I am finally getting around to another post about my health.

Over the years I have struggled with a lot of physical problems. If I had to take a guess, I would say part of it was the result of years of stress working at Cochran Center (a now defunct chemical dependency program) under a supervisor who was beyond toxic as well as some accidents and the lack of health insurance at various times in my life over the last 8 years. Normally I do not write about work, but this was from years ago, so I think it is safe to write about the horrible conditions I worked under back then.

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2013 Tour De Rook – Leg 4

To the stats!

  1. Miles: 17.91Tour_Rook
  2. Time: 01.12.13
  3. Max Speed: 19.9 mph
  4. Average Speed: 14.8 mph
  5. iPod: Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (on repeat)
  6. Temperature: 65° F
  7. Wind: NNE 7 mph
  8. Humidity: 73%

I went up past Sturgeon Lake. What I was not expecting was rain. Weather.com said it would not rain until 2:00 PM. Well, guess what? They were wrong! I turned around just past Sturgeon Lake when it started drizzling. By the time I was on the south side of Sturgeon, it was raining hard. In fact, just to thumb her nose at me, Mother Nature decided to reduce the down pour to a sprinkle with in a minute of my getting inside my house. Sigh.

Anyway, I actually liked riding in the rain. There was no wind to speak of, and the temperature was just a bit cool to counter my sweating. The thing was, I had electronics in my pockets which would not survive a drenching. So, when I reached Willow River I stopped at Peggy Sue’s and wrapped them in a small garbage bag. It was a good thing too, because the protective cover for my iPod was starting to retain water. My phone managed to not get wet, which is a blessing! Anyway, I arrived home with pretty good stats.

One other thing; this year I have decided not to include any stats for when I ride my bike to work. However, I can say with certainty that it is 7.18 miles from my front door to the front door of where I have to sign in to start my work day. That is just over 14 miles each time I ride to work.

I also am going to write about my health, but in another post later today. At least, that is my hope. Until then, blog on!