Friday, October 31, 2008
Appropriately for Halloween, I took the evil one out around Cedar, Calhoun and Lake Harriet. 14/14.5
Not Bike Related Scary Picture Warning
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The ride home was different. Because we had the wind at our backs, we weren't working as hard and we didn't stay as warm, but the real issue for me was the rain. We got wet and at 40 degrees it got pretty unpleasant. Shoes got soaked through as did the gloves, so the hands and feet were pretty cold. A nice long shower and a little tomato soup, once home, melted all the cold away. It's unlikely I will get off the couch, or far from the warm glow of the TV for the remainder of the day.
Rode with fellow addicts, Amy and Chris. For the second day in a row Amy logged in more miles than me. I think I'm getting intimidated. 31/16.3
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Our objective was to make it to Watertown where the wind would no longer be our master, but our servant, aiding our adventure by adding speed and power to our backs and legs. The ease and delight of an almost effortless flight was a deserved reward.
Wonderful conversation with deep breathes of real air, warming sun on our backs, and wheels singing insures that the adventure will be revisited. 78/18.5
Friday, October 24, 2008
Still and cool kept the ride pleasant and welcomed.
Fall's Foliage Fades On Cedar Lake Trail
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Many are entranced by an economic worldview in which endless growth is not only possible, but also desirable. This ignores or denies the fundamental ecological reality that the Earth is an essentially closed system with limits to growth. Much of our activity seems ecologically destructive, and we disagree about what should be done to fix the problems we have created. Many of us think our own plan of action is the solution, but it seems possible that excessive human activity-in and of itself-is the basic problem.
The Earth needs to heal, and we cannot make it happen; frequently our efforts only deepen the wounds. But if we can relax our demand for material goods and reduce our rate of reproduction, the Earth might be able to heal herself. Perhaps we can find fulfillment in nonmaterial terms and learn what we seek we have always had.
Our culture is so focused on progress that we frequently don't experience our own lives just as they are here and now. But the world will always be exactly as it is in each moment. It's astonishing how much time and energy we expend in trying to deny this simple fact.
This doesn't imply passivity. Our visions and ideals are also part of this moment. Everything changes, no matter how slowly, and we can act to alleviate suffering. Yet if plans for the future are not balanced with acceptance and joy in this moment, just as it is, our lives go unlived. The challenge is to work with our lives as they are rather than imagine that things are different. If we can learn to soften our aversions and desires, our lives might become less frantic and more spacious.
One fundamental difficulty is that we do not directly perceive ourselves to be biological beings in a living world. The nonhuman world has become a sort of inanimate backdrop to our human affairs. Theoretically, we know we depend on the physical and biological systems of Earth, but experientially we are alienated from those systems. We treat the Earth as a stranger we should protect for pragmatic or ethical reasons, but until we individually begin to actually experience nonhuman creatures as family and the Earth as our home, we are unlikely to relax our demands for comfort and security or make the changes necessary for our survival, joy, and sense of belonging.
The felt experience of belonging to the ecosphere is psychologically and spiritually healing and may have profound implications for changing our destructive patterns of behavior.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I don't have a very stressful life, but there is something about a 4+ hour ride in rural surroundings, that is vital to my mental and physical well being. Everything during my ride today was welcoming, reassuring, calming and explanatory. Maybe it's the chance to search the landscape and see where I come from, maybe it's the simplicity, the lack of city clutter, the ability to see as far as is possible. Answers, or clarification comes from somewhere during these rides. The exploration has wonderful rewards.
There are always great conversations when riding with friends. Today I had many enlightening conversations, with trees, farms, barns, sky, clouds, wind and rivers. 80/18.4
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Nose blowing has also improved significantly in the last week. No pain, although still a little tender, it's nice to be able to launch a snot rocket, if I want to, but I'd never really do that.
Very nice ride tonight. It just felt right to be on my bike. You know 50 degrees...it's a little cool.
NOT BIKE RELATED WARNING:
My oldest grand kid learned to tie his shoes today. Apparently he got it in 3 tries...quick like his grandpa.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I stopped often and wasn't pushing it at all, and found I wanted to keep on riding when I pulled up to my place, but knew better. 90/17.8
Friday, October 10, 2008
I got a letter from my insurance company today, that started as follows:
Re: Your Head
Dear Mr. Russell
They went on and asked me a few questions about what caused my crash. I guess it was hard for them to believe that flowers were really to blame.
I got a kick out of the "Re: Your Head" part.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Oh yeah there was a chocolate tower thing too. 33/16.7
Sunday, October 5, 2008
It was raining when I woke up so I checked out the radar, and it looked like the rain might let up in an hour or so. I waited.
The rain did stop, but everything was still wet, so I decided to take out the Axis of Evil, and reacquaint myself with the trail to Excelsior.
Along The Trail
I stopped at Dunn Bros to grab some hot chocolate, and then went home, for a total of 28 miles. That really didn't work for me, although the ride was beautiful, I wanted some more miles. When I got home the roads were relatively dry, so I donned the road shoes, and took out the Orbea for another 17 miles.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
There was really no complaining though. We found a safe and sunny spot to change the flat, and were quickly, once again, on our way.
A cool 50 degree temperature seemed delightful as the sun, my full length tights, and long-sleeved jersey kept the old body pretty cozy. We were moving at a heat generating pace that helped out as well.
Not a cloud in the sky, just a bit of a wind, that became our ally out of Afton, and people that I enjoy riding with, just made for the perfect day.
It was heard several times while riding today, "this is nice".
It feels so good to be on my bike and riding strong again. 81/18.7
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I'm still recovering so I'm still doing my recovery route, but after tonight, I think I'll be willing to venture out on some of the other old stand-by routes. 33/18.0