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August 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm (Bike, Health and Fitness, Physical fitness)

So in my effort to become a more proficient rider I installed new, clipless peddles on the old Iguana. Since these peddles were new to me and I needed also needed shoes, I planned to take the bike in to have them installed.

Embarrassed by the amount of crud build up on the frame, I opted to do a little cleanup before taking the old girl in, and in the process I found that the front derailleur was out of alignment, or so I thought. I did my best to adjust things, which was also a first for me, but wasn’t able to get the chain to run on the largest ring without skipping. So while at the shop I asked them to take a look.

Well, after several minutes on tinkering they had my sweet new Candy’s installed, but then came the bad news. My chainring is bent. I’m not exactly sure of the when, the where or the how of this incident, but that’s where we stand today. No top end speed for me, and even though I don’t look like it, that’s where I ride most of the time.

So, I was able to hop on and test out the new peddles, and shoes for about 5 or 10 minutes, but haven’t put any miles on in the last 2 weeks. But… This weekend we are heading to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and will be beyond the range of Cell Phones, Television or any other form of “worldly Technology”. So if things work out, and I can get a ride for my bike, I plan to see about doing a little trail riding while out there. This will be a first for me. I have never been more than a few yards from pavement on my last 2 bikes.

God Bless, and pray that I leave some of me out on the trail. Remember the goal here is to have less of Jeremy at the end of the day.

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Me, and the next year of my life… on a Bike

August 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm (Physical fitness, Ride Sioux Falls, Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

 
 
 

Well early in 2010 I resolved to improve my physical health among other things. This post will be dedicated to that single endeavor to this point.

 

First off, I will give a very short background. About 20 years ago I blew out my ACL. Earlier this year I went under the knife again to fix the same problem only to find that my knee is unrepeatable due to the amount of arthritis already present.

 

Today, I am overweight, though not so fat as I was in Feb. Between February and May of this year I swam multiple times a week, in an attempt to cut weight, and strengthen my legs for knee surgery. I also changed my diet, and simple started trying to improve my health. In 3 months I went from swimming a max of 3 laps to swimming up to a mile at a time. Didn’t really lose any weight, but did cut a fair amount of body fat, between 6% and 10%. After the surgery I wanted to diversify my routine a little bit, so I picked up a decent mountain bike for a couple hundred bucks. I have, over the last few months spend a little more money making the bike more ride-able. Not completed yet, but a work in progress.

 

As for myself, I am able to put 20 miles under the tires at a decent pace, but I am by no means a racer… yet. Every time I ride I am learning more about myself and my desires in riding. I enjoy pavement more than dirt. I enjoy speed over technical riding, and I find that I want to keep riding long after my body says no more. I am finding a desire to step into the endurance world a little bit, to see what it’s all about. In Sept. I am doing a 20 mile charity ride. Not a race, but still a chance to see where I stand in comparison to other riders.

 I am thinking of blogging my adventures in riding, as a log for me to look back on and remember where I have been, and where I am going. And perhaps encourage others in their dreams also.

 

So you know where I am today.

I will be 40 years old tomorrow 8/12/10

I am 6 ft tall

Last time I was on a scale I was 306 lbs.

Father of 5, 3 still at home.

A second time husband, and blessed to have found the love of my life.

Above all else I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

 

My bike

The frame is a Giant Iguana,

Fork is Rock Shox Tora 302

Most of the rest of the parts are spares and extras.

It simply is what it is, a starting point.

 

My goal?

By next summer I want to be able to ride at least part of Ragbrai and/or Tour De Kota, also ride the MS 150.

So of course I need to obtain an appropriate road bike, on a very limited budget and achieve a level of conditioning that these rides will be surmountable.

Anyone who might stumble across this, believe me when I say I am open to all advise on this subject as I am nothing more than a novice at this point.

 

God Bless.

 

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