Month: March 2011

An experiment with Trip Journal

This trip logging/blogging application looks very promising. However, strips out the iframe so the TJ will not embed. Now this blog is hosted on Let’s see if it embeds now:   Like this:Like...

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Tailwinds: what goes around, …

Don’t you love wind at your back? Really, literally or figuratively, it is a nice feeling to have the wind at your back. Tailwinds let you move either faster or with greater ease. Yesterday’s ride planning was to have a ride with some distance and not necessarily speed. Just getting in the distance without a maximal effort was the idea as a part of my training for the BP MS-150 in mid-April. It was known that there would be some wind. No big deal for a West Texas kid — I’m just proud when there is no dust in...

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Why Do We Let Girls Dress Like That? –

All of which brings me to a question: Why do so many of us not only permit our teenage daughters to dress like this—like prostitutes, if we’re being honest with ourselves—but pay for them to do it with our AmEx cards? via Why Do We Let Girls Dress Like That? – After you answer that question — and good luck with that one — tell me/us why the attire you see on both sexes of all ages no longer, in far too many instances, is appropriate to the place or occasion? Let’s take an example near and dear to my heart. (after you ponder the following, go back and read the entire article — interesting) Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away (isn’t that how all good stories are supposed to begin?) there was a judge conducting jury selection in a case somewhere in Texas. Moments after one of the prospects asked to approach the bench, the unsuspecting judge was rocked back on his heels. Well, back in his over-stuffed chair anyway. There “it” was. Marching down the aisle between the two sections of seating, coming to share dark secrets with hiz honor, was this nattily attired person.  Nattily attired if attending a beach blanket bingo party, that is. Resplendent in his tank-top, shorts and 88 cent shower shoes (not even the courtesy of Birckenstocks),...

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New look at addiction, and proof of my own sanity

In a recent post I discussed the addiction of exercise, pedaling in particular. Due to the wonders (which sometimes is the curse) of Facebook I discovered a trailer to a movie — one that I will have to own — which talks about a truly awesome “event.” The Race Across America is an epic, 3000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The RAAM is portrayed in the film Bicycle Dreams. The trailer alone, which follows, will blow you back into your seat. The proof of my sanity? I’m not trying this and neither should you! Here is...

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Ruminations on an addiction

ad·dic·tion –noun the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.  ( Unabridged, Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.) Let’s see how that applies to a certain activity: cycling. Enslaved to a habit or practice? I have ridden, since 1/1/2011, 688 miles and climbed a total of 27, 364 feet while burning 36,426 calories. Does that qualify as “enslaved?” There is certainly a habit there and the consistency may be evidence of enslavement. How about “something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming?” I must admit that I feel down if I don’t get in a ride a time or two a week, and I feel physically less able at the same time. Does that drive me back onto two wheels? You bet it does. OK, check off that factor. Then does “cessation [of riding] causes [s]evere trauma?”  I might argue about the “severe” adjective, or perhaps stick with “severe” but argue about “trauma.” Hmmm, wonder what Jennifer’s take on that would be … don’t think I will ask her. I suppose we can conclude that my cycling has become an addiction, maybe not according to the DSM-IV manual, but in practical terms. Why does this happen and is it a problem? In...

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