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Went for a spin around the city today.  I guess the CycleOps heart rate strap wasn’t really any better than the Garmin one, because it was reading above 105% max for a pretty long time before it normalized.  Hopefully that won’t happen again, but I’m pretty sure it will…

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Sunday.  I slept in a bit but as soon as I woke up, I knew I’d want to get back on the cruiser again.  So I threw on some clothes and hoped it wouldn’t start drizzling like it did yesterday on Twin Peaks.  Lucky for me, the weather was pretty spectacular, and I stopped multiple times to just enjoy the view.  It made me appreciate the city a bit more.  Side note, yesterday afternoon I picked up a new battery for my heart rate strap thinking that was the issue on why it wasn’t reading correctly in the first 10 minutes of the ride.  But now, even after the battery change, it’s reading wonky.  So I just took out the battery and placed it in the other strap I have, and it seems to be reading okay now…but I’m indoors, not moving.  Not quite the most realistic conditions it’ll be used in, but oh well.  We’ll see how it works.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.  It isn’t over yet!

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I’m the first to admit that I haven’t been riding as much as I’d like.  I’m running at lunch sometimes, but even that’s been spotty at best.  I’m putting most of my effort towards my job and have been constantly trying to improve my work.  We’re shorthanded to say the least, and juggling 2, 3, or sometimes even 4 projects is just draining.  I’d love to have more of a balance.  I’d love to come back home to just relax and watch some pro cycling.  It’s been nearly impossible for me to even want to sit in front of a computer after working all day on one.  All my energy has been sapped because of my job.  Yesterday, I almost cracked, but stayed motivated and finished my project at 10pm.  I love the work I do.  I want to keep doing it, learning from all my great co-workers.  I just don’t want to break under the stress.

I’m hoping Wednesday night track racing at Hellyer will help me find more of a balance between work and play.  I honestly miss logging into this blog and writing about whatever I want.  That’s still the reason why I continue to come on and sporadically write.  I’m still alive, I’m still here, and will continue to write for myself, and no one else.  I’m happy to share my experiences through work, cycling, and everything else.  People that have been reading along with me can hopefully sympathize.  I’ve just been snagged away from my passion for a short while, but will always have eternal respect for cycling, running, and endurance sports in general.  I want to keep writing, running, riding, and reading everything I can.  But sometimes sleeping for 9 or 10 hours is more within line of what my body needs to recover from work.  It’s tough, but I’m going to handle it and will come back stronger.  No regrets.

If this doesn’t get updated for another day or so, you’ll know where I stand.  I don’t know any of you personally, but I hope that the balance between work and fun also finds you well.  Have a good weekend.

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Not ideally how I wanted to start the morning off chilling around town.  I was riding through Golden Gate park and while trying to avoid a bad section of road, the back tire smack a huge pothole.  At first, I was more concerned that I dented the rim since the entire back of the bike jumped up in the air.  After riding about 50ft more, the hissing started.  Le flat.  No problem, though, I figured I could just swap out the tube, head back home instead of hitting Twin Peaks on the way back.  So after fixing it, I road back through the city.  While waiting at a light, I heard a loud pop.  I got off the bike and looked at the rear tire, it spun smooth and everything.  Maybe slightly under-inflated, but nothing that could’ve made a popping sound.  Then I looked at the front wheel.

Oh geez.  One of the spokes had snapped.  I wiggled it free from the hub and inspected the remnants of the rim.  It still spun, it was just a bit wobbly.  I opened up the brake basically all the way.  Then entire time, this security guard in front of the old gas station was saying things like “Yo man, I think God might be giving you a sign!” “I ain’t ever seen that before, that’s some crazy…what is that even made out of?” “Ight, that thing spins now, but I feel like you’re gonna be good for about 8 blocks before that thing comes apart, how far you live – damn that’s far.”  Nice guy though.  I made it back home, safe and sound.  I gotta get this thing fixed though.  It’s the back up rim for my CAAD10.  Surprisingly enough, there’s more miles on the DT Swiss 240s/HED Belgiums on the CAAD10 than there are on the Halo/Velocity A23’s that are on the CAAD5.  Strange it would break, but I guess it just happens sometimes.


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I just sat here for a couple minutes thinking about something to write, but ran out of ideas, or things that I thought about during the ride.  It was nice out, that’s for sure.

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Sunday’s cruise.

San Francisco after a mellow bout of rain is always an interesting feeling, especially on a Sunday.  It’s a mixture of Sunday drivers, the anxiety of driving in the city, tourists, and crazy pedestrians that randomly cross any and all roads.  Some roads are littered with slippery leaves, others have massive puddles still evaporating from this morning.  Fun riding, either way.

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The warm weather is back and according to the forecast, it’s looking like it’ll stick around until Wednesday or so.  And of course, the warm weather means everyone’s out.  Even the crazy drivers that turn without signalling – I was almost swiped on Seal Rock, the steepest section right before the t-intersection.  A truck with it’s hazards on, right side of the road, just sitting there.  As I approached from behind, the blinkers turned off, yet he stayed in position, so I figured he had turned the car off or something, and proceeded to pass in the opposite lane, since there were no cars coming up the hill.  Then he starts turning right, into a driveway, and right in front of me, so I called out and luckily his window was down so he could hear.  Relatively quiet ride otherwise.

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After a relatively lazy day of doing laundry and vegging out doing nothing, I figured I should jump on the bike for a ride around the city.  We’re having another bout of warm weather for the next couple days, which should be nice.  It also makes me wonder if the weather is going to get cold at all.  As a side note, I met up with 20+ people from my grammar school class last night, many of which are still living/working in Bay Area.  I hadn’t seen some people in nearly 10 years, so it was nice catching up and seeing familiar faces.  It also motivated me to see them doing really, really well for themselves.

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With the laundry out of the way, I rode around the city with a clear head.  I hate lingering stuff like that.  After not riding for a couple weeks, it was a painfully uncomfortable treat to be on the city bike again.  Very few things compare to the freedom of being on a bike.

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Saturday’s cruise.

It wasn’t really cruising, but everything is always categorized under cruising with the CAAD5.  A bit more brisk than I was thinking it was going to be out at the headlands, but still pretty decent weather near the top, above the fog.  Lots of cars, tourists, and cyclists out on the road both in Marin and San Francisco.  Glad I was able to get out on the bike and climb a bit!

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