Wednesday, April 04, 2007


Long night waiting for election results to come in. This state has far too many of those things. But I had a good morning in the subtle saga of knee recovery (Yeah. I guess this is yet another one of those kind of posts. You have been warned.) Geoff told me there was a new Modest Mouse CD out, so I downloaded the whole thing and spent more than an hour listening to it, doing my PT stretches and riding my bike trainer. It was a good hour, mostly because of the music, but also because I rode three whole 20-minute sessions on the trainer. I've done this before, post-Susitna even, but this was the first time I made it through even 20 minutes without throttling the handlebars to displace pain. It's still a little hard for me to sort out good burn - like the kind in my seriously out-of-shape quads - from bad burn - like the kind that comes and goes in front of my knee - but I'm pretty sure today's riding was all about good burn.

And because I didn't want to overdo it, and because I had an extra hour to kill due to the whole election thing, and because if I spend too much time sitting at home I start to go nuts on the cookie supply, I went to the pool and swam a mile. It took 47 minutes. I'm getting a little (so very little) bit faster. I'm going to buy a swim cap and something that will hold my nostrils shut so I can cut through the water like a normal person.

Thank you to everyone who commented on my bike fit dilemma. These comments have been incredibly helpful. Not only have people provided good suggestions, but they've also helped keep me closer to the surface of reality when I wake up surrounded in sunlight and think "Today's the day to ride for four hours!" So thank you, again.


  1. I wish I had the pictures but I swear I saw that same exact sunset yesterday as I was driving through pennsylvania and new jersey.

    love your blog, I come here daily.

  2. As you pull the water back roll your shoulder and to the side with you chin back by your shoulder. There will be a pocket there so you can inhale. The roll will also aid in your other arm being able to reach out further to grab more water. After completing your pull and breath drag your thumb along your side. This will aid in getting your elbow out of the water as you then reach forward. Wikipedia has a pretty decent description on how to. There’s also a nice photo of the high elbow and pocket for air.

    Good luck and you'll be back on the bike with strength in no time.

  3. My God, you have such flat-out gorgeous photos. We should start some kind of "cycling blogging" awards - you and the guy from "oil is for sissies" (wherever he's gone) would win all the time for "best photos"

  4. How do you like the new Modest Mouse album? I haven't gotten yet, but plan to in the next couple days. I'd been waiting forever for it to come out, and then when it finally did, I had forgotten about it. LOVE Modest Mouse...

  5. Fonk ...

    I recommend it highly. It has more of the experimental sound of early Modest Mouse that I love the most ... Lonesome Crowded West and the like, but it's as well-produced as Good News. Must have.

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