Saturday, March 31, 2007
Mileage: 21.5 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 172
Year to date: 611
Got out early before the boys' soccer games. the fenders did a nice job keeping the spray off the Bleriot and off my feet this a.m. saw some nice homes in Indian Hills and did some nice tempo through the park. too a sidetrip down to the river to see that the lowlands are filled with marshy water this time of year. It's sort of primordial. I thought I had gone a little further, but I guess my speed is not explosive at the moment. :-)
What I'm most pleased with is that during March '06 I had ZERO miles, 00, nil, zilch. This March a not-dramatic 172. But so much better than zero. I'm almost a couple hundred ahead of last year's pace, even with last year's incredibly mild February. Onward Ho!
Friday, March 30, 2007
Bueno. buenas noches y que les vaya bien.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Mileage: 21.5 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 149.5
Year to date: 589.5
I though of a variety of different spiffy titles for the entry today, but allinall I enjoyed a kick-ass ride in incredible weather. I couldn't have had a better time. The fam head to church, so in the interval I head out on the Bleriot, fully be-decked in I/Grant style. That is to say, I wore a white T-shirt. I guess that isn't RBW style, but I did have on MUSA shorts with a liner and my Teva's held in by my Powergrips. I didn't have the lycra shorts. Nor did I have the matching lycra jersey or the Sidi $250 shoesoftheyear. I did have a damn good time getting my time in in and around Seneca, Cherokee and the neighborhood. There wasn't anything overtly different about any of it. The Bleriot is an excellent, excellent machine. The Teva's did fine. The MUSAs did fine. The weather was perfect (upper 70sF). The park is awash in the brilliant color of green, green and more green. Many of the trees are past initial flowering and are growing legitimate leaf buds. It was all damn good. One time I just had to sit up and clap to myself b/c it was exactly what I wanted to be doing at the time. Did I mention the Bleriot? I have numerous mounts in the stable, all of them looking to find the niche, fill the void. The Bleriot is just a bike, and a near-perfect one at that. It's for riding, goofing, exploring, commuting. I leave the Carradice mounted for errands and such. It's just IT.
Most fun moment of the day was heading- yet again- up dog hill in Cherokee. I've alluded to it 5 or 6 times on this blog. This time, no, explanation. Dog Hill is part of the scenic loop, wherein the left half of the road is closed to traffic and is marked for pedestrians, et. al. I guess it functions like mostly any other multi-use trail. The right side is for cars. I'll sometimes straddle the dividing line, not quite car, not quite leisure. Today, on my left, somewhat veering in and out of the pedestrian traffic passed by two little dudes, maybe 12 or 14, both on Motobecones and fully kitted up. They were moving pretty well. Obviously, they have a much higher strength-to-weight ratio that this lard-ass.
Their initial burst subsided some so I geared down and took after them, catching and passing them right at the apex. They smiled and seemed like nice little dudes, perhaps twins. Shortly thereafter came a man and daughter, her maybe 15. What a family! all on their road bikes doing the park thing. Me, I would rather be on the Bleriot in my Teva's, but I sure as hell would be proud of my boys in full road style! The whole fam made it up Hogan's Fountain hill more efficiently than I, but in the ensuing slowdown I caught back up a bit. They then headed up Chauffer's rest, so of course I had my carrot in front of the burro. Dad daughter and 1 boys stayed ahead, but I caught the 2nd, smiling and greeting him as I went by. It was all in good, good fun and doing what we all loved. A great moment and one I'll remember for a while. Good for me to be on the road. Good for them to be doing something fun as a fam instead of playing videogames or something more nefarious.
I made my way, on the Bleriot, to church for choir practice and then returned home via Seneca Gds. with the blinkie lights on. I used to love more riding in the dark, but pretty much all my morning commutes are rides in the dark. This one was very satisfying. Damn good and I hope those others in the country can enjoy as good a Spring spin as I did today.
Monday, March 26, 2007
This is it, the pump to replace my 20 year-old Zefal floor pump. I'm quite sad that the Zefal died, b/c I know this one won't last as long. Can't last as long. It's much lighter and feels flimsier. Perhaps it will, but I have my strong doubts. It carries a life-time warranty; how easy will that be to enact? Puh-shaw.
Por otro lado, at least I'll be able to get the GrandBois' at the appropriate pressure and will be able to get enough air in the 2" Serfas. Times change, but this time I fear for the worst.
And I'll get back out there on the road soon enough. I forgot yet again how physically challenging it is to work from 7.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Even though the activities vary in the course of the day, it's still draining. Had a good 10-minute meditation this morning. Now that I've been practicing here-n-there, I find that 10 minutes is like a blip. Extremely short! Again, though, it's the business of life that makes it challenging to get in once or twice every day. If I don't make it up before the boys, then I have no chance to "take my sit" before the legos, toys, videogames and internecine warfare begins. Oh well, part of the challenge of developing the appropriate view and intention, right?
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Today I had a much better attitude, but still didn't get on the bike through unfortunate reasons. Right around the time I was going out my dad called and we chatted about house stuff. Then I spoke to my mom about house stuff and before you know it my window closed. I did mount the GrandBois' on the Bleriot, but didn't get them on in time to ride. They mounted somewhat similarly to the CdlVs, in that the looseness of the tire makes it challenging to stuff the tube up underneath. Then it doesn't seat right and leaves a bump. And finally, as maybe previously reported, my faithful Zefal seems to be giving out after 20 years of service. It doesn't pump much, the gauge seems completely wrong and parts seem unavailable. Might have to give in and buy a new one. 20 years is pretty damn good for a tool such as that. you and i both know the new Chinese-made ones won't last near that long or with such reliability.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Face it, he found a job that pays him phat bucks and where he has almost no expectations whatsoever. Wow Mr. Perfect!! What a perfectly mediocre situation for a top-40 coach!
More to come on this whole situation. I know you're excited.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Mileage: 19 (LHT)
March mileage: 128
Year to date: 568
Another commute today. Nothing to report of any great note except that it's great to be on a bike. My morning was all screwed up b/c I woke up at 4.45 to take a leak and couldn't get back to sleep. Damn, I've been up for a while. The morning was made better by all the birdsong out there. dulcet tones of true music. The afternoon brought no complaints; you can't complain when it's 73 and sunny, right? Windy, yes, but great! And to boot, I just got back from a 1-mile walk from church where I left the family.
Tomorrow, tennis. Uhgg!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
This is from Thoreau, which I guess practiced some type of Christianity, but this is a "Buddhist" as it comes. In the moment, not running "thither". Of late I notice that only while cycling can I listen to Buddhist podcasts. Otherwise, the mind is too busy with other things. On the bike, turning revolutions, the mind is clear enough to concentrate, while being empty enough to listen. Well, as long as I'm not checking my mirrors, right?
By Henry David Thoreau
When we walk, we naturally go to the fields and woods: what would become of us, if we walked only in a garden or a mall? Even some sects of philosophers have felt the necessity of importing the woods to themselves, since they did not go to the woods. … Of course it is of no use to direct our steps to the woods, if they do not carry us thither. I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society. But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is – I am out of my senses. In my walks I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of something out of the woods? I suspect myself, and cannot help a shudder, when I find myself so implicated even in what are called good words – for this may sometimes happen. …
Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past. Unless our philosophy hears the cock crow in every barnyard within our horizon, it is belated. That sound commonly reminds us that we are growing rusty and antique in our employments and habits of thought. His philosophy comes down to a more recent time than ours. There is something suggested by it that is a newer testament – the gospel according to this moment. He has not fallen astern; he had got up early and kept up early, and to be where he is is to be in season, in the foremost rank of time. It is an expression of the health and soundness of Nature, a brag for all the world – healthiness as of a spring burst forth, a new fountain of the Muses, to celebrate this last instant of time.
--"Walking" was published in the Atlantic Monthly after Thoreau's death.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, renowned for his masterwork,
Walden (1854), and for having been a vigorous advocate of civil liberties, as evidenced in the essay “Civil Disobedience” (1849).
--Encyclopedia Britannica online
Mileage: 14 (LHT)
March mileage: 109.5
Year to date: 549.5
snuck out for a commute today on what was supposed to be a tennis day. to my benefit, the forecast was for rain. that would unfortunately cancel tennis practice (can you hear "aaww"?) and would mean a driving commute to work would be useless. henceforth, the LHT, with newly-festooned LHT.
The morning commute brought nothing of note except that I got up quite early and hit the road at 6.00 a.m. The afternoon became night in effect. For the first time that I can remember, I actually stayed through to attend a meeting at 7.00 p.m., thereby putting me at work from 7.00a.m. to 8.00p.m. I then mounted the LHT for the nighttime ride home. It's so funny/strange that I ride in the a.m. all the time and am very comfortable in the dark. The evening holds a different pace, though. All scurrying, drinks, home, impatience, and even darker. I had the good opportunity to christen the guardamarros on the LHT, the skies giving me a healthy llovizna, never a deluge but enough to be called rain. Like a "T". Stolen fun amidst the burden that is "professionalism". Last year I had no, NO, March mileage at all. At least I'm doing better than that right now. More good to come.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I can't pass up posting this from a column from Gene Wojciechowski from ESPN.com.
...except at Kentucky, where, said Wildcats junior guard Joe Crawford, "people expect us to be in the Final Four every year." Those expectations, no longer realistic in an age of Winthrops and George Masons, ARE why Smith should think long and hard about a change in hoops venue.
Hmmm, the expectation of the Final Four every year isn't realistic. I totally agree with that. There is no team since Duke of the early '90s and UCLA of the '60s-'70s that has visited the Final Four every year. Kentucky fans don't expect a FF every year; they expect a FF on a similar rate as that of the Big-5: UK, UNC, Duke, UCLA, and KU. Those are the 5 winning-est programs and Kentucky should perform on par with those programs. I found this on good ol' Wikipedia , records for total FFs:
- 16 North Carolina, UCLA
- 14 Duke
- 13 Kentucky
- 12 Kansas
- UNC- '00, '05 including Nat'l Championship
- Duke-'99, '01 including Nat'l Championship,'04
- KU- '02, '03
I did a little more research:
- UK- 4 Final Fours/2 Championships
- UNC- 4 Final Fours/1 Championship
- UCLA-1 Final Fours/1 Championship
- Duke-5 Final Fours/2 Championships
- KU- 2 Final Fours
- UK- 1 Final Four
- UNC- 1 Final Fours/1 Championship
- UCLA-1 Final Four
- Duke-3 Final Fours
- KU- 2 Final Fours/1 Championship
- UK- 2 Final Fours/1 Championship
- UNC- 2 Final Fours
- UCLA-7 Final Fours/4 Championships
- Duke-1 Final Four
- KU- 1 Final Four
- UK- 1 Final Fours
- UNC- 3 Final Fours
- UCLA-6 Final Fours/5 Championships
- Duke-3 Final Fours
- KU- 1 Final Four
- UK- 2 Final Fours/1 Championship
- UNC- 1 Final Four/1 Championship
- KU- 3 Final Fours
- UK- 3 Final Fours/2 Championship
- UNC- 1 Final Four
- KU- 1 Final Four
Saturday, March 17, 2007
On another, and equally positive note, the 'Cats beat the 'cats last night, staving off some Tubby misery. Good or Bad, if they beat Kansas tomorrow all would be forgiven, I think. Can they? Unlikely, but you never know with this team. They're random good components of a mediocre total product, BUT if the good components came together one night...
And finally, L and I went to see TMNT this morning on some free passes. It was pretty good computer animation and the story held attention. I suggest it for all those folks out there who have children, especially boys, between the ages of 6-12. Outside of that, well, why not?
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
On a basketball note (it is March Madness!!), the nat'l media-compiled by JohnClay- have a couple articles pertaining to the Tubby situation, one from USAToday chiding 'Cats fans as usual and another in Yahoosports summing up many points that many 'Cats fans agree with. Sometimes I get tired of hearing national commentators rip on UK fans for having too high a level of expectation. Would I love to go back and link to lots of articles from the MattDoherty/UNC era when the 'Heels sucked ass and I'm sure TarHeel nation went berserk. It's easier to pile on a bunch of rural, not-quite-as-monied-as-the-research-triangle rubes and non-rubes that comprise Big Blue Nation. Sorry, but we've had as sustained a period of excellence as any program in the country, winning titles from 1949 or so to 1996. The 'Cats have been good the whole time. We've won the most games ever. We've won the 2nd most titles ever, and over a longer-sustained period than UCLA. We have a strong basketball legacy and Orlando is getting paid $2 million to win, not to be a "nice guy" who has a mid-major level team. High expectations? Yes, sorry but Notre Dame isn't allowed to suck and neither is Kentucky basketball.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
- 06-07..........21-11.......... (so far)
- 05-06..........22-13 ......... L 2nd round vs. Connecticut
- 04-05.......... 28-6........... L Elite Eight vs Michigan St.
- 03-04.......... 27-5........... L 2nd round vs. UAB
- 02-03.......... 32-4.......... L Elite 8 vs. Marquette E8
- 01-02.......... 22-10 ......... L Sweet Sixteen vs. Maryland
- 00-01 ..........24-10 ..........L Sweet Sixteen vs. USC
- 99-00.......... 23-10.......... L2nd round vs. Syracuse
- 98-99.......... 28-9 ............L Elite 8 vs. Michigan St.
- 97-98.......... 35-4 ..........National Championship
The second batch of useless information only runs up to 00-01. I think this is a pretty good indicator of the continuing excellence- and there lack- of the UK program. This has the year, the final ranking and the highest ranking in parenthesis. If also contains those years with lack of rankings. This info. comes entirely from sportsstats.com, but that runs out at the end of the 00-01 season. The audacity of such a person to not continue so I can complete this useless project!
- 76-77'...... -- (6)- 12 weeks unranked
- 77-78'...... 1 National Champs
- 78-79'...... -- (6) 9 weeks unranked
- 79-80'...... 4 (2)
- 80-81'...... 8 (1)
- 81-82' ......15 (2 for 4 weeks)
- 82-83'......12 (2)
- 83-84'...... 3 (1) Final Four vs. Georgetown. UK shoots 3/33 in 2nd half that game.
- 84-85' ...... -- (18) 16 weeks unranked
- 85-86'...... 3 (3)
- 86-87' ...... --(9) 9 weeks unranked
- 87-88' ...... 6 (1 for 3 polls)
- 88-89' ...... -- "death sentence year"
- 90-91'...... 9 (8) 2 weeks unranked
- 91-92' ......6 (6 "Unforgettables" and GGoAT vs. Duke)
- 92-93'...... 2 (1)
- 93-94' ......7 (1)
- 94-95'......2 (2)
- 95-96' ......2 (1 for 5 polls) National Champs
- 96-97' ......5 (3) Final vs. Arizona
- 97-98' ......5 (4) National Champs
- 98-99' ......8 (3)
- 99-00' ......19 (11) 2 weeks unranked
- 00-01' ......9 (9) 11 weeks unranked
- 01-02' ...... 16 (6)
- 02-03' ...... 1 (1)
- 03-04' ...... 2 (2) Really, there were a high 10s, low-teens team all season and jumped late.
- 04-05' ...... 7 (3)
- 05-06' ...... -- (4!)
- 06-07' ...... -- (20) 11 or so weeks unranked- This season is unfinished, but the Big Blue faithful see little hope.
Yes, we're living the dreams of Rupp, Hall, and Pitino (all with rings, Pitino with 1.5 from Tubby's assistance), but UK isn't Ole Miss. It isn't Iowa. It isn't Clemson. It's the winningest program ever in college basketball, and trails only UCLA in championships, but has done it over a much longer span than did UCLA and did it with 3 different coaches. It's the only positive tradition the state of Kentucky has. Bourbon, smoking and gambling aren't good for you. It's wake-up time Orlando.
God, what a waste of time. I would've been better off meditating all the time it took me to write this.
Mileage: 21.5 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 95.5
Year to date: 535.5
Another great day for a ride, with sunny, sunny skies and a crispness in the air. Morning temps were in the mid-40sF, so I dressed appropriately in layers so I could peel off the warmth at some point. I decided to explore a bit of Indiana today as my destination. At some point I guess I need to do more mileage, but right now I'm pretty satisfied with these exploratory rides in the city. Of late there has been debate about the various bridge issues here in Louisville, several of which include cyclists' issues (or don't) and how they can use new or updated infrastructure. Since I crossed one of them today, I'll give a quick run-down:
- 2nd-Street Bridge- that's the one I crossed today. It's 4-lane, so seemingly adequate for cyclists, but there have been complaints of tire-eating joints and today I almost experienced that. I thought these folks were just weenies on 20C racer tires, but wow, those joints look like the teeth of the dragon. I hit the front rim on one, but the tire held sway. That's the 2nd time I thought I would get a pinch flat on the CdlVs, but they've held up. Right now this is a cyclist's only option to cross the river on bike.
- Big-4 Bridge. This is a disused railroad bridge that's connected to the Louisville Waterfront Park. The plans are pretty firm that this is going to be made into a pedestrian/bike/etc. walkway that crosses the river. Major complaints are that this will be very non-transportation oriented. It will be a pedway built for recreation and will not be in the least bit conducive to commuting. Many fear that, with this, cyclists will be barred from the Second Street Bridge.
- K&I Bridge. This conjoins the Riverwalk in Portland, but presently is closed to all traffic (non-train I guess). The long-term hope is to create a riverwalk loop on the Kentucky side and Indiana side to be able to cross the river at this point on foot/bike/etc. It's also somewhat less busy than the downtown bridges (it's perhaps 3 miles west).
- New Eastern Bridge. The Big Deal the last several years is to build two new bridges in Louisville, one downtown to help traffic on the I-65 corridor, where it's most needed, and to also build one in the east end of the county closing an outer ring interstate. This one, of course, is massively championed by the forces of Development, Development, Development to open up lands far and wide to $@#$ subdivisions and their soul-leeching powers. This is one of those political boondogles that may never happen. Point is, at one point it was supposed to have pedestrian/bicycle access on a major interstate bridge.
Well, here are some pics from today:
(I lied. I'm too lazy to load the pics. Maybe later)
Saturday, March 10, 2007
It's why I don't get to wrapped up in karmic reincarnation. Once I'm "dead", I can't really know what "happens", so I live in the present, mindful of decreasing my own suffering in the moment, and especially mindful of practicing more loving-kindness. I've been a bitter ass for 37 years, so the next 37 should instead be the converse, don't you think?
Oh, and I had a great bit of Walking Meditation this morning. A little rain, the smell of rain, birdsong, woodpecker rattles, others walking, spring peeking out from leaves and from branch, more birdsong, fresh breeze and wind. Good Stuff.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Once there, the first amusement came from running into a pack of 10+ students from my school, all of them out for a full day's hiking. One had sprained an ankle, so their day was coming to a close. That was humorous enough we suddenly I ran into my aunt doing the same thing with my 3 cousins (ages 15 and 12, approx.) They had never been to Berheim before, even though it lies perhaps 15 miles from them, being in the southern portion of the county.
We sorted out our plan, choosing a trail we hadn't been on, the Guerrilla Hollow Trail. This one was short enough for us to exit, since the back portion of the Forest was closing @ 5.30. Following are some images of that trail:
We, being Aunt Pam, her boys, and well, us, We then ventured over to the lake for a walk around it, all taking in the setting sun reflecting off the water. I particularly like their efforts to rebuild a natural prairie meadow on the northern side. These were once very common in KY, but most have been tilled under. I have a thing for grasses and meadows. When I win the lottery I'm buying land and having one. That's clinging though, so my Buddhist-ish side makes me consider that statement. Here are pics from that portion:
Another off the lake. I have more, but these are great.
Mileage: 16 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 74
Year to date: 514
Hombre, what a great ride! A 5-Star ride, and all in only 16 miles. The weather has turned decidedly springish today, with temps at or near 70F. How can you not love the first shorts-only ride of the season and especially with a warming, invigorating sun bathing you with spring sunshine? I chose the Bleriot with its Longflap Nelson for an errand trip to Goodwill. I've had a bag of old shirts and shorts in my bathroom for months, so today's journey was a brief, spectacular one to dump those off. What was so great about such a trip was how pleasant it was without the trappings of mega-miles or panoramic vistas. It is what it was, a city errand trip on a great bike in great weather.
On my trip today I got to thinking of the Dharma Wheel. It is a visual representation of the Buddha's primary teachings. In the center, the a hub representing mediation practices. There are 8 spokes, each a tenet of the 8-Fold Path (Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Concentration, Right Mindfulness). The rim, I think, represents Mindfulness.
I can't help but like this symbol, that of the wheel. For me it symbolizes both my interest in "cleaning up my act", and also the pleasure and freedom in the wheels turning down the road. If one is the freedom of my spirit, then the other is the freedom of body. I'm sure you could shoot holes in that metaphor, but who cares? It's mine and I like it. Just as existence and life are ever-turning, we on our bikes are ever turning, but turning in a good way, down the open road.
It also connects with a Buddhist metaphor of the journey that is life, the "Buddhist Path". The first is that of a path that has a start and an end. You walk down the path in order to arrive at your destination. For Buddhist, this would be achieving Nirvana/Nibbana. For Christians, yours is the entry into Heaven. The other approach is the Path as an ongoing journey. It's stopping and smelling the flowers, seeing the sunset, viewing wildlife or finding interesting trees along the way. Mindfulness teaches to be in the moment. For cyclists these two metaphors obviously apply. We leave a site and make an effort to arrive elsewhere, a coffee shop, bakery, another town or just want to complete the loop. We also want to stop or slow down and see what's in our view, our perspective. Reading blogs such as Doug's, Pete's, Jim's, or Kent's have all made me want to slow down more and realize what is along the journey instead of just getting from A to B, hammer hammer hammer. The Path can have many positive impacts if you allow yourself to venture down it.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
2. Newt- Slick Willie was a codger and a scam artist. No, he was a weak-hearted libidinous pig, I guess. But he was/is a man interested (seemingly) in the common good. During the Clinton Witch hunt, Newt Gringrich was diddling around while leading the witch hunt. How can someone do such a thing in good conscience? with a logical mind? Under such Delusion?
I think Religion as a human construct was created in society to deal with such conundrums. How do you come to grips with the unexplainable? Yes, the skies and stars are massive and unfathomable, but Human behavior, to me, is even more vexing. I could get extremely pissed off about this kind of thing, but my studies have helped me let go, and these nuggets are definitely worth letting go. The converse is lunacy.
"Have you replaced Reason for Madness?" (or something awfully close) Gandalf
The second is an illustrative blog entry from the H-L's John Clay, one I've alluded to before. It's a very apt comparison of many of the top programs since Tubby has been at UK. No, he hasn't been to as many Final Fours as, say, Michigan State or to as many Elite Eights as Connecticut, but there has been a consistency of performance in the UK program, just not at the last two games. Tubby needs a Final Four and UK Fans would shut up for another 6 or 7 years. I think a title is even unexpected. I've changed my tune. Yes, I'm frustrated with the wins/losses, but UK couldn't come up with another coach who could engender such a long run of excellence.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
A- Attention to what is causing the anger, both internally and externally.
D- Defuse the Anger somehow, so way. This one is both difficult and easy for me, in that my dense anger defuses quickly, but my attachment to that Anger simmers and lingers for a long time. It's a slow uncomfortable burn.
L- Learn from the situation
E- Empathy for others who may have "angered" you or empathy for yourself
S- Substitution of your anger with something else- Meditation, Walking, Riding, Mindfulness. It's not unlike D I guess, but I might have to listen again.
S- Speaking/Action- Do something about it.
"Studies say" that there is a correlatin with respects to long-term anger management that those who carry the most hostility and anger also are those who seem the most self-absorbed, those who use the most "I, Me, Mine" statements. Absorbed on yourself instead of on the well-being of those around you. Nutritive food for thought.
Mileage: 14 (LHT)
March mileage: 58
Year to date: 498
Well, the "Anger" theme didn't help too much, but I did ride today. After yesterday's tennis debacle, I decided to ride instead of drive the truck to work just to pacify the spoiled brats that comprise my tennis team. No, they're not all spoiled brats, but some are and I've had it. I would just rather ride and they can do whatever, or not whatever, kind of practice they do. The modern successful student is a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. No commitment.
I would like to just forget it all, but at the present I can't. I did ride and the afternoon was pretty pleasant albeit windy. I guess a lifetime of Anger can't be "remanaged" in a month.
Monday, March 05, 2007
This is what I put in the truck. After a little websearch, I've come to assume this is a late 80's Bianchi Brava. Interestingly, I immediately placed the bike at the same exact time as my old C'dale b/c both have those shitty-ass Biopace chainrings. Would I rather have a fully celeste green Bianchi? Hell yes, but you can't ignore those celeste moments on this here bike, bottle cage included. It's probably a size larger than I ride. Should I keep it? I'm going to play around a bit before I make any grand decision, but it just screams SingleSpeed/FixedGear. Fact is, it's been done before with this here machine:
This one is obviously ridden by some dumb-ass and much more nimble 24 yr-old. Check out how low the bars are compared to the seat. The Bleriot is a 57, so this one is probably a 58 at least. Too big? I can't ignore the celeste green seat and cables. Did I mention Celeste green accents? How cheaply can I turn it into a fixed-gear? Remember that I bought the 9.2.5., so I'm not completely enmeshed in the fixie ethos. If it's ridable, it's going to happen.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
I stated recently that the media is picking up on Tubby's woes, the latest coming from the Lexington Herald-Leader, the 'Cats home rag. It sums up everything else that has been said, that Tubby is un-fire-able. John Clay, the lead H-L columnist, also chimes in, stating that of course Tubby deserves a chance, or multiple ones, to get the program back to where it needs to be. This things are true. They don't mitigate, though, the fact that it's a second-class program at the moment; that's a fact not likely to change. It's a boring offensive set that doesn't attract the better recruits, and that's the ticket there. It's ALL about talent. No, coaching comes into play too, and those 'Cats just don't have it right now. And I don't think Tubby has the fire to change. He is what he is.
Mileage: 16.5 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 44
Year to date: 484
Ipod- "This American Life" and zencast.org
A nice leasurly ride in the parks on the Bleriot. Really very pleasant.
- Heine Bros. "Breaking New Grounds"- the irony is that I am much more partial to Sunergos' sweet bean, but Heine's is quite active in the local area. Sunergos is active in Jesus. A conundrum, no?
- Monteverde, Costa Rica- perhaps heaven on earth as long as the gringos don't ruin it.
- Re-figured Powergrips.
- Jan Heine's Grand Bois tyres.
- Developing Skillful thoughts (and hence actions).
- Om Mani Padme Hum- Though I would consider that my Buddhist studies are not centered in the Tibetan tradition, this mantra none-the-less invokes a warm and generous feeling.
- As someone studying Buddhism, I can't decide whether I'm insulted or whether I should giggle that George Lucas was brazen enough to name one of central characters- and a very badly acted one at that in Natalie Portman- after part of a Tibetan religious prayer. Maybe somebody else should insert part of the Christian "Lord's Prayer" as the title of a shitty Hollywood release. Sexy, though, that Natalie Portman's name means "lotus". I'm just envisioning all those Georgia O'Keeffe vagina flowers.
- Wilco's "Sky Blue Sky"- I was too sleepy to stay up and listen to the stream last night. Oh well. It'll come in good time.
- Hmmm, was going to ride, but other things commenced, such as most of this mierda listed above. Well, had a good meditation session so the Buddha stuff isn't shit per se, but...
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Mileage: 11.5 (Bleriot)
March mileage: 27.5
Year to date: 467.5
I could have gone out for a mega ride this morning, as the boys weren't basketballing until 12.00. I instead enjoyed the comforts of home: hot coffee, blankets, toast, garden shows, good company. Late in the a.m. I sprinted out for a "bike jog", eschewing cleats and tights for sweatpants and Target shoes. It was a wonderful morning in the mid-30s F, with big, fat, fluffy snowflakes dancing around. A couple times I sat up and put my arms out and sort of swept it all in, the cold, the wind, the snow, the essence of the moment. Damn good!
Another highlight of the ride was the view of an Eastern Bluebirdin and around Beargrass Creek in Seneca. Wow!! How brilliant was its blue plumage against the greys and neutral browns of the late winter landscape. Isn't it the case that every bike ride has some insight like that, some peek of the real world that you would miss in a metal coffin. I admit to driving more of late b/c of tennis, but I relish the stolen, no, found moments like a beautiful bluebird in a creek-side thicket.
On the listening end, I enjoyed two parts of podcast from Reverend Kusala and urbandharma. Today's discussion included that of the 8-Fold Path. What struck me was his presentation of one aspect of the path. (The problem I have sometimes with Buddhism is that I simply forget within what "list" I heard something). This concern Skillful Thoughts as part of #5 Right Effort. He frames intentions or thoughts NOT as 'good' or 'evil', but rather 'skillful' or 'unskillful'. That encourages the notion that ALL people can turn it around, so to speak. No one is inherently evil, but rather each person has within them the possibility of changes by becoming 'skilled'. Now, many a folk would say a Hitler, a Jeffery Dahmer is an inherently Evil person. O, don't forget Saddam Hussein who is blamed for having gotten our nation where it is at the moment, no the other imperialist who actually should take the blame. I won't worry about them but rather about myself and my own thoughts, where my own mind is.
Right effort implies a simple category of the mind:
- Unskilled or Skilled
- Anger/Hatred or Compassion
- Lust or Love
- Greed or Generosity
- Delusion or Wisdom
Friday, March 02, 2007
Frankly, this shit is unimportant but fun to discuss, as long as they aren't so damn bad. Another good find is this site about the 2003 team. (Junk) Food for thought.
Mileage: 16 (LHT
March mileage: 16
Year to date: 456
First commute in a while. the p.m. "breezes" blew me home at a healthy 16mph+ clip, with the winds blowing between 22mph and 30+mph, steadily. One time I was slowing down for a stop sign and actually felt the wind pushing my back and accelerating me towards the sign. I'm really glad I canceled practice on this sunny afternoon and rode. Then the boys and I played some 21 until L got mad, oh, and then Z later. Oh well. Life is tough medicine. I probably could have gone out on an epic 40-miler, but I'm glad I instead got some boy time in.
The LHT ran smoothly today. I hadn't ridden in a while, so I pumped up the tires to relatively full pressure and that helped the roll. Good ride. I'm going out tomorrow a.m. before basketball to grab some "tennis season" miles. DAMN, piche puta madre! I just looked at last March and I did not ride ONE time in March in 2006; I beat last year's record with just today's ride! That's a good start.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
No bike time of late. The tennis kids pissed me off so much today that I'm riding, practice is canceled, and I don't really care if they're inconvenienced. I'm supposed to relieve their suffering, right? Well, I'm going to relieve my own with some potentially wet miles. That will bring a centered feeling!