Saturday, February 28, 2009


There is a little known corollary to Einstein's theory, E=MC2, that states in any given population, all weight is constant. Therefore, for any weight lost by one person, another person or persons will gain it. Sometimes this lost weight only moves to a family member, but it could float over to a neighbor or halfway around the world. I know my wife cringes when she hears that I want to lose ten pounds.
There is another obscure theory (mine) which states that weight loss becomes more difficult after the full moon in October and less difficult after the full moon in March. Not quite drawn from thin air, this is based on our pre-historic ancestors who needed to put on weight to survive the harsh winter months.
Changing gears, so to speak, even with travel days and bad weather, I managed to get in 429.8 miles outside and four days cycling in the kitchen. I also had to deal with the trauma of backing over my time trial bike (see picture in previous post) and looking for a replacement.
I have time trial pictures of my trip to California posted on Flickr (there is a way to get a better link , but for now this will have to do)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


For three of the last four years, my friend Byran comes from Portland and I leave Texas to spend a week with Ray, riding around Lompoc and taking in a few days of the Amgen Tour of California as it rolls through. In truth, we come for the camaraderie and cycling, but getting to watch the pros for a few seconds as they zip past is pretty exciting also. This year we drove up to Paso Robles and saw the sprint finish. I stationed myself about 200 yards from the end and have some good shots of Renshaw leading out Cavendish, with Boonen and Hushovd not being able to mount a challenge. In Solvang, pics of the leaders, and a pretty good one of Lance. But I got greedy and pushed the zoom when Levi came through and mostly have a close-up of his leg.
I used the down time before and after the tt to be the guest author at the Book Loft.
With all of the cold, wet weather around us, we managed to cycle dry (albeit chilly on occasion). With all the great cycling roads in the area, it is no wonder the pro teams spend quality training time around Solvang. It is also a great tourist town, so the distaff side won't become bored.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


A few more words about losing weight. The ounces were still dropping until suddenly I was up two and a half pounds! Losing weight is similar to cycling up a switch-back mountain: you don't want to give back any altitude (or weight loss) and have to climb it again (the subject of a later post). So I was distressed. Until I remembered that I had taken ibuprofen for a few days. I guess it also promotes fluid retention, because a few days later the unwanted pounds disappeared without any change by me. Halfway through the month, and on goal.