Category Archives: My Life

May 22nd

Well…damn, I think I’m edging up to taking a day off in the near future…pretty worn out from yesterday and all the work I needed to get done…and did…but the garden is now complete and I don’t have any yard work to do for a while…I did sleep on my back for the second day in a row and I haven’t been able to do that in 50 years so I wonder what has changed? I have 17 minutes until I need to get on the bike and get my day started and that includes the grocery run and a stop at Menards to pick up some contact cement and weed killer…might hit DD to see what is there on the way back here…Meijers has corn on sale for 12 cents an ear so I need some of those but not much else so it will be a quick run today…I do need to figure out the brake noise in the car at some point and that will probably be this week…I need to clean the garage, too, since it is full of leaves and quite unorganized…the garden is looking good but I’m going to lose a bean plant that has started to turn yellow…have plenty of beans to plant in place of it and I’ll keep adding them over the summer so I’ll have beans until late in it…not much to do today…just the grocery runs and bike rides and I may carve out a little time to rest a bit…more later…

May 21st

Well…up at about 4:30 this morning and spent a lot of time just lying in bed starting at the ceiling until I climbed out at around 6…seemed to have slept okay and feel okay for getting about 5 hours of sleep last night and I have to get on the bike in 25 minutes…trying to get to 2K on the indoor bike and will need about 8 rides to do that…went over 1,500 miles outdoors the other day and I’ll get to halfway later in the week…I had a schedule for today that has already been changed with the fog that has the lawn dripping wet so mowing will wait til the afternoon and I’ll get all three rides in this morning…it is supposed to storm overnight with high winds and hail and I’m glad I have a garage to keep my car in…didn’t get much done yesterday but I think I’m going to grill some chicken thighs today if I have enough gas in the tank…will need to have it filled later this week…and I do need to figure out what the heck the grinding is with the brakes on the car….need to buy a new one soon…not much to do today…have tried to throttle back the things I have to do so I’m not so stressed out every day trying to get so many rides in…yesterday was okay and I even had time to read a bit…more later…

Damn stupid people..

Well…I really can’t believe how many stupid people there are in this world…when I was coming back from the second ride and stopped at the crosswalk on Shoreline drive, I hit the cross button and sat there and waited for the light to change watching the countdown in the display…when the light changed to give me the green, I always look to the left to make sure the traffic has stopped because I just don’t trust people to be paying attention…and today that was a good thing…first, a truck ran the red light a few seconds after it changed, but I kept watching the traffic and a guy in a van ran the light a good 10 seconds after I got the green…and if it wasn’t for me hitting the button and waiting to go…the traffic waiting to turn left onto Shoreline from 7th would have gone and gotten t-boned by these idiots…man, what stupid people…

May 20th

Well…damn, need to get moving soon to get two rides in before I head over to the library to return the books that are due…going to do an indoor ride and an outdoor ride before then and another outdoor ride as soon as I get back here…should be another 32 mile day today and I’m really hoping that it does rain today as forecast but it’s looking like it won’t be til later in the day…slept okay last night but I forgot to close the front door and it is pretty cold in here right now…only 55 outside but the heat didn’t come on so I guess that’s something…probably made a mistake only eating one meal yesterday for about 600 calories and need to do better today…might grill the chicken thighs that are in the fridge and that would give me leftovers for the rest of the week…need to get my propane tank refilled but I think I have enough in it to do the thighs…need to put gas in the car this week, too, since it’s down to less than a half a tank and I really do need to start finding a new car…going to mark out a time every day to search for one so I can get one before my birthday in July…the little weather widget on my screen says “heavy rain later” and I sure hope it’s right….not much to do today…need to get on the indoor bike before 7 so I have 27 minutes to get moving…only have two cups of coffee for the morning and I need to figure out how that happened…more later…

32 miles today..

Well…I took it a little easier today with only doing 32 miles and one of the rides was indoors when I got up this morning and I really needed it…saw a sailboat race on Muskegon Lake that was pretty cool but I haven’t posted that yet…will do that after I do this one…the outdoor rides were fun even with the wind and it was another t-shirt day for me…but my knees both hurt on the bike today and that may be my fault for going too hard on both rides but damn, it felt good…I did make some chicken masala this afternoon and didn’t finish it til almost 1:30 so there will only be one meal today…and that’s okay…went down on miles so I need to go down on calories, too…lots of people out on the trail today and that made it a little more work than I want but everyone was nice and waving at me so that made up for it…there was a dead deer that must have been hit Friday night that is lying alongside Shorline drive and I pity the city workers that will be picking it up tomorrow with how hot it’s been here…covered in flies and bloating like crazy…sure hope they do pick it up before it smells…have everything done I wanted to do today including the weight work this morning so I have the rest of the day off to watch pole qualifying at Indy and then the nascar race from North Wilkesboro that starts at 5…going to read some news…

May 19th

Well…damn, need to get moving in 16 minutes and get on the indoor bike to start the day and the 2 day rule kicked in from my 50 mile ride Friday…my back hurts like crazy and it is joined by damn near everything else and I do fear that my body is more easily damaged as I get older…won’t be outdoors on the bike this morning since races start at 8 and run until 11 then I’ll need to wedge two outdoor rides in before pole qualifying at Indy comes on at three…so it’s going to be a busy one today with too much to do…I do need to make some chicken masala but I really don’t know when there is going to be time today…I did sleep okay last night and didn’t get out of bed til almost 6:30 after waking up around 5….I did leave the basement windows open overnight to air it out and I even cleaned the cobwebs from the windows, too…cleaned a little more down there, too, and that needs to continue…the first people toured the rebuilt little house that is for sale at 180K and I wanted to stop and tell them to run from this neighborhood or it’s going to drive them crazy from all of the noise…and I might do that if I see anyone else looking at it…not much to do today…yeah, that’s not true…going to be running all day and I’m only one cup of coffee in….more later…

Big miles for the week…

Well…after another day of 38 miles on the bike, the total for the week is 302 miles and any time you can get over 300 miles in one week that’s a lot…all that had to happen was for my body and the weather to cooperate and they both did…and I don’t think I did any permanent damage since I’m not really sore from it so that’s cool…and I’m getting near the half way point in miles for the year with 1,470 outdoors and 1,942 indoors for a total of 3,412 and that leaves me only 138 miles to do before the end of the month…I’ll do more than that but I may be able to start to manage the riding a little better so I’ll be able to maintain the miles and not have to put in 50 mile or more days…I do still need to ride my age here in the next month or so and that will help…have never had this many miles this early in the year so it does look like the 7,100 mile goal is going to be doable…I think 38 mile days are going to be the new normal from now on since I can do them easily…we’ll see…

May 18th

Well…up at a little after 6 this morning but I did sleep okay…I think…and I have a decision to make right now…do I get on the indoor bike or do I just wait for the temp to come up and ride outdoors? It’s only 49 out there right now so it needs to come up about 5 degrees before my hands will survive the cold…still pretty sore just sitting here so it will take a little care getting moving today…another little house was rebuilt and put up for sale out here yesterday at 179,000 dollars and it sits on a 49 foot wide lot with no basement or garage so maybe mine is inching up toward 200K now…I really did buy this place at the right time…I made a bean/chicken burrito for dinner yesterday and it came out so good…very tasty and I think part of it was the Ortega taco sauce I used instead of salsa…and the grilled chicken that I tossed in taco seasoning was a good idea along with the pickled red onions…that will last me through the weekend but I am going to make chicken masala tomorrow after I use up the leftover chicken thighs I grilled the other day…need to get my propane tank refilled this week since it’s almost empty…not much to do today…just three rides outdoors and then Indy qualifying starting at 11 so I need to get my butt in gear to get three rides in before then…more later…

Figured out the coffee maker…

Well…after the coffee make screwed up last night, I really thought I was going to have to buy a new one…but today when I hit the brew later button, the time came up as midnight instead of 6am where I had it set…so I figured the power blinked last night and dumped that information…but the weird thing was that the clock was still set right along with the microwave and range…never saw that before…I did get the 50 miles in today on the bike and I was really sore and hurting on the last ride…it was so foggy on the 2nd ride that I couldn’t see Lake Michigan from my water stop bench and I got soaked just riding through it…took the rest of the afternoon off after lunch and just did some cleaning and reading sine I have books that need to go back to the library Monday…there is a big bike event going on down the hill at Heritage Landing tomorrow that I’m going to check out…they even have differing length rides you can sign up for but that’s not my style…don’t want to ride with anyone but myself…

May 17th

Well…darn, I think my coffee maker is dying…it brewed a pot this morning but then shut off and now it isn’t keeping the coffee hot…and this one has only lasted a year…guess I’ll have to get out the french press for tomorrow…I have a conundrum this morning…it’s warm enough to go outdoors for rides right now but if I start that, I’ll have to do 4 outdoors for over 50 miles today…and I’m not sure if I want to do that much work…slept okay last night and only got up once all night but still feel pretty worn out today…it can’t be that I’ve done 46 miles a day for the past three days and haven’t been eating enough…can it? Have been under 1K calories for days now and I wonder if I have the ability to eat more? Who knows? Got a lot done yesterday but I am going to take it easier today with just riding in the schedule…going to make some bean and chicken burritos later…have green pepper, lettuce, and tomatoes along with enchilada sauce so it could be pretty tasty with coating the chicken with taco seasoning…and I have chicken to make some masala tomorrow or Sunday…and I have some pickled red onions to put on the burritos, too, so it could be pretty darn tasty…and I have another red onion to make more…not much to do today…it’s almost 7 and I need to decide how to start the day…it’s funny how I started riding only 3 miles a day and that has evolved into 50 miles a day…I’m still wondering if I’m doing good for my body or using it up and will pay for it later? Who knows? More later…