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Old 11-17-12, 10:35 PM   #1
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Who's your workout buddy?

One of my friends on FB posts photos from his favorite exercise bike at the gym..IMO it's just shots of a typical downtown area, with the promise of green space that you can never quite reach.

My "Out in the sticks" ride involves a 15 mile loop of 2 lane road thru pastures, a wildlife management area, and a nature trail area. First were the wild turkeys, not a huge flock, but probably 10 females (seems like the males are more solitary) hanging out behind an oak tree-they were not thrilled with a cyclist sneaking up on them. Then it was a deer, my wife and I had stopped at the wildlife management area to check out the literature, and there we are, 15 feet off the highway-during hunting season-and a deer is just strolling around in the open. Lastly has been the bear. Notice how calmly I said that one...it's a black bear cub probably 100-150 pounds fattening up for winter on acorns. He's on one side of the fence, and I'm on the other, so I know I'm safe. The first time I saw him, I was so startled I yelled out "Look at that bear" to my wife, which apparently translates to "let's go kill that bear and eat it" in bear language judging by the way he scedadled. I felt bad about scaring him. So Friday night I was keeping an eye out for the bear, and there he was, same spot. This time I was able to stop, dismount and get a couple of terrible photos because I was down wind and quiet-but it's hard for a fat guy in a yellow shirt to hide in the woods, he knew I was there. If you've never seen a bear trying to engage the cogs in it's brain to decide if you are a threat or not, they are pretty frackin adorable (from far away).
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Old 11-17-12, 11:36 PM   #2
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My main workout buddy is my Siberian Husky, Loke. Fortunately, he's not a big fan of pulling so after the first hysterical mile where he's all hyped up, if I want to roll, I have to work for it. Not that he'll let me just sit on the side of the road for more than a minute or two. He bullies me with woofing, yodeling and even pawing at me. He's merciless as a personal trainer.

There's a hedge hog that lurks in one little neighborhood I ride through frequently. Hares all over the place which really get Loke exicted. Pheasants which have nearly hit me in the head a couple times. Cranes and deer. Swans; nothing like seeing a couple hundred of them calmly grazing in a green field or having a pair of them race along side for a couple hundred meters.

Once I saw a moose (or european elk, which ever you want to call it). Fortunately it was from a distance of about 100 meters since I would have been uneasy about getting closer during the calf season.

Voles, both species of Swedish snakes. Once an owl drifted across the road no more than 30 feet in front of me. Countless mallard ducks and once a merganser female duck all by herself. Canada geese. Another species of goose too, though I don't know if it was Barred, Graylag or Bean since they look so much alike from a distance. Oh, and various hawks and falcons.

On some of my looping routes, I have a few familiar faces. Certain cows and horses that will run along the fence and moo/whinny thier greetings.
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I wish I had one, I am having a hard time staying motivated.
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My wife. Love that she's got the bug and wants to ride as much as I do!
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Who's your workout buddy?

Mine is technology. My Garmin, digital camera and GoPro. I use these to document my rides and compete against myself (Garmin).
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Old 11-18-12, 03:20 PM   #6
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I don't have one at the moment. When I was a gym rat a few years ago I had a friend I met regularly at the gym, and he encouraged me when I found the going tough. We've lost touch and the gym we attended closed. I don't consider cycling as a "workout" so I don't have anyone I meet for that purpose.
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The voices in my head

but apart from that , i jog/walk with the dog .... he jogs and i get dragged along
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Old 11-18-12, 09:29 PM   #9
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but apart from that , i jog/walk with the dog .... he jogs and i get dragged along
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Cheap ear buds, Google music and Endomondo. Still haven't worked up enough nerve to pedal with the local club.
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Old 11-18-12, 10:47 PM   #12
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Well played...the question now is: who is Gina's workout buddy?
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Cookie Monster? Charlie Brown? Santa?







I heard it was this guy but he got old and doesn't work out anymore.


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I heard it was this guy but he got old and doesn't work out anymore.

Does she read these posts?
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She has no interest in net forums etc so only when I call her over to take a look.

I called her over, then she laughed.
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i have no work out buddy..except endomondo...sometimes it would be nice to actually have someone else,but i enjoy the quiet time during my rides,just a man and his thoughts...
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I don't have one at the moment. When I was a gym rat a few years ago I had a friend I met regularly at the gym, and he encouraged me when I found the going tough. We've lost touch and the gym we attended closed. I don't consider cycling as a "workout" so I don't have anyone I meet for that purpose.
Well that changed.....

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My Garmin Edge. Keeps tellin me I'm slow...

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it's been this lately....my buddies have seem to flaking on our after work nite rides

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Me. I see enough people at work and at home to not want company when riding. Its my zen time. I do have endomondi mockibg me.... 5 seconds behind target. Run over the old lady and her unpredictable dog thats leashless you slow. Its motivating but doesn't have any sense of ocassion.
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This is my riding partner with our bikes at the top of a particularly nasty climb (my bike is on the left). He has made a remarkable recovery after being hit from behind 2 years ago by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel. The vehicle was traveling 50 mph when it hit him. There was a benefit ride shortly after to help his family, but at the time I didn't know who "Matt" was so I kind of forgot about it



I met him last summer at the Hammerin' Wheels club picnic. He was sitting with his wife and daughter, and he said that he liked my cycling videos because you can hear my breathing. As soon as he said that I knew we would be good friends He also said that he had a GoPro and wanted to start making videos too.

He loves climbing as much as I do, and he is very encouraging and supportive. We both weigh about 150 lbs, but only one of us is actually supposed to weigh that much . Needless to say, he's quite a bit faster than me. I hope to even the score if/when I reach my weight loss goal.

Even better, his wife doesn't mind us riding together at all, and she told him that I'm a good influence. I try my best, as he still has traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the accident. This has affected some thought processes, and he also lost the ability to taste or smell.

We started riding together last fall, and we always have our GoPros running. I now upload his videos as well as mine. I like the third-person views from his camera of me riding. They allow me to see how well I'm riding and where I need to improve.

He has a great sense of humor, and riding with him is always a blast! If I'm riding solo it's way too easy to get lazy and not push hard. With him I'm always energized and hammering, even on flat ground. It's just like being on a group ride, minus the demoralizing feeling I get when the group leaves me behind.

Here's an example of one of our singlespeed rides. We try to do one of these every week. They usually end up being 60-65 mile rides for me, and 80-85 mile rides for Matthew, as he has to ride 10 miles to get to my place. You can see third-person views of both of us in these short steep singlespeed climbs (caution heavy breathing!).

Matthew's video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYaN3zsxG34

My video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XkeWdzJMzM

A resemblance of me passing us on a fast flat section

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0cSprCCLfo

A little goofing around in my neighborhood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEKq-veQTyI

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The video with the train, and all the traffic, makes my blood pressure go up.
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my HRM (keeps me honest), map my ride (because I am a numbers geek) and when not riding or swimming my sandisk mp3 player withe everthing from zydeco to punk. (keeps me sane with in the gyme workouts)
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