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Old 06-03-14, 03:11 PM   #351
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I managed to walk up to the corner store. I did so to get a celebratory Mello Yello after getting 3/4 of the yard mowed (hopefully my knee doesn't regret it in the morning).
Did you drink 3/4 of it?

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Old 06-03-14, 03:24 PM   #352
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So far a normal bike commute day - I went to my old site for a 9 am meeting before going on to the new site, but it's on the way, so no extra distance, the standard 11 km. Pretty muggy early on, less humid now.

Maybe I'll get ambitious and do an extra hill loop or two, or swing around to a trail on the way home. But I'm working late so I might just take the basic, easy route. EDIT: yep- rode straight home

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The following are my fb status updates (too lazy to retype)

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Went for my usual walk today (QT to home). Avg. speed was 2.4 mph. Granted not my best time for the distance (usually 3.8 mph for the just over 2 miles), but considering just over a week ago it took me an hour to go from my house to Warehouse Market and back (1/2 mile r/t) and that there wasn't near the pain that I experienced then, I'll take it.
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That walk I took earlier might have been a case of "too much too soon". Just walked up to the store and there was a bit more pain and the limp was more pronounced
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Old 06-03-14, 11:11 PM   #354
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The following are my fb status updates (too lazy to retype)

That walk I took earlier might have been a case of "too much too soon". Just walked up to the store and there was a bit more pain and the limp was more pronounced

Sorry to hear that!
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I had to get some blood tests today. I decided to work from home, since I have a meeting in the late afternoon, and driving to work would eat up a ton of time. My lab location moved, a few blocks. I was running late this morning, and I thought it was closer to my old lab, but I ended up overshooting it by a few blocks. I left way later than I intended, the lab didn't have any bike racks on street, so I had to find a pole. Amazingly I still made it on time. It took less time than I expected.

It was a fasting blood test, and I was taking it slow before getting started on work, I decided to stop for breakfast at a local cafe. I was on my way, and feeling exhausted (I seem to be very sensitive to low blood sugar states) and thinking....do I really really want to ride all the way to the end of the commercial district for that coffee place? And I noticed a new restaurant just started breakfast and coffee service, so I stopped there. Grabbed some granola/yogurt and coffee. And it was way closer! Then I rode back home, and got started working!

But I did have a near miss on my way home. I was riding in the bike lane in my commercial district. My city is really lazy about designing for intersections. Anyway, the lane was ending soon. I was headed to the intersection. For safety, I typically dismount at this intersection and use the crosswalk. It is pretty busy, and there isn't a lot of space for bikes. Anyway, a car cut me off, within inches, to turn at the light (of course a right turn on the red). It was disorienting, luckily I wasn't going very fast so I had time to react.
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Old 06-04-14, 08:38 PM   #356
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Only a few twinges today
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Little posting this, but...
Went on my usual QT-home walk again today. Yesterday the Sports Tracker app on my tablet said I covered 2.05 miles in 53:46 at an avg speed of 2.3 mph.
Today, Google's My Tracks app says I covered 2.17 miles in 47:52 (total), 40:36 (moving), 2.72 mph (avg), 3.2mph (avg moving speed), and a max speed of 3.25 mph.
Then I went to the store (didn't log the miles) and came home with 4 2 liters of soda on my back and 2 more 2 liters in my arms... I'd say my knee is at about 90%
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I'm working 12 hour midnight shifts. On the days between shifts, I just don't have the time or energy to do much. So last night I walked to work at 7 PM and in the morning at 7:30 I will be walking home. My so-called commute is a seven minute walk! . Fortunately, my job keeps me fairly active so I do get some exercise. I never was able to tolerate office work.

PS--@no1mad glad the knees are getting better!
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Did my usual (when I am home) twice a day walk up and around the barn with my dog. That is good for about a mile. Walked another mile and a half at work today, they have moved contractor parking, so half a mile in, half a mile out and about half a mile walking around on 7 acres of roof.

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Yesterday I did my bike ride to and from the dentist; I had to get a filling this time. I did the same routes, 15 miles in and 18 going home. Beautiful day for riding.

Today I'll walk to the grocery store to stock up on some lunch stuff. I keep a little back pack at work for stuff like that.
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Fairly long days, so just the basic direct route to and from work this week
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Too much work this week - I've just been doing the ride to and from work. It's a shame, because the weather has been amazing...
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And I've been at home sick for ... it seems like a very long time now. A week and a half, I guess. Bronchitis ... and then allergic reactions to the first two antibiotics they tried me on.

I'm not supposed to exert myself, and even a little bit of exertion is exhausting, so no walking, no cycling.

Maybe next week!!
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Library, turns out you can get 10 free prints per-day (so much for needing a printer) All in all a 3hr. loop around the neighborhood.
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Too much work this week - I've just been doing the ride to and from work. It's a shame, because the weather has been amazing...

We can do better.
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Too much work this week - I've just been doing the ride to and from work. It's a shame, because the weather has been amazing...
This is the truly sad part about working in nice weather. I force myself to take at least one good detour a week on my way home from work. This Wednesday I turned my 14 miles roundtrip into a 40 miler with a few hills added in.
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This is the truly sad part about working in nice weather. I force myself to take at least one good detour a week on my way home from work. This Wednesday I turned my 14 miles roundtrip into a 40 miler with a few hills added in.
That's the way to do it! In a former house I did a scenic commute route that took me past three lakes and two rivers--while still getting from my home on the south side to the east side where I worked. It turned a four mile high traffic commute into ten miles of scenic relaxation. I did this almost every day, year round.
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Have you tried those "barefoot" running shoes that look like thick gloves for the feet? I wonder how they work on gravel.
Cooker - I went out today and got another pair of the 5 fingers. These are better for getting wet and the soles are thinner. I don't like the ones with much tread as much because tread is thicker and hits right on the ball of my foot, plus the grooves collect dirt and then redeposit back into my house!

BTW - my wife and one kids really want a pair too!

Just got back from a few miles with the dog. Nice feeling shoes. Way better than regular shoes. I still prefer nothing on them though.
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To work and back with the girls (I teach at their school).


Two weeks ago to "The Loop" on Going to the Sun Road in GNP (cars not allowed the last 16 miles to the pass yet).


That little line cut along the mountain directly above-left in our group photo got plowed 1/4-mile to the top by Friday, so we rode as far as we could (without kids) Saturday.


Had to do some walking to get this shot:


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Friday I took the day off (so no bike commute) to go to garage sales. Then when we got home I figured I better do something, so I went running up the logging roads for a little over an hour. Then Saturday my wife didn't want to go up in the woods or, for that matter, do anything, so I got down my Rocky Mountain and explored some logging roads that I thought were probably connected but since they're always gated I had never been all the way through. Despite my faulty GPS maps not showing the roads I was on, and my outdated BLM map, I did in fact make it through and saw some nice country. For views, stick with the mostly clear-cut industrial forest land. For trees/older forests, finds some BLM land. It works for me. I need to go to the BLM office and see if they have a newer map. The roads have changed a lot in the past 20 years, and any road that has been abandoned is very grown over by now.
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Little, tiny walk at lunch today to pick up some more medication.
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Walking to do bill paying today.
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Technically, this is what I posted yesterday on my fb:

Another day, another daily walk report. Same route as yesterday except for three minor differences. 1. Left the knee brace at home, 2. Crossed with the light at McDonalds instead of playing frogger elsewhere, and 3. Took the first left to my block instead of the second (backtrack). Speed was up a bit- 3.24 avg moving speed, 3.5 max speed.
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Another copy and paste from my fb:
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Okay, here's those reports I mentioned earlier:
1. City Hall to home- 2.47 miles, avg 3.22 moving speed, total time of 51:44 (stopped at USPS along the way- paused while inside).
2. Home-my mom's-Warehouse Market-home- 1.42 miles, avg 3.84 mph moving, 30:09 (paused while chatting with my mom and while inside the store). Combined calories burned: 537
My mom is of the opinion that all of this walking that I do had something to do with my recent knee problem.
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My mom is of the opinion that all of this walking that I do had something to do with my recent knee problem.
That could be. Increasing exercise levels too quickly can cause aches and pains. But personally, I wouldn't stop. I would back off a little for a week, then start increasing intensity/duration again, but at a slower rate of increase than before. (I'm not a doctor or trainer--just a random guy on the Internet.)
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Friday the 13th -- Today was the most walking I've done in a few weeks. My energy is returning and I'm not coughing so much.

Lunch -- banking ... and then a wander through shops looking for ideas for 1930s style formal wear. I've got a costume party coming up.

After work -- we drove closer to our destination, but from there we walked to dinner and then the symphony.
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