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06-24-15, 04:21 PM
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Posted By kookaburra1701

Half marathon went well - my firm goal was 2:30...

Half marathon went well - my firm goal was 2:30 and my stretch goal was 2:15. I did it in 2:20:22, so I made the first but not second goal. I have another half in September, and I'm going to aim for...
06-17-15, 10:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,889
Posted By kookaburra1701

Once I get going, it's barely noticable. My bike...

Once I get going, it's barely noticable. My bike weighs over 50# so I don't get going much more than 15 mph tops, even downhill. It does make it awkward on some bike racks, and when I stop if there's...
06-16-15, 09:59 PM
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Posted By kookaburra1701

I have a Wald Giant Basket on my bicycle, and I...

I have a Wald Giant Basket on my bicycle, and I pretty much never use panniers any more. I love being able to just chuck my bags in there and pedal off. It's deep enough I usually don't tie anything...
06-16-15, 09:57 PM
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Posted By kookaburra1701

My folks, despite knowing that I regularly went...

My folks, despite knowing that I regularly went on 50-60 mile rides were somehow convinced that I couldn't ride the 16 miles out into the country to visit them. I finally got it through their heads...
03-29-15, 10:27 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,674
Posted By kookaburra1701

:D Someday I might brave your terrifying...

:D

Someday I might brave your terrifying insects for a chance to see kookaburras in the wild!
02-26-15, 12:34 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 34,716
Posted By kookaburra1701

Another reply to self post - latest weight is...

Another reply to self post - latest weight is down to 150. Still want to knock off about 30 lbs. When I'm done training for an upcoming half marathon I'm going to start Matt Fitzgerald's Racing...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-14, 03:28 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 12,003
Posted By kookaburra1701

My commute is only 2.7 miles and I get the "Oh...

My commute is only 2.7 miles and I get the "Oh that's so far!" comment every so often. It's less than the 5K fun runs everyone does around here!
Forum: Commuting
09-07-14, 03:25 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 12,003
Posted By kookaburra1701

We had a major snowstorm here last winter (-22C...

We had a major snowstorm here last winter (-22C for several days) when normally we only get a light dusting that is melted before noon. I kitted myself out with a snowsuit, parka, wool cap, goggles,...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-14, 03:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,457
Posted By kookaburra1701

It depends on which pannier I grab from the pile....

It depends on which pannier I grab from the pile. If I grab the right side pannier, that's the side I put it on. If I grab the left, it goes on the left.
08-16-14, 10:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,599
Posted By kookaburra1701

It is pretty nice. :) I remind myself of the...

It is pretty nice. :) I remind myself of the stuff other posters have to deal with on MUPs when I encounter the occasional annoyance. In general the wildlife is much more of a hazard than the people....
08-16-14, 10:10 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,599
Posted By kookaburra1701

I guess it's because the MUP I use is a major...

I guess it's because the MUP I use is a major commuter route. It's very rare for someone to not stay right, or get themselves to the right/get their dog under control/grab a wayward toddler when they...
08-16-14, 07:51 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,599
Posted By kookaburra1701

This is the way bells are generally perceived in...

This is the way bells are generally perceived in my neck of the woods too. I also try to follow it up with a "Good morning/afternoon/evening" when appropriate as I'm passing.

Of course some haters...
07-24-14, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 16,461
Posted By kookaburra1701

The Giant Delivery Basket comes with different...

The Giant Delivery Basket comes with different hardware than the smaller Wald baskets. The mounting is much sturdier and more secure. The struts have holes all the way up, and so do the handlebar...
07-21-14, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,255
Posted By kookaburra1701

I've found the best way to cool down fast and...

I've found the best way to cool down fast and stop sweating after a ride is rubbing alcohol. I keep a bottle in my locker at work, but I don't know how you'd manage it at a bar or restaurant.
07-21-14, 04:53 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,936
Posted By kookaburra1701

The one and only spin class I ever did I almost...

The one and only spin class I ever did I almost broke my legs because I had such a bad habit of coasting on my bicycle. Can't do that on a spin bike!
07-21-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,936
Posted By kookaburra1701

Yup. Every year around Feb-March the hospital...

Yup. Every year around Feb-March the hospital where I work sees an uptick in the number of cholecystitis cases as people who went balls-to-the-wall with their New Year's weight-loss resolution lose...
07-21-14, 08:12 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,599
Posted By kookaburra1701

Even if you have two buds in, if you just run in...

Even if you have two buds in, if you just run in a straight line and look around before changing direction you can avoid problems. I confess, when I'm out doing sprints and hill work I like to have...
07-21-14, 07:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,909
Posted By kookaburra1701

Topical anecdote: There was a nonagenarian...

Topical anecdote: There was a nonagenarian cyclist in the small coastal town I used to live in. He always had a long pheasant feather stuck in his WWII veteran's cap and his walker strapped to the...
07-20-14, 02:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,300
Posted By kookaburra1701

I used to get asked lots of questions and have...

I used to get asked lots of questions and have total strangers come up to shoot the breeze with me, but it's gnat and mosquito season now. Mostly I just get funny looks, what with my bug net and all.
Forum: Commuting
07-18-14, 12:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,617
Posted By kookaburra1701

I would also add Robot Unicorn Attack II for...

I would also add Robot Unicorn Attack II for sprint work.
Forum: Commuting
07-18-14, 10:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,617
Posted By kookaburra1701

In addition to my long recreational road rides, I...

In addition to my long recreational road rides, I swim and run a few times a week, and also lift weights. My weight routine usually involves barbell squats, deadlifts, overhead press, bench presses...
Forum: Commuting
07-18-14, 09:58 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,434
Posted By kookaburra1701

Runkeeper has something called "LiveTrack" but...

Runkeeper has something called "LiveTrack" but I've never turned it on. I'd assume it does something like that.
07-17-14, 06:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,261
Posted By kookaburra1701

One of the doctors I work with sometimes commutes...

One of the doctors I work with sometimes commutes in on his boat- one of the hospitals he works at is downstream from his house.
07-17-14, 05:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,261
Posted By kookaburra1701

:) I of course have lots of other reasons,...

:)

I of course have lots of other reasons, most of which have been said by other people - feeling more connected to the change of seasons, exercise, reducing my impact on the Earth, etc. But that...
07-17-14, 05:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,031
Posted By kookaburra1701

I noticed this as well when I mounted my...

I noticed this as well when I mounted my headlight to the top of my helmet. What's funny is I had a Contour mounted on the side of my helmet for quite awhile before this, but nobody ever noticed it,...
07-17-14, 05:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,303
Posted By kookaburra1701

+1. Or make it into a bun. I used to use LA Looks...

+1. Or make it into a bun. I used to use LA Looks Maximum Hold Sport Strength hair gel on my bun, and my hair was never out of place, no matter how windy/hot/rainy the ride was.
07-17-14, 05:03 AM
Replies: 63
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Posted By kookaburra1701

For me, the 20 minute ride to the gym and the 40...

For me, the 20 minute ride to the gym and the 40 minute ride to the pool is my warmup. I don't have to waste time farting around once I get there, I just plunge in to my work out.
07-15-14, 02:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,157
Posted By kookaburra1701

Damn hippies.

Damn hippies.
07-15-14, 07:10 AM
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Views: 4,261
Posted By kookaburra1701

When people ask me why I ride to work, I always...

When people ask me why I ride to work, I always ask them, "If you could fish/golf/play poker/insert-hobby-here to work, wouldn't you?"
07-15-14, 07:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,157
Posted By kookaburra1701

Right now I am the only cyclist in my family, but...

Right now I am the only cyclist in my family, but I have a cousin who is carfree (in LA! But she walks everywhere) and an uncle who is an Ironman Triathlete. But cyclist definitely isn't his main...
07-14-14, 01:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,196
Posted By kookaburra1701

Oh you! Ethanol = C2H5OH, which is pure...

Oh you!

Ethanol = C2H5OH, which is pure alcohol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol), and what's in alcoholic beverages. (Unless you completely screw up your moonshine.) And sometimes people...
07-14-14, 12:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,196
Posted By kookaburra1701

Isn't that what the old school racers would dope...

Isn't that what the old school racers would dope with? Ethanol and amphetamines?
07-14-14, 06:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,300
Posted By kookaburra1701

The city I live in was just ranked 2nd or 3rd (I...

The city I live in was just ranked 2nd or 3rd (I can't remember, but it was just behind Davis, CA) as the city with the highest % of cyclecommuters. The place I work has massive bike racks, but...
07-14-14, 05:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,674
Posted By kookaburra1701

There's a green heron that hangs out on the FRBP...

There's a green heron that hangs out on the FRBP behind Bike Friday. I've only ever seen him when on foot, because he has such great camouflage.
07-14-14, 05:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,674
Posted By kookaburra1701

No more gnats for me! I wear a helmet light, and...

No more gnats for me! I wear a helmet light, and I commute into work at twilight along the river, and the bugs are ridiculous. So I got one of these babies from REI....
07-12-14, 03:26 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 12,135
Posted By kookaburra1701

My main "non-sports" hobby is knitting....

My main "non-sports" hobby is knitting. Especially knitting socks. I usually have a sock-in-progress stashed somewhere on my bike, just in case I find myself waiting and wishing I had a sock to work...
07-12-14, 03:10 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 34,716
Posted By kookaburra1701

Thanks! :D I'm still fat and tubby in my head,...

Thanks! :D I'm still fat and tubby in my head, and I think it will feel "really real" to me when I do the Tri at the Grove this summer, and can compare my times from last year.
07-12-14, 02:15 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 34,716
Posted By kookaburra1701

Deciding to reply to myself as an update - I've...

Deciding to reply to myself as an update - I've lost 30 lbs since that post. :) Everyone says "Oh, it must be because you gave up your car!" But really, it isn't. I just started tracking my calories...
Forum: Commuting
06-24-14, 03:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,863
Posted By kookaburra1701

Male red-wing blackbirds are very territorial...

Male red-wing blackbirds are very territorial right now, as they are trying to get females to nest with them. The red blinky probably makes this one get more up close and personal, but I've been...
Forum: Commuting
06-23-14, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15,232
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Posted By kookaburra1701

Duh, you guys. There's no dynohub.

Duh, you guys. There's no dynohub.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 02:44 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 21,057
Posted By kookaburra1701

Do you make good cocktails? :D

Do you make good cocktails? :D
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 21,057
Posted By kookaburra1701

It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it was...

It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be (and my commute is only 2.7 miles, very flat.) I put the crock pot in first (lid duct taped closed), and kept the loaves of bread in their...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 09:22 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 21,057
Posted By kookaburra1701

I have a Wald Giant Delivery basket on my...

I have a Wald Giant Delivery basket on my bicycle. My personal record for most hot comestibles on board was a crock pot full of red beans and rice, a cherry pie, and two loaves of home baked bread.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 09:03 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 21,057
Posted By kookaburra1701

Don't forget to flip your drop bars upside down.

Don't forget to flip your drop bars upside down.
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 08:53 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,230
Posted By kookaburra1701

I am going to school to get an advanced degree in...

I am going to school to get an advanced degree in physics, but I'm also turning 30 this year. Do you know how the Norwegian system is? In my reading that one seems like the best cultural fit. Lots of...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-14, 07:09 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,230
Posted By kookaburra1701

I thought there were age limits - like you can't...

I thought there were age limits - like you can't do it if you're over 30.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-14, 05:20 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,230
Posted By kookaburra1701

One of my life goals is to someday live in a...

One of my life goals is to someday live in a Scandinavian country. I might be too old to become a citizen now, though.
Forum: Commuting
05-12-14, 09:54 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,230
Posted By kookaburra1701

Personally, I think it has to do with...

Personally, I think it has to do with Scandinavians. Everywhere I've lived where there's been a significant Scandinavian influence people just seem to not give a rat's patootie about the weather. I...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-14, 08:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,421
Posted By kookaburra1701

I have a CatEye volt 300 on my helmet. It's...

I have a CatEye volt 300 on my helmet. It's amazing. I commute at night, so being able to spotlight clueless drivers when needed is awesome. Never going back to just handlebar-mounted headlights. Of...
04-14-14, 06:39 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,820
Posted By kookaburra1701

I remember that, I think it was when the Burbank...

I remember that, I think it was when the Burbank bike path along the aqueduct opened?
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