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Day 108: First Real Ride

I always say don’t make plans, make options.
Jennifer Aniston

It’s been a week since I posted.  I’m a little surprised about it.  I had a bad cold for a week and then it got cold IMG_0725and rained every day.  It was forty degrees Fahrenheit with hard rains.  The fields around me were flooded and it was nasty.  I got on the bike for a couple short cold rides but nothing significant.  I decided that today would be the first real ride.  I was excited and I was ready.

I got up and it was warm outside with a lot of wind, but no rain.  Fantastic.  I could handle a little wind.  Notice in the pic on the right that there are gusts of wind at 24mph.  Ok, not a problem.

I went to the MUP in Oberlin and started riding.  The wind was tough but doable when a mile in I hit a pothole and got a flat tire.  Damn, I tried to fix it and it didn’t hold so I went back to my car and decided to take the bike to Swerve Bike Shop in Oberlin.  They are always nice to me.

On the way back to the car I saw one of the round buildings, The Oberlin Gas Lighting Company Gasholder Building.  Since I was there I decided to take a picture of it with my bike.  You get a picture of the bike, the building and my finger.

Gas building

Then I went to Swerve where they fixed my tire, sold me an additional tube and adjusted my gears.

I got back in my car and was tempted to call it a day.  The wind had picked up.  The gusts had gone up to Pittsfield44mph.  I headed home.

When I approached Pittsfield I decided that I needed to ride, to hell with the wind.  I parked at the park in Pittsfield and decided to head into the wind toward Camden.  The wind was brutal.  It was like riding through molasses.

After a couple miles the wind shifted and started coming from the south.  I had to tilt the bike into the wind to stay upright.  One nice thing I noticed was that everyone was giving me plenty of room on this 55 mile per hour road.

I reached Camden and had enough.  The wind was kicking my ass so I turned around.  Just as I did I saw a Turkey Vulture eyeing me.  I figured he knew more than I did. The ride back was so much easier.


Before I left the battery in my bike computer died so I used the cyclemeter app on my iPhone to keep track of things.  This was a bit frustrating because I had no live display.

When I got back I found I only rode 6.31 miles.  That was pathetic.  It will get better.  Combine it with the flat tire ride I put in 9 miles for the day.  What can I say?


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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 88

Maintenance is terribly important.
Manolo Blahnik

Eventually this weight loss blog will become a bicycling blog.  It is possible that the weather will improve so the plan is to spend Fridays exploring maintenance.  I don’t know that much about cycling maintenance so I plan to watch these videos over and over.


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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 83

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.

I was looking around for a cycling mileage spreadsheet that I could plug into Open Office in the unlikely even that the temperatures would go above 45F.   It’s on the League of American Bicyclists site.  You can check it out HERE.  It does all I will ever need if the snow leaves the ground.


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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 55:

Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely
what you are yourself.
Henry Ward Beecher

Weight 274.1

I’m taking it really slowly with the push-ups on the stairs.  Three sets of ten at such an incline they are relatively easy.  I will lower a step each time until the difficulty increases.  Once I’m on the floor I can get serious.

Still purging disgusting things from my body with a hard cough but each day I’m getting better.

I had a friend who reads this blog tell me that for some people bicycling is unhealthy.  I said, “How so?” and he sent me this picture.


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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized



Day 38

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us
Peter De Vries

Weight 274.4

I had a friend comment on the recent skinsuits I’ve been posting.  He asked me what I wore when I cycled.  Normally bib shorts and one of my jerseys.  Here is a pic from a ride last Fall.

randy cycling

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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 37:

I am not what happened to me.  I am what I choose to become.
Carl Jung

Weight 274.2

Had very little sleep the past few days due to my mom’s cancer.  I can feel the water weight gain.  This should pass soon.  No worries.


Found another skinsuit that might fit my comic sensibilities a little better.


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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 33:

We never repent of having eaten too little.
Thomas Jefferson, 1825

Weight 274.6

I spend too much time reading bicycle and banjo blogs.  Last night I found this fantastic skin suit for cycling.  Styled after Pee Wee Herman’s outfit in the greatest bicycle movie ever made, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

LS SkinsuitPEEWEE(Front)_web

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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 32: Hitting My Stride

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.
H.S. Leigh

Weight 274.8

What I’m doing is working.  The biggest thing is no very little bread and no snacking.  It’s now February 1st and I”m thinking about my plans for the year.

I’ve talked about my interest into getting back to cycling big time.  I’m lucky that even though I’m overweight I’m still in pretty good shape.  Due to my job (from which I recently retired) I kept up a certain level of fitness.

I’ve had a very odd life as my father died when all the children (7 of us) were young and my mother was extremely agoraphobic.  That essentially means that she had severe panic attacks and couldn’t leave home.  Basically it meant that we didn’t travel more than a block or two from our house.  I’ve lead a very sheltered life.

With the bike, once I build up a base, I can ride to all of the small towns around Ohio.  I plan to combine that with my interest in photography.  I’d like to get up in the morning, cycle twenty-five miles or more to a small town.  Have a light breakfast, take some pictures and ride home. Who knows?  I might even take my banjo.

Eventually I’d love to cycle places like The Outer Hebrides in Scotland.  One of my other interests are megaliths.  In this video a couple of guys cycle around the islands playing banjo and making ice cream.

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Posted by on February 1, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Day 015: The Idea and the Dream

Greedy eaters dig their graves with their teeth.
French Proverb

Weight 279  Calories ?

Took my daughter out to eat at Texas Roadhouse.  It is so easy to keep track of calories with My Fitness Pal.

Thoughts on the future.

I used to be a cyclist.  I used to be in shape.  I will be both again.

One of my big goals this year will be to get back into cycling big time.  The plan is, once the weather breaks, to ride to small towns all around me.  I’ve never traveled much (sounds strange since I was a UPS driver).  There are many many small towns within fifty miles that I’ve never been to.  Once I get some miles on my legs I’d like to get on the road by six or seven and head to one.   Twenty-five miles should around an hour and a half.  Get to the small town, take some photos, eat a small breakfast and head home.

I used to be really into photography when I was young and I can combine cycling with that.

Eventually this site will no longer be a weight loss blog but a cycling blog.  That is the idea and the dream.

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


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