mslulu: (Choo Choo Bear Happy)
It's been a really pleasant weekend. Friday night, I got home from work, and realizing that I had nowhere to be and nothing to do, I happily flopped down on the couch in front of the TV, and promptly fell asleep. I woke a while later to a text message from [livejournal.com profile] aleeceh summoning me to food and fun at her place. I thought, "Okay, once I wake..." and fell asleep again.

Alone time is nice. I sometimes feel like I'm running everywhere and doing everything and I don't have enough time to myself. In truth, it's mostly the weekends that are that crazed, and I usually have my weekday evenings free, but that's not the same as a night in which I don't have to make lunch for work the next day, and go to bed at a decent hour so I can get enough sleep before the alarm goes off. Plus, I'm a serious introvert. A full weekend of social stuff and I'm pretty much maxed out on people for the week.

So, eventually, I woke up again on Friday, but at that point, I still wasn't up for going anywhere so I read a book for a while and played a video game for a while.

Saturday was also free time, but I had a lot of stuff to do around the house. I got most of it done and felt like I'd been pretty darned productive. In the evening, I met up with [livejournal.com profile] bractune, [livejournal.com profile] almost_lindsey, and [livejournal.com profile] rainyadair at the Menagerie to go to a Television Preview focus group thingy, where they show TV pilots and ask your opinion. Much like the one I'd been to many years ago, this was actually an advertising focus group, where they were far more concerned about the products we'd buy than what we thought about the TV programs, which were really terrible. We had fun though, getting to express our opinions and thoughts on shows, commercials, and the event in general. Said opinions ranged from "I like pie" (regarding a bubblegum commercial), and "Hate the bears! Oh my god, I really hate the bears! They creep me out! Make them go away!" (regarding one of those Charmin commercials with the bears in the forest using toilet paper) and "Snacks would be nice" (the exact words of all four of us where they asked for comments on the event...until [livejournal.com profile] bractune changed his to 'nice and dandy' after he realized we'd all written the exact same thing.)

Afterwards, we landed back at the Menagerie for a bit and had some conversation with the denizens there, before heading back to my place for some much needed sleep. An early day loomed because Sunday would be [livejournal.com profile] bractune's first bike ride with the [livejournal.com profile] sunday_drivers and it promised to be a hot day, so that meant we needed to get out on the road early.

Early meant we were up by 7:30, on the road by 8:15, and met up with the rest of the group by 8:45. We rode from Sac State to Old Sac, had lunch, then headed home by all of our various routes. It was a nice 20 mile ride for me, [livejournal.com profile] bractune, and [livejournal.com profile] lograh. I loved having [livejournal.com profile] bractune out there with us. It was very cool. I hope he's not hurting too much today. He's in pretty good shape in general, but biking can use muscles one doesn't realize one has.

I pretty much spent the afternoon vaguely comatose on the couch. Got up and did a little more cleaning in the evening before my summer shows came on. Watched one. Taped one. Taped Supergroup to watch with [livejournal.com profile] bractune later. Went to bed.

And that's pretty much how my weekend went. Productive, relaxing, social, but not overwhelmingly social.

Now, I'm back at work, and entering massive numbers of authorizations for testing a letter process. Running out of real members to play with, will have to start sending friends for MRIs soon.
mslulu: (Default)
Rode again today. A nice 22 mile ride culminating in a stop at Jamba Juice (That's what happens when we let [livejournal.com profile] cncrt_brunette plan the rides!)

So my total miles for the weekend give or take a wee bit due to the constant computer problems: 76.

Nice. Not bad at all, I say. As for my speed, it's hard to calculate a total average for today, although I made it to our meet up spot this morning (10 miles from home) in just 45 minutes, so that's about 13 mph avg for that stretch.

And I'm not hurting too bad today either, even after the long ride and the yoga yesterday. Hell, if I can keep this type of behaviour up, I'll have my body back in no time!

Although, the fact that I'm about to go scarf down half a pizza kind of counteracts all the exercise.
mslulu: (Biking)
Had intended to do 50-55 miles, but we got a later start than I realized, and I had to get to yoga after the ride, so I called it quits at about 40. I say about because as of the 21 mile point, things had been going good. I'd maintained a 12.5 mph average.

Then I dropped my bike and effectively destroyed the computer.

I slowed down a lot on the second half of the trip, but still I can I think pretty accurately, estimate the total miles at about 40 and the total ride time at about 3.5 hours, which leaves me with an 11.42 mph average.

I'll do better next weekend.

And I'll allow more time between riding and yoga. Got home at 3:00. Was at the yoga studio by 4:00.

I'm going to go die now. Hopefully, I'll still be able to move by morning for the Sunday ride.

Bike Stats

Jun. 24th, 2005 06:51 pm
mslulu: (Biking)
One way ride home from work. I somehow managed to reset my computer while taking it out of the bike bag, and I didn't have the instructions to recalibrate it, so I couldn't monitor my speed as I went, or measure my top speed for the ride. However, the ride time clock was still working, and since I know the distance, having clocked this ride before, I can still calculate my overall performance. And so, here we have it:

Distance: 14.2 miles
Ride Time: 1:08:42
Avg Speed: 12.39 mph

Whoot!!!!

Getting better. And not feeling the little climbs so much. I think the aerobics class is definitely helping on that. I'm not so much gasping for air at the top of every bridge and levee anymore.

It's going to be a long weekend of biking ahead of me. Preliminary estimates have me thinking I'll put a good 75 miles plus on the bike by the end of Sunday. Finances caused me to have to skip the kayaking tomorrow, but that's okay, because I get to do a serious distance challenge on the bike instead. I still want to try the kayaking this summer so if anyone is actually reading this is interested in doing that (beginners stuff out at the CSUS Aquatic Center), let me know and I'll organize a group.

Okay. Now, I'm going to go drink some juice and flop down on the couch and watch Stargate until I fall asleep. Which will probably be before 10.
mslulu: (Baby Daniel)
Walked into the office today carrying my bike bag and helmet and met up with one of the boys. He glanced at my parcels:

Boy: I didn't know you rode a bike to work.
Me: Yep. I do sometimes.
Boy: So, I take it you live nearby?
Me: Nope. Not at all. It's about a 13 mile ride.
Boy: Jeezus!!

Heh.

In other news, I see on my LJ profile that Yahoo! Messenger thinks I'm online. Which I'm not. So, don't bother IMing me. I'm not there to answer.

***now imagining the list of offline messages I'll have when I get home from irate strangers getting pissy at me because I didn't respond to them***
mslulu: (Biking)
Distance: 15.14 miles
Max spd: not measured
Avg spd: 11.4 mph
Ride time: 1:19:34

Definite improvement in my average speed from last week. Last week, however, was a round trip ride, while this week was only one-way. Fatigue could play into that. Or, I'm just finally starting to get better.
mslulu: (Biking)
Distance: 16.81 (+ a bit more... forgot to reset the computer until after I crossed the river at Hazel)
Max Speed: 26.1 (love them downhills)
Avg Speed: 11.4
Ride Time: 1:28:45
Number of bugs that got trapped between my glasses and my eye: 2
Number of bugs that got stuck to my lip balm: 3
Number of team members who were sick, buried in final school projects, still adjusting to life with a newborn, Kimberly Trip Roadies, or otherwise Missing in Action: 6
Number of strangers shouting encouragement as they passed by: 1
Number of exertion-induced asthma attacks at the top of the hill: 0

Good ride. Apx. 400' climb. Good practice. Definitely more gradual a climb than the one to Stevens Creek Reservoir, but if I get better at this one, I'll be more prepared for the other.
mslulu: (Default)
Round trip totals:

Distance: 27.35 miles
Max. Speed: 19.6 mph
Avg. Speed: 11.3 mph (well, I picked up a little speed at least)
Total Ride Time: 2:25:09


I'm going to sleep pretty solidly tonight. But first... Season 3, Disc 1 of "Six Feet Under" arrived in my mailbox today!!!!
mslulu: (Biking)
Stats:

Distance: 13.15
Max Speed: apx 16 mph, I think. (didn't calculate for this ride because I was enjoying looking at the 27.5 mph max from my coast downhill from Stevens Creek Reservoir too much to reset it.)
Avg Speed: 11.2 mph. gah, I'm slow.
Ride Time: 1:10:35

Actual time to get from work to home was closer to 1:20 though, due to stoplights and such. I'll take the bike trail home, which will cut out those pesky lights and traffic, but it also adds a little distance to the ride, so it'll probably take the same time to get home.

And I really need a trunk pack. Couldn't find a way to strap the backpack to my rack without squishing my lunch, so I wore the pack. Now, my back's griping at me.

Oy. Busy day. Donna's out today, so I have an extra busy queue to mind. This may be my only pause.

I think I need a root beer.
mslulu: (Biking)
Seems the ride that nearly killed me on Saturday, if the information I've found is correct, was only about a 250' climb. WTF? I've made it to Folsom Lake with less pain, and that's a 400' climb. Maybe Folsom's more gradual.

Okay. This is beginning to piss me off. I'm going to spend the next several weeks mastering Folsom, then next time I'm in the bay area, I'm going to make it all the way up the Mt. Eden climb... which is only 470'. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to do that.

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