Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I should quit!

After reading the last post I realized I should never ever write another word again. But oh well, this blog is pretty much all for me, therefore I will continue. I'm tired and want to go to bed, but there is so much to write. But as I try to organize my thoughts about what to write I realize they are of the "he said, she said, I'm so alone, variety. So to that I say "I am bored with that shit. I am going to save us all from that drivel and get an extra 20 min. of sleep so that I can enjoy my ride tomorrow morning.

But there is cycling news. I name my bike today... she is and forever will be referred to as Lucy! I don't have an exact reason why but I thought she should have a nice easy no frills name, and I think its fitting. She just looks like a Lucy. I took some pictures of her today, I will post them tomorrow. Until then sweet dreams. I will leave you with a few of the lyrics from my favorite song right now which is titled Apartment Story by The National.

Be still for a second while I try and try to pin your flowers on
Can you carry my drink I have everything else
I can tie my tie all by myself
I’m getting tied, I’m forgetting why

Oh we’re so disarming darling, everything we did believe
is diving diving diving diving off the balcony
Tired and wired we ruin too easy
sleep in our clothes and wait for winter to leave...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

hello again.

So its been a while since I have posted and to be honest I don't even really feel like writing now. But alas I do have bike news that I should post and than I will leave it at that. The news is she is once again running! To recap I received the wavy washer and installed it to notice that my external bearings of the bottom bracket were shot. I ordered the bearings and decided to take it to the bike shop to remove the old and place on the new (i didn't want to fuck this up). They didn't have the proper tool. So after my mechanic (brian) called Campy a few times with no luck to acquire the tool Rodney (the crew chief) and I took matters into our own hands. We built our own tool. Rodney had a automobile gear puller. We noticed the claws where to big to get in between the crank and the bearing so we grind them down with a metal grinder so they would fit. A few other modification and tada!! we pulled off the old bearings. We than used a 1" pvc pipe and gentley hammered on the new ones over the race.

Therefore, I went for a short ride today and my legs felt like shit not having been on the bike in over 2 weeks. But again I think its for the best, I will ride this up and coming week and consider it a transition week and officially start base the following week which will be the first week of NOV. Ill try and write more because there is a lot to write about I have just been a little busy working extra shifts and hanging out. Peace

Monday, October 12, 2009

Steady Diet of Nothing

I really can't remember the last time that I felt bored. I was almost getting to the point that I thought I was so mature that boredom was no longer a feeling that I could experience. I can't say that I am there yet... but to be honest I have been fighting it. The new gig brings with it much less hours at the work place. This coupled with the off season is bringing about a lot of spare time. Now don't get me wrong I am not just sitting around doing nothing. I am pretty busy for a large portion of the day, but that leaves the other portion without much to do at times. For example here in list form is what I have done with my day today (today was a day off mind you).

1. Woke up at 8:11 a.m. (to no alarm)
2. Showered & dressed
3. Immediately packed up my laundry and headed to the laundromat.
4. Arrived home and put away laundry.
5. Watched the entire LA Kings game.
6. Tinkered with my bike (installed new stem, seatpost and seat, dialing in the height and length and
torqued everything to spec.)
7. Took photos of the old seatpost and listed it on ebay.
8. Went to the gym and did 16 sets of legs, and did 6 sets of abs.
9. Went Grocery shopping.
10. Made the bombest salad I have had in a long time.
11. Began The 400 Blows.
12. Dosed off a little (10 minutes)
13. Watched 2 episodes of Jeopardy with Rodney.
14. Lit the chiminea and wrote in my blog.

The one thing that I didn't get a chance to do that I really wish I would have was play the drums. My new hobby. I set up Rod's drum set in the up stairs studio and have been playing for at least 30 min. everyday. Just didn't squeeze it in today. Whatever I am over it. I am going to finish my movie.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Wavy F'n Washer

I know, I know, I broke my promise and did not write yesterday, or was that the day before? The reasons behind are 2 fold. New chimenea, and Friends. Outdoor fires and bullshitting til the deep hours of the night lead to less rants and lame insights that get typed onto this page. I'll take it! These are hands down the best times of my life.

Cycling news... I am a piece of shit amateur bike mechanic that should never put another wrench, hex, or screwdriver on another bike for the rest of my life. Aparently during the build process of my new bike I forgot to place the "wavy washer" on the non-drive side crankarm. This washer holds the bearings in place when the BB experiences a heavy load. So I noticed yesterday during my ride after I broke my chain that the crankset was shifting side to side. Pulled it apart this morning to find the washer missing. Looked through my cycling tool box to find NO WASHER. Found one online for $5 paid $18 to have it shipped via air! I am sure there is a lesson that should be learned somewhere in this mess, such as I need to concentrate more while tasking or some bullshit like that. But I don't care for lessons right now I just want my bike to roll smooth with out any noises and clanks and to shit like butter just as she should. Just as she will.

I will try and stay positive. Maybe I was starting base too early? I was thinking yesterday before all of this happened that I should wait until Nov. to start. Than BAM! chain breaks and new info regarding my shitty build comes to light. So maybe Ill get back into the gym for the next 3 weeks and start again in Nov. I will attempt to have the same outlook on the bike as I am for my entire life which is... "it will all come together." This is not to say I will not remain pro-active, I am just trying to be calmer at let things run their course. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

night night

its 12:37 and I am exhausted. Completed a 4 hour ride today that consisted primarily of climbing. I'll write tomorrow I promise. Sweet dreams.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Slow it Down.

Slow it down appears to be a pretty common theme in my life as of late. Lets start with cycling since this whole journal is supposed to be about that very topic. Base is just about upon me and we all (cyclists that is) know what that means. A lot, I mean a lot of Slow miles. Just riding along at an aerobic rate tying to not reach anaerobic state (and I am a poet and don't even know it). Its always a nice part of the season seeing that it has been awhile since I have ridden and I am all jazzed to get back on the bike. Along with building great endurance comes the great since of accomplishment after you have just rode 80+ miles. During base you have time to notice things as your cruising up a climb or rolling around a populated section of town. Its a great time to soak up your surroundings that soon will be blurred with speed and sweat drenched eyes.

There is also the non-cycling aspect of slowing down that I am currently experiencing in life. For instance my new job requires me to work less hours. And even while I am at work I am not having to hustle around as fast due to the set up of the restaurant. Outside of work has been just that, spending time outside. I would estimate that I am logging an average of 2.5 hours a day on our porch or patio (from where I am writing this entry). I have successfully re-mastered the art of just sitting there, while it maybe having a cup of coffee, listening to music, bullshitting with friends, or all of the above at once. All of these have been enjoyed on the porch with the accompaniment of Papaya, the rustle of the leaves, and the occasional pass of the ice cream man.

The aforementioned cases of slowing down have all been greatly appreciated and excepted with open arms. And while all this slowing down shit is great there is on the other hand one case of slow that I find myself wanting to speed up ugh. To go any deeper could get dangerous (that's what she said). No but really, I will probably need a couple glasses of wine to go public with this mess or just find a more clever way to write it between the lines. I should since this is really the only on going writing I do anymore besides this thing is only public if people read it ha ha. maybe tonight. So I will leave you with the first verse of the song I am listening to at this moment of wrap up, and will hopefully write again tonight from the same position, on my perch outlooking Adams ave.

It was familiar to me.
The smoke to thick to breath.
The tile floors glistened.
I slowly stirred my drink.
And when you started to sing
you spoke with broken speech
that I could not understand.
And then you grabbed me tightly.
"I wont let go. I wont let go.
even if you say so. oh no
Ive tried and tried with no results
I wont let go I wont let go."

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sleepy Time =

I don't need a laser beam
I don't need the time
Leave me in the car tonight
Rest your drunken mind

I need your grace alone

Lesser things are on your mind
Don't you think I know?
Will this poison scar my eyes?
Mother, close the door

I need your grace alone

I don't need a laser beam
I don't need a laser beam