Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quotes and thoughts and other things.

The Triple D racers heading out of town. Why is there that red circle following me? I think that is a sign that my chain is going to break and I won't have a chain tool and a link. DUH!!!!  I wish I would have paid more attention to that big red circle that day.

The man next to me I'm chatting with is Michael Lemberger he worked hard the last three years for this race. This day all the hard work paid off, Michael took 6th place amongst a very experienced group.

“You can get sympathy or you can get better but you can’t get both. You can be in your comfort zone or you can have growth, but you can’t have both. You can be interested or you can be sold-out-committed, but you can’t entertain both. You can have excuses or have results, but you can’t do both. Choose the path that develops your visceral fortitude.”
- Mario Cortes

My daughter, Melissa, posted the above quote on FaceBook. She has started the long road of training to be a long distance runner, a marathoner. This spring is her first marathon. It becomes a lifestyle, a journey, like us long distance bicyclers, a way of life.

Replacing my broken chain.  Now after cleaning and examining my old chain that broke during the Triple D race Sunday, I realize it wasn't an accident, the chain was wore out. It was half a link longer then a new chain, and there was another crack waiting to break. I learned my lesson. That is the thing about long distance winter riding, you never stop learning, so many tricks and skill sets involved.

Here's another quote, being I'm not riding until next Monday, I am having my knee injected with Synvisc tomorrow, which is a repair for damaged cartilage from and old injury. So reading quotes and reading bicycling blogs seem to help my endorphin withdraw symptoms. 

"To go a single day without two hours of rigorous exercise, "wrote Santayana, "was now out of the question. It would have meant physical restlessness and discomfort indoors and the most horrible sensual moodiness in the inner man."

So readers, riders, and others I hope today was a good one for you,




Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Try not to go too crazy. You picked a good time to be off the bike though. It's COLD!

dawn marie giegerich said...

LOVE the Santayana quote. Now, it's my quote. Good luck, tomorrow.

Dan O said...

Dude - get a bicycle workstand. Seeing your chain repair position makes my back hurt...

If you don't have one - well worth the money. I wash/lube/repair all our bikes in a stand.

Joboo said...

Good luck with the knee today!!! I hope that's the ticket for comfort for you, and pain free range of motion!!

I'm planning on a triple D next year, I may be single by that time, but I'm still planning!! ;))

Dan-o is right, bike stand well worth the $$$.


MrDaveyGie said...

Thanks gentlemen for the advice, but I do have a bike stand. But geeepers, in the dining room?!?!? :-)

Matt Maxwell said...

That Santayana quote really nails it. Hope you're not out for too long.

Mauricio Babilonia said...

Thanks for the mention, Dave, I'm honored.

Hope things went well with the knee today. Gotta keep you out there riding.

Still working on my account of the race. Kinda waiting for Lance to post the results though...

tainterturtles said...

Dave, I hope your knee is behaving and your week has been restful.

I'm sure you are grinding your teeth wanting to get back on the bike. Good luck.