The week has been on and off, with big ups and downs. The up was that Russ signaled interest in the project beyond just being encouraging. I can’t do the project without support, and while, in theory, a lot of people could do it, this will take a lot of hours, a strong commitment, and a lot of closeness. With recovery rides, time in the saddle alone will be over 20 hours per week. Add in rewards production, bicycle gear and other equipment maintenance, planning and weather management, getting to and from the trails, rewards distribution, website management, uploads and other things are we are both above full time hours every week, plus a least two overnights away per week, often on weekends. Not only do I want to spend that time with someone I know and trust, I don’t want to spend that much time away from him. His interest was a pretty good up.
The downs have been very low. Did you know there’s a thing called an elastomeric pump? I learned about those this week. They’re also called medicine balls, home balls or grenades. They’re made so that sick people can be discharged from the hospital while still taking IV meds. And, as important as this project is to me, the outcomes to the health crises that too many of the people near and dear to me are experiencing this week, some with issues that will not be resolved this week, or next, are more important. That’s as much as I’m going to say on that subject, and now I’m going to move on like I didn’t even say that much.
As the week started, the Texas freeze was still in the press, and then suddenly, the daily high was 70 and there was pollen on the car. As the week ended, it was cool again. I got in a quick ride late in the week. I was wiped out. The ride felt like I’d been pushing my training. I think it was actually that my life was pushing me. I think that I could have worked through it if I had just kept pedaling, but I didn’t have the time for that. Then I got in another ride, then another, none of them as long as I would have liked.
I’m really seeing more recumbent trikes on the trail. A link to one of the brands on the website for the recumbent shop I found in Murfreesboro says that there are 9 recumbent trikes sold for every 1 recumbent bike sold in the US.
I’m generally anti-trend. When I’m ahead of the trend, I feel a little put off once everyone else joins in. It’s like “No really, I had a genuine desire to do this, I’m not (still) doing it because everyone else is.” and often I’m ready to quit once it becomes popular. If I’m behind the trend, which happens most often when buying expensive tech, I like to make sure I I’m far enough behind to take advantage of what benefits there are to being a late adopter. It will be nice to talk to more experts to find out if my theory of three point contact with the ground will be more stable in the context of video stabilization. For fitness, I prefer a recumbent with two wheels to keep my core and balance working. I won’t be doing something trendy during pandemic market conditions unless it is completely supported by the parameters and the budget of the project.
I had more considerations on the road bike front as well. Sometimes I can go along my way and forget to check things with fresh eyes. For instance. shock absorption in mountain bikes comes from having suspension with a lot of play in it, and it’s costly energy wise, so, not conducive to distance riding. Until I found a second hand bike for sale this week, it didn’t occur to me that shock absorption on a road bike could lead to the opposite, better longer rides. As I looked up reviews on the bike in question, I came across this article on shock absorption in road bikes. It has this phrase about noticing that your rides becoming longer effortlessly. I’m not naturally very performance driven, at least not on a bike, so I’ve never been drawn into “better” bikes. But, as it turns out, doing the whole trail and getting the smoothest ride for the video are completely compatible goals. We will see where that takes us. I still want to alternate bikes for the physical differences. The level of complication that ads is easily manageable and the physical benefits will help to keep us riding throughout the project. The right course will probably work itself out. Until we get a level of support that makes it matter, all we have to do is learn enough to make the right decision when it comes, and at lower levels of support, we’ll be looking at single bike options. For camera stability, right now the single bike decision looks like a recumbent trike.