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No Time to Blog! :(

12 Jul

I’m so angry! There are so many things I want to write about and I can’t find the time to do it! I’m angry like this guy in the picture. Click it to see his MTB-rage incident. Happy Trails!

Now this guy is angry! WARNING NAFW!!

 

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Oven Mitts Required!

6 Jul

This puppy is baaaadddd! Check out the funky front fork with one arm. Unfortunately, it’s way out of my pay grade at $10K. 😦 . I can dream though! 🙂

Too hot to handle!
Click on the picture for more.

Major, Major, Major Break Through!

3 Jul

Hello Fellow Gearheads!

When I started on the elliptical machine, I lasted all of five minutes. After a couple of weeks, I lasted around 15 minutes before requiring a break. I’m still at the beginner level (level one), but the plan is to max out the timer on the machine (it only goes up to an hour), and then start working my way up to level 20, however long that takes.

Because of finals, I had to let the workouts fall to the wayside. I started working out again last weekend by riding hard on the drives around Fairmount Park (Forbidden, Kelly, Schuylkill, MLK, and a smidgen of Lincoln for good measure). I took Monday off, because the week’s workouts drained me. However, the next day I blew through twenty minutes on the elliptical machine easily!

This was a major breakthrough for me; I felt a massive performance improvement! Six minutes passed before I even broke a sweat. I spun at 68 RPMs consistently with a steady heart rate of 164 BPMs. Around 17 minutes in I went up to 174 BPMs, which I didn’t think was too bad at the moment, so my first thought was that next week I’ll go to 30 minutes. Then I thought, “Why not do it now?” I didn’t even stop spinning. I added ten more minutes to the elliptical computer on the fly and kept humping.

At about 26.5 minutes in, I looked down and my heart rate was at 180 BPMs! I wanted to keep going, but I wasn’t sure if that was safe. I worried that I might hurt myself if I let my pulse rise up to 200 BPMs. That number looks big when it’s your heart rate!

It felt great, but does anyone know if that’s excessive? I know I opened something up, because when I stopped it felt like someone shoved a baseball bat down my lungs! I gagged like it was my first time (or maybe second time) doing aerobic work after a respite.

I’m 40 years old, 6’2”, and around 215 pounds (the last time I checked my weight). I’d appreciate any comments.

Thanks,

Ron

A Short Story About a Great Day!

2 Jul

     Please excuse my delay in posting about this. I’ve just begun blogging and I have a ton of things I want to write about, which is what prompted me to start a blog! This all started out when I got my mountain bike. I found it hard finding other people to ride with and so I Googled “mountain bike associations Philadelphia” and voilà, up popped the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association! I joined their Facebook page and was invited to the cleanup. I figured if I’m going to ride the trails I should help maintain them, so I decided to help out. To the point, I had a great time at the Pennypack Park Trail closing [Click here to see pictures]. It took place right off of the Pine Road Parking area. It wasn’t too hot out (relative to this week, 100 degrees plus!), I met some great people, and it looks like great things will come of associating with this organization.

     The people I met were awesome. They made me feel really comfortable, and every seemed to have an aura of positivity surrounding them-exactly what I need in my life! In retrospect I was amazed by the amount of things I learned from them in the short time we spent together, and I’m sure there’s more to come. As for the volunteer work, it was hard, but hard work is nothing new to me. One of the guys said I don’t have to bust my hump when I come out to volunteer, but my thinking was “it’s the weekend, it’s workout time, and I need to get it in!”, so I humped like a mule and I think it paid off (exercise wise). The PMBA guys were definitely a group of people I can see spending time with regularly. I may not be able to keep up with the vets yet, but it will be fun trying! Happy trails!

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Taming of the Beast!

2 Jul

This weekend I did two killer runs (for a noob), and I feel as though I benefitted, but now that I’ve come down off my high I feel like someone’s beat me with a stick! I was a good beating though! 😉

This image portrays how I felt after my run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Happy Crapurday!

28 Jun

Happy you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Well I had one of those days last Saturday. Nothing major went wrong, but a whole bunch of little things didn’t go right, the sum of which added up to one crappy Saturday, hence the title.

 It actually started Friday. Jon Pearson and Jacalyn Clawson were nice enough to invite me to a trail clinic. Awesome, I thought, I can learn how to do something on a mountain bike beside go in a straight line! So I check my schedule, sign up for the event online and all seems well until I get an email from the event coordinator. The short version is women only, NO MEN ALLOWED! I’m forty, single, and busy as crap. What made them think that I’d be interested in seeing if a young lady catches my eye (wink wink)! So I ride down to Wissahickon, solely to have a look at the bikes they’re demoing (wink wink again) , and the meet up area is deserted, except for a few cars with bike racks on them.  This was the first crappy thing that happened to me Saturday.

Later on in the day I go to get my watch fixed. The jeweler changes the battery for me and I asked him before I left, “Do you think it’s a problem with the watch? He replies, “[o]h no, it’s just the battery.” I get home 15 minutes later and it’s still 11:10 AM, the same time it was when I left the store! So I go back and ask him if he can fix the watch. He replies, “[a]ll I can do is send it to the manufacturer.” Uhhhh…no thanks, I can do that myself, it needs a rebuild anyway (which, by the way, is going to cost more than what I paid for the watch, but I like the watch face and it’s discontinued-see the picture at the end). Crapped on again!

The final fiasco was with my electronic cigarettes (which I’ll write about later. They’re awesome if you or someone you know is trying to quit smoking!). I had brought a disposable one the day before and liked it, so I decided to get a pack of them to save money. Well it turned out the pack is actually a rechargeable model and it only costs $20! How cool is that? When rechargeable cigarettes first came out they were selling them for $150. I guess standard marketing procedure didn’t work out so well there because that was only a year and a half ago and $130 is a steep drop! Anyway…I digress. Once I charged the cigarette up (for three hours) I had to go back to the store because the disposable “filter” that comes with the rechargeable cigarette was too strong for me and it was making me cough and gag (a pretty picture right?). I get home, change the cartridge and it doesn’t work. I try another cartridge and it works. No big deal I think, I’ll let it go…then I realized, one of these things costs $4, and one disposable cartridge is equivalent to two packs of cigarettes.  So I headed back to the gas station (they’re the only place in the neighborhood that sells them, I looked everywhere!), and low and behold, there’s nothing the cashier can do. She tells me “[p]lease come back and see the manager on Monday.” Mind you it was 100 degrees in Philly by this time, and I started out a 9:00 AM in the morning and was feeling like I’d accomplished absolutely nothing all day, but running in circles! That’s when it dawned on me…”I’m having a crappy day.” The final crapola!

These kinds of days are rare for me, but they happen. No one wanted to hear about my crappy day so I posted it in my blog to get it off my chest. Maybe some of my online buddies can have a few laughs at my pain.  If you feel so inclined, post a memorable crappy day in comments (please keep it clean, my 13 year may read this!). If no one posts, I’ll keep my crappy day rants to myself from now on. 😉 So for today, and today only, Crappy Trails! (He said with a smile and a happy face).

Happy Crapurday Update

In case anyone’s wondering, given time these events uncrapped themselves! Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association is having a unisex trail clinic next month (yeah), my watch began to work spontaneously, and the manager kindly replaced my disposable cartridges for my rechargeable cigarette. Awesome! Happy Trails…

 

It’s a Skagen.

Please Help Save Our Park by Voicing Your Opinion!

26 Jun

Hello All,

Here’s a post I made to the Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association:

Hello Group,
 
I recall Jacalyn Clawson [of the Philadelphia Mountain Bike Association] mentioning to me that she’s been waiting for approval from Fairmount Park to do some trail work. Well, toady I received an email from PennEnviroment.org detailing their efforts to revitalize Fairmont Park. I’ve attached the email they sent me in a word document. The links should be active. Please send a message to the Mayor today to help revitalize Fairmont Park and to support Jacalyn!

Thanks

Ron C.

Check out my blog at https://ronmtb.wordpress.com

Click here to tell Mayor Nutter & City Council: Restore Funding to Fairmount Park

Dear Ronald,

Fairmount Park is one of Philadelphia’s greatest natural resources. Whether you picnic with friends and family, play a game of soccer on the fields by the Art Museum, or cool off in the Wissahickon, everyone has a favorite activity in Fairmount Park.

Unfortunately, Philadelphia lags behind most other major cities in funding local parks.  In fact, an analysis by the Philadelphia Park Alliance shows that New York City provides nearly three times the funding for their park system per citizen. [1]

That lack of funding has left recreational facilities and trails in terrible shape and is why we need ensure we restore funding to Fairmount Park for this year’s budget. Or, Fairmount Park will get even worse. [2]

City Council is finalizing the budget for Fairmount Park this week and needs to hear your voice. Email Mayor Nutter and City Council and tell them to fully fund Fairmount Park.

City Council has already proposed increasing funding for Fairmount Park—but it’s not a done deal. That’s why we need Mayor Nutter and City Council to get this over the goal line and guarantee this funding for Fairmount Park.

I think the Philadelphia Inquirer said it best in an editorial last week: “…the mayor’s leadership is again needed if the city hopes to polish a park system that could be a gem.” [3]

Whether it’s walking, biking, boating, or playing sports—whatever activities in which you partake to enjoy Fairmount Park, take a moment to email City Council and Mayor Nutter and tell them why the park is valuable to you.

Sincerely,

David Masur
PennEnvironment Director

PS. After sending your email, please forward this email to five friends in Philly who also love Fairmount Park so they can also help us ensure it’s properly funded.

[1] “Philadelphia Parks by the numbers“, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, April 2012
[2] “Broken Promises“, Philadelphia Parks Alliance, April 2012
[3] “City park needs funds to avoid shabbiness“, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2012

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I you gentleman and gentlewomen would be so kind as to offer your support by sending  a message to Mayor Nutter to help keep Fairmont Park clean it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much,

Ron

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