Running vs Cycling

Getting on the bike has seriously increased by cardio tolerance.  I feel like I can ride for hours at a steady, decent pace.  What gets me is how much strong it has made me as a runner also.  I don’t run out of breath the way I used to and my pace has shortened also.  I don’t consider myself fast at all but my confidence in my running has really shot up.  I used to not like running with anyone because I always had a problem controlling my pace and holding someone back.  Now I realized that I can keep a conversation going now without sounding winded while I talk.  That’s a cool feeling.

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Some of the Nike+ Human Race 2009 peoples

The 2009 Nike Human Race this year was nothing in comparison to last year’s.  Both in the course and the event itself.  This year, it seemed like any ordinary informal meet-up around the neighborhood.  I would think maybe it was 200 people total, maybe more.  But hey, we all got a free nike dri-fit t-shirt out of it.  Can’t complain.  I clocked in 6.5 miles in 1:13.  I’m not really much on the time right now but more that I have the endurance in my legs now to do 6.5 miles and not feel tortured.  I feel like a half marathon is in my near future.  Again, I have that confidence in myself now as long as I keep it up.

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Amazing crowd turn out, right?!

Leg power is such an awesome thing.  Before when I would run, I never really cared about working out my legs but I could feel that I wasn’t getting any speed during a sprint when I ran.  When I went to the gym, I would always work on my upper body because I thought running was enough for my legs.  It’s all about total conditioning.When I starting doing more cycling, I realized I liked it a lot more than running.  Now that I started running again, it’s just as awesome.  They are complimentary and a good change of pace once in a while so you don’t burn out on doing it.  They’ve both been the game changer in my health.  Now if only I can implement it in my golf game now.  Ha!

Running vs Cycling

Getting on the bike has seriously increased by cardio tolerance.  I feel like I can ride for hours at a steady, decent pace.  What gets me is how much strong it has made me as a runner also.  I don’t run out of breath the way I used to and my pace has shortened also.  I don’t consider myself fast at all but my confidence in my running has really shot up.  I used to not like running with anyone because I always had a problem controlling my pace and holding someone back.  Now I realized that I can keep a conversation going now without sounding winded while I talk.  That’s a cool feeling.

12135_164804446236_510371236_3228987_254047_nSome of the Nike+ Human Race 2009 peoples

The 2009 Nike Human Race this year was nothing in comparison to last year’s.  Both in the course and the event itself.  This year, it seemed like any ordinary informal meet-up around the neighborhood.  I would think maybe it was 200 people total, maybe more.  But hey, we all got a free nike dri-fit t-shirt out of it.  Can’t complain.  I clocked in 6.5 miles in 1:13.  I’m not really much on the time right now but more that I have the endurance in my legs now to do 6.5 miles and not feel tortured.  I feel like a half marathon is in my near future.  Again, I have that confidence in myself now as long as I keep it up.

12135_164795076236_510371236_3228630_2222758_nAmazing crowd turn out, right?!

Leg power is such an awesome thing.  Before when I would run, I never really cared about working out my legs but I could feel that I wasn’t getting any speed during a sprint when I ran.  When I went to the gym, I would always work on my upper body because I thought running was enough for my legs.  It’s all about total conditioning.

When I starting doing more cycling, I realized I liked it a lot more than running.  Now that I started running again, it’s just as awesome.  They are complimentary and a good change of pace once in a while so you don’t burn out on doing it.  They’ve both been the game changer in my health.  Now if only I can implement it in my golf game now.  Ha!

Coming around.

When does your bike get considered be used at it’s fullest potential?  Then again that’s the great thing about sports, in general.  There’s always room for improvement and setting the bar even higher.  I have yet to get my bike professionally fitted as my pedals should be coming in this week but I have tried to ride them with the SPD pedals that are on there right now.  I can already notice the difference in the torque, the acceleration, the handling, the aching in my neck/shoulders and the riding position in contrast to my hybrid.I can feel how much stronger I’ve got and how much more room there is to improve.  My neck hurt like crap riding about 20 miles last night.  The adjustment to the position of the shifters/brakes is taking me a while also.  I’m seriously paranoid at intersections as I feel like I don’t have the same field of vision as I did riding on my hybrid.  Are my handle bars too low?  Is that the way it’s supposed to be?  Do I need to get a better helmet? (I have the little visor on the front) Do I just need to get comfortable in this new riding position?My brakes do feel a little more slippery, too.  I may need to get that adjusted as well.  What I also noticed about my bike is that when I hit around 22mph or when I’m at a high cadence, my chain tends to slip.  Does that mean I have to switch to a higher gear or does that mean my chain is dry? Or should I just chill out…it gets scary trying to handle at that point also when it starts slipping.  A lot to consider and a lot to still learn.  It’s exciting but like I said, I like the feeling of knowing that I am getting stronger.I want to know the difference in chains.  I know I am potentially upgrading the shifters and the front derailleur to fully have all matching 105 components.  Hmm…the 2010 model that comes out has all that but I just gotta work with what I have.It’s a cool feeling whenever I see my bike though.  I always want to take it out for a ride.  It always going “Hey, wanna go for a ride?!”Pretty silly…like the Black Taco.

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Coming around.

When does your bike get considered be used at it’s fullest potential?  Then again that’s the great thing about sports, in general.  There’s always room for improvement and setting the bar even higher.  I have yet to get my bike professionally fitted as my pedals should be coming in this week but I have tried to ride them with the SPD pedals that are on there right now.  I can already notice the difference in the torque, the acceleration, the handling, the aching in my neck/shoulders and the riding position in contrast to my hybrid.

I can feel how much stronger I’ve got and how much more room there is to improve.  My neck hurt like crap riding about 20 miles last night.  The adjustment to the position of the shifters/brakes is taking me a while also.  I’m seriously paranoid at intersections as I feel like I don’t have the same field of vision as I did riding on my hybrid.  Are my handle bars too low?  Is that the way it’s supposed to be?  Do I need to get a better helmet? (I have the little visor on the front) Do I just need to get comfortable in this new riding position?

My brakes do feel a little more slippery, too.  I may need to get that adjusted as well.  What I also noticed about my bike is that when I hit around 22mph or when I’m at a high cadence, my chain tends to slip.  Does that mean I have to switch to a higher gear or does that mean my chain is dry? Or should I just chill out…it gets scary trying to handle at that point also when it starts slipping.  A lot to consider and a lot to still learn.  It’s exciting but like I said, I like the feeling of knowing that I am getting stronger.

I want to know the difference in chains.  I know I am potentially upgrading the shifters and the front derailleur to fully have all matching 105 components.  Hmm…the 2010 model that comes out has all that but I just gotta work with what I have.

It’s a cool feeling whenever I see my bike though.  I always want to take it out for a ride.  It always going “Hey, wanna go for a ride?!”

Pretty silly…like the Black Taco.

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a Trek Star

I got a road bike!  “Didn’t you always have a road bike?,” you exclaim.  No, I’ve been riding on my dad’s Diamondback Parkway hybrid.  There’s a whole great store about this summer and my Diamondback bike.  I love this bike for more than just recreational reasons but personal also.  I’ve told myself that I’m going to keep this bike for as long as I’m around and maybe pass it on in the future.  Sure, it’s your run of the mill bike from your everyday commercial sports store but it’s the bike that I rode around the neighborhood when I was younger and the bike my dad would ride when him and I would ride together.

Honestly, I think I’ll still ride it every now and then just because I feel like it’s a great bike even thought it is about a decade old.  It’s made me stronger and I just get how to ride that bike.  It’s fun, it’s comfortable but it’s limited.  I love it anyway.

As for my road bike, I bought a 2009 Trek 2.1.  I really wanted to get a full 105 groupset but for the price that I was able to get this bike, I consider it a steal.  I never thought I could trust looking at bikes on Craigslist, but I talked to the guy gave it a shot.  I rode a handful of bikes all around that same price range and I never got the feeling that the bike I was riding on was “worth the money” yet.  It has a Shimano 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra front derailleur and shifters.  I’m impressed with now because it’s leaps and bounds over my previous bike, obviously.  I can always upgrade my components if I want to also.  I’m anxious to play with my shiny new toy.  Should be fun.  Here’s to another beginning and another chapter in my book to talk about and look back on.  I can’t wait.

My past

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and my future…

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I need to get some better wheels on this bike though.  Also waiting to get my Shimano 105 pedals in the mail. Special delivery!

a Trek Star

I got a road bike!  “Didn’t you always have a road bike?,” you exclaim.  No, I’ve been riding on my dad’s Diamondback Parkway hybrid.  There’s a whole great store about this summer and my Diamondback bike.  I love this bike for more than just recreational reasons but personal also.  I’ve told myself that I’m going to keep this bike for as long as I’m around and maybe pass it on in the future.  Sure, it’s your run of the mill bike from your everyday commercial sports store but it’s the bike that I rode around the neighborhood when I was younger and the bike my dad would ride when him and I would ride together.

Honestly, I think I’ll still ride it every now and then just because I feel like it’s a great bike even thought it is about a decade old.  It’s made me stronger and I just get how to ride that bike.  It’s fun, it’s comfortable but it’s limited.  I love it anyway.

As for my road bike, I bought a 2009 Trek 2.1.  I really wanted to get a full 105 groupset but for the price that I was able to get this bike, I consider it a steal.  I never thought I could trust looking at bikes on Craigslist, but I talked to the guy gave it a shot.  I rode a handful of bikes all around that same price range and I never got the feeling that the bike I was riding on was “worth the money” yet.  It has a Shimano 105 rear derailleur, Tiagra front derailleur and shifters.  I’m impressed with now because it’s leaps and bounds over my previous bike, obviously.  I can always upgrade my components if I want to also.  I’m anxious to play with my shiny new toy.  Should be fun.  Here’s to another beginning and another chapter in my book to talk about and look back on.  I can’t wait.

My past

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and my future…

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I need to get some better wheels on this bike though.  Also waiting to get my Shimano 105 pedals in the mail. Special delivery!

Hello Youtubes!

Ronald Jenkees aka “Hello Youtubes!”

I can’t live without music.  I’d feel like the world would just be completely be deaf without music.  The way it speaks, its inspiration and the ability it has over people is amazing.  Ronald is a true testament to artistry in the instrumental form.  It’s electronic funk at a pure form.  Every time I listen to a track, I can picture a cycling documentary film going through my head.  Epic backgrounds, urban commutes and cats just having fun doing what they love to do.  Ride.

I hope this weather that’s coming in this weekend stays this time.  Time to get on the bike earlier and maybe longer.  Hmm…I kinda miss hitting at the driving range too.  Hell, I miss doing a lot of things.  You get caught up with daily stuff, you forget all the other stuff too.  “Stay Crunchy!”

27 minutes past but… Happy Birthday, Mom.