Friday, February 25, 2011

Life On A Bike, Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Another day on the stationary bike, 34.2 miles. I rode and it felt weird. Like I was going in slow motion, I just didn't ride that fast today in the 104 minutes on the bike. The legs feel good, the hip and the back are ok. I can't wait to get outside, hopefully next week I can ride to work for the first time this year. Plus only my third time outside this year.

I finished the Michael Waltrip book. That was a good book, I highly recomend it, his insights into the 2001 Dayton 500 were awesome. I started another book, Ron Darling's, The complete pitcher.

Well somehow I really need to cut this out, I have been eating way to much snack foods. I had Oreo's, Snickers and Milkey Way's this afternoon after work. Plus to cups of soda at work. I mean, I had a good start, my usual yogurt for breakfast. A double cheeseburger for lunch. And a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. Plus a whole bunch of water. What am I doing wrong that I can't loose this gut?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Life On A Bike, Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Well, today I went 35.6 miles on the stationary bike. The back hurts a little right now, but the legs feel good. I could've gone more.

Well I continued to read Michael Waltrip's book. There is only one problem, I still can't watch the 2001 Daytona 500's final lap without getting emotional. The death of Dale Earnhardt senior, still hits me when I think about it. Reading about it in Waltrip's book, hit home the way he said it, I started to cry while peddleing. It has been ten years since it happend and I still can't watch it or think about it.

Life On A Bike, Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Today, i went the furthest I have gone all year long, 34.2 miles. It was on the stationary bike, and took 105 minutes. You know what though it felt good. I started to read the book by Michael Waltrip, and got almost halfway thru it. Good book, so far, looking back on his career. Still have to get to the point were the crash in the 2001 Daytona 500 happends. That will be hard to read as I am a big Dale Earnhardt fan.

The legs feel good, and even the hip feels good. It was really hurting me at work today. I don't know why but when I ride the day before the hip and back don't hurt nearly as bad. I guess I get stretched out or something.

I have one more thing on my mind. I have riden for the past three years for the American Kidney Fund in honor of my father, Alan. He is a dialysis patient for the past seven years. Some friends have been donating a penny for every mile I ride throughout the year to the Kidney Fund. The Fund has helped my family a lot with money and equitment.

I say this because my father has been in the hospital for over a month now after suffering a stroke on the 17th of January. It is really hard not to have him at home. That is the reason I didn't ride for a month, I was so busy with him that I let myself go. I need to get my life back together, and do things for him and in honor of him. Basically grow up, and take care of myself more than I already do. I miss not being able to have him encourage me to go and ride the bike at the gym every night. It is hard to see him in the rehab hospital day after day having to relearn how to speak and how to eat. He still doesn't have complete control of him face and him speech is slured. It is really hard to watch, that with him dialysis, makes me wonder how much more good times there will be with him.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Life On A Bike, Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Life Is Good

I am really enjoying getting back on the bike, yes even the stationary bike. I would much rather be outside riding but oh well. Today I went 22.8 miles in my 1:05 on the bike.

The only problem was that the left knee was hurting a little but oh well. I did go a little harder then I did the day before.

Life On A Bike, Saturday, February 19th, 2011

I rode again on the stationary bike. Time went by really fast while having my music going and reading a book. I went 22.4 miles.

Unfortunatly after I finished I sat in the gym for over an hour, reading that book. And just got home, oops. oh well,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Life On A Bike, Friday, February 18th, 2011

Twice in one week, I rode, yes!!. Finally trying to get my life back together. The weight that I have put on is really making life hard. My right hip is killing me when I walk. It doesn't hurt at all when I ride. My back is hurting on that side, and my knee.

Tonight, I went and rode the stationary bike for an hour. 21 miles of fun. Finished reading the book 1984 finally. Plus I started, a book about Chris Coste of the Philadelphia Phillies. He survived thru 11 years in the minor leagues

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Life On A Bike, Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

It's been way to long since i've been on the bike. Since my father has been in the hospital, I unfortunatly haven't really taken much care of myself. I haven't exercised at all. I haven't eaten healthy or even really watched what I ate. I need to get back to being healthy. Mainly because the extra weight is hurting me. My back and hip are very painfull right now.

Today, I rode from home to Good Samaritain Hopsital in Downers Grove. I took, Warrenville road to Finley. Then Finley up north to Butterfield, or actually the frontage road next to there. It was really wet the entire way, with the big snow melt. Traffic really wasn't that bad, as I only got honked at once. Then onto Main St and to the hospital. The hill just before the hospital wasn't much fun, but oh well.

It was 8.1 miles there, mainly because I had to find a place to lock up the bike at the hospital. Visited with dad then had to come home before it got too dark. I had my lights with me and I used them the entire way home. It was around 48 degrees today, and felt good. I went the same way home, but had to make a few adjustments because of rush hour and the diffrent direction that I was coming from.

In all I went 16.1 miles of fun. The funny thing is my hip really didn't hurt when I was riding, it's killing me right now while I sit and type.

It is back indoors the next two days, with 20 mile per hour winds, and having to be at work at 7 am.

month 26..6, year 267.9, hours 24:53, total, 11,184.2

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Life On A Bike, Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Well, it's been awhile since i've been on the stationary bike, and I felt it. First off we had almost two feet of snow last night, so I spent four hours today shoveling out two cars. I was exhausted from just that.

Then for some reason, I decided to go and ride the stationary bike. Well it was a good decision, but hurt. I haven't riden in almost three weeks, because of my father and me having broncitis. I rode the stationary for a half hour tonight, felt good for the first 15 minutes on low hills. Then I had to go and do flat land for the other 15 minutes. I made it 10.5 miles, unfortunatly throughout the ride I was coughing big time.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Been a long time since I posted

It's been a long time since I posted, and it really has been a long time. Well two weeks ago my father had a stroke, so i've been dealing with the day to day stuff. Plus a day or two later I came down with bronchitis. So there went any riding, untill I get better. It's been two weeks, and i'm still coughing and hurting from being sick. Hopefully tomorrow I will get on the stationary bike. I know I will have to rebuild basically just like it was the begining of the offseason.