Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- My gym rents reserved lockers for around $100 per year. Alternatively, you can use a free locker, which is what I do. There's a reserved locker near mine that I've seen opened a few times. It is full of around 2 feet of dirty clothes packed into the bottom. What the heck?
- There's a guy that exercises in the morning, and is always on a treadmill near me. He walks at about 4 miles per hour, with the incline at 100%, but holds on to the handrail at the front of the treadmill. He leans back so far that it looks like he's waterskiing, not walking. Proper form? No. Does he sweat and seem to get a good workout? Yes.
- There's this one stupid guy that keeps leaving his toiletry kit on the shelf above one of the sinks. I saw it happen a few weeks ago, and then again today. The stupid guy is me.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
During my travels to Austin, I typically wake up at 5:30a, get dressed in lightweight indoor workout clothes, then drive to Pure Austin Fitness to exercise. I then shower at the gym, get dressed, and go to work. This week, it has been very cold in the morning, and I decided to exercise in the hotel gym instead of at Pure Austin in order to avoid walking outside in thin shorts and shirt.
I typically don’t like hotel gyms. But this week, I got a good deal at the Sheraton, and since it’s a nicer hotel, it has nice facilities: cardio room, weight room, and plenty of equipment with integrated TVs. But when it’s not what you’re accustomed to, exercise equipment can be an adventure.
Here’s a taste of what I’ve experienced this week:
- My typical routine is to run 30 minutes at 6 mph on a treadmill. I usually pick the interval program so that the incline varies and hopefully I build a little muscle. But honest to goodness, I can’t figure out the programs on the hotel treadmills. I tried. And tried again. In the end, I just adjusted things manually, which I hate to do as I don’t really like a lot of machine interaction during a run. It feels like trying to swat a fly while drinking a glass of milk.
- The treadmill has a TV monitor mounted on front. Like a greyhound chasing a fake rabbit, I subconsciously chased the television image. At 6 mph I bumped by belly against the front bar of the machine several times, so I finally bumped the speed to 7 mph. That was a big enough jump that I quit bumping, but now my legs are a little sore. I guess that’s actually a good thing!
- This morning I skipped the treadmill and used the stair machine (the kind with pedals that go up and down, not actual rotating stairs). I haven’t used a stair machine in years. It was actually a pretty enjoyable workout. My main issue is technique – is it better to take short, quick, shallow steps, or to maximize pedal travel and take deep, slower steps? Conservation of energy implies it doesn’t matter, but I’m probably missing something in my analysis.
- While working out I watched a channel I rarely watch: VH1. I don't really listen to pop music, so it was all brand new to me. Like this video, sung by a dude that sounds like the lead singer of lots of popular bands that I can't name. Then I saw the video of Pink's 'So What'. She seems just nutty enough to be interesting. And I like the lyric "I got my rock moves". I'll be using that as my own catch phrase effective immediately.
Tomorrow I think I'll try to brave the semi-cold temps and do a lunchtime ride. This indoor gym junk can only tide me over for a little while.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
- Leave home at 7:15a wearing 'normal' RGV cycling clothing: bibs and short sleeve jersey.
- Arrive at ride start. Decide to wear arm warmers, knee warmers, and skull cap.
- Ride bike around parking lot. Decide to wear full finger glove liners under half finger gloves. Also decide to put on my heavy winter vest.
- Ride starts. After first 5 miles, actually wish I had on warmer gloves and shoe covers.
- Ride next 15 miles to turnaround point. Take off all layers except bibs and short sleeve jersey.
- Feel great for the rest of the ride.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
- I was given an injection to numb the tooth.
- The remaining filling material was ground out, as were the rough edges of the broken tooth.
- Some sort of fluoride layer was applied to the tooth to enhance the tooth strength.
- Several digital photos of the tooth were taken, loaded into a specially designed computer with equally special software.
- The dentist used the software to create a model of the tooth, and of a porcelain insert that would rebuild the missing, broken section of tooth.
- The model was downloaded to a small milling machine, and the insert was machined there in the office.
- The insert was then 'glued' into place and cleaned up.