Monday, March 10, 2014

Dinner and Done

I sometimes wonder how much I would weigh if I didn't eat after dinner. Cutting to the chase, I'm going to try cutting that out.

Was out of town last week, but got in a ride in a health club connected to the hotel. Otherwise, we have baseball practice every day and I'm pretty occupied with that, and kind of sore as well after throwing batting practice on back to back days.

More later...

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Made it to the Hometown of Bing Crosby

Spokane, Washington, that is. A good week and I'll cross into Idaho, with a Cabela's overlooking the highway, just yards into beyond the state line, in case I need to hunt something between Washington and Montana.

I am feeling good. No soreness of any kind. Part of that might be because my pace has slowed down, but I do think I'm being smarter about riding position.

We are into baseball season now. A rare February week in Seattle with very little rain allowed the team I coach to get five practices in. For the next four months, there will be very few days without baseball. Again, I equate coaching to gardening in terms of physical exertion, so I'm getting some exercise out there every day. But it is slowing the biking down, just a bit. Between baseball and work, there's not much time left. I've done a pretty good job riding the exercise bike before work, so that helps.

My best story of the week was when an 11 year old outfielder ran up to me between batters in practice, handed me a tooth he had lost, and ran back into position before the next pitch. Good hustle! You know the Cardinals aren't taking a play off because of losing a tooth.

I'm not sure how many people still read this, but if you are I hope you are being healthy in your own way. All the best to everybody!

Monday, February 17, 2014

250 Miles and Feeling Good Again

Putting on miles watching the Olympics (time includes an interruption)
My last post was a little bummin' due to some knee soreness, but I'm relieved to report that I've fixed that. My stationary bike isn't ideal for a taller rider and I got into the bad habit of bowing my knees out. Last Monday I was conscious to put my knees back into alignment and the dull pain I had been feeling went away immediately.

For better or worse, I also took four consecutive days off. That wasn't the plan, but there was a reason each day and I decided a stretch of rest wouldn't be the end of the world. Two of the days were due to early morning meetings at work (6:30 AM...why?) and on Saturday it was all I could do to fulfill my obligations as a youth baseball coach. For those of you not in Washington State, outdoor baseball here is a struggle. Our league tryouts Saturday included four hours at about 40 degrees and a light rain. It took me a few hours to recover and then it was off to an indoor practice. I love coaching, and it does keep me active, but we're coming into the season where there's not much time left after work and baseball.

A thought on the Olympic snowboarding... I watched the seeding runs for women's snowboard cross from my exercise bike yesterday. One rider launched off a big jump, got a little bit sideways, and smashed her head on the ground. She was knocked unconscious instantly, before she even came to a stop. I saw this in women's slopestyle as well, where a hard hit knocked a woman out and broke her helmet, all before she slid to a stop. The commentator called it "rag dolling." It was an apt description, but I couldn't help think of the euphemisms NFL announcers used just a few years ago to describe concussions, such as, "He got a little ding on that play." The NFL finally knows concussions are a crisis, even if they haven't solved it. When will snowboarding?