What I want to do with my life...

Welcome to A Crazy Man's MBRTB2 (Mt. Bike Race Training Blog #2). The first blog I started elsewhere but its address was too long for people to remember, so I tried Google and it is lots shorter. It is: http://mbrtb2.blogspot.com/

So there you go. Enjoy, or don't, I don't really care. I am having fun.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 3 & 4 - A Day late and a muscle short

Well, I am a day late, but here's what happened on Day 3, May 28, 2011 - It was a good workout.  I rode 20 minutes on land!  None of that mamby pamby "bike-on-a-treadmill-contraption-because-I-don't-have-the-money-to-buy-a-real-one" thing.  I went up hills, down hills, in my nightgown (that last part, untrue). I started at 20 til 7 PM and got back at 8:01 PM, then asked if anyone in the house wanted to go on my 10 minute warm-down walk, and almost got the sister-in-law to go with me, but she longingly looked at the TV and said, "but I wanted to watch this."  I said I'll see you later and took a 12 minute warm-down walk.  I timed it so that when I had walked about 5-6 minutes I turned around and walked the exact same path back. In the route creator part of this Active.com site it's called an Out-and-Back route (for a reason that is so obvious that I would waste valuable resources worldwide explaining said reason); you can create your own here: "activetrainer.com/route-planner" (put " www. " before the " activetrainer " part).  Click the green arrow to start.  Go Crazy folks!
So I was tired and happy and wondered when I was going to injur myself (or my spelling) because I had failed to stretch for the last 3 days.  Well, my answer came the very next day...
Day 4 - I was playing a sort of handball game with my nephew (we hit a tennis ball back and forth with our hands, trying to get a high amount of hits between the two of us before one of us could not hit the ball back to the other - a great game until my aged bones woke up, or rather, gave up).  OK, it actually was the muscles connected to the bones.  As a matter of fact, you will see what I strained/pulled/strained in the pic below (For the prudish, I have decided to NOT show the whole tuckus (YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, I SAID TUCKUS!):
So I was actually just standing there at the time, not moving, turning, jumping, acting the fool, when I took a step with my left foot, turned a little to the right and said, "Oh, I've been hit in the... "You'd better not touch, certain areas of your body while you're out there on the football field."" (Just a little Cosby to lighten the mood)  So I said, "OW!" and had to stop the actually fun game with my nephew. I will never look at a tennis ball the same way again. :-(  We were bummed but thought it best to stop if I was going to be able to heal and play with him ever again.  Then I worried about mt. bike training, then I worried about the ACMMBRTB(MBRTB)! Would I ever blog again? 
I really knew I was in trouble when neph and I went to his house to play sitting toss-ball (stand and toss was out of the question at this point, as I am sure you can figure out) then HALO Wars and I wished I had one of those lazy-boy non-recliner type chairs that help you stand up by pushing you slowly to your feet - the whole chair lifts and separates, I mean, gets you to your feet.  Then I wondered what would happen if some mogwai got in the mix?  Then I thought it was silly, no matter what the Thermians say, movies and tv are not historical documentaries.  Maybe I was just getting worried for nothing, what could possibly go wrong?

Anyway so I did not work out today, Sunday, May 29, 2011.
I'll blog again when I am injury free - or at least when training won't cause any injuries to worsen.
Until then, don't eat yellow corn.

Day 2 - More of the same...

OK my 2 bloggees, my extensive training has continued.  Day 2 has brought more of the same as yesterday – exactly the same, in fact – 15 min ride, 10 min walk.  Oi, am I tired!  Thought I was going to just do 10 min ride but my inner competitive child goaded me into 5 more. And my old tired body cried for less!  Oh, the pain/tiredness this time just about kept me from rounding that last bend (which I do a 2 min sprint at the end just to really get my blood muscle feeling like an over-filled water balloon – ready to burst)!

Well, did it and not sure if I regret it yet, but I did feel some soreness in me bum and muscles that were a little tighter today since yesterday.  I haven’t got a scale, but I am going to see if my regime will help shed the pounds, to get me back to my rock climbing weight to height ratio, you know, 10 lbs for every foot.   Me being 5’6” and 150 lbs.means I will have to lose 95 lbs by November to be at that ideal weight to height ratio   OK. So I guess it’s good I am not training for climbing!

Anyway, my knees hurt, my muscles are starting to ache, and I am training to do the second half of a race that is a 5K run/11 mile mt. bike ride.  My race partner (let's call him McG), hasn't started training yet.  Maybe this blog will put some fire under his patootie.  YEAH, I SAID IT, PATOOTIE!!!

So, the pic below is what I am taking to the race – What it is, what it is sitting on, and why it might be there?  The prize if you win? You get a third day of blogging! “Oh, Martha, let’s figure this out so he will keep up his nonsensical blogospheric ramblings. HE UNDERSTANDS US!


Also enjoy the videos of me demonstrating the proper way to use the dual-pedal/bi-ped machine. Sorry, didn't have time to edit them.


Until next time, may the winds be at your back, especially if you are peeing.


DAY 1 - Indoor Bike Riding at its finest

[ORIGINALLY POSTED THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011] OK, well, I had my first day of training for my first ever mt. bike race (11 miles) in Nov.  If you can see the pics, that is my indoor bike riding machine extravaganza. It is a finely tuned piece of  equipment that will serve me well, I'm sure.  It's made of a mt. bike  and a manual treadmill with no straps to keep them together - they just  amazingly fit!  The last image is how the front wheel sits. 

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Thought I would only do a 5 min. ride then walk a bit, but ended up I rode 15 minutes on the easiest sprockets (which still caused the sweat to flow) then removed the dual-pedal device from the walking implement
and cooled down for 10 min in a bi-ped fashion. 

My heart rate was lots higher than it has been in quite a while (since I have been pretty much sedentary for quite some time now).  Though I did not time it, it was probably in the neighborhood of 140-150 bpm.  I walked for 5 min before it to slowed down enough I could breathe without making a sucking sound. 

Tomorrow I will be heading away for the weekend, but I will take the dual-pedal device with me (sans walking implement) and do actual road work Sat, Sun, Mon.  Raise your glass to the joys and pains of getting back in shape!!!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

DAY 5 & 6

For those of you who are not my 2 regular bloggees, and have not read my other blog up to day 4, here's what you missed:

1) On Nov 13 I am entering a race, with my friend McG, that has two parts - a 5 K (his forte) and an 11 mile mt bike race (not my forte, but what I want to do)
2) We are both overweight and plan on working on that as we work on our race abilities
3) I created a contraption from a mt. bike and a manual treadmill
4) My wife and mother-in-law said they wanted video of me crashing so they could pay my dr. bills after they won the $100,000 prize on America's Funniest Home Videos
5) I rode that contraption successfully 2 days in a row, 15 min each (tough ride, but who's laughing now?)
6) After each 15 min ride I dismantled the Dual-Pedal/Bi-Ped machine and walked a 10 min cool down
7) Day 3 of my training I rode on real road, up hill, down hill, in my nightgown (forget it if you don't get it)
8) Day 4 my age caught up with me (41) and pulled a muscle or something wile standing still
9) So that's what you missed on !
Now to continue CMMBRTB(MBRTB) by starting CMMBRTB2(MBRTB2):

I went to the dr. yesterday (day 6) and he thinks it's a pinched nerve in lower back.  He did this test where I sit on that table with paper towels spread across it (so if you gotta go nude you don't share anything) and I held my left leg up, pointed toward the door, then flexed my foot toward my shin.  OH THAT SHIN HURT!!  I MEAN IT HURT!!  So he really thought it was nerve because flexing caused pain to shoot through the area above my gluteous maximus that was pulled or whatever (slly blog dictionary doesn't know gluteous maximus.  FINE, ABOVE MY LEFT BUTT CHEEK!!! YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT, I SAID BUTT CHEEK!!!) (oh, by the by, after a while the red underline goes away and it no longer is wrong.  I think it happens as you type further below the incorrectly spelled words - fyi).Anyway, he had me take x-rays on the new fandangled thang that puts it directly on a giant computer card thing that is the "film" and you download it to a computer then use the card again!! AWESOME!! REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE!! Greenpeace will be happy with that, but PETA probably won't because I heard the x-ray people tested the technology on naked mole rats. That's what I heard.

So doc said he could see nothing in the bones that indicate anything, and he gave me hydrocodone and muscle relaxer.  I never made it back to work that day.  The 'H' knocked me out.  I have since come back to work, and even today, I took 2 during work hours (6 hrs apart, of course) which inevitably required me to take 4 or 5 20-second naps.  Man, what crazy drugs people make.  It also drys out my mouth - no spittin' contests for me in the near future.

OK, done with these last two days of bloggin', I'll write again in a day or two.

Until then, may the Good Lord keep you safe as you do stupid things so you have a chance to tell others not to do those stupid things.