Sunday, April 16, 2006

Day 2 of Riding

On the trainer, 5 miles again. Was going to do more but don't want to over do it as I have to work tomorrow and it's going to be a tough couple of weeks as I have a special project in addition to my regular work load. Shoulder/arm feels a bit weak and achy, but the weather is turning and the therapist says my shoulder will be a barometer for awhile, so I will blame it on the weather, not the riding. I have been working on pedaling in circles rather than just pushing down. It's going to take some getting used to. Clipless is a must.

I had a return item at REI so I exchanged it for a cyclocomputer for my Santa Cruz. I decided to get it all set up today and well guess what? The front fork is too fat to attach the sensor to and also the rim brake mounts are EXACTLY where the sensor needs to go. So start looking at mounting it on the back tire. Get it all good to go and then realize the sensor is too far from the magnet due to the seat stays being further from the spokes on a mountain bike than on a road bike....duh. So now I have this computer that doesn't work for my mountain bike. It's a Sigma wireless something or other. So what to do, what to do. Buy yet another computer like the CatEye Enduro or try to find a Supermagnet that Sigma makes for these situations. So far I haven't located one. I'm also concerned that this computer just can't take the ab(use) of mountain biking. Hmmm.

My son and his cousin want to go camping down at the big riverbed behind our house. Cousin's dad says no; bears, weirdo's, cold weather, etc. It's frustrating for the boys, they are 14/15 yrs old and this is one of the best activities they could be doing. Plus they have cell phones and are only about 10 minutes away from our home. My husband is all for it, he went down and checked out their spot and gave it a thumbs up. My husband is a huge outdoors guy, his dad would fly him and his buddy up to Knik Glacier and drop them off for a few days when he was this age. This is typical life in Alaska for a lot of people. Cousin's dad has only been in Alaska for a few years, so he has a different point of view. The boys would be fine, just need to reassure the parents and it is really good to learn wilderness survival skills. Lots of time for them to camp when the weather gets warmer.

Daughter got her 1st paycheck from Alaska Airlines, she's pretty happy, never earned that much $ before. She is already being noticed by the trainers as a go-getter, they are telling her if she keeps it up, she will be on the fast-track for promotions. Good girl. I think I was a pretty good example of doing what it takes and working hard to support yourself and your family. I was a single mom for a few years; worked and going to school and raising them alone. It was tough, but you gotta do what you gotta do.


George said...

Congrats on your daughter's job.

I am a city boy so bear with me..... when you go camping up in Alaska, do you have to take a shotgun with you in case a bear decides to have you for lunch?

steve said...

Wrap a couple of layers of inner tube around the stay then cable-tie the sensor on to that - I'm assuming it's the kind that cable ties on, of course! You can just about see where I've done the same thing on my bike in this rather blurry picture; I had to move the sensor up because it interfered with my lowrider rack, and then could get a signal, so I bodged in the inner tube to shim it out enough.

It's not massively pretty, but at least it protects the chain stay from the cable tie...

Michelle said...

We don't usually carry guns, depends on the area.