When I was a boy my mom would make me dive onto the floorboards of the car (before seat belts) for safety! Now today this does not sound too safe but the thought was good. Find a way to mitigate injury if the worst happens.
Fast forward to my adult life riding bicycles. In my 20′s I got a child seat for my bike. I dutifully bought my son a helmet (after all safety first!). Then I would go on rides with out a helmet!!!?
For a time after I got my new 4G phone, I tried to find apps to help me keep track of my workouts and diet. As an old hand at diets and workouts I thought I knew what I wanted. I wanted a app to count calories but not look up foods. For the workouts I wanted something that would leverage off of my GPS to keep track of my workouts.
Keep in mind I am pre-retirement right now and will never compete at karate or run a marathon. But in my youth I was highly competitive.
Let me start out by saying that I live in one of the four boom and bust markets, California, Nevada, Arizona and Flordia (CA) and we have seen lots of oppertunity early on in 2009. Back in 2009 prices came down to more reasonable numbers. The reason for this post is supposedly we are in a housing recovery now according to the news talking heads.
Lets examine what is happening now:
House prices are still low
One can still get loans
Mortage rates are low
Inventory is low
House filliping is back
Stock market is suspect
Investors are competing for lower priced homes
First time home buyers still cannot afford a big price – maybe up to the median
In this post I’ll talk about each bullet point… maybe you will see why this is NOT a real recovery right now from my perspective.
I went out to Sycamore Canyon today and after a long ride on Thursday – this one was nothing unexpected but still long. I say lots of wild life and got a shot of the second coyote I saw… but while I was trying to take pictures on a slow part of the trail – I accidentally hit record. After a few minutes I realized it and reviewed it. Not exactly a helmet cam but it worked ok so I narrated another one I’ll post here.
So that was the ride but I’m cutting this post a bit short as I wanted to get the video out there. Tomorrow I’m heading off the Mission Trails regional park to get in some miles. I’m a couple of miles from each park so with Santee Lakes and all of the surface streets (and it never rains in California) – I have plenty to keep me busy!
I have been having a blast after getting my bike fixed. It is not quite right as the 7th gear does not work yet but really – I don’t go that fast. Today’s workout included bag work, ladder climbs and a short bike ride on the street. You see it rained today and I don’t like getting me or my bike wet.
I still have to be careful about injuring my knees but I find if I start slow for the first 20 minutes – soon I can take a harder workout. It sucks getting old but wisdom is highly coveted as one get older. At least I hope I am not one to hit his head against a wall, but rather have the wisdom to walk around the wall.
As far as weight loss – I have lost 10 pounds in the first month – 40 more to go in the next five months before I reach my mini-goal. Who knows – I may find that I am happy with the mini goal and just work on building some muscle at that point. The thing is I don’t want to be skinny – after all in case of a zombie apocalypse – I may need some fat stores.
I met a fellow mountain biker today – Ken. Had a nice chat and found it was fun to have someone to talk to while riding the bike. Ken if you are reading this and want to connect – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s all for this week. I’m ignoring politics – still wading through all of the propositions this year – trying to keep the man from borrowing money on my behalf!
My poor bike has been getting a workout recently as I’ve been riding it every day. I was talking to a mountain biker the other day and asked him why patches don’t seem to work like I remember as a kid. He told me I was crazy to go out on a ride without a new tube and while I was at it – always keep a spare tube and pump with me on a ride.
I come from the old school meaning I don’t know much about modern bikes but I have these cool disk breaks that stop quick. I’m going to have to view a few youtube videos to learn how to clean up my bike as there is a lot of dust on the chain and gears.
I have to replace the pedals as one os almost toast too. I’m gonna head off to the store to get some supplies soon as I love bike riding for exercise.
Fellow bloggers and readers of this blog – my question today is does it all come down to incentives to finally motivate you? The reason for the question is all of the normal reasons, health, fitness, sex, seeing your grand children grow up and such pail in comparison to good old fashion competition and money. At least for me.
In this post I’ll highlight my incentive and how easily I’ve fell – no jumped off of the boat while trying to get healthier.