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Day 19: Pushed It a Bit Too Hard (July 21, 2022)

Day 19 of 30 Days of Cycling as toward Byers again.

This is me, just before I left first thing this morning:

Alan on his bicycle

And this is looking back at the halfway point:


Sadly, the perspective of the photo above does not do justice to the hill that I had to go back up in order to return home. Let’s just say that I got most of the way up it, but had some symptoms that meant it best to stop. Probably nothin’ other than not being in shape enough for the hill (and the eastward wind adding a decent amount to the effort), but I’m going to get checked out to make sure that is all it was.

And, unless they tell me otherwise, I’ll be back on my bicycle for day 20 tomorrow!

P.S. As much as it hurt my male ego, I rested a bit, walked up the remainder of the hill (with still a really high heart rate), and then rode the rest of the way home.

BTW, one of the symtopms was my heart rate hit 166, something I’ve never seen before. I am 58 and considering I am out of shape, that’s probably not the greatest thing based on this from the American Heart Association:

Maximum heart rate is generally calculated as 220 minus your age. That would make mine 162, so 166 isn’t horribly above that. But, at that point in time, it felt somewhat horrible. 🙂

UPDATE: The EKG and blood test all came back good. The critical care doctor said I can do what I am doing, but should listen to my body.

Day 18: Nobody Showed (July 20, 2022)

Nobody showed for my morning trig session, so I clocked out and went ahead and used the Exercycle for Day 18 of 30 Days of Cycling, while watching Zoom to see if any came late.

Nothing to report, although it was good to have my iFit subscription active again, so I could ride in Hawaii. 🙂

BTW, iFit folks (if you happen to read this), on your site you were going to force me to pay for a year for the individual plan (no discount), but I could go monthly by subscribing through your iOS app. So, now Apple is getting a cut instead of you getting it all.

(This was posted the following day, but backdated in WordPress to reflect the date it is about.)

Day 17: Moo! (July 19, 2022)

Good moooooooooo-orning. 🙂

These gentle folks were at the halfway mark of the bicycle ride I just returned from. They were all laying down, and I tried to keep my distance, so as not to disturb them. However, as you can see, all but a couple wanted to know what the weird lookin’ guy was doing.


When You Think It Makes You Look Good, but…

Day 15: GoPro Frames and Halfway There! (July 17, 2022)

Day 15 of 30 Days of Cycling! Halfway there!

Other activities delayed my ride, but it still was over 90° when I set out tonight.

I did a Facebook Live stream of today’s ride. I am still debating whether I’ll upload the high quality copy my GoPro HERO 10 took to YouTube, but here are some video frames from my ride:

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I don’t know what the model is…and I don’t think it is made anymore…but the Subaru in the last photo is one of my favorite cars “of old.”

The Nine Most Terrifying Words

I miss Reagan…

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.

Reagan says it best himself:

Video from:


I am a “live and let live” kind of guy, but at some point certain things are truly Orwellian and, if you haven’t read 1984, it does not turn out well.

One doesn’t have to be a feminist to realize that feminism will be meaningless if biological males can claim the mantle of being a “woman” in any and every context.

Important caveat: I am not saying that it is okay to be bigoted toward trans, non-binary, gay, etc. folks. It is not.

But, it is also not bigoted to recognize differences remain, that there are competing priorities (e.g. like fairness in women’s sports or safety for biological females), or that the Bible doesn’t support certain behaviors.

This Is Concerning

Day 14: DJI Hyperlapse Success (July 16, 2022)

On Day 14 of 30 Days of Cycling, I got the DJI to do a Timelapse on auto (in 4K):

I still don’t know why it stopped the first time. It did stop this ride too, but it was because I needed to turn its “Auto-Stop Rec Temp“ from “Standard” to “High” (it was 90º outside in bright, midday sun).

If you want to see the GoPro HERO 10 Time Warp ride from early this week, please press here.

Goodbye Sunny, We Love You

One of our two oldest cats, Sunny, made his last trip to the vet yesterday due to a terminal illness. 🙁 These are a few relatively recent pictures, plus one I thought was kind a funny from a couple years ago.

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Thank you God for giving us so a wonderful family member, and thank you Sunny for all the love and chain saw purring. 🙂

Day 13: DJI Fail, but Don’t Blame Them Yet (July 15, 2022)

So, I figured I’d compare GoPro’s Time Warp (on a GoPro HERO 10) to DJI’s Hyperlapse (on a DJI Action 2), both on auto.

So I rode the same loop yesterday and today. The GoPro results are in yesterday’s 30 Days of Cycling post, and here is how the DJI one turned out:

Notice the problem? 🙂

It stopped shortly after I started bicycling.  I am not yet willing to blame DJI, but I don’t see how it could be me. (Also, there may have been a legit reason the Action 2 had to stop, but I wouldn’t have seen it.)

Either way, I will try again!

Day 11: Multi-Tasking (July 13, 2022)

Each Wednesday morning I lead a Supplimental Instruction session for college trigonometry, and if nobody shows I have to hang out for the whole hour anyway.

In case someone shows up late.

When that happens, I generally clock-out early, but stay on Zoom, watching for anybody hopping on.

Today, that meant I got ahead of things by multi-tasking with a ride on my exercycle. 🙂

Hopefully tomorrow’s post will be a lot more interesting than the last few days. Maybe a GoPro Time Warp?

Day 10: Even Windier! (July 12, 2022)

It was even windier today, so day 10 of 30 Days of Cycling was on my NordicTrack again. In fairness to me:

  • Somehow the wind on the high plains is blowing in your face 🙂
  • Misquito Authority postponed all spraying today ‘cause it was so windy

Maybe back on the road tomorrow…we’ll see.

Day 7: Headin’ Byers Way (July 9, 2022)

As I get back in shape this summer, my goal is to be able to do a round trip to Byers Country Store (in Byers, Colorado) for their awesome meatball grinder before Labor Day. This shows today’s ride was that direction:

Looking toward Byers

This is looking back Strasburg way:

Looking back at Strasburg

One advantage to looking toward Byers were the clouds to the east:

Cloud panorama

Finally, if this image from before I left doesn’t convince you I am a he-man, I don’t know what will:

Weather station