Embracing Hunger

hungerWhen I made my first post back in 2009 I weighed over 270 pounds, the year before that I had weighed close to 300.  For 2010 and 2011 I lost weight for the first time in my life at a substantial rate.  Once I reached my current weight of about 230 I leveled off.  During those years I was losing weight I became used to being hungry and sore.  Sore from weight lifting and hungry by not eating nearly as much.

About a week ago a switch was clicked in my head, I’ve come to embrace hunger again.  I was watching videos of people who had transformed their bodies through diet and exercise and in one a girl said, “I stopped putting garbage into my body.”  Those words stuck with me.  They stayed with me as I cased mail, loaded my car and began to deliver.  They stayed with me when I got hungry.  I usually buy a doughnut, maybe some candy, a bog of chips or snack mix, or something to eat while I drive around all day stuffing mailboxes.  Last Monday I bought 3 peaches, the next day I bought a bag of grapes.  Saturday we have doughnuts at the office, I usually have at least have two.  Saturday I walked by them twice both times saying to myself, “garbage.”

I’m a candy addict, I love sweet stuff, I haven’t had candy since this epiphany last week.  I’ve been waking up hungry but I do not go straight to the couch with food as I have been doing for the last year or two, instead I go for a walk or inline skate, then I come home and eat when I’m truly hungry.  Hunger is a strange sensation, it arrives and seems to demand immediate action, but if you ignore the sensation, it becomes much less immediate, as if it becomes a program working in the background, not going away but you hardly notice it’s there.  I’m sure that many of us, people like me who have never gone without food for lack or religious reasons, we can’t even understand true hunger.

Since this change occurred in my brain I’ve felt different, more motivated, more energetic, and more alive.  I’ve been riding much more regularly and as I mentioned earlier, I don’t wake up with an overwhelming urge to go straight to the couch.  In the last couple of week I’ve lost 6 pounds and went under 230 for the first time since last year.  Embracing hunger is the key, it’s a feeling, not your master.

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The Best Deal EVER!

Google news has a little section where it suggests stories for me.  I have no idea where google is getting it’s information, but right now it’s suggesting a story about Jimmy Fallon, Epson printers and English talk show host Graham Norton.  Apparently google thinks I have a thing for talk show hosts, but I assure you, I don’t.  It is correct that I have a thing for photo printers.   Well anyway the other day I was checking google news and a story was suggested to me that said, BUY THIS PRINTER NOW.  I checked the story and was informed that I could get a Canon Pro-100 inkjet printer for $50.  That’s a 400 dollar printer for $50, you could say I was intrigued.

The paper and printer came in separate shipments.

The paper and printer came in separate shipments.

The Pro-100 is bigger and heavier then the Epson 2200, but it's much faster.

The Pro-100 is bigger and heavier then the Epson 2200, but it’s much faster.

I just purchased a used and very old Epson 2200.  Ten years ago I really wanted this printer, but it was a 400 dollar machine and well out of my price range.  The Canon Pro-100 is a modern 13 x19 inch photo printer with built in wireless and lots of bells and whistles.  It uses fade resistant dyes instead of the Epson’s pigment ink which is prone to clogging, and most importantly for me it uses 3 shades of black.  Because I love black and white photography that is a big plus for me.

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Here’s how the crazy deal worked, B&H sells the printer for 400 dollars, they have a special 100 dollars off promotion going on, (sorry I can’t find the code, but I bet it still exists out there) then Canon is currently offering 250 dollar instant rebate if you buy the printer and a 50 pack of paper, but wait there’s more!  B&H is throwing in the paper you need for the rebate FREE!  That’s right folks, you get a 400 dollar printer, and 50 dollars worth of paper for FIFTY BUCKS! HOLD ON, we’re not done yet, the crazy bastards over at B&H photo have FREE SHIPPING!  Yes that’s right, they’ll send you a 54 pound printer in a HUGE BOX, to your house FREE.

Here's my first print from the printer, I don't even know how to use it yet and the results are better than anytthing else I've ever used.  AWESOME!

Here’s my first print from the printer, I don’t even know how to use it yet and the results are better than anytthing else I’ve ever used. AWESOME!

Seriously if you have room for a giant printer and you like pictures you’d be insane not to buy this.

The Hall of pictures, I hope to completely fill this hallway up with pictures.

The Hall of pictures, I hope to completely fill this hallway up with pictures.

 

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Crack or No Crack Ride It Tell It Dies

After a ride last week my Dad noticed a dark line forming on my Cannondale Six13’s seatstay near the dropout.  He had a aluminum Cannondale Synapse that snapped apart at the same location and I’ve heard that it’s common for CAAD9s to break there.  I was a bit worried about it so I rolled out the CAAD 9 for some riding, including last Sunday’s Assault on Williams Hill.Dad, with his endless supply of spare parts and such hooked me up with a compact crank and a better fork for the hill climbing challenge.  It’s amazing when you switch bikes how different little things like that can seem.  The CAAD9 with open pro rims and a synapse carbon fork rides incredibly smoother then the Six13 I’ve been riding, bumps have just lost their bite.  Of course the downside is the bike doesn’t feel quite as springy fast as Six13.

The crack pre grinding.

The crack pre grinding.

With a Thursday off I got in a morning training ride of about 20 miles and some good hard efforts, then I checked out the crack.  The white paint Cannondale used for this particular frame seems to be weak, the Six13 has a downtube made of carbon and glued into lugs, around both lugs the paint is cracked, it’s been like this for years and I’m very certain it’s just the paint and not the tube’s coming apart.  The carbon and aluminum have different characteristics and stressed the paint.

The line in the paint on the downtube.

The line in the paint on the downtube.

I removed the paint from the area around the crack with a dremel grinder.  Not exactly the most elegant way but I didn’t want to spent 30 minutes sanding away paint.  With the paint gone I can see no indication of a crack.  I’m almost certain the crack was just in the paint.  If there was a crack I would have attempted reinforcing the juncture with carbon wrap, but that doesn’t look necessary now.  Looks like I’ll be back on the Six13 soon.

Can't see a crack after removing paint.

Can’t see a crack after removing paint.

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Road Raging

I went on a little ride when I got off work this evening then I cruised over to Shauna’s new office to meet her when she got off work at 5:30.  She said she could beat me home and it was on.  I went 100% down Sloan street and was nearing ludicrous speed when I merged right onto Commercial street 4 lane.  Two semi’s were coming in the left land and as they went by I tried to get into their draft, there were no other cars on the road.  I hit 30 but it wasn’t enough to catch the trucks draft.  I got down in an aero tuck and tried to hold on.  In a few seconds it was time to turn left to church street.  I was facing a solid wall of traffic,  I half track stood for about 15 seconds and saw Shauna coming down the road.  Eventually an opening appeared and I went for it, I was half way up Church street hill and Shauna was coming on.  Luckily she decided to drive extra slow and I “Idaho’d” a couple of stop signs for the win!  Then I collapsed from asphyxiation.

Luke, who I now know reads my blog, I have proof see, he asked me if any of my photos won the County Fair competition. The only way he could know was from the blog.  I’ll have to remember not to say anything bad about him while he spends the Fall in Santa Fe riding some of the finest trails in the world and saving lives 3 days a week.

Yeah, I hadn’t mentioned how my pictures did, I mean, I’m not one to toot my own horn, but since he asked….

My “Jackson Falls” photo was awarded Best of Show,  Color photography.  My Black and White “Old Barn” got 3rd place.  My “Bright Field” got 1st place color landscape, and my painting of Judith got 3rd place oil portraits.  I was pretty happy, but I wish my portrait of Itty Bitty would have won something, it’s one of all time favorite photos.  Normally this wouldn’t have been that big of an accomplishment, but the amount and quality of work at the fair was staggering.  I didn’t think I would win anything.

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Assault on Williams Hill 2015

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I talked to a guy named Greg at the Harmony Hundred ride back in May about getting a ride together in the hills of the Shawnee Forest sometime this summer.  It too me awhile to remember this, but I eventually got a ride together.  Because I can never do anything simply I made an event out of it, or at least kind of joked I would, with a trophy for the hill climb winner.  For about 2 weeks I did nothing, not sure if I wanted to make a trophy and encourage people to race themselves into a coma for it.  A few days before the ride, after going back and forth between a ride, or an “event” I decided to make it an event with a ride flyer and facebook and stuff.

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We had 6 riders for today’s Assault on Williams Hill.  Not the turnout I wanted, but in retrospect, it was the perfect turnout.  Every rider was in shape and prepared to ride the tough 50 miles at speed.  There were very few stops, no regroup, no waiting, just awesome riding with awesome riders.  If we’d had 20 riders of various abilities it would have been a great turnout, but problematic when the mechanicals, unnecessary breaks, lost riders and constant regroups started.

we found Bigfoot.

we found Bigfoot.

So the 54 mile ride left Harrisburg, did a loop around Glen O Jones, up to Garden of the Gods and then over Williams Hill.  Lots of flat and then lots of climbing, not a single rider finished the ride feeling like then wanted more.  I was dealing with cramping legs myself.

Barry took the trophy by climbing Williams Hill the fastest by about 20 yards.  I was well back and fully in survival mode.  We had a awards ceremony after the ride, Barry liked the trophy but not the podium guy.

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Lee and his minions in Benton are making plans for the Dirty Benton, a new ride this year in the Dirty South series of gravel rides.  It’s looking like it’s going to be awesome.

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Assault on Williams Hill Alternative Flyer

assualt on williams hill outlawApparently at least one person thought my ride flyer was funny, and I don’t mean ha ha funny.  I made a more intense alternative flyer.

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Assault on Williams Hill Aug 16th

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Trophy for first person up Williams Hill.  Many big name famous riders, lots of route options, good times will be had for all.

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