Despite strong winds I got in two rides this week, one with Shauna and one without. There is a funny story to go with the first ride, wanna here it, great here it goes.
We were riding Old 13, which is a section of old highway left behind when the route was moved about half mile and replaced with a nice 4 lane, which makes Old 13 almost completely unused. About five miles into the ride I needed to pee, and since we were getting close to the hilly section of the ride I cranked hard up some hills leaving Shauna behind and pulling into a secluded power substation located at the top of one of the hills. There was not a soul around and I was completely sheltered from the road so I didn’t even go find a bush to block the view as I was peeing. I looked down then looked up and there was an old man standing about 20 feet straight in front of me. He had been standing behind a small building and had stepped out into view.
I quickly turned around and finished then told the guy I was sorry he had to see that. He didn’t seem to mind and warned me his wife would be pulling in to pick him up and she couldn’t see with a “shit” so I should really watch out for her. Well thanks for the advice buddy.
My solo ride is what I call the Golf Course Run, which is essentially a loop around the outskirts of Harrisburg. My record for this ride is an 18.8 average speed from last July and I wanted to see how I compared. Now there is a slightly funny story to go with this ride too. I currently have two computers on my CAAD 9. One is a Cateye OS, which I will write about one day, essentially Cateye tried to make a computer that was more user-friendly and more like a real computer, it has a great view screen, but unfortunately mine is in French, it took me a long time to figure out how to get the display in English units. The other computer on my bike is the Polar s725 that records ride data.
As soon as I started the clock on my time trial I noticed the Cateye computer wasn’t working, but that didn’t matter because the Polar was. Despite the strong winds I was putting down some impressive speed. I could still feel the lingering effects of my cold though and I don’t think my body is back to 100% yet. I finished with a 20 mile per hour average, and was very happy with myself. Then I started thinking, I never changed the computer over from my mountain bike wheel size when I used it last Sunday. The 29er mountain bike wheel circumference is 2300mm the road bike is 2100. So it thinks I went farther and faster than I really did.
The best my records indicate the route is 13 miles, my incorrect computer came up with 13.7 miles. When I recalculated I came up with a 18.5 average. Still pretty good for a route with several turns, stop signs, hills, and strong headwinds I think my winter training has paid off.
I had some computer problems this week, my main desktop got some malware, but since I’m running Windows Vista I just booted off the installation disk and let the recovery environment restore my system. Back when I ran XP I would have probably just reinstalled Windows, which leads me to a new problem. I’ve been running Vista for 3 years and have never reinstalled it. I have 3 years worth of bloat on my computer and its starting to show. incredibly it still works pretty good, good enough where I really don’t want to go to the trouble to install Windows 7.
I have 2 identical 250GB hard drives that would be perfect to set up in a RAID-0 array to get faster disk access, and I’d really like to go to Windows 7 because it works so well on my tablet. But then do I go with x32 or x64. It looks like much of the hassle that used to be finding 64 bit drivers is gone, but I have a few older pieces of software and hardware that probably won’t work in a 64 bit environment. Mainly the polar program and infrared device that connects with the watch. I really wish I’d shelled out the cash for a Garmin so I wouldn’t have this problem.
One last thing, I’m thinking of buying a Kindle.