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A man’s character is like a fence

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

It’s been a while since I updated. I meant to write about our trip to the Bloomington Speedway last Friday, but never got around to it. You can read Sarah’s account here.

We had a really full weekend. On Saturday, we helped my mom move things from one storage unit to another, took a nap, and then had a picnic out at Brown County. I brought my old SLR film camera (a Pentax K1000) loaded with slide film to try some cross processing, and the Kodak Retina that we found with my grandparents’ things. It’s a 35mm camera from the 1930s. I hadn’t tested it yet to see if it’d work. Unfortunately, Sarah brought her camera, but forgot to bring her memory card. This meant that she could take about 7 photos before the built-in memory filled up. I took some photos at Brown County, and then we drove around aimlessly, taking a few photos along the way.

We stumbled on this really cool Deckard Cemetery, some 5 miles back on a gravel road. We pulled up near it and realized it was on private property. There was a house right there, and a guy on the porch yelled at us. We asked if we could look around, and he said sure. So we did. You can see the photos on my Flickr page.

On Sunday, we went to McCormick’s Creek State Park and parked by the falls. We both had cameras this time (our digital ones) and we both took some photos. It’s great to do some photography again. It’s been a while.

I worked at home yesterday and today to minimize distractions. It seemed to help somewhat. Really just a change of scene is nice sometimes.

Tonight, I went for a ride at Brown County. This time, I did the Aynes Loop, and then did the North Tower Loop afterwards. I did it a bit differently, because I rode the North Tower Loop counter-clockwise, which I don’t normally do. I actually really liked it — some parts seem to flow better that way. Also, it’s the longer way back from the Aynes Loop, but it’s less intense in the climbing department, which can be pretty nice. I ran into Chris, the guy who worked on my bike up in Indy, and talked to him for a few minutes, and later encountered Randi from work and her riding buddy. I still haven’t been riding enough to get to know many people, but it’s pretty clear that once I ride some more, I’ll start seeing a lot of the same people. The cycling world is pretty small.

My ride tonight was weird because it got off to a bad start but got a whole lot better. I was just … off … at first. My timing was out of whack, and I made a couple of mistakes during the big climb on the Aynes Loop, after which I got frustrated and kept tripping myself up. However, once I started riding down the other side, I got my rhythm and did a lot better. I hit 32.4 miles per hour at one point! Pretty fast for singletrack trail. I also didn’t wipe out at all this time, which was good because I’ve had minor crashes the last couple of times I rode. I did bump my knee at one point early in the ride, and actually it looks like I rode over my own knee.

I’ve started cleaning and lubricating my chain more, and the difference is pretty clear. Everything has been working pretty smoothly overall. It’s funny because the guy at Indy Cycle Specialist said that I’d get pretty obsessive about cleaning my chain, and I laughed because I didn’t believe him, but I can already see that happening. Great. I am adjusting pretty well to my shoes, although sometimes I still have trouble clipping in, especially on a fast or technical section.

Here’s my ride from tonight:

One Response to “A man’s character is like a fence”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’ll clean and lubricate *your* chain. 😉

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