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Unbelievably busy

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I can’t believe how demanding school has been lately. This week is the worst yet, with two midterms, and three major projects going on. Most of it is behind me now, except for my hardest midterm. Riding has consisted only of going to class and work, and home, for the past couple of weeks. But next week is spring break, so hopefully I’ll get to do some  recreational riding.

My latest photography assignment was portraits. Here are some of the shots I turned in. Some of my classmates did very commercial/fashion type shots (and some of them were impressive). For better or worse, I went for something a little more “real.”

Dave

Dave 1

 

Mom

Mom 1

Sarah

Sarah 2

Avery (my nephew)

Avery 2

I also had to do a couple of self-portraits.

Self-Portrait 2

Self-Portrait 1

I’m fairly pleased with most of them. The assignment had some constraints that were rather limiting, but overall I was pleased with my shots.

Overwhelmed, but satisfied

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I have three major projects due and two midterms this week. I’m still surprised at how demanding school is of my time. The upside is, basically all of my projects are interesting. I’ll post more about those later. I did manage to spend some time on things of my own. I have a new photography toy, which is proving to be quite a lot of fun, and gets some beautiful results.

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Not much riding this weekend

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

I was hoping to get out for a long ride this weekend, but I have multiple large projects going on simultaneously for school, so I almost didn’t get to ride at all.

I was in a rotten mood earlier today. After spending some time with my wife, while simultaneously working on a photography project, I started feeling a bit better. Then, I managed to sneak out  for maybe 30-45 minutes on the singlespeed. It wasn’t a long ride, but it helped clear the mind and I felt ready to focus on my next project afterwards. Sometimes, it’s surprising how much even a little ride helps.

I’ve made some changes to the singlespeed. The Brooks B17 wasn’t working for me, so I took the saddle off my 29er and put it on the singlespeed. It’s a lot better, although this saddle isn’t great if I’m not wearing biking shorts. So, I still need to figure out the best course of action.  The saddle change also forced a saddle bag change. This saddle will need to go back on the 29er, so I’ll have to buy a saddle for the singlespeed; now I’m leaning toward a WTB like I have on the Trucker.

I also put clipless pedals on it. They’re OK, but my foot placement feels a little awkward. I feel like I’m sitting too far back, maybe, even though the saddle is as far forward on its rails as it will go. This problem might actually be related to the stem, which I haven’t been able to change yet — it’s too long.

Those issues are noticeable, but I really wasn’t bothered by them, or even thinking about them, during my ride. I “just rode” for probably eight miles or so. I didn’t even bring the GPS, which is unusual for me, even on a short ride. Here are a couple of photos from the ride. I was in the 50s today so it killed me that I couldn’t ride longer, but I made the most of the time I had.

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