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Quick Repairs

Quick Repairs

Spotted this while I was cleaning my bike today. I honestly don't know whether to be disappointed that this chain broke, or impressed that it didn't fail completely. Either way, I'm glad it held long enough to get me back to the office.

Anyway, I decided to give my trail kit a shakeout and did the repair like I would on the trail: portable chain tool & missing link. Got it done in under 6 minutes, finished cleaning the bike, and it's ready to roll tomorrow.

The Value of the Experience

The less I get to ride, and the less frequently I get to enjoy my favorite trails, the more I value being able to come back to them over time and find that they've maintained their distinct personality.

A huge part of what I enjoy about mountain biking is challenging myself to do things I can't yet do. Sometimes that means chasing new PRs. And sometimes it means riding a move, or a trail, clean. And when you remove the challenge, you ruin that experience for everyone.

This makes me miss Chumash. I might need to negotiate a ride out there the next time my wife and I are in the neighborhood. But really, it makes me realize I need to seek out the serious tech closer to home, here in O.C.

Punching the Clock

Punching the Clock

Work has been going well, but been super-busy. I've been getting my workouts in, but nothing exciting. Steady progress. True "Punch the Clock" workouts: get in, do the work, get back to the rest of my life.

One of my goals for the last couple of weeks was to find three segments of my regular lunch loop to use as intervals. I've got those mapped out, and today's ride will establish some benchmarks I can improve on.

And I really like having my workouts in git. Unexpected benefit: it's super-easy to see when I last increased the load on a given exercise, or switched to a new one. That's valuable information to have at your fingertips.

Beach Day

Beach Day

 

Just Checking In

Just Checking In

I've mostly been keeping up the same workout routine, but I've shifted one of my gym sessions to Sunday afternoons, which lets me do some deadlifts and some kettlebell stuff. The downside is that I can't do any pull-ups. That doesn't seem to have stopped my pull-ups progressing (plenty of pull in deadlifts, after all), but I'll keep an eye on things. If I'm not stronger in 3 weeks, I'll adjust.

And I've started checking my workout routines into git. It'll be interesting to see what jumps out when I can diff workouts.

But it's also having a side-effect of highlighting exactly what I'm changing, and making me more consious of ensuring that each change indicates forward progress.

This week, I swapped pull-downs for pull-ups, increased the weight on goblet squats and cable chops, and removed flutter kicks from my routine.

I skipped the flutter kicks because I wasn't getting stronger, and didn't want to waste time on something that wasn't helping, and had a lot of overlap with the cable chops.

But Convict Conditioning says the next progression is hanging knee raises. I'll add those next week.

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