Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Week and a Half Until the GRAID!

Over the last month or so I have been suffering from some sore achilles. It is strange, sometimes during the day they are sore and other times they are 100%. Now as I type this I am feeling 100%, but in another hour I may go through a phase where they are sore. I am finding now that the longer I sit, unless I keep moving my feet into different positions every once in a while they start getting sore. The more I walk around the better. When do they hurt the most? While driving. Having my feet resting on the heel is when they ache the most. Strange.

The plan is to do a lot of resting between now and the GRAID. I am certainly not going to gain any fitness doing anything extravagant that is for sure! I am just going to bike a few minutes every 2-3 days. Today, I will be commuting into Ames again so I will be getting 1.5-2 hours in, but it will be all nice and easy riding.

The mandatory cup of coffee in THE CUP

Gary has finally gotten his blog started again!



Here is the bike ready to go get its derailer. Paddy, don't hate me!



8 comments:

Hilton Meyer said...

I need one of those cups!! Really sweet man. Definitely have a great day by starting it off with a warm cuppa like that.

Carney said...

Are those clip on bars comfortable without cups for your forearms?? Or are they just for narrowing up your frontal profile? I've used the clip on drops from the early 90's that are that narrow, but never that style.

Paul said...

Andrew, while they are odd looking it is very surprising how effective they are for going into the wind. I sit upright enough on the bike that having my hands on them isn't anything like resting my hands on the ends of aerobars. What I do most of the time, when using these bars, is have my hands right on the curve of the barend. It is very comfortable and much more aero than having my hands out on the ends of the bars. I have just gotten used to it.

I thought I was the odd one until I saw a bunch of people at Trans Iowa riding with them. It certainly helps that is for sure.

PaddyH said...

no hating here...though it's a road bike, I too have a geared bike....I'd look pretty dumb pushing my bike up a Mtn road out West....do watcha gotta do

PaddyH said...

that said, get yer steerer tube cut down.....soon.

bontrag said...

Hey Paul. I like the setup. I'll keep the GRAID in mind. If I can make it I'll probably catch up with you as you come through Ames. Looks like a good ride.

Paul said...

Quess I am still a newbie after all huh Paddy!

PaddyH said...

uh no...it's more a case of you'd hate for that "tower of spacers" to collide with you crotchial area...plus it's all that unnecessary weight.....ok, end of rant.