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  • bioniccyclist 10:13 pm on May 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    My Tour de Fire 

    The ride last Saturday was full of ups and downs. Literally and figuratively. I signed up a few weeks ago for the 38 mile ride. The options were 20 miles, 38 miles, 60 miles, 74 miles, and 100 miles. I figured 38 would be relatively easy. I was wrong!

    I`m not sure about you, but I tend to estimate how challenging something will be before I actually do it. As for the 38 mile TDF, I knew the terrain and I knew what it meant to be in a group race. Races like this aren`t races where you compete to win, but rather participate in in order to complete for some sort of self gratification and sometimes to raise funds for a good cause. TDF is an annual event, raising money for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. In other words, cyclists who sign up for races like this will normally ride at a moderate speed. Riding in a group normally makes it easier to keep a steady pace as you will almost always be able to benefit from being behind someone. I was planning on drafting as much as possible and should therefore be able to ride with less effort than when I`ve been on solo rides. I did a 42 mile solo ride a couple of weeks ago with no big issues. 38 miles in a group should be no big deal. Did I mention I was wrong?

    I drove to the start area early in the morning. My scheduled start time was 7:30 AM. I drove where the route was so I saw the terrain. It sure seemed a lot hillier than I remembered! 7:30AM exactly and we were sent off. I started in the back of the field that consisted of 100-150 riders, young, old, men, women, small, big. A diverse group indeed. After a mile or so, the field had stretched out more than I expected. A fast group took off in the front and a slower group remained in the back. I felt that the slower group was a little too slow and that if I decided to stay with them, I would take too long getting through the 38 miles. From Boulder Beach up towards Calville Bay, the terrain is like a roller coaster. Up and down, mostly up. It`s practically never flat. I climbed and I climbed and soon found myself in no mans land, in between the fast group and the slow group. It was windy. I was riding against the wind up hill for 11 miles where the first rest stop was. I felt pretty good, but I was going slow. By the time I left the rest stop I had already taken an hour. Not good. At least the turnaround should be only 8 more miles up the road. Since I had climbed so much already and since I was riding against the wind, it should be a lot easier gong back again. I didn`t happen to mention I was wrong, did I?

    After the rest stop it kept going up and up, the wind turned too. I was no longer riding directly against the wind, but diagonally against the wind. This made it tougher to keep the balance and I was going even slower. Riders kept passing me at an alarming rate. They were going much faster than me. I was past by a guy who was in his 60s on a 30 year old bike. He was pedaling along wearing sneakers. I did manage to stay with him for a while, but had to see him get away from me after a few miles. It was pretty discouraging to see that so many cyclists were in so much better form than me. I kept repeating to myself that I had only been in training for 7 weeks (I went on my first training ride on March 13, 2010), but it didn`t really make me feel any better.

    Before last Saturday, I predicted that I was going to be able to complete the race in around 2 1/2 hours. I based that on my rides the few weeks before TDF. I was nowhere close to the average speed I needed for that to happen. Around Calville Bay my computer showed 17 miles. I was going up a long hill that made my legs feel like they would fall off any minute. Pain, pain, and more pain. I had to focus big time in order to stay on the bike. Others were passing me as they were chatting to their buddies. Rub it in folks! At least the rest stop and the turnaround should be right over that hill. But, no! I bit my teeth together and realized that there was no rest stop there. My computer could be a little off I guessed. More hills of the upward kind and more pain, and more wind. I passed 19 miles, then 20 miles. Where on earth was the friggin rest stop?! As I struggled to maintain my cadence at more than 5 strokes per minute and as that skinny woman passed me for the fifth time (for some reason she always passed me uphill and I her downhill. I guess her75lbs vs my 210lbs was a little unfair both up and down) I started thinking that perhaps there was no official turnaround point? There hadn`t been a sign at the 11 mile stop despite the fact that it was the turnaround point for the 20 mile route. I was getting ready to turn around. I had as a matter of fact been ready for that for at least 5 miles. Then my wife and father-in-law came towards me in their car. They stopped. I asked them if there was a rest stop further up. “Yupp, a mile or so up the road”. I could do one more mile. It ended up being 3 more miles.

    The official distance to the turnaround rest stop was 21.5 miles. My computer showed close to 23 miles. I hadn`t exactly been keeping a straight line up  Mont Ventoux. Since the routes had had to change due to road work in the area, the organizers had had to change the location of the turnarounds and thereby the length of the rides a little. At the rest stop I hung out with my family for a while and grabbed some food and drinks before I headed back. The ride back was indeed as predicted quite a bit easier, but since I had used up so much energy on the way up, it was still tough. In actual time on the bike, it took me 3 hours and 55 minutes to complete the 46 miles (according to my computer). Total time with stops, 4 hours and 35 minutes. Embarrassing numbers, but I have learned a lot from this.

    I know now that I need to focus on riding faster up hill. I need to ride longer rides. I need to lose more weight. If I feel I`m on schedule to complete my goal in September? I think so, but I have a lot of work ahead of me and you know where you can read about the progress.

    Don`t change the channel

    THE Bionic Cyclist

  • bioniccyclist 8:38 pm on April 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    How are YOU doin`? 

    It`s almost May and it`s been a while since I`ve said anything of importance. Some might say I`ve never said anything important in here, but I beg to differ. Between the lines and sometimes above them you will find sophisticated thoughts and clever ideas…if you just look. (You should try! Let me know what you find…I`m still looking)

    On March 13, I wrote this:(https://bioniccyclist.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/its-time-to-start/)

    “Whichever way you slice it, the time to prepare, the time to train for my “tour” is now! I figure my max distance right now is around 20 miles. I need to double that by mid April. May first, I plan to do “tour de fire”, a local bike ride that offers several distances ranging from 20 to 100 mils. I figure I should be good for the 38 miles or perhaps even the 60 mile by then. I will give myself a couple of weeks before I make that decision. By mid April I need to have dropped at least 5lbs as well. Now it`s online, so I just have to do it, right?”

    It`s a little past mid-April. In other words, it`s time for a status check!

    Max distance in March :20 miles. Max distance  April 23: 42 miles. Check! Weight loss: ~7lbs. Check!

    Tour de Fire distance: (signed up for) 38 miles. More or less…check!

    I`d be bold and say that I`m en route, but there`s a long ways to Rome (is that even a saying?) There is at least a long ways to 200 miles in one day. Fortunately September 18 is still 4 1/2 months away too. But, the weather is heating up. The training will be tougher because of that, but hopefully also better in some ways. At least the sun will melt the pounds off, right?

    I have no idea what i`m doing really. I have a little experience from back in the days, but that only means that I`ve done some of this before. if I did it the right way then and if I`m doing anything right now, who knows? Those who do know will probably get a good laugh when they read about my training strategy. The only educated suggestion that I have listened to came in the form of one sentence from a personal cyclist trainer at the store I bought my bike. He suggested that I start out by going on short yet frequent rides. That way I`ll get my body used to cycling without completely giving it a shock. Well, in the shape I was (still am probably), looking at a bike gave my body a shock. So..too late for that, but I do believe the suggestion made sense to me. I did after all take it to heart. I have gone on a lot of short rides. 10-12 miles, sometimes as much as 20.

    I have up until now chosen rides with a lot of climbing and I have focused on cadence as opposed to speed. This part has been my own idea. hardly a revolutionary training philosophy, but it seems to be working. I haven`t run empty yet and I feel stronger and stronger on the climbs. After the Tour de Fire, I plan on changing my approach a little. I will focus a little more on speed. Not that I need to be the fastest guy on the block (which shouldn`t be too hard anyway. There`s pretty much retired old folks living on my block), but by going faster one also spends less time in the seat, which is muy importante when one plans to do a triple metric century in one day!

    So far I`ve been averaging 20-22km/h on my rides. I need to be at 25km or so on 25miles+ miles rides by the middle of June. ( are you confused by me mixing metric and US values yet?) Back in the days (I know I say that a lot) I was able to average 28-32km/h on 25 mile rides. That was then.Like I wrote in March “Now it`s online, so I just have to do it, right?”

    Don`t change the channel

    THE Bionic Cyclist

  • bioniccyclist 4:22 pm on April 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    THE Bionic Cyclist, recycled. 

    With lots of new readers, I figured I would recycle some of the older posts. here`s the very first one, recycled (very green of me)

    So..I`m blogging now. Wow! Never thought I would do that. I`m not even sure why I am doing it. Maybe a little bit because my wife thought it would be a good idea. We both saw “Julie and Julia” and were intrigued. Or was it “Julia and Julie”?

    Anyway, my story is as follows. It will hopefully explain why I`m doing this (“this” as in what I will blog about, not “this” as in why I`m blogging).

    As a young teenager I was told that I had a heart murmur. One of my valves was leaking and I would need surgery some time in a distant future. “When you are 60-70 years old” my doctor told me. Looking through old  files the doc saw that the valve problem had been detected earlier, when I was five and a half years old. At that time, however, I underwent surgery, not heart related. Since surgery at that age was rather serious, the doctors focused on what was at hand. The heart valve discovery was noted, but not followed up on until it was rediscovered 8-10 years later.

    As a young boy I never noticed my heart condition. I actually feel a little guilty about even calling it that. Heart conditions are for people with gray hair and wheezing breaths, right? I was relatively active in sports. I played soccer, competed in motocross and rode a road bike. I was in pretty good shape. By the time I got to my twenties I  had a full time job and wasn`t as active anymore. I gained some weight and generally became a lazy butt.

    In January of 1993, I was having lunch with a friend and colleague. I`m not sure who suggested it first, but we agreed that signing up for a really long bike race would be a good idea. None of us even owned a bike, so naturally that was a great idea! I guess we were both in a what-the-heck-let`s-do-something-crazy-and-impulsive mood. We decided to go for it! We bought bikes a few days later.

    Trondheim-Oslo (In Norway. Now you know where I`m from and why I write with an “accent”) was at least at that time the longest one-day bike race in the world. 540km/335miles in one day. Perfect for two ambitious untrained young whippersnappers! Especially since we bought our bikes just about 5 months before the race.

    You (as if I already have anyone but the few I have given the link to reading this already) might wonder what this has to do with why I`m blogging. I`m just going on about something that happened back when I was young. Well, hang in there. I`ll get to it. I promise.

    Just to be sure I wanted to run the whole thing by my doctor before I started exercising like a madman. “No, you cannot do that” was his reaction. He recommended I see a cardiologist for a second opinion though. I did. “Yes, you can do that…but you have to be careful” was his reaction. Much better. Then, it was time to turn the switch to “madman”.

    My friend and I both completed the race and vowed never to do it again. 365 days later I completed the same race for the second time. Since that day at the lunch table when e decided to be “cyclists”. I was bitten. I jumped on the bike 5-6 times per week for several years.

    This is now 16 years ago. I moved to the US in 1997. I have not been on a bike for exercising purposes since then. I`m married now and have lived a lazy couch potato life for a loooong time. “Not enough time for exercising”. Isn`t that a good enough excuse? After I became Mr Lazy I gradually started feeling my age and then some. I gained about 50lbs, felt tired and exhausted all the time, but still managed to blame it on my age, weight gain, lack of..well..moving! and so on. In March of 2009 I went to my doctor to have him check on a cough that I hadn`t been able to shake off after a cold I had several weeks ago. The cold was gone, but I was still coughing. Yeah, and while he was at it he might as well help me make an appointment with a cardiologist also. Just for a check up. I hadn`t had one of those in seven years or so. My wife insisted I`d do that. It was the least I could do to make her happy at least. Big deal. Big deal indeed! “You have a loud murmur and need to see a cardiologist ASAP. You might need surgery soon”, were his words. Oops!

    It turned out he was right. It actually turned out that my cough was caused by my “flappy” heart valve, or “aortic valve stenosis” as the cardiologist called it. Dozens of doctor visits and too many tests to count later, I had my heart valve and heart root replacement surgery on September 18, 2009.

    The recovery process went smoothly. I might or might not revisit that experience later. Depending on the readers feedback! (yeah, right…)

    I now have a mechanical heart valve, which means that I tick. Stand within a few feet of me in a relatively quiet room and you can hear it! It also means that I am part machine! Amazing and very cool, right?

    About 8-10 weeks after my surgery I felt almost like normal. As a part of the recovery process I was walking daily. I actually felt great! I realized that the fatigue and tiredness I had blamed on my age and other factors had been at least to some extent been caused by my defective valve. With a new valve I don`t have to be careful about pushing myself physically anymore. I have to be careful about falling since I am on blood-thinning medications, but my heart should be tough enough to take a sprint or….a bike ride!

    I miss my cycling days and desperately want to get back in shape. I have decided to go for it, again. My goal is to complete 200 miles on a bike in one day before the one-year anniversary of my heart surgery. The first hurdle I have to pass is getting a bike. Unfortunately, I got spoiled riding one of those expensive bikes back in the days of Trondheim-Oslo. Getting approval from my better half to purchase a bike worth more than her wedding ring (yeah, it`s gonna be SO much easier when she reads this. Oy!) might be a little tricky. But, we`ll see. I still have plenty of time. Maybe I`ll be rich from blogging…or maybe we`ll win the lotto? Maybe it`ll rain dollar bills tomorrow morning?

    Reading through the last paragraphs I realize that my story, despite it being extremely interesting, might mot explain why I`m blogging. I guess it`s just the cool thing to do nowadays. I don`t need any better reasons. At least I can`t think of any.

    So, you. You know, the one who received the link to this from either myself or my wife, please follow me as I struggle with my wife to buy a bike, with myself as I get up in the morning to exercise, with……well..I can`t think of anything else that I might have to struggle with. Maybe it will be a walk in the park? I know one thing for sure though, it will be blogged. Right here! Don`t change the channel.

    THE BionicCyclist

  • bioniccyclist 10:43 pm on March 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Disappointing on purpose. 

    I am aware that quite a few of you visit my page hoping to find a lot of “heart talk”. I`m aware that I`m disappointing you, but know this: I am doing it on purpose!

    For those of you familiar with blogs, forums and such, you know what a “tag” is. A tag is a word or a term that the author of an online piece lists attached to the document so that others might find the piece more easily. As for myself, I have listed such terms as “cycling” and “heart surgery” among others with my blog posts so that if you search these terms online you might find my blog. I have an admin page that allows me to see which terms people use the most to find my blog. “Heart surgery” happens to be on top of that list. If you scan my posts you will realize that I write very little specifically about my heart surgery, yet it`s brought up occasionally. I would like you to know that this is intentional.

    Don`t get me wrong, I`m very much a whiner and I love any kind of pity I can get. Self pity is the bomb! Yet, my days of basking in el sol de pity are over. I had surgery, went through a few weeks of recovery and now feel better than…well most of you! It`s as simple as that. No reason to drag it out or pretend that my surgery put me in a situation where I should be babied or felt sorry for. The truth is that as long as you have no medical complications, heart surgery now a days is no big deal.

    In other words, I`m not ignoring the fact that I`m a heart patient, because that is true and will never change. I`m enjoying the life I have because of heart surgery and trying to convey that through my blog. I`m hoping (at least that is my intention) that my fellow heart patients get that from reading my blog. Forget about the surgery, even if you`re still recovering, start walking or cycling. I even recommend running, despite the fact that running , as previously established (!) is purely for people who cannot afford a bike.

    This does by the way apply to all of you who have not had heart surgery too. Although I`m not sure why you haven`t had that since , you know…it`s no big deal;-)

    Don`t change the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist.

    • Bionic Cyclist's Wife 11:57 am on April 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmmm… so you don’t want to be babied anymore…. COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When can you wash my car?

  • bioniccyclist 11:03 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I want to do something good! 

    Except for buying a handful of donuts for someone else than myself the other day I have been terribly selfish lately. You might think that I`m saying that in an attempt to be funny, but no. I`m having a moment of seriousness here so bare with me.

    As you might know from reading between the lines in my previous blog entries, starting this blog in the first place was not entirely an original thought from me. I was inspired by other bloggers. What these other bloggers all have in common is that they are extremely popular. As a direct result of that they are making money writing on the Internet. The ones, perhaps the ONE I admire the most spends hours and hours each week blogging, he sells t-shirts and other apparel all in order to raise money for the fight against cancer. You might already be familiar with Fatty, a.k.a Fat Cyclist (www.fatcyclist.com). A few months ago he raised more than $100.000 in a few days! In short, I wanna be like Fatty. I want to do something good too. As a heart patient it feels natural to do something for some organization that works to better our heart health. American Heart Association maybe?

    I received a comment to one of my entries a few days ago from an individual who is involved with the Make-a-wish foundation. He even participates in bicycle races to raise money. I`m officially impressed and inspired by these guys! I really wanna do something good. But what? That`s the question.

    What do you think? Any ideas as to who I should raise money for?

    Don`t change the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist.

  • bioniccyclist 11:12 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I need an orange glazed donut! 

    When all else fails, think logically! I just do not understand why I didn`t think of it before. Being a reasonably straight thinking individual who rarely drinks and never do drugs it baffles me beyond reason why I failed to see the obvious: All I need to do to have  my bicycle purchase green-lighted by the boss is to find a place locally that sells orange glazed donuts!

    “Duuuh” you might say. “That solution is so obvious that you must have tried it.” But, nooo, not me. My wife`s culinary preferences did not enter my mind as a possible answer at all. I played the health card, I played the “other guys go out and drink and beat their wives, I just wanna buy a friggin bike” card, and i played the “look at how much money this Lance fellow rakes in” card. “If I make half that amount, you can quit your job!” I totally failed to see the joker in the deck. “I`ll get you an orange glazed donut if you let me buy the bike”.

    Now, I need to locate a place that sells these delicious little pieces of heaven on earth. Personally I don`t necessarily agree with that, but I`m NOT in a position to argue this apparently world known fact. We live and work in Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Surely a city which offers the world`s biggest gift shop, the worlds biggest selection and diversity (!) of Elvis impersonators, strip clubs next to your favorite burger joints and so much more, must have donuts in more flavors than I could possible think of. It does! Finding an orange glazed one, preferably several, might be a little trickier than I thought though. My wife has after all been looking for it for years, literally!

    I arrive work today a little earlier than normal with one thing on my confused  (logical thinking tends to do that to me) yet focused mind. I need an orange glazed donut! I prepare for hours, maybe days of searching through the yellow pages, making phone calls and wandering the streets. I try the web first. Obviously it can`t be that easy, but I might as well start simple, warm up. How can I do this at all after my donut hungry better half has been trying for years?!

    I open my favorite search engine and type in the following: “orange glazed donut Las Vegas”. Try the same thing and you`ll see the same as I saw. Nothing…? Nope, not even close. The very first listing on the page is a review of a local, not chain, store that has the goods! You gotta be kidding me! It has to be an old website, from the mob days or something. I give them a call. “Hi there, any chance you have..” I start shaking a little and can feel every muscle in my body is tensing up “orange glazed donuts?” “Oh, you mean the cake”, the lady replies. I knew it, I just knew it. Of course there had to be a catch. Orange glazed donuts located by searching online. Yeah, right. ” No, just regular donuts” I replied with all hope gone from my spirit and I`m sure, my voice. “Oh yeah we have…” I could hear her counting. Counting! She had more than one!! “…seven” she said. I jumped in the car, raced through the streets of San Francisco, even I was in Vegas, and catching my breath flung the store door (who said I couldn`t rhyme) wide open. “cash only” the sign said. Out again, back into the car. In nascar speed I attached the ATM, I`m not sure if I even stopped, but I ended up with twenty lovely dollars in my hands and minutes later two gorgeous, sexy, orange glazed donuts.

    I`m not sure if the donuts ever were difficult to find or if my wife has a weird sense of humor. In any case, my bike will very soon be MY bike indeed!

    Don`t change the channel

    THE Bionic Cyclist.

    • Ray 11:10 am on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well when I can’t find that special thing my wife like’s I research the recipe and teach myself to perfect making it.

      • bioniccyclist 1:12 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        But you CAN cook. Really well even. I`m very good at eating. Cooking..err..not so much.

    • Slim 3:09 pm on February 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well if you were a great husband like me you would have bought all 7 instead of just two.

    • Tone 9:25 am on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      He-he – have you tried looking up “orange glazed donuts Oslo”……. 🙂

    • Bionic cyclist's wife 6:59 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Slim. You should have bought all seven!

  • bioniccyclist 7:20 am on February 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I need to buy an even more expensive bike! 

    While most non-cyclists find it utterly ridiculous to spend anything more than the value of a couple of move tickets on a bicycle, my fellow cyclists (yeah, I call myself that now) regard my bike to be, or would it be “bike to become”? an entry level bicycle. I need to spend more $!

    Entering the world of internet cyclist forum and boards can be a dangerous thing. These boards are full of enthusiasts and hardcore cyclists. Some of them bike more miles per year than most people drive their cars. They cannot possibly have  normal lives outside of biking. There`s absolutely no way some of these guys have wives or girlfriends…or jobs!

    Nevertheless, most cyclists are normal people. Imagine that! They enjoy the hobby and enjoy sharing their experiences with other cyclists. I`ve been reading reviews, tests and boards until I eventually made my bike choice, at least for what I hope to buy. I happen to mention that I plan on completing a double century (that`s cyclist lingo for 200 miles) on one of the forums. Several members suggested that I should probably upgrade the wheels. The wheels they suggested would add 30-60% to the bike`s cost. One member said : “…or an Intended double century you may still find it a bit much. If your budget will allow, especially with some of the closeouts (bike store vendor name) the xx or yy may serve you better.”

    By “a bit much” he`s referring to the fact that my entry level bike might be a little uncomfortable on such a long ride compared to the better ones. The material a bike`s frame is made of makes the difference in comfort as well ..you guessed it, price.

    Bike “XX” would cost me exactly 1.81 times “my” bike. “YY” would cost 3.27 times my bike. “YY” is a bike that one of last years jersey winners in Tour De France is on, so that might be close to overkill for me. “XX” however is actually a relatively common bike among avid cyclists.

    Until I pull the trigger on the purchase or my wife pulls the trigger on me, I`m purchasing all those extra things one needs. Clothing, shoes, helmet, pedals, and such. At least I won`t have to add that to the cost when the day comes. “Oh dearest, yeah..I will have to spend a few hundred bucks on some gear too..eehh”. I think I`m better off trying to avoid that situation.

    I am of course harping on about this to make it clear that I`m …..ahh, who am I kidding. I`m trying to convince the CFO. Nothing more nothing less. Do you think it will work?

    Don`t change the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist

    • BionicCyclist Wife 3:31 am on February 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So now it is going to be more expensive. Are you crazy!? You might as well shut down this blog right now and forget about it or plan to walk 200 miles because you are not… no way no how!!!! going to spend that kind of money on a bike. That is unless we win the lotto… so you better use that money you are spending on gear to buy some lotto tickets cause that is the only way your are going to get “my bike” xx bike or yy bike.

      • Wilhelm 12:52 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hahah! You go girl! I also think that Terje should learn to walk before he runs, so a less expensive bike at this moment would be the correct thing for him right now. There is no problem to use ten or fifteen K on a bike. A co-worker of mine spent $10.000 just for a frame! But for a novice to get more joy/effect/power/speed from one of these instead of a more affordable bike, is smaller than a a guys privates after a ica bath… So I’m definately on your side on this one!

    • bioniccyclist 11:33 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Check out my new post Wilhelm. You are right, if spending as much as possible is one`s goal, reaching $10k or even $20k, is no problem at all. My goal was always something else though. Let me know if you think I went overboard or if you`re surprised by how little I`m spending.
      For the record, the bike I`m getting is the one I`ve been wanting for some time. I never wanted to spend more. Also keep in mind that the bike alone is $2400 ($2200 + sales tax) here, while it`s around $3500 in Norway ( 21.000 nkr). With the extra stuff I bought it would have been close to 27.000 nkr in Norway.

  • bioniccyclist 6:45 am on February 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Slowly but unsurely. 

    If you`re wondering who`s wearing the pants in my family, let me just say that I`m perfectly comfortable in these Speedos, size extra tight. I think all men deep inside know that we don`t have much to say about anything. Or maybe we just pretend it`s that way because that`s the only way we can stay in total control?

    I was given permission to set aside the sum of $500 towards my bike purchase today. It makes me very happy. It means that if things continue to progress like this, I will be able to walk from coast to coast twice, get a second degree in business, swim the Panama canal, and place honorably in the Senior Olympics (is there even such a thing?) Marathon in 2035 (unless the Mayans were right) before I finally will be able to get my two wheel Shimano Dura Ace equipped wheel chair. We will have flying cars before I can buy my bike. What ever happened to those by the way? I`m pretty sure I read in a Sci Fi magazine when I as young that cars would fly in 2010!

    Patience IS one of my virtues, so I`m determined that the $500 is just a teaser. Sort of like the close-up of the eye that the “Lost” producers showed us for the 4 years that passed between last season and this season. It sure felt like 4 years! Eventually the big reward will come as  season 6 has. I`m hoping. Never mind, I KNOW that I will walk through the door of the bike shop and slap my MasterCard triumphantly on the counter telling Richard to “order that Cervelo for me in 56cm will ya!” in good time before September 18. If it doesn`t happen, I`ll walk the 200 miles! How `bout that?

    Don`t change the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist

  • bioniccyclist 7:34 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    I hate running! 

    Who doesn`t hate running, jogging or whatever you wanna call it. It`s good for one thing, wearing out a pair of good shoes fast. Pound pound pound! Hit that pavement and hit it hard!

    Walking on the other hand, much better. Go for a stroll, enjoy the cool evening air, go window shopping after all the stores are closed. After all, you can`t do that running, can you! As for the exercise you get from it, at least the way I`m walking (fast and with my eyes focused on something small and juicy…preferable with cheese), my pulse gets up in the 130s which equals a good workout at my age.

    I managed to squeeze a a 3-mile walk into my tight schedule on Sunday. It felt good. I think I might make it a habit. 3.16 miles in 48 minutes. Not fast, but at least I felt like I was doing something good. Multiply that by 70 or so and put me on a bike and it`s all good.

    I asked for and received a quote on the bike I want with the extra stuff like pedals, helmet and such today. It gets a bit more real now that I have a dollar amount. I suspect it will still be a while before I can pull out ye ole MasterCard, so I`ll put in some walking miles and eat healthy until then. I do by the way weigh around 10-12 lbs less than I did last summer, pre-surgery. I need to lose another 25 or so.

    Don`t cgange the channel.

    THE Bionic Cyclist

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