A Bunch of Stuff

I’ve got a few things to write about. Somewhere in all of this, I should be able to find a Perfect Moment.

Regarding yesterday’s post, the angle of my bike is definitely different on the trainer. It is higher at the front than the back and that isn’t how it would be on the road. I don’t know if I have it sitting incorrectly in the trainer, or if I set something else up wrong. I will experiment with ways to make it work better. I will also read the manual again and watch some videos. I may even call customer support. Today, I just stuck a piece of plywood under the back and it seems to have made a difference. I don’t seem to have experienced the same shoulder pain, but maybe those muscles are stronger now. The solution is not perfect, but it fills in some pieces of the puzzle.

I am still getting into Zwift, but today I rode around London and even got to ride my bike on a road underneath the city–the London underground. It was kind of gimmicky, but I kind of liked it. I would love the opportunity to ride in unusual places. There is a ride every year in Toronto where you can ride on the North South highway to the east of the city. I really want to do it, but they want it to be a fundraising event and I would rather just pay a fee like other rides. I am not comfortable asking people for money.

I mentioned that I had to get my music going and today I cycled while playing the Tragically Hip’s second album. It isn’t completely the up-tempo that I want for a ride, but until I make a playlist it was pretty good. You can never go wrong with the Hip.

I rewarded myself for continuing with my resolutions by eating a big bowl of chili that I made. I had some meat in the freezer and had the presence of mind to get it thawed out earlier in the day. I was able to find most of the other ingredients in my pantry, so I didn’t need to go out and get anything else.

Questions for the readers

  • Do you have any favourite music you like to ride to?
  • Do you have a favourite post ride meal?
  • Do you have a favourite Zwift ride?

Looking at what I have written, I would have to say that, despite being early days, continuing with my resolutions is Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to A Bunch of Stuff

  1. idlecyclist says:

    I have a cycling Spotify playlist. It’s pretty full on 😉

  2. Lkvy says:

    Alpe du Zwift! I think this route is unlocked when you reach level 11. It’ll be a while before I get to do it again as I did it under Yann’s account. Other than Watopia, France has the best routes. Richmond and Paris are boring.

  3. I don’t have a music player on my bike, but saw that bone conduction headphones are more affordable than the noise reduction ones, and much safer. Inside, I like whatever rock is on the radio but more usually classical. I don’t have Zwift and find the trainer insanely boring, hard to get my bike on, and noisy, so I usually brave the weather than use it. After ride meal, hmm. I try to have protein powder or a Think bar, but if I’m going right into yoga I’ll wait. Now that I’ve dialed my riding way back, it’s not as important. I’m in Texas, so chili… mmmm. And way to go with sticking with resolutions, that is perfect! Trying them at all is good. And perfect is the enema of good, as my brother says. Correction, enemy.

  4. bgddyjim says:

    I don’t ever listen to music… it messes up my cadence (Metallica For Whom the Bell Tolls, perfect example). Also, when I’m outside I hate music because it messes with my enjoyment of the outdoor sounds. Post ride meal would be roast beef, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies and gravy. I do not zwift. I like to watch movies on my trainer. Bose 5.1 surround CRANKED. Good stuff, man.

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