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Bicycling Around The World – Part 4

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I am now at about four months of regular cycling – well three months technically since I spent nearly a month in Australia recently. Late last week, the distance radii that I was tracking in Streets & Trips 2010 intersected. Later this week, I expect to ride past the 1000 kilometres mark.

bikeDistance_All_Week_20From my old apartment in Etobicoke, I have ridden past Thunder Bay and up north past James Bay. To the south, I have passed Charlotte, North Carolina.

From my house in Irving, I am nearly all the way through the state of New Mexico and I have passed Omaha, Nebraska to the north.

I guess the next visual goals for this map is when each circle reaches the other’s center point.

Treadmill Tunes

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

For the past two years, I have been working out with an awesome personal trainer – I’d give you a link but Patrick won’t take my advice and create a personal website. The results have been worth every penny.

Although I often have my Zune playing when I am on the treadmill or elliptical machine, it is only recently that I put together a playlist of songs that I really want to listen to during a cardiovascular workout. I want music with a good beat and that can be turned-up loud enough to drown out the gym’s radio.

Here is a sampling of the 232 songs that make up my Treadmill Tunes:

Faith No More – We Care A Lot

REM – What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?

Shock Of Pleasure – Xenophobia

Sarah McLachlan – Vox

AC/DC – Thunderstruck

Teenage Head – Tornado

Blur – Song 2

Diesel – Sausalito Summer Nights

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Trooper – Raise A Little Hell

Garbage – Only Happy When It Rains

The Tragically Hip – My Music At Work

The Butthole Surfers – Pepper

Eels – Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues

Rob Zombie – More Human Than Human

Rollins Band – Illumination

Lily Allen – Fuck You

The Grateful Dead – The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)

Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning

Faith No More – A Small Victory

Transvision Vamp – Evolution Evie

Phish – Bouncing Around The Room

Bicycling Around The World – Part 3

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Yesterday marked two months of using my bicycle computer to track the total distance that I bike ride.

th_bikeDistance_All_Week_8 In eight weeks I have covered just over 585 kilometres (363.5 miles for my American friends). This means that from my house in Irving, Texas I have now:

  • crossed into the state of Mississippi to the east
  • passed Wichita, Kansas to the north
  • am just inside the New Mexico border to the west
  • am in Mexico to the south-west

I figure that in a month or so my two radii will intersect. Well, not quite, because I am taking a month-long vacation to Australia next week (keep reading this blog for updates).

From my old apartment in Etobicoke, Ontario; I have travelled past Montreal, Quebec, Washington D.C. and Timmins, Ontario. I am approaching Cincinnati, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

Bicycling Around The World – Part 2

Monday, May 17th, 2010

At the five week mark I had put 331 kilometers on the odometer. I was well past Oklahoma City to the north, Austin to the south and Shreveport to the east. On the Toronto map, I was just at Sudbury to the north, just past Detroit to the southwest and closing in on Ottawa to the northeast.

As of this post, the odometer sits at 416 kilometers. I’ll update the Streets & Trips maps when I start my work week on Wednesday. You can see the current maps on my Flickr site here and here.

590 Pound Leg Press

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I never would have thought earlier in my life that I would be capable of leg pressing 590 pounds. Thanks to the amazing work of an amazing trainer; I acheived this back in February 2010.

The sights are now set on managing to do this with 720 pounds – that would be eight plates on either side.

Bicycling Around The World

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Alright, I am not really bicycling around the world. I thought that would be obvious. But, I do cycle a lot. That is a side-effect of not having learned to drive or acquire a vehicle license (yet). Nearly two weeks ago, I bought a bike computer so I could track my speed, time and distance. I’m not racing; I’m just curious.

So I am going to check the odometer every week to see my total distance travelled. Just the first week surprised me – I had ridden 87.8 kilometers. So I mapped it out on Streets & Trips 2010.

From my house in Irving, 87 kilometers puts me just shy of the Oklahoma border. From my old apartment in Etobicoke, I could ride into Niagara Falls, New York or north past Barrie, Ontario. I am curious what a month or a year of riding will look like on the maps. My original plan was to update these images weekly; but that seems excessive. I’ll post new links if I hit a major milestone on the maps (passing a major city or landmark).

Maybe bicycling around the world is not that far a stretch in a figurative sense.

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