Monday, June 14, 2010

day 14

The whole blogging everyday isn't working so well these last few days though tis spikes my interest! Another meme from melbin via Bonito club

Two names you go by:
1) Grant
2) Harry

Two things you are wearing right now:
1) Scarpa walking shoes
2) Levi's 501s

Two things you would want (or have) in a relationship:
1) Fun
2) Decent sex

Two things you like to do:
1) Ride
2) write

Two things you want very badly at the moment:
1) My knee to be strong
2) My mind to remain focussed

Two things you did last night:
1) Drank great craft beer at Hart's pub
2) Saw Vivid

Two things you ate today:
1) Banana
2) Blue cheese

Two people you last talked to:
1) Caitie
2) Sue

Two things you’re doing tomorrow:
1) Sorting some meetings
2) Launching a partnership

Two Favorite Holidays
1) Paris
2) Vietnam

Two favourite beverages
1) Beer
2) Coffee

Two things about me you may not have known.
1) I can cook
2)I like reading Thomas Pynchon (over and over again)

Two jobs I have had in my life:
1) Librarian
2) Photographer

Two movies I would watch over and over:
1) Magnolia
2) Sid and Nancy

Two places I have lived:
1) Newcastle
2) London

Two of my favourite foods:
1) Pie
2) Cheese

Two places I’d rather be right now:
1) Paris
2) Booti Booti

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day 9

Lets pretend I didn't miss day 8, just continue on as if nothing happened. Rivendell arrives next week on Wednesday. Had to pay the GST component today, so it's looming very real. Can't wait. I hope to ride the Dungog 600 on it at the end of the month.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day 7 - Flexnib's memes

If Melbin can, so can I

Do you snack while reading? Yes, often reading at lunch or dinner time so food goes everywhere.

What is your favourite drink while reading? Depends on the time of the day but coffee and or red wine.

Do you tend to mark your books while you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you? I hate the idea of writing in a book - I use notebooks when something strikes me.

How do you keep your place? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book open flat? I am not yet brain injured enough to not remember a page number from one day to the next. Now that I'm using an ipad or kindle, the whole page remembering thing is pretty automatic.

Fiction, non-fiction or both? Both

Do you tend to read to the end of a chapter or can you stop anywhere? I prefer chapter breaks but sometimes it just doesn't happen that way.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or on the floor if the author irritates you? No, I just quietly put it down and walk away..

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop and look it up right away? Yep - it's a great day when I learn something

What are you currently reading? Solar, Ian McEwan, The art of asking, Terry Fadem, Discipline without Punishment, Dick Grote, 3 books on long distance cycling, When you are engulfed in flames, David Sedaris

What is the last book you bought? The art of asking (ebook) last proper book was Olivier and Parrot in America, Peter Carey.

Do you have a favourite time/place to read? Anywhere is fine, but I do have a favourite wing back chair.

Is there a specific book or author you find yourself recommending over and over? The Child in Time - Ian McEwan

How do you organize your books (by genre, title, author’s last name, etc.)? I do not organize my books - have enough of that at work!

Barbara’s additional question: background noise or silence? Music usually

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day 6

My bike fit yesterday was interesting, saddle was too high and too far back, and my cleats are too far back and angled incorrectly. I've also got a pretty crappy action. Not that Alex said that in so many words but I got the message.

Still not able to ride - next physio is Wednesday so hopefully will get clearance to start spinning again.

In other news UPS advise me that the Riv is in Oakland now. That's progress.

(BTW I'm participating in the 30 blog posts in 30 days effort - hence the unaccostumed frequency of posting)

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day 5

The iPad has trouble finding the text box in blogger! Makes posting a bit tricky!

Anyway some great news today. My Rivendell Sam Hillborne has been dispatched and is due to arrive in 10 days. Should be an awesome bike, relaxed and comfy, for those days when stopping to smell the roses is impotant

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day 4?

Am still awaiting the shimano freebies, so worth mentioning at this stage that I will be getting a bike fit tomorrow. Hopefully that will lend some accuracy to my random measurement and lead to greater comfort and success on the bike.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Day 3

Well the IBT is responding to therapy and things are feeling much happier in the pedalling department. I have been impressed with the mtb gearing on other audaxian's bike - notably Greg L and Pat L who rock deore rear ds and 36 t sprockets. wind yourself up anything. Anyway a bit o research found that Deore XT has gone 10 speed in 2010. I've just ordered myself some climing goodness.

Now that I have mentioned Shimano on my blog I shall surely recieve some deore xt for trial purposes! Surely?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day 2

So I went to the physio today and apparently I have ITB syndrome, which is really treatable and if I "tick all of the boxes" should be fit for the Dungog 600 at the end of the month.

The exercises I have to do, actually feel pretty good, so am really optimistic that I will get back on the bike next week, having eliminated yet another physiological flaw. Got to be happy with that...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Border 600k nad a blog post/day in June

Well I came close but unfortunately could not finish the Border 600. Bad knee took me out at 480k! As its 30 blog posts in 30 days, I'm going to drag this story out, but the ride was terrific, and challenging. I see my physio tomorrow. Hopefully I will get better fast.