#23: Strava, Virb, Video, Segments, Pinterest

Road to Church Point

In post #18, “So what do I want for Christmas” I was torn between asking Santa for new Specialized road shoes or a Garmin Virb.  As you know I chose the shoes but the profound thing is they ended up being involved in me missing some time on the bike (that is I pinched a nerve in my foot) which I am happy to say is nearly all resolved due to refinements.

Now that I am on the bike again and getting out there, I am enjoying my new shoes and my new Garmin Virb – yeh!!!!   Yes, I couldn’t help myself and bought one with a bike mount for the handlebars and started taking video and pics like the one above on the road to Church Point.

My Garmin Virb

This year I have come to terms with the fact that racing is not where I am heading and that exploring on my bike is, so I have found the Virb is adding to that experience. In addition to me enjoying being out there on the road, appreciating the visual world I live in, feeling the wind in my face as it cools my sweat and having the time alone with my thoughts, I have now found a way to continue the ride when I get home.

As you may have noticed I really enjoy combining technology with riding. Continue reading


#22 Live long and prosper

Coffee Chocolate Saviours

  • 13 months ago I started riding a bike again at the age of 47.
  • 12 months ago today I gave up smoking.
  • Every day I still battle with it.

I have discovered that I am like an alcoholic who says “I haven’t quit, I give up every day” because for me nearly every day I face the demons.

Usually it’s just a feeling or an urge but sometimes, when I go somewhere I haven’t been for a while I will remember that I used to smoke there.  For example, I was recently at a hotel in Japan that I had been before where I used to smoke near the front door, that I understood that it’s not until I go there and face it, that I feel I have mainly overcome that hurdle.  It’s is like you have to break every little piece of the habit in your memory and it’s not easy.

If you are a smoker and have done it for decades, never think “I will quit and it will be done” because it’s not that easy and there are so many reminders, so many habits to break and the temptation to go out and buy a pack when you are angry or stressed often exists.  It’s because that is what you did before.

For me, I have found three saviours:

  1. Because I have channelled so much energy into cycling, I know that any cigarette smoke that goes into my lungs will be detrimental.  It will make it harder to climb hills or ride to the places I want to go.
  2. Having a coffee after my dinner has replaced the post dinner smoke although for others, coffee can be another addiction or is not practical if it keeps you up at night.
  3. Eating chocolate is my major replacement, especially late at night before I sleep. It’s the final kick that helps and as a cyclist, the best thing is it’s easy to burn those calories.

So I still need some kicks but today’s choices are so much better than before and when I look at my achievements, especially in the first 5 months, I have seriously surprised myself and am thankful I am on this path.

In the last 13 months:

  • I have lost 12 kgs or 26 lbs
  • I have ridden 6,871 kms or 4,270 miles
  • My longest ride is 132kms or 82 miles
  • I road my first 100km (60ml) ride in less than 5 months
  • I have saved around $AU 3,744 or $US3,368 by not smoking

I will live longer and prosper, and I am so much happier about it!