Haz a cold

Mar. 6th, 2012 04:02 pm
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I sound like that giant nose in the decongestant advertisement.
Also, Shimon Peres has cause me delays twice in two days.

Facebook moved near my work and guess where he visited today.
ANYWAY...
honking sounds )
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Just making a note; you are welcome to read or not read as you wish :-)

week thus far and plans )
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Gorgeous sun right now in the Bay Area with lurking clouds. We've had a couple of weeks of rain with more rain coming. It's been raining on weekends which makes training for the AIDS LifeCycle Ride difficult. I have two bikes on trainers - my road bike at my place and one of the gf's legacy road bikes at her place - so I can cycle away to my heart's content. It is not fun.

[Obligatory sponsorship link: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/StefanieHarvey]

She owns a series of DVDs called "Spinnervals" that come with a suffering index. On Sunday I did one that wiped me out in a half hour - sweating profusely, ready to vomit. It was ridiculously hard. There were tears, I admit. I felt embarrassed to be so out of shape, especially in front of someone I love. Her reaction - "If your going to do endurance sports, the first thing to learn is humility." So fierce! And gives good hugs. I am smitten.

The benefit of all the aforesaid nonsense is that 1hr on the trainer following their program equals 1.5 to 2 hours on the road. This cycling is a giant money suck - clothes, accessories, anti-chafing creams, socks. Being outside on the bicycle is addictive - there is something wonderful about moving yourself through space, not being in a car.

In order to leverage the outlay and toys, I've signed up for a 150mile MS event in September and am starting triathlon training. I don't think I'd ever do more than sprint distance, but it's a good way to stay on the exercise straight and narrow.
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My housemate made homemade chicken soup for me which was very kind - my horrible head cold has been affected by gravity and now is a moderate head cold and a mild chest cold. I'm a bit afraid to consider where it's going next. My gf has suggested Pho for dinner. At least I'll be well hydrated. Came home to work after a teleconference to my east coast colleagues. I owe my boss some business development material and this is one area I find troubling - creating projections with no data. It's easy to stumble into irrational optimism.

Happy folks are posting more on LJ - [livejournal.com profile] crm17 comes to mind. I miss the community we had and I'm seeking more than the drive by graffiti of Facebook (to steal C's words!)

It's World AIDS Day - the epidemic is far from over - 33 Million people worldwide are infected, including 2.5 Million children. If you have the resources, please considering donating to an HIV/AIDS related charity. You can always sponsor me for the 2011 AIDS Lifecycle Ride from SF to LA --> http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/stefanieharvey

If resources aren't available, would you kindly consider reposting my link to your F-list or communities?

I've started changing a few things as we're 7 months from the ride. I've stopped drinking alcohol (too many calories) and I've stopped eating sugar (minus dark chocolate because I will not give up all vices.) In addition to my regular workout routine I have a minimum of 12 miles of riding per day in December; that's going up to 24 miles per day in January and 36 miles per day in February. The easiest way to reduce the amount of weight I have to carry up the hills of California is to remove it directly from my ass, despite the fine cushioning it provides.

Better get back to my business models. How is your day?

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