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Throw back Thursday

Didn’t ride yesterday. Don’t really have anything much to write about today. So, I went back in time to see what I’d written about in the past on this day. I learned something. I have huge gaps in my blog.

To find a post on this date I had to all the way back to June 2010. Now, I did have posts in June 2011 and June 2012, but there were only a few of them. In 2013 and 2014, the month of June had no posts at all.

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. I often get caught up in something and go in bursts. There are several times in the history of this blog that I’ve gone months without a post. It is probably more of a surprise that I have kept this going since 2005!

Anyway, here is the “blast from the past.”

2010 Ride for Mike route: Day Two

In this post I continue to lay out my plans for the 2010 Ride for Mike. I also mention my plans to have my wife, Annette, follow along with me in a support vehicle. Wow, that trip seems so long ago, but what a memory!

Pulling my own weight

Back in 2009, I was writing about undesired weight gain. I guess somewhere I have recorded how much I weighed back then. It obviously was less than I weigh now! I was complaining about a 12:45 climb up Paris Mountain. I had just gained 4 pounds while vacationing at my childhood home for a week.

I notice I’m still climbing the mountain with about the same wattage as then… but I’m doing it much slower. I think I’ve gained a bit more weight over these last six years. Man… has it been six years!?!

A service of praise

June 2008 has only two entries… reports of my Assault on Mt. Mitchell. However, June 2007 brought back a memory filled with sadness, but also sweetness. This day eight years ago, I went to the funeral service of Michael T. McCaskill. He is the Mike of “I Ride For Mike.” The I Do It For Foundation was formed out of a desire to remember him and the life he lived.

Not sure when I’ll be back on the bicycle. It might be a Zwift night due to my schedule. This weekend the Beautiful Redhead and I will be celebrating our anniversary. I will not be taking the bicycle along!

Top Ten Posts

When the page views of Low Cadence exceeded the 200,000 mark, I got curious to see which pages have been read the most during that time. It would appear that the most popular post is one that caused me a good amount of pain!

  1. The Altamont Crash
  2. The Low Cadence Honda Fit bike mount system
  3. 2010 Ride for Mike
  4. My final word on the Quarq CinQo & Garmin 705
  5. Help me support my habit
  6. Garmin Edge 500 saga continues
  7. Boyd Bikes c50′s – First impression
  8. First date and I’m in love
  9. A different kind of bike Fit
  10. One more reason for cyclists to love the Honda Fit

The top viewed page over the last year?

  1. 2010 Ride for Mike

That reminds me. I am finishing up the plans for the 2011 Ride for Mike. I hope to be able to create the page for the 2011 ride in the next week or so. Once again I’ll be tackling a feat I have never accomplished before. Mostly though, I am excited about this year’s fund raising project.

Stay tuned! Thanks for reading!

Toot! Toot! Tooting my own horn

Nothing does a blogger as much as good as running into people who actually read the stuff he writes. Sure, you can see the stats and have your mother tell you she enjoyed your last post, but to run into comments about the blog in unexpected places really is pretty neat. I recently had such an encounter… actually, it was my brother-in-law who had the encounter.

He is a marathon runner on the quest to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Our Sunday dinners together with the family (each Sunday my family and my wife’s two brothers’ families get together for the meal at their parents’ house) turn into training discussions. It is kind of neat to be in a family with such active members. All are involved in some sort of exercise program with goals. Their mom is even a water aerobics instructor at the local Y.

I would like to get my brother-in-law on a bike. As part of his cross training he participates in spin classes as a local fitness center. I believe he has broken — at last count — three of the spinning machines. A little too much torque, I gather. I’d like to see what he could do on the road.

Well, after one of these spinning sessions he sent me the following email:

I was at a spinning class at the gym yesterday and a guy from Miami was in the class. He is a cyclist visiting friends for the Holidays and didn’t bring his bike. I overheard him telling his buddy. “Yeah, I like it here. It is cold, but you have a lot of cyclists. There is this guy that does this cycling website called Low Cadence that is from around here somewhere.”

That was pretty cool. So, whoever you are down in Miami, thanks for reading! Thanks to the rest of you as well… especially my Mom!