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  • I've been worried

    Posted on May 7th, 2017 Scott 4 comments

    Last year, when I finished Tour de Pink South, I took a nearly 5 month rest from my bike. I am 100% ever single excuse/reason I had was valid, important and pertinent – but the simple fact is I gained over 20 pounds in that time. I got severely depressed and it wasn't fun.

    I finished (almost) Tour de Pink South 2 weeks ago today. I have ridden once and run twice and have been secretly "scared". You see, I came up with some completely valid, important and pertinent reasons to NOT ride my bike. In some cases, it was physically impossible – but the fear comes from my complete lack of desire to even touch my bike (or workout in any way, for that matter!)

    I'm happy to report, I woke up this morning and the only thing I want to do today is …. ride my bike! I don't want to go hard, fast, train, do intervals, ride here, ride there…. I just want to ride my bike. That alone is a GREAT feeling!

    So…. a little more coffee, a few eggs …. and I'm out the door! Hope you all have a great day and … Ride your bike!

    #blogit

    

    I’ve been worried

    Last year, when I finished Tour de Pink South, I took a nearly 5 month rest from my bike. I am 100% ever single excuse/reason I had was valid, important and pertinent – but the simple fact is I gained over 20 pounds in that time. I got severely depressed and it wasn’t fun.

    I finished (almost) Tour de Pink South 2 weeks ago today. I have ridden once and run twice and have been secretly “scared”. You see, I came up with some

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  • I saw a man die today

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    This won't be a fun post. It was not a fun afternoon, I need to tell people and clear my mind. I was going from Nashville, TN to Sparta, TN. I had to pick some stuff up (… which is also a pretty shitty story…). I was about 8 mile from my destination when I noticed the care in front of me go over the white line on the right. Not a lot, but I also noticed the passenger was "dancing". I got cautious.

    A couple of miles later, the car in front of them turned left into a driveway. We all had to stop. The car accelerated away VERY SLOWLY. I seriously pondered dialing 911 and reporting a drunk driver. Little did I know that I didn't have enough time to make any type of difference. The car continued to swerve. Being on a motorcycle, I was making sure I had a large space cushion. I thought as long as they were in front of me – I was safe. I could control my own destiny.

    Somewhat randomly, they accelerated into a curve – this is where the story goes horribly wrong. Rather than negotiate the very easy left hand turn, they got off the road into the grass. They drove through the parking lot of an old VFW, takign out a 6×6 pole, stripping the cable from another …. straight across the parking lot into the woods. The major problem was that the place they entered the woods was over what locals called a "holler" (may be "hollar"). I called it a gulch… it was huge, at LEAST 30 feet down. I don't mean to make any fun of this, but it looked like some Dukes of Hazzard driving off a cliff.

    I pulled over immediately – nobody was coming at us, nobody was behind – I was the only person that saw this. I called 911 and told them I saw a horrific accident. They asked me if I was okay, if my motorcycle was safe, if I was out of the way. We then started trying to figure out where I was, I had no address. I read a sign, described it – the guy on the phone knew exactly where I was. I could hear sirens almost immediately. The dispatcher asked me to yell – I did… I heard no reply. I saw a lifeless arm…. I was shaking.

    Numerous emergency vehicles came, including a life flight helicopter. The Tennessee State Patrol asked me to stay to discuss the situation. I waited patiently for what had to be an hour. As I watched, I saw them pick up a body bag. It was a sickening feeling. They did pull one person (the driver, I believe, but do not know out). He left in a helicopter.

    Knowing I had 220 more miles on my motorcycle, I pushed all the feelings down. I didn't think about it much, I told a couple people – but I didn't let myself FEEL anything. I told my neighbor as I walked in. He knew I was upset. He asked if there was anything he could do – and he GENUINELY wanted to help. I asked him to grab me a couple diet cokes from the store next door, he did.

    When I walked in the door, I quite literally broke into tears. Cindy came and gave me a full motorcycle gear hug.

    I don't know how I am supposed to feel, but I feel sad, glad, confused – but I know I am grateful, too. Tomorrow I will google the incident and maybe get more "closure".

    #blogit

    

    I saw a man die today

    This won’t be a fun post. It was not a fun afternoon, I need to tell people and clear my mind. I was going from Nashville, TN to Sparta, TN. I had to pick some stuff up (… which is also a pretty shitty story…). I was about 8 mile from my destination when I noticed the care in front of me go over the white line on the right. Not a lot, but I also noticed the passenger was “dancing”. I got cautious.

    A couple of miles

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  • Why #Keto Works For Me

    Posted on April 26th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    Why #Keto Works For Me

    It's no secret I've lost a lot of weight in the past 9 months. Most of it I can directly attribute to myself adopting a #ketogenic diet. For those that don't know, Keto is a low carb, high fat diet. Many will say "Oh, like Atkins." Sort of – but less protien, more fat. You eat 20 grams or less a day of carbs, you eat about a gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass you have and the rest of your diet comes from fat. When I heard about this – I thought it was crap, stupid, worthless…. yeah, 52 pounds and 6+ inches off my waist later, I'm a believer.

    For me, it's the perfect diet (right now). And I don't mean weight loss diet, I mean lifestyle diet. You see, I've been sober for over 29 years. Some days, I am not sober due to my "great" recovery, rather than simply saying "I cannot drink that, I am not allowed." I made a rule for myself. Also, at 29 years … 1 drink is a pretty remarkable f'up and I don't want to start the count over.

    Okay, so that may have sounded random – but in fact, it is the current secret to my success. I cannot eat carbs. They make me fat. I learned that and I believe that and I don't eat carbs. It's almost binary for me. "Can eat that". "Cannot eat that". If I cannot eat it, I do not eat it. I have cheated exactly once. I ate 2" of a twizzler. I don't have just one cookie. I don't have just a few chips. I would rather be hungry than eat something I am not allowed to.

    Now – this wont work for everyone. A friend of mine cant do low Keto because it causes his gout to flair up. Others I have heard have kidney/liver issues. I've been fine – and for that I am grateful. I hear lots of people say "It's too hard". Bullshit. Eating bacon is not hard. Eating a cheeseburger is not hard. Only eating leafy green vegetables is not hard. Picking up 400 pounds is hard. Giving birth is hard. Keto is easy.

    I have lots of tips, tricks, hacks and other comments I'd gladly share with just about anyone. The key to my success is watch my carbs, and remember the basic slogan …. "Keep Calm and Keto On".

    It's not an overnight weight loss program, it's a way of eating that gets your body using fat. Once you get there …. life gets REALLY GOOD!

    Just like in AA…. One day at a time ….

    #blogit

    

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  • Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an "Alternative Commute" just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say "What is an alternative commute?" Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just get off the road! You know I love my motorcycle, but even THAT doesn't really count.

    I challenged myself to take at least one alternative commute per week – do you have the courage to start the 20% movement? #LetsDothis!

    #ATL #FiftyNotFat #BikeCommute #TrafficSucks
    #blogit

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an “Alternative Commute” just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say “What is an alternative commute?” Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just

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  • Trying out Tuesday

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It's Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to squeeze through gaps to move up, and possibly make others feel funky… good race.

    Point-a-Lap

    I hate a point-a-lap. They are just not an event I have ever done well in. They are fast from the gun and only get faster. Undergeared and under-powered, I did enjoy about 7 laps second wheel behind Barman. I then faded, but was pleasantly surprised at my speed. With no track training, I guess losing over 60 pounds helps?

    Points Race

    Prior to our race, the beginners decided to crash rather dramatically. Lots of noise, sparks and people bouncing. I wasn't "phased" by this, but it led to a long delay. My legs felt like crap. I decided to stretch them out early, just a lap on the gas. It was fun to roll off the field and others commented later "It was good to see Scott roll off like Scott rolls off!" Anyway … 2-3 laps later, there was a HORRIFIC noise in the field. Sounded just like the previously described crash. I don't have time to bounce…. so I backed off…. went high, looking for bodies on the ground but they never showed up. Turns out Barman's chain came off. Riding a carbon bike, they amplify all sounds and make it sound like somebody abusing an aircraft carrier or something. As that sorted out they were ringing the bell…. I was OTB… race was over, but training continued for 21 more laps.

    I've got some work to do, but man, I had fun!

    #blogit #FiftyNotFat #44 

    Trying out Tuesday…

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It’s Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to

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  • I miss blogging

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott 3 comments

    Video killed the radio star.
    Texting has killed conversation.
    Facebook has effectively killed many forums.
    Twitter (and ADHD) have killed the blog.

    I miss blogging. I have always enjoyed writing up a description of an event in my life. Part of this is due to the “excitement” I get when I get a lot of comments, discussion or likes. I will admit to that the “attention whore” aspect of blogging is fun. That being said – I have always found it to be very cathartic. Just a mental mind dump about something that means something to me. Positive, negative or anywhere in between. I just enjoy writing it. (By now, most people have clicked back, but I’m not done!)

    The beauty of this sort of issue is I hold the key to my problem right in my hands… just get typing! I think – I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. Not pay too much attention to my likes, comments and such – just do what I want to do, because I want to do it.

    Look for more from my blog – it’s time to clear the mind from time to time!

    #blogit

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  • Just testing more stuff!

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott No comments

    This is a post with a photo…

    #blogit
    

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  • Cycling 101: Learning to use your clipless pedals

    Posted on January 21st, 2017 Scott No comments

    For many people, using clipless pedals is a very daunting task.  The thought of being attached to your bicycle is scary.  I recently wrote an article on why you should use clipless pedals, and how they can he (Find it here:  Cycling 101: Why you should use clipless pedals)  Now – how do you use them?  Let’s talk about that.

    The first thing you MUST do is properly mount your pedals and cleats.  If you do not know how to do this, seek help from a bike shop.  The cleats MUST be tight.  If they are not, you can have issues getting your foot out!  Make sure they are tight.  The cleat should be in the center of the shoe (right to left) and under the ball of your foot.  Most any shop that sells shoes can and will help you with this.

    Virtually ever type of clipless pedal has a tension adjustment.  I suggest loosening that up as much as possible in the beginning.  As you get more experienced, but you can decide later.  This is TYPICALLY done with an allen wrench (hex key).

    Before we talk about how to GET IN to clipless pedals, lets talk about how to get out.  I know of no clipless pedals you do not exit by pushing your heal to the outside.  Practice – right now – put your toe on the floor and rotate your heal outward.  Do that 10 times with each foot!  Boom – you are now an expert!

    On most pedals, you enter by putting the front of the cleat into the pedal and then stepping down.  Usually, you hear and/or feel a “click” when you are engaged.  I like to “tug up” on my foot to make sure I am clipped in.

    I _HIGHLY_ suggest you find a wall, rail, car, shoulder or something to hang onto and clip in, clip out, clip in, clip out, clip in, clip out…. repeat so you feel how it works.  It’s easy – but at first you will be nervous, knowing you can do it will help you when you are moving.

    Key Point:  Pick your “stay on the bike foot”.  In 90% of stops, you stop and do not need to remove both feet.  Mine is my right foot.  I never take it off the pedal unless I am getting off my bike.  Every stop – I put my left foot down. It’s your choice 🙂

    Starting:  Clip in your  stay on the bike foot.  Make sure it’s all good.  Put your foot in a good position to start and push off like you always do!  DO NOT IMMEDIATELY WORRY ABOUT CLIPPING IN THE OTHER FOOT!  It’s okay to put your to, heel, or any other part of your foot on the pedal and get up to speed.  Fast enough so you are stable.  Now coast and clip in your other foot.  Off you ride, safe and sound … connected!

    Stopping:  Now – you are attached to your bike.  You have to change that to safely get off the bike.  MOST of the time, you plan to stop.  That’s easy!  As you realize you are going to stop, you simply coast, take your off the bike foot and rotate it out until you feel your foot unclip.  You may have to pedal a little more, that’s okay, but as you get ready to stop, ease off the seat and put your foot down.  BOOM!  You just did it!

    Emergency Stopping:  This is just a fast version of stopping!  As soon as you realize you you are going to have to stop, disengage that foot!

    Practice Makes Perfect: You are going to have some shady stops in your near future.  Do your best to relax.  You may want to ride around, clipping in, clipping out, practicing stopping.  The more you do it, the more you will feel confident! Confidence removes stress!

    Remember that _NOBODY_ who has ever used clipless pedals has ever avoided falling over at least once.  We have all done it.  If you realize you are going to tip over, again – relax.  Putting your knee or your arm out is probably a mistake.  Your hip is generally more padded and can take a bump.

  • Cycling 101: Why should I use clipless pedals?

    Posted on January 9th, 2017 Scott No comments

    In an effort to keep this post a REASONABLE length, I am going to create two post.  One to discuss why you should use clipless pedals – and one to explain how to use them.  I recently wrote a long article about shoes and pedals.  If you need info on the various types, you should check that out!  (Let’s talk about your feet!)

    Now, the $1,000,000 question – Why should you use clipless pedals?  I’ve got 5 reasons for you!

    They are NOT dangerous:  I’m going to take on the “big one” first.  To many people, attaching their feet to a bicycle is very scary.  It’s not “natural”.  They worry about what could happen!  Others have tipped over (some dramatically, some just slowly.)  None of this is fun, but everybody reading this learned to walk at some point, and that wasn’t natural!  You can do this!

    I’ve been riding and racing a bicycle for the better part of 45 years.  Over 30 of those years, my feet were attached to my pedals in some way or another.  I’ve never been hurt seriously as a result of being strapped or clipped in.  I’ve been hurt by other factors (mostly the GROUND), but my pedal attachment has not been a big issue.  You see, if you weigh 150 pounds and ride a 25 pound bicycle, the bike is only 16% of your weight.  When getting off your bike unexpectedly, it isn’t heavy enough to do much damage.  The thing you have to worry about is large immovable objects!  They hurt.  Feet attached or not, the worst thing a bike is probably going to do to you is give you a few oddly placed bruises.

    Now – if you are new to this, you’re going to say “But Scott, what if I tip over because I cannot get my foot out?”  You’re not going to get hurt too bad, especially if you relax and let it happen.  Usually a skinned knee and a bruised ego.  Here is an ancient Chinese secret – We have all done it!  Everybody.  It’s okay!

    You probably use a large knife to carve a turkey or slice a watermelon?  That’s could be dangerous – but you take steps to keep it safe.  We will discuss those in my “how to” article!  You can do this!

    Improved Safety:  While this is a small factor, as feet rarely fly off the pedals, having a good connection ensures if you it a bump or something gets funky, your feet stay put and your bicycle stability remains in tact.  The key thing is learning how to safely enter and exit your pedals.  With a little practice – it becomes a natural and instinctive maneuver!

    Proper Positioning:  Bicycle fit gurus around the world agree on one thing – having the ball of your foot on or near the pedal spindle adds to your efficiency and power transfer.  If you are riding without toe clips or clipless pedals, chances are your feet are moving all over the place.  That means your effective seat height, pedal stroke and power transfer is changing constantly.  The more it changes, the less change of being optimal.  By getting your cleats set up right – you ensure your in a good position at all times.

    Added “Umph”:  The effect is not HUGE, but with clipless pedals you can actually pedal for a larger portion of your pedal circle.  Normally, you can only push down on your pedals and only get a small amount of power delivered through the bottom of the pedal stroke.  With the cleats engaged in the pedals, imitating the “wiping do poop off the bottom of your shoe” maneuver, you can pull through the bottom.  This is exceptionally effective when climbing hills.  The more you can get power to the pedals – the faster you are over the hill!

    Comfort:  Piggy backing on the proper positioning, if you feet are properly positioned, in comfortable cycling shoes, your feet will be more comfortable.  If you’re not connected, you will like pedal in the middle of your foot which is inefficient and wears out your calves.

    If you’re headed out for 100 miles, or a 3 day, 220 mile adventure – you should really consider clipless pedals.  You’re moving from “a person with a bike” to a “recreational cyclist!”  You deserve this little upgrade!

  • Cycling 101: Let’s talk about your feet

    Posted on January 8th, 2017 Scott No comments

    As a new cyclist, one of the BIGGEST choices you have to make is what shoes will I wear?  Unfortunately, depending on how you answer the question – there will be more questions.  Some of them may actually be scary as answering the question a certain way will result in your feet being “attached” do your bicycle.  My goal in this article is to help you answer the questions and help you get past any fear or anxiety.  Let’s start from the beginning!

    What shoes should I wear for cycling?

    The answer is simple – cycling shoes!  The reason is simple, cycling shoes are stiffer than most shoes you own.  They are designed to push on a pedal and not flex, putting all the power into the drive train.  Any flex in your shoe is a waste of energy, but more importantly – your foot does not like flexing that way.  It leads to sore feet and hotspots on your feet that are very uncomfortable.  There is no doubt in my mind that a good fitting pair of cycling shoes can/will enhance your cycling experience.

    What kind of shoes should I wear?

    Two things come into play here – Fit and Type.   Fit is the most important thing.  Your shoes need to fit and be comfortable or you will be uncomfortable and focussed on your feet, not on enjoying your ride.  Shoes should fit snuggly, but be comfortable.  No need to cram your feet in smaller shoes or any such lunacy!

    Now what type?  You will have to make a decision here.  I’m not going to tell you what you need – I’m going to tell the pros and cons – and let you make the decision.  I’ll also share my choice.

    Road Shoes:  Road shoes are made for road cycling, which rarely involves any walking.  They are not designed for walking.  They are characterized by stiff sole with a larger cleat mounted  to the ball of the foot.  The cleat is NOT recessed.  Walking in road shoes involves a “toe-up” step with a “clip-clop” sound.  You are able to walk around, get to your bike and stuff, but it’s not comfortable.  Walking will also wear out your cleats.  In general, road shoes will require a clipless pedal (more on pedals in a few minutes).  Your pedal choice on road shoes will be much larger – and in general allow a larger platform to “push on”, based completely on the size of the cleats.  The larger platform can help prevent hot-spots on your feet, but isn’t necessary.  My personal preference is road shoes/pedals.

    Pros:

    • More pedal choices
    • Larger contact area with pedal

    Cons:

    • Harder to walk
    • Cleats wear out when walking

    Mountain Bike Shoes:  Before I get started, there are some touring and/or spin shoes on the market now that are not as aggressive as mountain bike shoes.  They, in general, offer all of the same features I’m about to discuss.  There’s very little differentiation, so let’s talk about them all together.  This class of shoes has a “tread pattern” similar to a running or hiking shoe.  Large, rubber lugs allow you to walk “comfortably” as the cleat is actually recessed.  There is some degradation in comfort as the shoes don’t flex.  That being said, they are much better than road shoes.  Now, the cleat on these shoes is a little bigger than a quarter and made out of metal.  It is hidden between a few large lugs of sole near the ball of the foot.  Please note, it MAY actually touch the ground when walking, so you probably don’t want to run around on your hardwood floors.  Unlike road shoes, you could use mountain bike shoes on regular pedals, or with toe-clips.  They are a great option for mountain bikers or recreational cyclists.

    Pros:

    • You can walk
    • You can ride without clipless pedals
    • Cleats are metal and rarely wear out
    • With right pedals, same shoes can be used for spinning

    Cons

    • Smaller pedal contact patch
    • Can be a little tricker to clip in

    I hope I’ve painted a picture that allows you to make your best decision.  I’ve found more serious road cyclist prefer road shoes.  The rest of the world enjoys mountain bike shoes!

    What pedals should I use?

    I use Shimano SPD-SL pedals and love them.  They only work with road shoes – now let me break down your choices:

    Standard Platform Pedals:  These are your most BASIC pedals.  You put your feet on them and they work.  You can jump on them with your running shoes or a pair of mountain bike shoes and pedal.  The problem is your foot will move around a lot.  This will be cumbersome and ultimately lead to more fatigue.  Should you chose this type of pedal, I highly recommend getting some toe-clips and straps.

    Toe-Clips and Straps:  The classic set up.  It offers you the ability to ride on the “bottom” of the pedals or put your foot in the toe-clips and straps.  In the old days, we would snug the straps down to hold our feet in there.  You do NOT need to do that, rather you can allow the clips and straps to hold your feet in place, eliminating the slip I mentioned earlier.  It does take a little practice to pull your foot back, but it’s really an easy thing to train yourself on!

    Hybrid Pedals:  These pedals, I am putting in the middle – because they are part platform – part clipless. They are a GREAT solution for new clipless users as they can chose to use the clip-in feature when they want to, and opt out when they aren’t comfortable.  These are only good with mountain bike shoes, but they offer a GREAT solution for recreational cyclists!

    Clipless Pedals:  I cannot capture all of the pedal options in photos!  These are the best pedals for cycling, as they allow you to “clip in” and they hold your feet in place.  This MAY SOUND SCARY – but they also disengage almost instantly when you fall off your bike.  I have heard a story or two of people getting a twisted ankle, but generally I believe clipless pedals to be COMPLETELY safe.  Mountain or touring oriented pedals are typical dual sided, allowing easier clip-in.  (Speedplay road pedals are dual sided as well).  Most pedals, you “shove your toe in” and then push your heal down to clip in.  To get out, you simply push your heal to the outside.  This DOES take some practice, but that’s what riding your bike is – practice!

    In a soon to be published article, I’ll give you some tips and tricks to safely use your clipless pedals!  It can be intimidating, but starting slow and understanding how they work can make everything better!

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