Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Busy work ...

It feels like I've been ignoring the blog lately, but that's only partially true. Work has been crazy this week. In fact, it's been crazy since I got back from my week off two weeks ago. Seems like the shit hit the fan for a number of projects I was working on while I was out and now I'm still scrambling to recover. It wasn't because I wasn't here -- I'd love to feel that vital to my job, but the reality is it's just a weird year with a lot of stuff in transition around my office so a lot of the field personnel I support are nervous and need a lot of hand-holding. I get it, but after my fifth 12 hour day in the last two weeks, I was ready for it to just stop.

Anyway, that's just a lot of bitching. I'm still getting out to ride every chance I get and since I don't care if I ride in daylight or darkness,  being stuck at the office form 6 am to 6 pm is okay now and then (as long as it doesn't become the norm! I'm neither ambitious enough nor stupid enough to put those kind of hours in regularly. Me likes me free time.)

Another (and I think cooler) reason I've been quiet on this page is that I've actually been working on something to post. I just picked up one of these:

And I took it and my Canon Vixia HD cmacorder with me on a ride this past Sunday. It was fun to play with, and I've already learned a few noteworthy things:

  • Logistics matter when you are lugging two cameras and associated equipment with you on a solo singlespeed ride. Think about it before you do it!
  • Little cuts of footage add up -- I've got about an hour and a half of footage and had no idea until I started uploading it all to my laptop.
  • I am way more picky about the editing process than I thought I'd be. I totally suck at it right now, but this is like its own hobby. I've cut and recut a single video about nine times now. I'm still working on it now and I've spent most of the last three nights between 9 and midnight (after I get home form my ride, of course!) putting together rough cuts and trying out background music. It's fun, but I've quickly realized that I have a lot to learn and the good videos that look so seamless on YouTube actually take a lot of time to put together!
 Anyway, it's been a blast, and I've een havingn some great rides lately, too. I continue to have those same nagging tendinitis pains in my left elbow, but I was working on keeping my arms more relaxed last night during my ride. I'm trying to improve my hand position since I'm pretty much sticking to the rigid fork almost exclusively now. I just need to get to the point where relaxed arms are the norm again. I've been thinking that I might want to try wider bars, but I'll have to look into that -- I'm not even sure that would help. I have a wider bar that I've never used, so I'll have to look into that.

So that's it for now - hopefully, I'll finish my first video and post it soon. Until then, get out and ride!

(PS - I think it was Josh (??) who I bumped into out on the trail Sunday. It was great meeting you! Give me a shout when you want to ride the Spaghetti Bowl side of Lincoln!)


  1. seems to have deleted my other comment...

    Anyways, it was great running into you as well! I don't think I'd be able to keep up with you on any ride. :)

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