Rarely Surprised Physically

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I’ve been riding really subpar recently. Yesterday was no exception. I met Bill out at the Governor’s mansion and planned to ride a couple laps before it got dark. It had rained a ton here on Saturday night, so the ground was slick with the wet leaves. I had no spunk. I wasn’t dying, but really couldn’t get out of my own way.

Then, I pinched through my front tire and didn’t have enough latex in the tire to seal the cut. So, I needed to put a tube in. Unluckily for me, the “bolt” or valve stem nut, didn’t seem to want to come off. I’ve had this issue before. I have a really small pair of aluminum, foldable pliers that I used to carry in my seat jar, but I don’t seem to have them now. Anyway, it was in the mid 30’s and our hands just kept getting more useless by the minute. We tried to grab the nut with a rubber tube, then tried a chain tool I had on a multi-tool. Nothing. We tried to put Gorilla tape on the cut, but it wouldn’t stick. Finally, I took the multi-tool and we stuck the torque bit down the valve stem from the inside and used another part of it, I’m not sure what it is for, to grab onto the nut and unscrew it. It was very lucky it worked.

We didn’t really ride much at all, only 15 miles, but I was really out of sync anyway. I could hardly follow Bill down any of the descents.

So, when I got home, since I didn’t get much exercise, I thought I’d try to do some situps, pushups and stretching in the living room. I figured it would be a bust, but at least should make an effort. Normally, when I’m riding really poorly, everything else physically follows. I started doing situps and it was a breeze. 50 not a problem, so I did another 50, no problem. I was thinking something was weird. So, I started doing pushups. I usually do 50 in a row. I got to maybe 10 and was pretty much done. I rested for 30 seconds or so and did another ten. My shoulders were so weak and sore I quit.

This is the first time I can remember in my life where my situps and pushups deviated from the same course physically. I have no explanation. If I’m not sore from situps later today, then I’m really lost for a reason. Normally when I’m riding this badly, my stomach would be sore from situps, no matter how used to doing them I am. Rarely, something like this changes. I’m not sure what to make of it as of yet.

I did a bunch of manual labor things yesterday. I recharged the ac on the diesel van. I had the ac lines welded where I had jerry-rigged some patches with JB Weld, aluminum shims and hose clamps. This worked for over a year, but since the engine was lowered to replace the fuel injectors, they were easy to get at. I only had a pound of 134a, so I still need to add nearly 3 more. Not a big deal.

I was playing on the kitchen table with my new Di2 shifters for my cross bike. I still haven’t put them on yet. It is kind of fun wiring them up and watching them move on their own. The front derailleur adjusts automatically for the trim of the rear derailleur, so when you’re shifting the rear, the front aligns it self.

Then later, I went over to my friend’s, Adam Gatewood’s house, to help him remove a cast iron tub. The problem was that is was built into the space it was in. I was going to take it to use, but the bottom was pretty beat up and I have no intention of getting it fixed. So, out came the sledge hammer. Cast iron is very brittle and cracks easily. Below is a short video of the carnage.

I’m driving over to Lawrence this morning to get a blood test. I ordered a ton of tests actually. I do it through a website call Econolabs.com. A complete blood test is $26. You can add what you want after that. I got a thyroid test, cholesterol, iron, and a few others. If you have a Lab Corp. near, you just walk in with the order you print out and get the results back the next day. Very easy.

Trudi and Bill are going too and Bill and I are going to ride back on gravel. It’s only 30 miles, but it’s not supposed to be very warm yet. I’m heading to Texas tomorrow. The weather there is in the 70’s.


Adam smashing his tub to remove. The thing weighed about 350 pounds, so we broke it up a little more.

Adam’s grandfather’s sledge hammer. It was a beast.

The pile of fuel injectors from my diesel van. They are way more complicated than I’d imagined. No wonder they cost $250 a piece. There is a $1000 core on these here.

Di2 functioning on the kitchen table.

It took nearly all our hands to remove this nut, which was seized on with dried latext. Luckily I didn’t flat a couple weeks ago in Berryman.

11 thoughts on “Rarely Surprised Physically

  1. Doug Punches

    Might want to check that forecast and bring a jacket Steve. Right now, it’s 32-Degrees in Ft Worth!

     
  2. mike crum

    steve

    why dont you do a couple hundred pushups and situps and maybe some bar dips daily? you have the time..

     
  3. tilford97 Post author

    Mike-Is this what “pisses you off?” Do you classify this as bragging? Do you think that is a lot of situps and pushups? Do you exercise at all or know what it takes to stay fit? What does time have to do with this? It takes less than 3 minutes to do that. I know many people, mainly skiers, that can sit down and do 1000 situps in a row. I’m not doing an hour of yoga every other day or spending any time in a gym. I do what I can to maintain. You only get less flexible as you age. I do take the time to do this after I ride. It’s part of the deal. You need to take a happy pill.

    Steve

     
  4. mike crum

    damn, cool the attitude. i just read your post and it sounds like you had trouble doing pushups and situps, so i suggested building up to a few hundred a day,this way on off days when your toast, after very hard races, the next day you’ll still get half that many.. maybe a hundred each.. and you having the time i mean, whn your done riding, recover then bang these out. 19 minute workout max…

     
  5. mike crum

    damn, cool the attitude. i just read your post and it sounds like you had trouble doing pushups and situps, so i suggested building up to a few hundred a day,this way on off days when your toast, after very hard races, the next day you’ll still get half that many.. maybe a hundred each.. and you having the time i mean, whn your done riding, recover then bang these out. 10 minute workout max…

     
  6. SB

    Hey Steve I’m surprised you use those valve nuts, is it only on the MTB and is it only because of low psi to protect the valve from shifting and cutting?

     
  7. Mike Rodose

    Mike Crum…You were trying to be a dick with your first comment. Don’t try to blame Steve for calling you out.

    Steve…Mike Crum weighs 317 lbs and has Doritos dust on his keyboard and a frown on his fatty unibrow.

    All…I can do over 7 hundred push-ups after beating Tilford in an elite race.

     
  8. Jerry Spaulding

    Having to carry pliers for the presta nut may be the only disadvantage to running tubeless.

     
  9. Skippy

    With coming towards the end of the race season , perhaps the Body is giving the signal to ease off a bit , take R &R , so as to get ready for the next season ?

    On first read of this post , it reminded me to check that i am carrying ” energy bar wrappers ” , in case i get a slashed tyre , with all the rubble that will be lying in the road during winter months . Grit on the road not being kind to road race tyres , packing the wrapper behind the slash will get you home !

    Still not getting any help with the petition : http://t.co/oFWgsHA7

    ” UCI less ” just announced a ” hotline for anti doping ” , could be that phat will use it to talk to heinous , since that ill be the only person he would be kind to , when they ring to confess !

     

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