Daily Routine

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I’m kind of all over the place nowadays in general life. It’s that time of the year where it seems I really feel like racing/travelling, but am not really to the physical point yet.

I took Trudi to the airport yesterday to fly to Belgium.  Actually, she was supposed to fly to Belgium, but ended up flying to Paris because the Brussels airport is still closed after the bomb attack.  The day went pretty quick and she was pretty emotional about leaving Tucker.  She is gone for a little over a month.  Doing a couple races in Belgium, then flying to Italy and taking a car to Sicily to go sit on top of Mount Etna for a three week training camp.  Glamorous job, huh?

I have over 4000 miles for the season and feel like I’m riding like I have 400.  There are lots of reasons this could be, but I don’t know of any one for sure.  I’m having a few physical problems, mainly from my broken hip deal, so I guess I’ll start addressing them one at a time and see if I can fix it some.  Plus, burning in Kansas this time of the year seems to get nearly everyone run down.  It is like allergies, burning and such all come at once, so once the end of March and April is over, then I start feeling better.  That is a long time to be mediocre.

I’m been doing a bunch of car stuff.  Put new brakes on the diesel van and AWD Town and Country.  That is a pretty rewarding job.  Neither of the vehicles has much, if any rust, so the bolts come off easy and there isn’t any hangups.  I’ve been buying parts at Advanced Auto Parts online.  There is always a 20% off coupon, P20, so everything is always on sale.  Plus they give you a $20 coupon for every 100 you spend.  Their prices  tend to match Rock Auto and other internet auto supply places.

Bill’s engine is on an engine stand.  We’ll probably start that pretty soon.  It is going to be a big job I think.  I know nothing about changing an engine in a Honda Odyssey, but I guess I will.  I had to buy a special tool to hold the crankshaft pulley to change the timing belt and water pump.  I probably could have gotten by without it, but I hear that Honda crankshaft bolts are put on super tight.

Dennis is driving down here from Cable to escape the winter there.  He usually makes a pilgrimage about this time of the year.  He just got back from Europe himself, so he is jet lagged. The weather is supposed to be pretty nice, so he’ll get some miles on his bike.  Plus, he’d bringing Hawkeye, so Tucker will have a playmate.

I was thinking about going to Arkansas to race this weekend, but there are two races in Lawrence.  A circuit race and then a criterium.  I should probably stay local when I’m just getting by physically.  There is really no need to travel when I’m just going through the motions.

Okay, I’d better go ride.  It is supposed to storm later today, later this afternoon.  They are calling for large hail and strong winds.  That isn’t good.  I love storms, but I’m not too big on hail, for obvious reasons.

I've been using this app on my phone, checking my heartrate and HRV. So far, I'm not too impressed. It says I'm ready to go when I'm dragging in the morning.

I’ve been using this app on my phone, checking my heartrate and HRV. So far, I’m not too impressed. It says I’m ready to go when I’m dragging in the morning.

New brake rotors are satisfying.

New brake rotors are satisfying.

I just used a come along to winch the engine up to put it on the engine stand to work on it.

I just used a come along to winch the engine up to put it on the engine stand to work on it.

I have to chance the timing belt and put on a new oil pan before we start the real job of installing it.

I have to change the timing belt and put on a new oil pan before we start the real job of installing it.

Honda crank tool.

Honda crank tool.

 

We had a few friends over for Easter dinner. Made quiche.

We had a few friends over for Easter dinner. Made quiche.

One thing about the burning is that the sunsets are stellar.

One thing about the burning is that the sunsets are stellar.

Trudi holding Tucker on the way to the airport.

Trudi holding Tucker on the way to the airport.

Tucker usually falls asleep with his rabbit in his mouth.

Tucker usually falls asleep with his rabbit in his mouth.

8 thoughts on “Daily Routine

  1. Craig

    Heading to Belgium tomorrow too… alas, flying to Amsterdam rather than Brussels for the same reason. It has been a crazy week trying to keep up with the changes. At least the weather is supposed to be spectacular for the Rhond …

     
    1. Erik

      Looks like Elite HRV, available at the Apple Store (not sure about Android).

      Requires a Bluetooth HRM (everything’s better with Bluetooth….).

       
    2. Steve Tilford Post author

      Jake – Craig is right. There are a lot of apps that do the same thing. Was just messing around with it. It does require a heartrate strap that does bluetooth.

       
      1. Tman

        What HR strap are you using? I tried a couple weeks ago with my Garmin strap without success.

         
  2. Larry T.

    A note on the Honda engine – they (at least 20 years ago) turn the reverse direction of most car engines so be damn careful about turning bolts that hold things like camshaft pulleys. I once knew a guy who failed to note this and the used engine installed (similar scheme to yours) to replace one destroyed by a broken timing belt was junk in less than a year when the camshaft belt pulley fell off.

     
  3. Aarron

    Steve
    How long have you been tracking your HRV?
    What kind of range have you seen with your daily HRV readings?
    If you started measuring it when your body was already pretty beaten up you may be getting scores telling you that you are good to go even though you are not.
    If you have just started using it try approaching it from the stand point of slowly raising your morning HRV Score (not the readiness reading).
    The longer you use it the more accurate it seems to be.

     

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