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2019

May 15

Hugo

Switched the blog to use Hugo instead of Jbake today. Soooo much faster to generate the site, and a ton of theme options. I think I have everything working right, but let me know if you see something wonky.
May 14

I Love the Tour of California

It’s always such a good race, and it’s great to see some of the big names in cycling racing here in the USA too. That, and I just love seeing a big pro peloton cruising through a typical American suburb, complete with minivans and SUVs parked in the driveways.
Apr 9

Good Month for new Anime

Looks like it’s shaping up to be a great month for new anime! The first episode of season 2 of One Punch Man just dropped today on Hulu. And the second half of Attack on Titan season 3 is due to drop the end of this month!
Mar 14

Project Bike Adventures

So I’ve been working on taking parts off of my old Raleigh road bike, and putting them on my even older Trek 820. It’s mostly been going pretty well. Turns out the 3x8 road shifters I have are compatible with the 3x7 drivetrain my Trek has. Unfortunately, the long pull v-brakes had to be replaced with cantilevers, but that wasn’t too expensive. The real kick in the teeth was last …

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Mar 9

Been on Zwift a ton this year

I’ve ridden more on Zwift so far this year than I have in either 2018 or 2017 both indoors and out. And I’m damn close to having ridden more so far this year than in both years combined. And while that probably says more about how rough 2017 & 2018 were, I’m super stoked, and really looking forward to seeing how my riding progresses for the rest of the year. And I credit a …

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Jan 24

Finally joined a club!

I finally got around to joining NERAC Earth this year, and got to go pick up my jersey yesterday! I’m so exiced to have a club jersey to wear for events this year, not to mention the great group of people in the club. I’ve riddent with some of them here and there over the years, and I’m really looking forward to riding with them more this year.

2018

Dec 28

First Zwift Group Ride

I’ve been on Zwift since the Jarvis Island days, but I kinda stopped using it around the time that the in-game group ride stuff started to roll out. I’d ride occationally on Zwift, but really, I just wasn’t riding much at all. Another story for another time. So I figured I should try out at least one group ride before I try a Zwift race. Not really the same thing, but from what …

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Dec 22

Gonna try Zwift racing

I’ve been looking through the list of events on Zwift, and it turns out a lot of the races have a low enough power category that even someone like me, who’s down in the 1.5-2.2 w/kg range somewhere, might have a shot of hanging with the group. I took my first FTP test in years earlier in the week, and landed around 172W. Not great, but not as far from my peak of 235W.

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Nov 13

Getting my oldest into Zwift

I picked up a used trainer for cheap over the summer, mostly because my 9 year old is finally on a big enough bike (24”) that he can use one, and he doesn’t do much to stay active over the winter. My original intent was just to have him spin along side me while I did Zwift or a Sufferfest video. Then I found out that Zwift let’s kids under 13 ride free!

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Nov 10

Added Commento for Comments

Decided I wanted some type of comment system on here, but I never got around to trying any. I got my Commento invite this week, so I decided to give them a shot. For now, I’m just using their hosted version, which was stupidly easy to get setup. If I like it, I’ll probably end up switching to self hosted. Unless it ends up being a royal pain to setup.