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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Swim:  Results are up from the USMS one-hour swim.  I was 30th in the women’s 45-49 age-group.  Not bad.  Then we went on vacation (ahh, warmth – our winter escape from New England) and I didn’t swim for 2 weeks.  Wow, getting back in the water and moving with anything like speed or grace was tough.  It IMG_0141took me about a week to convince myself that this whole swimming thing was a good idea.  Then last week I swam 5 days in a row, so I think I can say I’m mostly back now.  Phew.  Sometimes I really wish that my favorite exercise did not involve being cold and wet.  I find that February and March are tough for me motivation-wise.  Do you have a time of year that’s hard for you?  I’m making myself go through the motions – go to gym classes, get to the pool, put one foot in front of the other… I’ll get there, I just hope it’s soon!

Bike:  We got home from vacation to deal with the aftermath of a blizzard.  We were actually delayed in Chicago a couple nights because we couldn’t get home.  So after 2 weeks of lazing in the sun in Baja, we had to shovel.  Or, more accurately, my husband ran the snow-blower while I unpacked and did laundry.  I shoveled a little…  ugh.  No bike commuting for a bit – the roads were too icy and narrow.    And after being away and warm, I’m having a tough time biking in the cold.  I rode (commuted, that is) in temps in the teens before vacation, but I think now it needs to be in the 20s at least!  Another month and I’m hoping to get out on my road bike for some real riding.  Spin classes just aren’t the same, but I’m trying to go at least twice/week.

Read:  The trashier the better while on vacation, right?!  I cruised through about 5 books while lying around the pool, none really worth remembering although Oxygen, by Carol Cassella, was pretty good and a little more substantive than say, Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven (which I think I read in a day).  If you’re into silly dog humor, Thereby Hangs a Tail is just plain fun.  Now I’m working on Freud’s Sister, by Goce Smilevski.  We’ll see how that goes.  Never mind that one:  couldn’t get into it.  Now I’m reading Swim:  Why We Love the Water, by Lynn Sherr.  Much better!

and EAT:  nothing compares w/fresh flour tortillas right from the tortilleria!  But that seems like a distant memory now, so I’ll have to console myself (and husband) with “kitchen sink” cookies.  AKA your basic toll-house chocolate chip recipe with other stuff that I find in the drawer.  This batch was by request with the following additions: molasses (back off a little on the sugar, and add maybe a couple Tablespoons molasses), white chocolate chips (so use fewer choc chips), dried cranberries, chopped nuts (walnuts were handy, sometimes I add pecans), some shredded coconut.  Yum.  I better get back into my exercise routine or I’ll be in trouble!


A while back I bought Bikeglow bike lights using a Groupon.  I thought it seemed like a pretty cool lighting system – fun, festive, bright, great color choices.  I don’t ride a ton in the dark but I do commute year-round (unless it’s too snowy or icy), and for a couple months in the winter it’s dark for my ride home.  And there are some rare occasions when I go to an early gym class or swim practice before the sun is fully up.

Bikeglow

New package of Bikeglow lights

What it is:  Read the website if you want the technical details.  It’s like a long filament that you wrap around your bike frame, with a battery pack that needs to be affixed somewhere.  That somewhere is typically under your seat.  The pack takes 2 AA batteries, and when it’s tucked and secured under the seat you won’t know it’s there.  Keep in mind that you need to be able to access the pack to turn the lights on.  There’s a small button on the side of the pack.  There are 3 settings:  steady on, fast blink, and slow blink.  Somebody told me I looked like my own little disco party when I was stopped at a light.  Interesting, for sure, but at least I was visible!

bikeglow on my bike

bikeglow on my frame – the picture doesn’t show how bright it really is.

Waterproof!  This has been proven, since I get stuck in the rain sometimes and the lights continue to work.

Downside:  Not so great in extreme cold.  I couldn’t figure out why my bikeglow stopped working when I was biking home one night in temperatures in the low teens (F), but was fine after a night in the garage.   I contacted the company (after checking the batteries, of course!).  The customer service person responded right away, but hadn’t heard anything about the unit not working in the cold.  They’re in Santa Cruz, CA – what do they know about cold?!  I quickly received another email saying that yes, very cold temperatures will interfere with bikeglow’s function.  Luckily I rarely ride in temps THAT cold (and have other lights anyway, they’re just not as fun).

Recommend?  Overall I’ve been happy with my Bikeglow lights.  And their customer service is excellent.



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