Thursday, February 26, 2009
Recently I have been reading around on the inter-tron about what started as fuel efficient cars, this lead to hybrid cars, then to plug in hybrids, full electrics, low mass vehicles, and up to hybrid bicycles. The final destination of my searching was what one bike can do. If every adult in the world rode a stationary bike for eight hours a day to generate electricity, they would crank out 80 gigawatts, the equivalence of 11 nuclear reactors, which is about enough to power roughly over a quarter of france, but still only half of 1 percent of our energy needs. However there is this new term which is called "negawatts", the effects of not using energy in the traditional form that we are used to, i.e. oil, and petroleum products. If each american driver cycled to work just one day a week, the US would cut there persian gulf oil imports in half! Now I'm not too sure on the exact numbers but most everyone knows how to ride a bike, and a majority of that own a working bike. Just looking at these numbers if two days cycled persian oil is cut out completely, three days canadian tar sands cut by a third. For five days, a standard monday to friday job, the US is no longer dependent on foreign oil. Now I think it is going to be pretty close to impossible to get every working person in america to do that. However just thinking about what is possible is amazing, and all it takes is a bike.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
After a few posts of negativity I think it is about time for some positive news. I vaguely overheard recently that there is some break through in science which allows people who are normally allergic to peanuts to not eat them without the often fatal side effects. Personally I think this is awesome, peanuts, especially peanut butter is amazing, I could not see myself living without it. The same goes for shellfish, and the majority of seafood.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So I have been sick for the past two weeks, and it absolutely sucks monkey balls. Kids! don't get sick, you'll thank me someday for this lesson, or come to the realization at the worst possible moment that "dammit, he was right, it does suck monkey balls". That is all.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
So over time I have realized there is no such thing as luck. Its not there, we think it is but when we are feeling "lucky" its because we did something, and if we want the "luck" to continue we better find out what it is we did and repeat it.
Case in point. Australia, it was in the relay and in a group of four on the cycle. I was looking around and its pretty fucking simple. 3 of us are getting medals, 1 isn't. I was pushing hard, I wanted a medal, and they played me for a chump and broke away 750m to the end of the bike. Now somehow you could say "aww, they are pretty lucky that they made it up to 3rd". No! coming on to the run I had one option for a medal, run down the 3rd place athlete, its not luck. Its simple are you or are you not going to change what you are doing.
From that point onward I don't believe in luck anymore, I think luck is just a term used to describe when we don't know what we did differently.
I really like this video because its an embodiment of what we perceive as luck. Its not luck that they have won Le Mans three times in a row, Its because they know what they are doing, and they have been doing it right consistently. At Le Mans you get 24 hours to figure it out, there is no luck involved. If your behind, well you got 'x' amount of hours to figure it out.
P.S. Yeah I don't understand the horse either, just ignore that part
Saturday, February 21, 2009
So its been a long few minutes, but I feel obligated to inform you readers (if any) of what is going on in the NTC. Well first we are just a few weeks away from going down to Tucson, the wonderful little retirement community otherwise known as greater tucson. (awkward amount of silence) Its awesome! more on that later.
Next on the agenda. I have a wild card spot for PATCO. This stumps me, I would like to use vulgarity and profanities to voice my opinion of the situation, and you know what I will. What the hell! oklahoma! seriously. from past PATCO races south america does not show up, might be financial problems, might be level of competitiveness, might be no one at ITU told them what PATCO is and that they can come and race, but apparently we are limited to a certain amount of Canadian athletes and I could not be going! ummmm PATCO in Mazatlan we practically sent the whole freaking country down to race, what makes oklahoma any different, if anything there would be more Canadians racing, its a short jump across the border (relatively speaking). as well as the first paragraph I have more on this at a later time.
lastly that I feel like ranting on is the local senior driving populace, honestly 30km/h on dallas road, figure it out!
that is all, Cheers
So here it is, I have caved and now without delay I have jumped into blogging. After much thought I see this blog as a port hole into what is going on personally with my training and day to day life, and as a 3rd person perspective of what is going on with the NTC. Along with this perspective I wish to voice my opinion of what is going on, why it is happening, and if the case does so arise why I hate the decision. So from this moment forward I declare that I have officially jumped into the "pool" of blogging, and it just so happens to be the deep end. I think this is going to be a sink or swim occasion.