Just ride
Published on November 15, 2014 by Tom_K | Views: 1708

My first road bike was a “free with purchase” deal that my parents got when they bought a VCR at the local electronics store.  I was fourteen or fifteen.   It was on that off-brand bike that I had my one and only cycling accident, going ass over tea-kettle on a street repair.  I knocked a tooth back, eviscerated my lips, and got some really nasty road rash on my shoulder and down my arms.  Drooling blood down my torn shirt, unable to close my mouth even enough to spit, I rode back on my friend’s bike, leaving him to walk back home with mine.  My dad rushed me to the emergency room, driving in excess of 100+ mph in a Ford pick-up hoping to get pulled over so he’d have a police escort.  Over the next seven hours, the ER doctors debrided my face, popped my tooth back in place, and laced my mouth up with 48 stitches.  It was the first time I had morphine. Two days later I had maxiofacial surgery to anchor my front teeth in place.  With a purple, swollen face still wrapped in bandages, I took that bike, laid it on the curb beside our driveway, and jumped on the frame to snap it.  I folded it in half, and threw it into the garbage can… wheels, handlebars, shifters and all.  I was so pissed at that bike.

Schwinn Traveler 10-speed from 1987

Wash Your Organic Produce
Published on February 21, 2014 by Tom_K | Views: 3597

My wife and I often buy organic produce from either a local co-op or a small shop that allows one-off purchases of bundled organic food items.  These “baskets” of in season organic produce often taste better and last longer than conventional store bought foods.  So, while the cost of the produce is moderately higher, we tend to eat more of the veggies before they go bad, and as a result waste less food.  To be sure, I’m not a big proponent of organic foods, but I certainly like the pesticide free nature of them and their quality.

However, recent studies have shown that while organic food producers (both organic meats and produce) provide only 1 percent of the U.S. food supply, the Center for Disease Control has traced approximately 8 percent of a food borne illnesses from an especially nasty E. Coli to organic foods.  This strain of E. Coli, designated E. Coli 0157.  Now, E. Coli is a common fecal bacterium, living in the digestive tracts of animals, and organic farmers tend to use more animal waste products as fertilizers (instead of chemical nitrate/ammonia based fertilizers).  As a result, there seems to be a correlation to the use of manure as fertilizers on produce.  As a side note, organic beef, chicken, and eggs tend to have lower incidence of these bacteria since farms are often small or free range, and there is less waste contamination with the animals as compared to concentrated animal feed operations (also known as CAFOs).

Leafy spinach might be harboring fecal bacteria

2014 Bluewater Bay Duathlon Images
Published on February 16, 2014 by Tom_K | Views: 2064

The 3rd Annual Bluewater Bay Duathlon was held on 22 Feb 2014 at the Bluewater Bay Marina in Niceville, FL, and consisted of a 1 mile run, a 15.5 mile bike ride and wrapped up with a 3.1 mile (5K) run. The course was flat and fast.  Weather was chilly for the start, with clear, blue skies, and lots of sun later.

In all, there were around 120 participants.  We managed to grab around 650+ photos, so there should be several of everyone involved. For ease of use, the images are divided up into three folders, with the 1 mile run and the 3.1 mile run in the same folder.  All images have been reduced in size from the originals to minimize the storage space required, but if you would like the full size images please email me (Tom_K) through the website and I will find the files and e-mail them to you... for free.  Please be sure to provide the exact file names (e.g., filenames look like 314J0094 or DSC-0094).  Keep in mind that we used two cameras to grab all the action, so in each folder there are two sets of images taken at different places but essentially at the same time (the second camera starts about half way through).

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