There’s trouble. Trouble I tell you. Trouble in this here biketown. Maybe I should stop with the old timey sheriff voice and get to the point. I have a problem with my bike.


That’s the trouble right there in a nut shell. My rear wheel is busted and it’s time for a new one. I’m not happy with it at all. Well, who would be? The problem is that wheels are expensive and I’m just finding the problem now, as spring is about to sprung. I’m mad at myself for not finding the problem sooner, during the long winter.

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Winter is my least favorite season. I hate being cold all the time, wearing layers and layers of clothes in the house, turning up the thermostat and watching the money fly out the door, and not being able to ride my bike.

I refuse to ride in the cold weather because I hate it so much. I don’t even own clothing for cold weather riding. I can keep riding into November most years, but only if the weather cooperates. I shut it down for outdoor riding in December and don’t come out for air until March.

I’m sitting here now in my house wearing two shirts, a sweatshirt over the shirts, a winter hat, and shorts (ironically, my legs don’t get cold). I’ll probably put a blanket around me later when I sit on the couch. This is a miserable feeling for me. I would rather endure the heat and humidity of summer when the weather is at the peak and I’m sweating bullets than have to deal with winter. I’m even thinking about a long vacation in Florida.

The worst part is that I have spun downward into this terrible mental spiral this year.

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The cycling blog is back! I Wear Spandex rides again, in full spandex kit once again!

I’m hitting the airwaves just in time for the 2015 cycling season, too. It doesn’t look like cycling or spring are coming anytime soon as I look out my window, but I know this snow has to melt sometime. Man, I hate winter. I hate snow, cold temperatures, feeling so cold that you don’t want to get out of bed…I hate all of it. I’m so glad we are on the back half of winter and will see warmer temperatures soon.

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I’m surrounded by squirrels. In and around my neighborhood. Near my house. All around, there are squirrels.

My dog thinks she can catch them. Every time she sees a squirrel more than ten feet from a tree, she thinks she has a shot. She never has a shot. Squirrels are too crafty, too smart, and generally too busy to be bothered by a drooling dog.

Well, most squirrels fit that mold. There is one squirrel in particular that does not fit that mold. I call this guy the squirrel with a death wish.

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I found a new diet and I am giving it a try. I found this diet through listening to podcasts.

I may have said it before, but if not, I’ll say it again…I listen to podcasts all the time. I am a certified podcast junkie.

For those that don’t know, a podcast is a recorded show that you can download and listen to on your mp3 player (eg. iPod). It’s like an on-demand radio talk show. I simply go to iTunes and search for topics that interest me. Then I find a show that looks good and download some episodes to listen to. All for free.

Well, in all of my podcast listening, I have found some interesting health related information. Very in depth stuff on how to eat healthy, lose weight, and generally feel better. Interviews with doctors, scientists, experts, and success stories about health. Some of it is too in depth for me, but most of it is very interesting.

I found a new diet for fat loss, called the Carb Nite Solution diet, from John Kiefer.  I'm looking forward to some weight loss.
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