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My purpose is to live for Christ alone.


13bForgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 3:13b-14 (NIV)


For beautiful the prize, and great our hope.


2015/08/30 19:00 Sunday

Came close to rebuilding the Win7 box tonight. Really should have showered tonight, but was too tired. Figured if I was too tired to shower, I was too tired to rebuild a computer.

Woke up this morning after about nine hours of sleep. Should have stayed in bed and tried to go back to sleep, but Hope kitty wanted to be petted, so I ended up staying awake. After I got up, I almost went back to bed because I was so tired I was staggering. Stayed up, though. Did lie down to rest for about an hour after the church service webcast.

The sermon was good.

After resting, I did a 30.58-mile ride of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Averaged only 13 mph. Was really struggling due to the strong winds and exhaustion. The winds were eddying, so I ended up with wind that was mainly a headwind almost all the way around the lake. Lost my balance a couple of times, but didn't crash, thankfully. Just wanted to get in the mileage and the time alone with God. Prayed quite a bit.

Am off to get ready for bed before I drop.


2015/08/29 20:30 Saturday

Thankfully, my weekend is here.

Ordered a book and software to study for the CCENT and then the CCNA. The CCENT and CCNA are certifications for routers and so forth.

Am bushed. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/28 19:55 Friday

Three down, one to go.

In my Bible reading, I have gotten to Leviticus. It is a tedious book.

Will be going to Amy and Randy's for dinner and a twilight mountain bike ride on Monday. Monday will be a busy day. Will do a road ride in the morning, and if time permits, I will rebuild my Win7 box. Rebuilding that will be a pain in the neck, as I will have to install the software after installing the operating system. I will have to find the installation executable files for some software, such as Logos and the Cisco simulator. Actually, regarding Logos, the executable I used to install it at first was from Logos 4, and I am running Logos 6. Will have to ask them the best way to go about installing it.

Need to finish getting ready for bed right away. Am about to drop.


2015/08/27 20:45 Thursday

Two work days down, two to go. Then I will have four days off, since next Wednesday is a Wednesday off.

It won't be too much longer before I won't see the sun at all during my work week. That will be hard to deal with.

Am too tired to think of anything else to write. Off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/26 19:50 Wednesday

One work day down, three to go.

Am exhausted. Off to get ready for bed before I drop.


2015/08/25 18:55 Tuesday

Alas, my vacation is over. It is back to work tomorrow, much to my dismay.

Had a good ride today. Rode the Roubaix to Verdi. Felt fairly good. Did 36.06 miles. Averaged only 15.1 mph; the wind had picked up by the time I was heading back, and it was a headwind for the direction I was going.

Slept fairly good last night.

Off to finish getting ready for bed. Should have done so quite some time ago.


2015/08/24 17:45 Monday

The eye doctor said that the light flashes are due to the gel in my eyes shifting, and that it is normal with age. There is a chance that when the gel pulls away, it could take the retina with it, but at this point there is nothing to worry about. He also said that the flashes would go away once the gel pulls away completely. I asked him if physical exertion could cause problems, and he said no. I was thankful for that.

After the eye doctor appointment, I went to the bike shop to pick up a couple of water bottles. Then I went to Costco for groceries. After those errands, I laid down to rest for about an hour.

After dragging myself out of bed, I did a ride. Rode 30.58 miles of laps around the park. It was windy, and I was tired. Averaged only 13.7 mph. Prayed some during the first half or so of the ride, but after that, I was too brain-dead from being tired to focus.

Am exhausted. Off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/23 20:25 Sunday

Jehovah's Witnesses sometimes have a display at Virginia Lake. In large letters, it says, "What does the Bible really say?" As though they would know....

Wasn't as tired today as yesterday. Slept well last night. Laid down to rest for about 45 minutes after the church service webcast. Then got up and did a ride. Wasn't up to riding to Verdi. Did 30.62 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Went very slow. It was windy, and I wasn't even trying to push the pace at all. Just wanted to put in the miles and the time alone with God. Averaged only 13.5 mph.

I frequently give thanks that I am able to watch sermon webcasts.

Ran the timedatectl command in linux to change the system time so it is in local time instead of UTC. The BIOS now shows local time. Live and learn.

Went ahead and ordered hardware to upgrade the Win7 box. Didn't want to spend the money, but Logos does run very slow on it with the current build. The hardware is at least five years old, so it is getting outdated. It will be nice to have a faster system.

Will be going to the eye doctor first thing in the morning. Have been seeing flashes of light in two areas of my left eye.

Should be in bed already. It just seems as though life is passing me by since I spend so much time in bed. Speaking of which, I am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/22 18:10 Saturday

It was for the best that I was co-leading the D ride at the picnic instead of doing the full 42-mile ride as I had wanted to do. Have been exhausted beyond measure today, and have been having balance problems. Didn't sleep well again last night.

Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/21 18:45 Friday

Hardly slept at all last night. Was restless all night long. Am wondering if it was because I didn't eat dinner. It seems as though when I don't eat enough late in the day, I don't sleep well. Was too tired to ride today. Did walk three laps around the park with the friend from out of town.

The motherboard and the heatsink / fan unit arrived today, and I rebuilt the PC. I finally figured out that Linux is changing the time in the BIOS. Also, it appears that the freezing issue might be a problem with Linux, even though the OS at one point said a crash wasn't reportable because it was a hardware issue. After it froze post-rebuild, I ran memtest86, and it didn't find any errors. Instead of returning the original board, which probably isn't defective after all, I might upgrade the Win7 box. That would involve buying more hardware, though. It might be worth it. Logos runs quite slow on the current hardware platform I have.

The cycling club picnic and ride is tomorrow. I hope I sleep well tonight so I won't be exhausted. Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/20 16:35 Thursday

Slept very well last night, thankfully. Got to bed late, though, as I was dealing with the RMA of the motherboard. Paid extra to have it shipped with next-day service. It will be here tomorrow. The system hasn't rebooted all that often, but it is still worrisome. I want to get it rebuilt as soon as possible. It is clear that the board is defective in at least one way, in that the system time won't hold its setting in BIOS. The board manufacturer had me replace the CMOS battery and flash the BIOS with an upgrade, but that didn't help. Am hoping tha the system freezing issue is also due to the board. It could be that the CPU has been damaged. I installed a CPU heatsink/fan unit that I had with the old system, and it didn't fit onto the board all that well. If there is a gap between the heatsink and the CPU, the CPU could be damaged. I don't think there is, but I went ahead and ordered a new heatsink/fan when I re-ordered the board. I'll see if there appears to be chipping or burning on the CPU when I install the board tomorrow. I sure hope there isn't; it wouldn't be covered under the return policy if there is, and CPUs are expensive.

Did a 30.58-mile ride of laps around the park. Averaged only 13.8 mph. Was plagued by exhaustion, slow-moving traffic, and geese that I herded out of the road for drivers.

I mentioned a while back that I saw the pastor at Walmart one day, but didn't have to try to talk to him because he was on his phone and didn't stop to talk to me. Something occurred to me after I posted that. I also saw him as I was leaving the courthouse many years ago. I was way too afraid to stop and talk to him.

Should shower this evening, but am too tired. Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/19 18:40 Wednesday

Hardly slept at all last night. Was restless all night long. Got up at about 4:30am because I got tired of laying there half-awake.

Did a 30.6-mile ride of laps around the park on the commuter bike at an average speed of 14.8 mph.

Am going to post this without further ado, because it appears the new motherboard I bought is defective. My system keeps crashing.


2015/08/18 17:15 Tuesday

Reinstalling Fedora did the trick. The PC is working great now. Gave up on the 15" monitor yesterday before reinstalling, as I decided it was just too small. Am back to the 22" widescreen.

Slept late this morning. Got up at about 9:40am. Had set an alarm for 9:30. Was scheduled to walk laps around the park this morning at 11 o'clock with the friend from out of town, and wanted time for coffee and breakfast beforehand.

After the walk, I did a ride. Have been really tired today, and I had a headache, so I just did laps on the commuter bike. Took an ibuprofen before the ride, and that helped the headache. Did 30.6 miles at an average speed of 14.6 mph.

Should shower tonight, but am too tired. Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/17 20:05 Monday

Rebuilt the linux box this morning. Had a few glitches, but then got everything up and running fine. That is, it was fine until I tried to get the 15" monitor to work. Ended up having to hard-reboot a few times. Then the system started locking up. Reinstalled Fedora, and am hoping that will resolve the problem.

Slept only about five hours last night, as I had trouble falling asleep and then I woke up early.

Figured I was too tired to do a Verdi ride, so I did laps around the park on the commuter bike. Did 30.62 miles at an average speed of 14.9 mph. Prayed quite a bit.

It has been a long day, and I am exhausted. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/16 20:25 Sunday

After the church service webcast, I did a ride. Did 30.59 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. My legs were unsteady this morning, so I didn't want to ride to Verdi. Figured if I crashed, at least I'd be close to home. Didn't have any problems on the ride, though. Seems as though I am always more steady on the bike than on foot. Anyway, I averaged 14.6 mph.

Stupid me. I wrote in this file but didn't save my work. Then linux crashed and I had to restart the PC. Am too tired to recreate everything I wrote before the crash. The PC had been working fine for a while, and I was thinking maybe I wasted the money on the new hardware, but tonight's crash makes me glad I went ahead and bought it.

The abstract: I post in this blog with the thought that the pastor might be reading it. The concrete: I would be terrified if I were to have to communicate with him in person, sermon illustrations notwithstanding.

Will be getting to be later than I would like. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/15 20:05 Saturday

Yay. Made it through four 12-hour days, and now am on vacation. On tap for tomorrow will be the church service webcast and a ride. Might also use the Cisco simulator some. On Monday, I will do a ride and go by the bike shop for some new water bottles. The ones I have been using have gotten grungy. Also on Monday, if I have time, I will rebuild the linux box.

Am off to get ready for bed. Am so tired my head is starting to spin.


2015/08/14 20:20 Friday

Three down, one to go. Then, I will have ten days off. Am looking forward to that very much. Don't want to spend the money to go anywhere, but it will be nice not to have to go to work. Am thinking I will start studying for the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) test. I bought a router and switch simulator from Cisco Press a few years ago with the intention of studying for it, but lost motivation after a while. I used to configure routers and switches years ago when I worked at an ISP, but I never got a certification, and besides, some things will have changed. It will be hard to do the practice simulations with just one monitor, though, and the downstairs neighbor won't have the money to buy a TV any time soon, so she will be using the TV/monitor I lent her for a while. However, I have a used 15" monitor that I bought from work to keep on hand in case her monitor fails, and my new motherboard has a D-sub port on board. Maybe when I install the motherboard, I'll put the 15" monitor on the linux box and move the 22" one from the linux box to the Win7 box. (The Win7 box doesn't have a D-sub port.)

Had better finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/13 20:50 Thursday

Two work days down, two to go. Will be getting to bed late tonight. Had to shower. Twelve-hour days are hard.


2015/08/12 19:40 Wednesday

One work day down, three to go. Am exhausted. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/11 19:05 Tuesday

Rode the Roubaix to Verdi today. When I first started off, I was questioning the wisdom of doing that ride. I lost my balance while mounting the bike and almost fell over. Decided to go ahead and ride to Verdi, though, instead of doing laps around the park. Did fine on the ride, other than having a rather slow average speed. Averaged only 14.8 mph for the 36.25 miles. The max speed was only 32.1 mph. Didn't pray all that much during the ride; wasn't concentrating very well.

Have to go back to work tomorrow, much to my dismay. Days off always pass too quickly. At least I will be off work for ten days after the next four days.

Went by the bike shop this afternoon. The cycling club president was there. He asked when I was going to lead rides. He said the club needs more D rides. I responded that I don't want to do D rides. D rides are basically novice rides. They are short rides that are typically very slow-paced. I don't know how many times I have told him that I don't want to do them. It is bad enough that I will be co-leading the D ride at the annual picnic. I asked Amy if she would be willing to lead it, and she said yes, but she wanted me to do it with her. Groan. I wanted to do the 42-mile ride.

Off to finish getting ready for bed before I drop.


2015/08/10 18:25 Monday

I recall a few years ago, I saw the investigating officer at a basketball game where I was shooting photos. I wanted to talk to him, but didn't know what to say. It was the deer-in-the-headlights syndrome. I froze. I also saw him at a Tour de Nez one time. I did talk to him briefly then, but was very uncomfortable. I froze. I also recall seeing the pastor at Walmart a few years ago. I greeted him, but didn't have to try to talk to him, as he was on his phone and didn't stop to talk to me.

This morning, I walked three laps around the park with the friend from out of town. Then I did a ride. Was too tired to ride to Verdi, so I just did laps around the park on the commuter bike. Prayed a lot for the first 20 miles or so, but then was too brain-dead from exhaustion to focus. Did push myself the last half or so of the ride; averaged 14.6 mph for the 30.57 miles.

Before the walk, I ordered a new motherboard, CPU, and memory from newegg. Was hoping I wouldn't have to do that, but something else strange happened on my Linux box which made me think the problem I had with it going into emergency mode when I rebooted might be due to a hardware problem. On one of my command-line windows, the system stopped echoing what I was typing. The system is over six years old, so I suppose it is a good time to upgrade even though I really didn't want to spend the money. Didn't do a high-end upgrade; it is just a mid-range one. It is an Intel Core i5 quad-core CPU, a mid-range MSI motherboard, and an 8GB stick of RAM.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/09 18:45 Sunday

I mentioned the other day that I wasn't sure what unconditional surrender would mean in my life. Surrendering in prayer is one thing, and true surrender in prayer is a blessed experience, but faith without works is dead, and there needs to be outward evidence of an inward change. That holds even granted that there is not anything we can do to attain righteousness.

I also mentioned one day that it would be exceedingly uncomfortable for me to have been at the City Council meeting at the same time as the pastor, if that were to have occurred. I have a phobia of him. I would freeze if I were to see him. I wouldn't know what to say or do. I would be like a deer in headlights.

Slept over 13 hours last night. Would have slept even longer, but had an alarm set so that I would be up in time for the church service. After watching the service online, I did a ride. Wanted to ride to Verdi, but was so tired that I was staggering some. Was afraid that I would lose my balance on the bike, and figured that if I did, I would want to be close to home if I were to crash. Rode 30.61 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Averaged only 13.8 mph.

Should shower this evening, but am too tired. Off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/08 19:50 Saturday

Survived the work week. Next week will be even more rough, since it will be a four-day week of 12-hour shifts.

Slept well again last night. Hopefully I will again tonight. Am off to get ready for bed before I drop.


2015/08/07 20:50 Friday

Slept well last night, thankfully.

Survived another 12-hour shift. Again today, I started fading at about 4:30pm. One more workday, and then three days off.

Off to finish getting ready for bed. Am about to drop.


2015/08/06 19:45 Thursday

Had trouble falling asleep again last night. Laid there in a fog for at least an hour after going to bed.

Survived the first 12-hour shift. Was holding up fairly well until about 4:30pm, and then started fading. Two more workdays to go.

Will be taking August 20-22 off work. That means I will have ten days off in a row, the 16th through the 25th. The cycling club's annual picnic is on the 22nd.

Am about to drop from exhaustion. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/05 20:00 Wednesday

Had a crisis this morning. Rebooted the Linux box because of a Chrome update having been applied, and it wouldn't come back up. It kept going into the Linux emergency mode. I don't know if the problem was due to an update that had been applied previously to this last one (I don't think I rebooted after the previous update, and I don't recall what was in the update), or if there is a hardware problem. I installed a spare hard drive, but decided to reinstall Linux on the existing drive. I was using Fedora 19, but that was out of date; I downloaded Fedora 22 and burned it to a DVD using the Win7 box. So far after installing the new OS, the Linux box has been working fine. I'm going to think about getting a new motherboard and CPU just in case. Also, I backed up my files to an external hard drive.

After getting the PC situation under control, I did a ride. Had planned to go to Verdi on the Roubaix this morning, but the PC crisis nixed that. By the time I was ready to ride, it was quite windy, and I was quite tired, so I decided to ride laps around the park on the commuter bike. Did 30.61 miles. The average speed was only 13.4 mph. Didn't pray as much as I have been lately; was too brain-dead from being tired to focus.

Will be getting to bed much later than I should. Got sidetracked. Am off to finish getting ready for bed now.


2015/08/04 17:55 Tuesday

Am exhausted. Had trouble falling asleep last night. It was after ten o'clock when I finally drifted off. Got up at 7:49am, though. Had the alarm set for 7, but hit snooze for over 45 minutes. The reason I got up early is so I could ride with the downstairs neighbor to Savemart. I needed to pick up a few things there, and I thought that would be a good starter ride for her, so I took the bike trailer. She wanted to go fairly early before it got too warm for her. I got up early yesterday because we had planned to ride to Savemart then, but she had a problem with the delivery of a package that the USPS provided conflicting information about, and she needed to address that (pun intended).

After that, I had coffee and breakfast, then walked four laps around the park with a friend from out of town. He comes out every summer to hike. He is from Maryland.

Then I did a ride. Because I have been so tired today, I just did laps around the park on the commuter bike. Did 30.58 miles at an average speed of 14.2 mph. Prayed quite a bit even though I was too brain-dead from being tired to concentrate very well.

Am off to get ready for bed. Will be sleeping in tomorrow. Am looking forward to that.


2015/08/03 19:50 Monday

Rode the Roubaix out to Verdi today. Did 36.1 miles. Averaged only 14.7 mph, but was taking it easy, so the slow speed wasn't surprising. Prayed quite a bit.

Will be getting to bed later than I would like, as there was a cycling club board meeting this evening.

Am exhausted. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/08/02 19:35 Sunday

I don't know what unconditional surrender would mean in my life. I don't know how I would know whether God would be leading me to do something or whether it would be my own leading. I don't trust my ability to discern, especially given what has transpired in the past. Of course, much of that was due to my mental illness.

I regularly give fervent thanks for my sanity, and pray that I will never lose my sanity again.

After the church service, I rode laps around the park on the commuter bike. Didn't want to take the Roubaix out to Verdi, as there was a fairly good chance of rain. I was hoping it would rain, but not until after the ride. Unfortunately, it didn't rain at all, and it doesn't look as though it will tonight. The clouds were beautiful while I was riding. Gave thanks to God for the beauty of His creation. Did 30.68 miles. Averaged only 14.1 mph. It was windy for the last half or so of the ride. Prayed quite a bit. Tried to stay cognizant of God's presence.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/08/01 22:00 Saturday

It is way past my bedtime. Was too tired to feel comfortable driving home from Amy and Randy's, but had to do it. Was praying that I would make it home safely, and am giving thanks that I did.

Am off to bed.


2015/07/31 18:25 Friday

Wasn't able to drag myself out of bed in time to ride this morning.

The downstairs neighbor found an Electra Townie bike on craigslist, and we went to the person's house after I left work. I think it was overpriced, but on the other hand, a new one would have been much more. She went ahead and bought it. The advantage of the Townie for her is that it is a crank-forward bike. In short, the importance of that is being able to put feet on the ground without getting off of the saddle.

Need to get ready for bed. It will be a long day tomorrow since I will be going to Amy and Randy's for dinner.


2015/07/30 17:25 Thursday

Left work two hours early today because I was so tired. Will be going to bed soon, and will try to get up in time to ride to work. It will be my last chance to ride to work. Saturday, I will be going to Amy and Randy's for dinner soon after work, so I wouldn't have time to ride home. Then, next week we start 12-hour shifts.

The City Council denied the SUP for the Verdi plant. So far, so good. However, an amended application is being remanded to the Planning Commission. The fight isn't over.

I saw in the Council highlights email that the church's SUP was approved. Good for them.

Off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/29 21:15 Wednesday

The City Council meeting went fairly well, although I didn't stay for the whole time. Have to be at work at 5am, and will be getting to bed way too late as it is. I have some hope that the Council will deny the permit.

Am off to get ready for bed before I drop. Am so tired my head is spinning.


2015/07/28 18:40 Tuesday

Had a bit of a fright, so to speak, this morning. Received an email from the city regarding the agenda for Wednesday's City Council meeting. Have been planning to go to the meeting because they will be addressing whether or not to approve a rock and asphalt crushing plant in Verdi. As a cyclist, I am against allowing the plant. When I read the city's email, I saw that the church's expansion plans are also on the agenda. Thankfully, the church's time is scheduled for 12:30pm and the Verdi plant hearing is scheduled for 6pm. The church's pastor and members should be long gone by the time I show up, even if their hearing doesn't get started right at 12:30pm. If the two agenda items had been scheduled closer together, I would have skipped the meeting. Surely I wouldn't have gotten in trouble for being there at the same time as the pastor, given that I have a legitimate interest in the Verdi proceedings, but it would have been exceedingly uncomfortable.

Slept very late today. Dragged myself out of bed at about 10:15am. Felt good enough after that, though, that I decided to do a Verdi ride. The mileage was 36.07 miles. The average speed was only 14.3 mph. There was a stiff headwind on various parts of the ride and on the way back. Prayed quite a bit. Am getting back in the habit of praying while riding.

Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/27 20:05 Monday

Had trouble dragging myself out of bed yet again today. Finally got up just in time to have a cup of coffee and some cereal before 11am, at which time I had something scheduled. A guy I know from out of town who comes to Reno each summer to hike wanted to walk around Virginia Lake this morning.

After that, I did a ride. Had planned to ride to Verdi, but I decided to stay close to home instead because I was so tired. Did 30.57 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Averaged 14.3 mph. For the first several miles, I was doubting the wisdom of riding at all because of the fatigue. After that, I kind of settled in and just kept going. Prayed quite a bit.

After the ride, I did a couple of loads of laundry. Drudgery.

Will be getting to bed a lot later than I wanted to. At least I will be able to sleep in tomorrow. Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/26 19:35 Sunday

Had trouble dragging myself out of bed in time for the ride this morning. Barely made it to the start in time to sign the waiver for the ride. Then I had to park and get my bike ready. I told them not to wait for me, as the ride was to Verdi and I know the way. The ride and party were okay. My mileage was only 25.09 miles, and the average was 15.5 mph. The maximum speed was 35.6 mph. The party was at Bueno's, and the food was good.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/25 20:00 Saturday

Didn't ride to work this morning. Was too tired. Not only did I not ride, I left work two hours early and came home and went to bed. I had unplugged the landline and put the iPhone on do not disturb, and the downstairs neighbor got worried because she couldn't reach me. She came up and knocked on the door. It woke me up, which was just as well, as I had slept for almost four hours and I hadn't taken out my contact lenses or put in my night guard.

As mentioned some time ago, I will be going to the cycling club's Yellow Jersey Party tomorrow. The ride starts at 9am, and the party starts at about 10:30am. I will be sorry to miss the church service, but at least I will be able to listen to the sermon when it is posted online.

Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/24 19:40 Friday

Dragged myself out of bed in time to ride to work today. The round-trip was 26.24 miles. Will try to ride to work again tomorrow. Was going to Amy and Randy's for dinner tomorrow evening, but Amy had to reschedule. Am fairly exhausted. Am off to finish getting ready for bed. My hair is still wet from the shower, but I'll just go to bed with wet hair.


2015/07/23 18:00 Thursday

Fell asleep quickly last night and slept well, but just didn't get enough sleep to get up early enough to ride to work today. Will try again tomorrow morning. Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/22 18:40 Wednesday

Slept only about four hours last night. Had trouble falling asleep. Am going to try to get up early enough to ride to work tomorrow despite being exhausted right now. Depends on how well I sleep tonight.

Someone parked in my reserved spot. I had to park in guest parking. I left a note on their window saying they were parked in a reserved spot and if they parked there again, their car would be towed.

Am off to get ready for bed before I drop.


2015/07/21 20:30 Tuesday

Was in bed for a little over 14 hours again last night. Had trouble falling asleep both last night and the night before.

Did 30.62 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Finished before the rain started. Prayed quite a bit. Averaged 14.3 mph.

Went to the cycling club meeting this evening, so will be getting to bed later than I would like. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/20 18:35 Monday

Was in bed for about 14 hours last night. Woke up, sort of, after about 13 hours, but laid in bed for about an hour in a fog.

Did 30.56 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Was too tired to feel comfortable riding the Roubaix to Verdi. Averaged only 13.8 mph. My only goals were to put in the mileage and have time alone with God. Prayed quite a bit.

Regarding Romans 9:20-21, while praying I often tell God that I loathe being female. However, I then go on to give thanks that I am not a female in a Muslim country. I am thankful to be a Christian and an American. I also give thanks for the ability to ride, both the physical ability and the social freedom. It is likely that in some countries, I would be stoned to death or put in prison for riding and for wearing a cycling kit (cycling shorts and a jersey are known as a "kit" in cycling lingo).

Went to Costco this afternoon, and one of the things I bought was coffee beans. Unfortunately, I forgot to grind them before I left the store. When I got home, I realized that. Glad I live only a couple of miles away from Costco. Still, it was a pain in the neck to have to go back.

Am tired. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/19 18:30 Sunday

Slept about 12 hours last night, and even so have been tired all day.

Did 30.71 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike after the church service. Wanted to stay close to home because of being so tired. Did a lot of praying during the ride. Averaged only 13.2 mph, in part due to the exhaustion and in part due to wind.

Am very sorry to hear that Kitty is dying. I didn't know her well, but I remember her as being someone whom I really liked. Have been praying for her and Dennis since this morning when I found out.

This morning, Amy invited me over for dinner, but then this afternoon she remembered that she and Randy were going to a barbecue this evening. I'm glad she had to cancel having me over. Am just too tired. They will be having me and a couple of other people over for dinner next Saturday.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed before I drop.


2015/07/18 20:10 Saturday

Slept fairly well last night. Was able to get up in time to ride to work. Prayed some on the way to and from work. I feel better at work when I ride. We start 12-hour shifts in August, though, so it is unlikely that I will be able to continue to ride to and from work.

Had a few incidents this morning, but none in the afternoon. Got some project work done. There was an issue with the task that requires someone to work a late shift on Saturdays. One of the three jobs that should run automatically before the task is initiated didn't run. Had to get approval to run the task. The task ran as it should, though, for which I was thankful. I was able to leave on time.

Am fading. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/17 17:40 Friday

Didn't ride to work today. When the alarm clocks went off, I decided I needed the extra sleep. It's just as well, though, as the wind was gusting up to 29 mph when I would have been riding home. Maybe I'll be able to drag myself out of bed in time to ride tomorrow. Hopefully I will be able to leave work at 5:30pm, which is the time I am scheduled to leave tomorrow. Sometimes things go wrong with the task I will have to stay late to do, and when that happens, the person responsible for the task has to stay until the problem is resolved. That is one reason I don't like covering the later shift on Saturdays when my coworker is off work.

Had a lazy day at work today. There weren't many incidents to take care of, but I didn't get much done on projects despite that.

Am planning on being in bed no later than 6:30pm this evening. Hopefully I will be able to fall asleep not long after that.


2015/07/16 18:20 Thursday

Was way too tired to ride to work this morning. When the alarm clocks went off, I reset them for later. Even so, I was so tired that I wasn't sure I would be able to drive to work safely. I thought about taking the day off because of that, but didn't. It took a while, but after having some coffee, ZipFizz, and tea at work, I managed to become functional. Am planning on trying to get up early enough in the morning to ride to work. Off to finish getting ready for bed now.


2015/07/15 19:15 Wednesday

Rode the commuter bike to and from work today. Slept less than five hours last night; had trouble falling asleep. Am hoping to sleep better this evening, as I am planning to ride to and from work again tomorrow. Was going to ride today and Friday, but strong wind gusts are predicted for Friday. Am off to get ready for bed. Will be getting to bed later than I would like as it is.


2015/07/14 19:40 Tuesday

The weekend has flown by. Have been busy and haven't had much time due to sleeping so much. Was in bed for over 13 hours again last night. Will be getting to bed later than I would like this evening, as there has been much to do, including trying to deal with the ants that I found in one of the cupboards. I don't use ant spray indoors, as I don't want to risk Hope kitty ingesting it. I sprayed them with Trader Joe's multi-purpose cleaner, mopped up the ants, and took the paper towels I used to the dumpster.

Did a 36.07-mile Verdi ride today. Averaged only 14.7 mph. Spent quite a bit of time praying during the ride.

Am planning on riding the commuter bike to and from work tomorrow. Had better finish getting ready for bed as soon as possible.


2015/07/13 19:00 Monday

Something the pastor said yesterday was that what we do for ourselves doesn't matter; what we do for Christ is what matters. I guess my bike riding doesn't matter unless I make it time alone with God. I used to be better about praying while riding. I will make a more concerted effort to focus on God while riding.

Slept almost 13 hours last night. It was hard to drag myself out of bed this morning.

Did a 36.1-mile Verdi ride on the Roubaix today. Averaged only 14.5 mph. Was struggling due to being tired.

On July 26th, I will miss watching the church service webcast. I have RSVP'd yes to the cycling club's Yellow Jersey Party. It celebrates the final day of the Tour de France. I will settle for listening to the podcast of that day's sermon.

Am exhausted. Off to get ready for bed. Wanted to get to bed earlier, but got tied up trying to find a screen door at Lowes, Home Depot, and online. Am not having much luck finding a good one that I can get quickly.


2015/07/12 19:20 Sunday

The sermon today provided food for thought. The pastor has preached those points at least twice before. I wonder what his purpose was for preaching them again. Maybe he didn't have time during the week to come up with new material for today.

Was in bed for about 11 hours last night, and have been tired all day. Guess I overdid it yesterday by getting up early enough to ride to work and then staying up fairly late. Also, I got to bed late on Friday, so I was already running on empty by yesterday.

After the sermon, I did a ride. Didn't pray much during the ride; I was brain-dead from being tired. Rode laps around the park on the commuter bike. Did 30.69 miles. Averaged only 13.8 mph.

Wanted to get to bed by six o'clock, but that didn't happen. Ended up taking care of some things around the apartment that I had been putting off. Now I am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/11 19:20 Saturday

Rode to and from work today. The round-trip was 26.26 miles. There were strong crosswind gusts again today on North Virginia. Also, even with the new tires, there was a serious shimmy starting at about 25 mph. I called the bike shop and told Randy I thought there was something wrong with one or both wheels. He suggested it could be the placement of my weight on the bike. He thinks that I need to shift my weight forward because if the front wheel isn't weighted enough, it isn't stable. That makes sense, especially given that I have had a lot of weight on the rear wheel when riding to and from work due to having a lock, cable, and other items in the rear rack bag and panniers. I'll try leaning forward while riding the next time I ride to work. Am thinking I will ride to work next Wednesday and Friday. I will have to work late next Saturday to cover for the guy who usually works late on Saturdays. Will be working until at least 5:30pm, and later if there are issues with the job I will be running. If I were sure I would be able to leave at 5:30, I wouldn't be concerned about riding to and from work that day, but as it stands, I would prefer not to do so.

Tried to view the SLG for tomorrow's sermon, but a 404 page not found error came up.

Am fading fast. Time to get ready for bed.


2015/07/10 19:40 Friday

Will be getting to bed late, and I am going to try to drag myself out of bed in time to ride to work tomorrow, so I am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/09 19:50 Thursday

Fell asleep a fairly short time after going to bed last night. Maybe taking the Brisdelle earlier helped. I took it early again this evening. Am hoping I will fall asleep quickly again tonight.

It is past my bedtime. Got home later than usual because I went to the bike shop after work to pick up a seat post bag for the fat bike and tires for the commuter bike.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/08 18:40 Wednesday

As I was leaving work, the power went down in the building. I was already clocked out, but I went back to check on the computer room. The UPS alarm was going off, but the "load on UPS" green light was on, and when I pressed the reset button, the alarm silenced and the red lights went off. I was thankful for that. I really didn't want to have to deal with a BCP event, especially since I haven't had time to put together a shedding plan. Basically, a shedding plan details steps to take to minimize the power draw on the UPS by shutting down non-essential systems quickly in order to have time to be able to shut essential systems down cleanly.

Laid in bed in a fog for almost three hours last night before finally dropping off to sleep. Am thinking the problems I have been having falling asleep might be due to the Brisdelle I have been taking at bedtime for hot flashes. Today, I took it soon after getting home from work.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.


2015/07/07 17:15 Tuesday

The wisdom tooth extractions are over, thankfully, and it was an answered prayer that it went well. The novocaine has worn off, and I don't have any pain. Had told my boss a while back that I might need to take the day off after the extractions, but I don't see any need to now.

It took a long time before I fell asleep last night, and between not getting enough sleep and the stress of the extractions, I'm quite tired. Just drank a mug of warm milk in the hope that it will help me fall asleep faster. Am off to finish getting ready for bed now.


2015/07/06 20:35 Monday

Struggled on yesterday's ride, and struggled even more on today's ride. Not getting enough sleep is a hindrance. Today, I did 30.55 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Was too tired to do a Verdi ride. Averaged only 13.7 mph. Was taking it easy and enjoying the beauty of the clouds again. Also rode to a doctor's appointment this morning, but the round-trip was only 3.2 miles.

On the way back from the doctor's office, I got the commuter bike up to 28 mph, and there was no shimmy. I called the online retailer to see if I could get a warranty exchange on the tires, and they said no because it had been almost a year since I ordered them, and also, the guy I spoke with thought it was an issue with the skewer that was resolved by remounting the wheel. I think he is wrong. They have the tires on sale, so I could have gotten them for less than at Amy and Randy's, but I am going to be loyal to my friends and buy the tires from them. They have done a lot for me. It is good to buy local, anyway.

Went to the cycling club board meeting this evening.

Won't be riding tomorrow. Am having my last three wisdom teeth pulled at 11:30am. Ouch.

Am tired. Off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/05 19:15 Sunday

Had a good time yesterday evening at Amy and Randy's. They live off Timberline Drive, which is off of the Mt. Rose Highway. One thing we did was to ride from their house to a spot overlooking the city to watch the fireworks. There was more than one set of fireworks, and unfortunately, at one point we thought they were all over and rode back to their house. Then the Nugget fireworks started, which would have been the best ones to see, from what I saw on the drive back home. Anyway, I took my fat bike, and it was a hit. Everyone took a turn riding it before it got dark.

It was about 10:45pm before I got home last night, and then had trouble getting to sleep. It was probably about 12:30am before I drifted off. Was able to drag myself out of bed in time for the church service webcast, though.

Did 30.56 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike after the church service. Was tired, so I was taking it easy. Just wanted to put in the mileage and the time alone with God. Averaged only 13.5 mph. There weren't very many people at the park today, for some reason. I was glad, because that meant I didn't have to be as alert. Spent a lot of time staring at the clouds. They were very beautiful. It made me feel closer to God. Prayed quite a bit during the ride.

I like knowing when the church is having picnics at Bowers' Mansion so that I can avoid going there for a ride when they are having their events. It would be mortifying to show up there during a church picnic. Also, I would likely get tased.

I got to thinking about the shimmy that starts at about 25 mph when I ride the commuter bike. One or both of the tires might be defective. I put new ones on a few months ago, and until I first rode to work the other day, I hadn't gone faster than 22 mph or so on them. This afternoon, I put the old tires back on. I will ride to work at least one day next week and see if the shimmy is still there. Unfortunately, I bought the tires online instead of at Amy and Randy's shop, so it will be a pain in the neck to return them if they are defective. I buy most of my gear from their shop, and from now on, am planning to buy anything possible from them. They treat me very well. I felt guilty for buying the tires online in the first place, and now I wish even more so that I hadn't done that.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed. Need to catch up on my sleep.


2015/07/04 15:00 Saturday

Am posting early today, as I will be getting home relatively late from Amy and Randy's, and am sure I will be too tired to post then.

Did 30.63 miles of laps around the park on the commuter bike. Didn't want to ride the Roubaix or go to Verdi because rain was in the forecast. Wanted to stay close to home just in case. Got sprinkled on a little, but there wasn't any more rain than that. It was windy. Averaged a very slow 13.3 mph.


2015/07/03 19:40 Friday

Almost didn't ride to work today. Felt a little woozy from being tired when I dragged myself out of bed. Then decided to go ahead and ride. It was a macho thing.

Struggled some on the ride to work. For the 13.11 miles, the average speed was only 9.9 mph. The max speed was 24.3 mph. On the way home, the mileage was 13.15 miles at an average speed of 15.1 mph. The max was 34.0 mph. I was controlling my speed on the way home; I kept it at about 27 mph on most of the downhill stretches. At about 25 mph, the bike starts getting wobbly, and at 30 mph or so, it feels unsafe. It didn't used to do that. I need to take it in to the bike shop to have it checked out. It was windy again today during the ride home, but not as bad as yesterday.

Have the day off tomorrow for my Independence Day holiday. Will be going to Amy and Randy's for a party tomorrow at about 4pm. Hopefully I will be able to stay awake long enough to watch the fireworks and then drive home.

Am off to get ready for bed.


2015/07/02 20:10 Thursday

Am planning to ride to work tomorrow. I might leave work early; it depends on the weather forecast. Would prefer not to get caught in rain while riding home, and there might be thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Am not all that tired, but I should have been in bed some time ago since I will be getting up early enough to ride. Am off to bed now. Hopefully I will fall asleep soon.


2015/07/01 19:05 Wednesday

Managed to drag myself out of bed in time to ride to work this morning. Riding got my day off to a good start. Haven't been very tired today. It was nerve-wracking riding home, though. There were stiff and gusty cross-winds on Virginia north of McCarran, and the bike lane had a lot of rocks. The winds were to the east, which means they were blowing toward the traffic. Riding 30+ miles an hour under those conditions with traffic passing close by at 55 mph or so was quite the experience. Anyway, if it doesn't look like it will rain on Friday afternoon, I will likely ride to work again. The distance is just a little over 13 miles each way. It is uphill most of the way there. I averaged only 11.1 mph heading to work, and 15.0 mph on the way home. My max speed on the way home was 34.6 mph.

Am off to finish getting ready for bed.