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Yesterday morning I made it to the lab by 5 am to pull the food out of a cricket box. To respond to scrottie's remark of, "That sounds like something that could be easily solved with a timer and small servo motor!" I should note that crickets don't just walk over to their food dish and daintily nibble out of it. They dig around in there and spill food all over the box, so to remove all of the available food, I have to transfer the crickets over to a clean box, preferably without losing half of them because they are pretty squirrelly at Day 5 of adulthood and jump out everywhere. They aren't *quite* as squirrelly as the California species, Gryllus lineaticeps, but still.

I was going to take a 30-minute nap and then go rowing, but that turned into a 2-hour nap on the floor in the lab instead. To keep warm, I put on my wool hat and used some bubble wrap I'd kept from an overpackaged shipment plus a small lap blanket that one of the undergrads keeps here. It felt eerily similar to a brevet nap, aside from the moments where I accidentally popped the bubble wrap.

The last time I made it rowing was last Tuesday, so I'm feeling anxious on that front because that's not enough to stay on top of technique or make improvements. Rowing is getting the short end of the stick while I try to push on this experiment.

Then I got up, ran my cricket procedures, and played a game of Scrabble with my friend S, who was finally able to end my four-game winning streak. Then scrottie biked over to the lab with some lunch, and then we set out for a long-overdue bicycling expedition.

What the trip lacked in distance, it made up in climbing; we went out to check out the Three Bears Loop, but only went as far as Mama Bear before it was time to turn around so I could go back to the lab for the late afternoon tasks. Still, it was a great leg-buster and I'm looking forward to completing the full loop on a future date with fewer time constraints. The roads in that region were either low-speed or had good shoulders and not all that much traffic, so I can see why that area is a popular bicycling destination. In the future, though, I'll go back to taking Spruce instead of Euclid to get up the hill to Tilden.

I finally have a copy of the holy grail of bicycling maps for the area: a map produced by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition, which we received by virtue of becoming members on Bike to Work Day. It dispenses with all that nonsense in terms of labeling things as bike lanes or bike paths or bike routes or whatever, and instead just indicates preferred routes for beginner/intermediate cyclists, plus routes for the more gung-ho. It also includes notes about locations where the EBBC has been pushing for bicycling infrastructure development, and provides enough of an overview of the region to make it practical for intermediate-distance expeditions.


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Jun. 2nd, 2016 03:07 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of the story, probably apocryphal, of the chinese dissident imprisoned for x number of years who was able to play piano perfectly upon his release because he practiced rowing in his mind every day.

Also the story of how basketball players who visualize sinking baskets for x minutes a day do better than players who try to actually sink baskets for x minutes a day.

This is all probably new-age 80's bullshit but I can't help where I'm from.
Jun. 6th, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
Visualizations are helpful, but I have a hard time picturing them being an adequate replacement for actual practice of the muscle movements.
Jun. 5th, 2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hooray holy grail bike maps! I am hoping to pick the bike back up on my return from Scotland... I've been pretty slack recently, but it's hard to focus on more than one sport at a time and hiking has been getting everything, heh.
Jun. 6th, 2016 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, at some point in grad school I discovered that I have a two-sport limit, and the sports have to be complementary. I tried running + rowing, and that was a bad combination because running requires recovery time and rowing doesn't. Running and rock climbing worked pretty well. Rowing and biking are also working well. All of these things are why people can perpetually make fun of triathletes. ;-)
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