Dog vs. Man Collision

This is something that happened at the Katy Flatland Century, which is still bugging the crap out of me. After leaving the third rest stop on the metric century route, a dog ran across the road right behind me. It startled the hell out of me, and for a minute I thought he was going ...

Soldier in #LokisArmy? Cyclist?

I want YOU to join Team Loki. I’ve been thinking of this since I rode the metric century at Katy Flatlands, where just for fun I signed on as Team Loki. Loki’s Army is big, strong, and infinitely badass. I can’t be the only one that likes pounding out the miles. (In fact, I know¬†I’m ...

In Which Loki Rides a Metric Century on the Back of a Foolish Human

Before the break of dawn, Loki sees to the readying of his trusty steed. He also make certain his minion eats some yogurt or something since she’d better pedal like the wind. What? NOT NUMBER ONE? This insult shall not soon be forgotten, foolish mortals! I bet Thor got a lower number. :`-( Fly my ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Group Fun

Generally, I’m all in favor of fitness activities that you can do solo. This is largely personal preference, but I’ve also seen serious motivation problems come out of being too dependent upon other people. It normally goes like this: you and a buddy get a gym membership/make a fitness pact and motivate each other. Eventually ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: To Clip or Not to Clip?

One of the first things you’ll discover about bicycles is that apparently the vocabulary was designed by someone with a sadistic sense of humor who was convinced that life would be better if newbs had no idea what anyone was talking about. Take the saddle bag, for example. I bet you immediately envision those bags ...

A Bad Part of Town

As usual, I went for a bike ride after work, since it finally stopped raining. 13 miles out – the farthest I go before turning around – the front tire of my bike went flat. I walked over to the nearest gas station and proceeded to have an adventure. I’ve fixed a flat tire precisely ...

Fitness for Fat Nerds: Just Like Riding a Bike

After all of my talk about running, I actually haven’t been doing much of it in the last month. This is partially because I’m in Houston for the summer – you know, Houston. A city renowned for its cool and balmy summer weather. – and running outside at nearly any time when the sun is ...