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Didn’t sleep well, riding today anyway; Hydration pak cleaning tip.

Sunday, November 21, 2010 by  
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I woke up around 1:00 this morning and simply could not fall back asleep. I have a lot on my mind right now, and no matter what I tried I could not quiet my thoughts and get back to dreamtown. I decided to get up and do some computer work, and after about an hour I finally started to feel drowsy again. Once I got back in bed it still took at least another 30 minutes before I was able to drift off again. Of course Loki was licking my face shortly after 6:00, but Lisa saved me and got up to feed him. I wound up sleeping until 7:20, but I still feel pretty tired.

I missed a workout this past week and I did not ride at all yesterday, so I feel like I’ve been pretty lazy. Even though I’m tired I’m going to force myself to ride today. Because I’m feeling a little dull (more than normal, I mean) I’m going to stay away from the more technical stuff. I’m looking for more of a cardio workout, so I’ll probably head over to Wikiwa or Mt. Dora. I’d like to get at least 10 off-road miles in; if I go to Wekiwa I’ll also add 8-10 paved miles to the total.

I spent half the day yesterday working on our Internet service issues (related to the upgrade to Road Runner “Lightning” service), and I guess it was time well-spent because this morning we woke up to functioning service for the first time in several days. The Motorola wireless cable modem/router my cable company forces its “Lightning” customers to use is absolutely horrible! Thankfully the router can be place in bridge mode, which allows me to use my own wireless-n router for just about everything (wireless, DHCP, NAT, port forwarding, QoS).

A quick tip before I head out for my ride. Those of you who use hydration packs like the CamelBak may find cleaning them difficult. I used to simply fill mine with hot soapy water, shake, let it sit for a few hours and then rinse it out; this method is not really ideal for killing all the bacteria, however. CamelBak sells cleaning tablets, but they are pretty expensive. I’ve found that dropping a denture cleaner tablet into a filled reservoir, shaking and letting it sit overnight (rinse out well, of course) is a very inexpensive, yet highly effective, method of cleaning the water bladder. You can pick up a box of like 90 anti-bacterial denture tablets for just a couple of bucks.

Registration for the December 2010 “100 Challenge” is now underway! Your Official Challenge post must be made by 9:00 AM (EDT) on December 1, 2010 if you plan to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS! To participate, you must be a member of the forum. If you are not a member, simply create a free account. It can take up to 24 hours for your account to be activated, so don’t wait until the last minute to register! For all the details, official rules and sample entry data, just head over to the December 2010 “100 Challenge” thread on the forum. If you are ready to work hard and want to challenge yourself in a fun and competitive environment, then please take part!

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