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April 30th, 2003 by

i spent a couple hours this morning messing with my bike. i took off the back wheel and really cleaned out the cogs and spacers, and attempted to flush the grit out of the cassette. i have a giant pet peeve of hating it when my bike makes noise. so, i did this, and i put it back together, and it runs a fair bit more smoothly, but the cassette is noisier than it was 😛 i think i don’t have the right kind of lubricant for it – one of the maintenance books suggests light motor oil, so i will see what i can find. alternatively, i could go to broadway or somewhere and ask them.

when i went out, i noticed my rear brakes were being loud, and realized i forgot to toe them, and i did that and it got a lot better. in fact, the grip on the back wheel is now >> the grip on the front wheel, so i should probably realign those pads as well.

karate today was fun. me jake and katherine were the only kyu ranks there, and they are both testing on saturday, so i got the brunt of the “friendly” commentary. but it was good. since i have finished with the technical requirements for my rank, i get some nice time to work on little dumb things. and banks sensei gave me some help with hook kick (which i love) and inside crescent kick (which i loathe). target practice always helps. although i accidentally kicked him in the chest. “oops”. we both started giggling. we get along pretty well.

no aikido; i had to babysit. ah well. at least i did bike to babysitting and back.

yar

April 30th, 2003 by

today was swimming. swim time was cut short due to getting back late
from ice cream, and having to meet with laura after, but i went with
jenny and had time for 650 meters. i played with the kickboards and
the leg immobilizer thing today. when i use the leg widget (such that
i can only use my arms) i go a lot faster. weird. using the shallow
pool is always a bit odd, somehow i never feel like i have to do as
much work to keep “on top” of the pool. also, i was entertained as i
left the pool thinking “damn, i didn’t have time to do anything” that
it was 26 lengths of the pool, and that was about where i topped out
in utter tiredness when i was swimming last summer. cool.