Zombie Terrorists

No, I’m not obsessed, but he’s playing a blinder lately. First the MySpace nonsense, and now he appears to be making stuff up. He’s claiming that:

  • General Petraeus, the commander of all U.S. troops in Iraq, “goes out there almost every day in an unarmed humvee.” Lest there be confusion, no he doesn’t.
  • There are neighborhoods in Baghdad where you can go for a walk untroubled, even though a recent statement from the head of the military in Iraq specifically states that this isn’t the case.
  • if we fail in Iraq bin Laden and Zarqawi will come after us. This last one is scary, as Zarqawi has been dead for some time now. Zombie terrorists? That’s about as scary as scary get.
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Involuntary interval training

I promised a report on my experience so far with my new single speed bike, and I’m sure you’ve had a restless night waiting for an update. Well the short answer is it’s fun, but it hurts.

Having a single gear simplifies things greatly. There’s no decision for what gear would best suit the upcoming hill, or whether you’re at optimum cadence. If you want to go faster you pedal faster. If you want to go up a hill you pedal harder and maybe stand up. And if you can’t keep up with the pedals downhill then you coast. The result of this is that each ride is a freeform interval training session (or fartlek, if you like rude-sounding words). I’m particularly bad at interval training on normal bikes – however much I try I end up at my normal pace – but this forces the issue because the only alternative is to walk.

On the upside the simplified drive train means I can climb in a harder gear than on my road bike, even though the Raleigh probably weighs 50% more (if still only a fraction of my own lardy mass). And there’s something very liberating about just pedaling that makes it strangely appealing. Hard to define, but worth a try if you can pick up something cheap.

Tomorrow: Third-rate sarcasm about health care (probably).

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