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4.03.2019

Solar RV cycling log April 3. Fabulous progress, but James never will learn to ride a bicycle, so how could he forget?




It may be ridiculous folly but James never has read a book on recumbent cycling. Someday he will, maybe. And maybe it would have saved him many many many many months of distraction.

James lived on a bicycle, a 15 speed, until probably sophomore year in high school. He was very strong at it, probably very good. A conventional upright bicycle pretty much teaches one how to cycle. Not so a recumbent, at least in the case of James. Oh, moving the pedals is easy. Achieving the unity with the vehicle that happens quite naturally on a conventional bike, not so much.

But what nice progress these last 3 or 4 weeks as the foundational notion of treating this like a conventional bicycle rotated back 40 50 60 degrees, continues to bear fruit.

And it seems like if everything discussed in logs these last 3 or 4 weeks is forgotten, except that, everything else will come back

The big lesson of 2 days ago is proving itself even more so today. Posture. Shoulders way back so that the body and spine alignment of a conventional bicycle is available for power delivery in this recumbent. Who knew? It's huge.

The other big notion yesterday was that imagining the mechanics of the front and back moving hydraulic piston in a locomotive was very helpful. Very helpful today.

But several important things were not within Focus until the last 20% of the journey. Hitting a Target with the knees of about 45 degrees each stroke. And that digging means delivering power not through the full stroke but in the last half the stroke. Remembering this was very helpful and protective of the knee joints I think.

Overall it was a very productive Journey. And a 1330 calorie night.

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