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Really good short ride today. Very encouraging.

 Extremely unlikely to happen if not impossible without them or perpendicular back. Thank you.

This is going to be a nice bike ride, bike ride. Bike ride. Like riding a bike.

Trajectory of the knees. This was huge. Conventional racing bike, the trajectory of the knee area, 3 inch diameter, up and down, conceptually down across the front 224 position of the chain ring . but of course it is different in this recumbent. Tremendously helpful to realize this.

Not throwing the knees James, powering the knees, muscles that are moving are muscles that are contributing energy.

The lower chest is involved in a conventional racing bike pressing in a way that empowers the knees. Same here.

It is recumbent James, not a conventional bike, imagine what you do relative to your knees on a conventional racing bike, and rotate that backwards accordingly.


Cycling is something your body never forgets. But with James and Sol the opposite has always been true. The problem may have been found.

 Years into the relationship to Sol, James thought he had a revelation when he realized that it is a recumbent. But whatever success was short-lived. James, yes, the vehicle is a recumbent, but it is not a recliner. And James had taken that latter meaning he realized last night and today. After an extremely discouraging ride yesterday, the first in weeks, extremely discouraging, James found himself pondering a lot what's going on with the conventional bicycle. And what he realized was that when one looks for power in a conventional cycle, one might stand and strain up right, but not a racing cyclist, they'll lean forward to an almost 45 degree angle between the Torso and the thigh. For anyone remotely serious about moving this vehicle, I think there is a substantial design flaw. As comfortable as the seat is it's a recliner. So a very short test was extremely encouraging. Rolling up a towel and placing it between the mid and upper spine to help the Torso sit more upright, more at that 45 degree angle, and immediately all this ridiculous destructive painful distracting focus and stress on the knees and the lower legs which is just not there on a conventional bicycle, evaporated. And the attention went to the thighs where the attention should be. Yes, James has had thousands of these junctures. We'll see.

Also, this Witch is James base of operations 24/7 12 months in a year oh, yes, winter, the worst unsolved problem had been the feet. And it seemed that the answer was the only warm cycling boots that clip into the pedals, 450 bucks. But that's four hundred and fifty bucks. Initial tests indicate that the $70 thinsulate boots that shames already had, plus the $30 two-sided cycling pedals, straps on one side, clips for his cycling shoes on the other, is going to do the job. That's big.


Cycling. Moments after announcing my Mastery, after 4 years, my niece said, no f****** way.

But I don't think we're defeated. Maybe the principles are extensible, and the 12 to 2 position needs to be radically shifted toward the body and up. Will require much new muscle retraining, but I think it might be doable.


Cycling, it's even better than I was thinking. The motherload.

 Oh my goodness, a hundred times before you said this James. Yes. And each time before seemed like the highest peak, only to see a higher Peak ahead. About half-a-dozen video logs of today Envy photo archive accessible at the upper right here, the world as James sees it.

Highlights inclide:

* the nature of James energy contribution must be squishy because that's the physics of the crank sweet spot.

* The Sweet Spot is 10 until 2 with the outbound besides dump, and it is impossible for that leg to do the necessary job without extraordinary support from the uprising leg, the returning thigh and thigh stump.

* on a trike, that the majority of the time is listening to the right because of the way roads are crowned and the shoulder, the left leg has a vastly more difficult job to do than the right leg. Having said that the uprising right leg is really the stroke position, by way of analogy to rowing, for the whole operation.

* the job of the uprising leg is absolutely essential so that the commencement of the squeezing is at 10, that cannot be done by the outbound leg without 90% of the positioning being done by the inbound leg. Impossible.

* for all but the highest degree of difficulty, it is essential to maintain constant velocity of leg, machine, Gering, so that the body has a constant consistent problem to solve.

* the recovering, Uprising, right leg is probably the most important of all because it sets the timing and placement for everything else. The second most important is the left leg which has the most difficult job on the outbound because of the crown of the road. It has to lift so much higher. James had thought the attempt for years now of the legs to be asymmetrical was a problem, and it was he and his misunderstanding that was the problem. They have different roles.

* as just described, it's the right leg does its job, and the left leg then does its job, it seems very likely that the outgoing right leg will do its job and the uprising left leg too will do its job, they follow the first two.



Cycling. Cathy was right, holy grail has not yet Escaped..... for four years James has look for leverage the wrong place getting at the extremes of crank arm travel the middle, mechanical Leverage is in the middle.

Cycling. Cathy was right, holy grail has not yet Escaped..... for four years James has look for leverage the wrong place getting at the extremes of crank arm travel the middle,  mechanical Leverage is in the middle.

 had I thought one thing four years ago everything would have been different. Had I thought where the hi leftridge of the crank arm arm was everything would have been different. Am I the only one that has made this mistake? Entirely possible.


Cycling. To dream The Impossible Dream. The Holy Grail has been achieved.

 Will it be here tomorrow? Tomorrow Will Tell. And the next day.... But it was here today. The ability, as on a conventional bicycle, for James body and soul to deliver all the energy that it knew it had to give, efficiently, effectively, reliably. 3 years ago this occurred for a brief period in time in Iowa, and then was lost. But today it was back. No, really. And James thinks he understands why it was working. 

The torque sensor metrics for James were throttled back 70% and now are deemed to be reliable. 326 human watts was seen today, 220 was not rare. 180-200 was regular. This is 50% beyond what was ever seen before the metrics were recalibrated when each has adjusted for the other. Point being today James was able to Output hugely more, contribute, hugely more, then before. Ever since Iowa. This is very satisfying, because it was so simple. So mentally and physically simple. 

And segment after segment dozens of times within 30 seconds James was able to re implement the strategy, the technique. Never since Iowa 3 years ago. 

For James does it matter in the scheme of things? No, and yes. What matters is James is trying to stir a soul here or there and occasionally this Voyage seems to create such opportunities. But cycling 4 5 6 7 hours a day, if he can repeat tomorrow what occurred today as maybe he can, the mental and emotional drain is a fraction of what it has been ever since Iowa three years ago. Cumulatively that's a lot of time energy and attention freed up. 

And personally, which doesn't matter, it's been three years since James had a personal relationship like that of a conventional cyclist where he could do what he could do and not be constrained by feeling totally uncoordinated. But today that relationship returned. Tomorrow?


Cycling. If I should die before I wake don't say I didn't leave logs on how to move salt. Holy smokes.

 LOL, and if everyone beside James knew how to do this talk to y'all for not telling me. LOL. They've been uploaded to the archive for



Cycling. Yes, today, cycling saw was as easy as, well, riding a bike.

 From facebook: Today, moving Sol, was as easy as, well, riding a bike. And more enjoyable. And it's only taken me three years, about a thousand days of attempts, hundreds of log entries, to recreate three years ago when I happened to be participating in the one-week Ragbrai bicycle event across Iowa and the 1 week sprint of 100-mile days to get there in time. I think I can hold on to it this time. Time will tell. It was a real Joy. To increase the odds that James won't lose this again, he'll be beginning to write this up in some detail he expects, but today's video logs outline it quite well.. He's quite certain there are some pre conditions that were met only in recent days that opened up this possibility of rediscovery for him. Moving the seat so close that his knees are within a third of an inch of the crossbar, but that's fine, the key was first dropping his heels instead of pointing his feet, which in effect increases the clearance otherwise to that crossbar. Silly, but it changed the game, it opened up this rediscovery. Also within the last couple of days, deciding to provide the body the feedback loop that a conventional bicycle provides by avoiding use of the throttle rather using the cycle analyst and torque sensor on a setting of 1x, 1 watt from electrical for every one watt human and just letting that be regardless of climbing or descent so that the body would get a reliable feedback mechanism for how it's doing. Not as crucial as moving the seat forward by dropping the heels, but very helpful. And using a ratio of only one to one fixed, getting the body closer face-to-face grappling with the mass of this 600 lb machine, 750 with James, which again increases the tactile real-world feedback that the body could intuitively grapple with, and learn from, and it has. And all of this enabled by a gigantic lesson that experience taught James climbing through the Appalachians and elsewhere, James, you think that your power is in your legs, ankles, calves, feet. It feels that way. But none of it is there. It's in your torso front and back, and the first half of your thighs. That was nice to know, but without today's Discovery James didn't have a way to harness it without driving himself crazy. And today, for the first time in three years, it was as easy as, riding a bike.