HFL = Health & Fitness Lifestyle.
I was out of biking for about a week and half so I didn’t have this issue much, though I still needed to eat roughly the same amount else I’d get hungry (but not enough to “knock” me). But two days ago I got my bike back and with it the every 1-3 day I deal with the “hunger knock”:
Out of nowhere, usually at work, I feel a “click” in my head and … the best way I can think to explain what happens to me is to go here and set the sliders like the following image (on that page, click Shepard Down and drag the one all the way up), the longer you listen the more you’ll get what goes on in my head during a “hunger knock”:
>bike back after 1-1/2 weeks in shop, upgrading from single- to five-speed
>test upgraded bike yesterday and the day before
>discover 5-spd is killer, speed- and pain-wise
>legs feel like jelly walking upstairs to apartment
>worried about DOMS & cramps; take magnesium before bed
>next morning, neither
>I am invulnerable manly-man!
>ready for work
>take one step downstairs
>I am sissy girly-boy.
>take it easy biking to work today, avoiding stairs whenever I can
>slam thighs shut
>along with… other things
>trying not to scream and cry
>should have let stupid phone drop
One day of going to and coming from work:
• 4th feels most “natural” most of the time (speed+effort), especially going to work which is a lot less hilly than coming from work.
• 3rd isn’t enough to go up steep hills/bridges, but is well enough for those >1/2-mile stretches of slight, steady inclines coming from work if I can temper my patience going comparatively slow.
• 5th, even on a few blocks of windless flat road, HURTS. But I’m going comparatively quick. Probably nowhere near as quick as even a hybrid, but much faster than I’m used to when mine was single-speed. Something tells me I’m going to have to earn 5th.
• It’s going to take quite some time to learn when I should switch to 1st or 2nd for uphill.
• ma’habocath can’t be pedaling while shifting gears: while it is moving this one needs to stop pedaling, switch gears, wait a moment, then start pedaling again. Found this out the hard way several times before the bike shop guys figured out what was going on and explained how this one was doing it wrong.
• First gear: can casually walk faster than this! But ride is as smooth and easy as if this one were on flat, solid ice.
• Second: like first, only slightly harder and faster.
• Third: first impression tells ma’hab he should mostly stick here in poor weather and more hilly areas of town which is most of town, saving 4th and 5th for the rare flats in good weather.
• Fourth: takes quite a bit of effort to reach and maintain speed, similar to how it felt at single-speed.
• Fifth: fastest this one has ever ridden but oh the effort.
• A bad idea to try and fight a 15-mph headwind at 4th or 5th; haven’t strained my quads this hard since ma’hab was squatting >225-lb 5×5! Or maybe it’s just because this one’s legs have grown soft after a week and a half of little cardio.
This one is going to accept one more ride to-and-from work just for today because of jelly legs from ~1hr of many, many test laps around the bike shop parking lot and the ride home. That and crappy weather. Tomorrow we’ll see what happens on this one’s ~7 mile round trip to and from work! Will be interesting and odd, as going geared makes things behave quite differently.