Archive for July, 2008

Stop and Smell the Roses

| July 30, 2008 8:00 pm

Franz has been accused many times of never stopping to smell the roses.  We were out on a tandem ride today around the resivour and decided to go up Hecker Pass road on the way out.  Ann mentioned the flowers were out at the flower garden so Franz pulled over to demonstrate he does stop to smell the roses, or at least these flowers.

Since we took the time to stop our tandem, we took a few pictures.

Truckin’ on a Tandem

| July 15, 2008 11:31 pm

We decided to do the Metcalf Mauler today from the trail head in Morgan Hill.  That gives us about 10 miles of riding to the offical start of the ride in San Jose, and total ride of 46 miles.  All the way up we had a stiff head wind but the temperature was pleasant.

Once the ride started we were now headed south on Santa Teresa.  With the tail wind, we zipped by all the fast riders, who jumped on our wheel, as we took the speed up to 30 mph for the section to Bailey Ave.  We all took Bailey over to Malech where we once again had the headwind.  At Metcalf we turned right for the 1,000 feet climb.

There are markings at the start of the climb and at the top where we often keep track of our time to see how well we do.  Today we set a new personal tandem record, making the climb in 17 minutes and 30 seconds.  That is faster than many of the riders in today’s group.  I guess we just were inspired by all the watching of the Tour de France and wanted to go out and climb some hills.  Both of us took our heart rate up in the high 160’s for part of the climb.  Ann’s heart rate when into the high 160’s at one point.  Here is the data from Franz’ heart rate monitor.  You can see he averaged 168 bpm with a maximum of 172.  Also note the split time was 17:30.  That measured section has an average grade of 10% so it is rather steep.

Franz was clearing in the “red zone” for most of the climb (the portion between the split No. 1 and No. 2) on this graph.

Here are the same charts from two weeks earlier when Franz did the same climb on his single bike.  Then he did the climb in 14:31 and had a slightly higher average heart rate of 175, maximum of 177.

Using our combined weight, the weight of our tandem, and our time, we can calculate our combined power input:

Power required to overcome gravitational resistance: 390 watts.
Power required to overcome rolling resistance: 18 watts.
Power required to overcome aerodynamic resistance: 4 watts.
Total power required: 412 watts (about 3.5 watts per kg).

From the July 1st cimb on a single bike, we can calculate for Franz that he puts out 266 watts on that climb (4.2 watts per kg).  Accounting for the difference in heart rate between July 1st and July 15th, we can estimate he was putting out 250 watts on July 15th tandem climb.  Therefore Ann was averaging 160 watts (3 watts per kg).  Very impressive!  On her single bike she would be able to do the climb in about 20 minutes with that power input.  Of course we come back to reality when we watch the Tour de France where they have some of the professional cyclists wired and you can see how many watts they are putting out on their climbs. In any case, we claim the age group record for climbing Metcalf on a Tandem.

While descending on the backside our chain came off the crank so we had to stop and get it back on.  We were able to catch some of the riders before the next regroup.  Then it was for a fast descent down San Felipe.

After the ride we had a nice ride back to the car along the bike trail, aided with a nice tailwind.  It was a very fun ride.

Photoholic 2

| July 14, 2008 8:25 am

Our daughter wrote recently in her blog entry called PHOTOholic “So now I take pictures whenever I can of my family. I am known in my family as the picture nazi.” It reminded me so much of myself. When we had a young family I would constantly be taking pictures. Since it was the days of film I didn’t take nearly as many as I would today with a digital camera, but still enough that people would complain. Ann’s mother would often say “I hate it when you take my picture”. And yet those pictures over the years are one of the main links with the past and each year they increase in worth.

As many, I moved into taking video. But video is a very different animal. It takes a lot more time to edit and it is more difficult to share, more difficult to sort through and throw out way you don’t want. The video tapes sit on the shelf and are almost rarely used, while the still images are viewed frequently. I came to the conclusion that video was a diversion and for the most part stopped using that format so I could focus on still images. The videos I do create are mostly done with still images anyway.

So Sara, keep on taking those photographs. You can never recover what you did not capture. Your children will grow so fast that you only have one fleeting moment to capture each of them at this stage of their life.

Here are some images from our daughter’s blog which clearly demonstrate she has far greater talent than we do in capturing those precious moments:

GRANDPARENTS

SISTERS

SIBLINGS

Abigail - 1 week oldEmma - 2 1/2 years old

Peter - 5 years oldAndrew - 7 years old

Pictures Published

| July 13, 2008 9:44 pm

Some of the pictures that Anne and Franz took on the recent Sierra to the Sea bicycle tour were published in a two page photo spread in the August Black and Blue Bottom newsletter. Here is a small section of one of the pages, with our own photo in it.  Since so many of our recent posts have been about photography, I have updated the image at the top of this blog to include a recent photo of the two of us taking pictures at Crater Lake.

Biking Around Crater Lake

| July 11, 2008 8:33 pm

On the way home from visiting Sara and family we took a couple days to make a stop in Medford Oregon.  Sometimes we stay one night there to breakup the 13 hour drive into two sections but this time we spent two nights so we could spend a day at Crater Lake National Park.  Crater Lake was formed by a volcano and  is the deepest lake in the United States.  It has not water inflow or outflow so the water in the lake is only from the local snow fall.  It is one of the clearest water bodies anywhere and the deep blue from the depth of the water.  The picture above is a merge of 3 photos.  Click on it to see it enlarged.

Ann and Franz at Crater Lake

This was our first time to visit this National Park.  It was less than a two hour drive from Medford.  We arrived in the morning and tooks some pictures from the area near the Crater Lake Lodge.  Ann was shooting with her Nikon D70 and Franz with his Nikon D300.

Ann at Crater LakeFranz

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

We then got on our bikes and started to bike around the lake.  Franz carried the Nikon D70 on a backpack so we could take some photos from different locations.

Ann

Franz

Ann told Franz to go jump in the lake!

But this was as close as Ann would get to the ledge.

We ended up going half way around the lake but had to turn back because the rim drive road was closed at some point due to snow.  Can you believe, snow in July!

On the drive back to Medford we stopped at the Rouge gorge to take a few more pictures.  It is hard to capture water falls.

We had a great time and hope to visit Crater Lake National Park again.  You can see all our pictures at our SmugMug Gallery by clicking here .

New Baby Arrives

| July 1, 2008 10:15 pm

We have a new granddaughter, Abigail Marie Wilhelm, our 8th grandchild. She was born on June 30th at 12:11 pm. She weighed 7lbs 2oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great. Ann is having a great time helping out and loves the role of grandma.