A year spent on the sedentary work of pitching and designing the pipe organ I am now building lead me to an unfortunate revelation on a bathroom scale. I’m thirty years old, my metabolism is slowing down, and when I don’t burn calories I begin to… blossom.
Like a good geek, I found a way to turn this life episode into an excuse to buy and play with interesting machines.
While there are many different approaches to exercise, most of them seem to me like better descriptions of Hell than even Dante could have imagined and none more so than the treadmill. To paraphrase Lewis Black, if I’m going to exhaust myself running, when I’m finished I want to be someplace else.
Bad knees pretty well rule out fitness running, so the obvious choice for exercise with changing scenery is cycling. When I was at the age where people typically learn to love riding bicycles my outdoor fascination was walking places a bicycle wouldn’t go. Even if this had not been the case, I had far more interest in learning my way around programming languages, raytracing software, and the ARRL study guide than handlebars and shifters. My limited experience with bicycles is almost universally of not liking them; I found them precarious and uncomfortable.
This brings us to the point of this post : The toys.
At some point I realized what I really wanted was something a bit like a pedal powered go-kart. Low, sporty feeling, fun in the corners, and with an actual seat instead of one of those ball-busting things they have on bicycles. That’s the point at which I remembered I had seen exactly that sort of thing before…
This is a recumbent ‘tadpole’ tricycle made by TerraTrike. I had become fascinated with these beasties a few years ago, but had always dismissed them as out of my price range. As it turns out, though, somebody put one in my size on eBay a few hours up the road for a good price. So today, I’m driving out to pick it up…and then it will need gadgets!