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Day: May 10, 2006

workout log: 10 may 2006

Activity: road cycling
Location: Dupont Circle > Hains Point
Distance: 26.7 miles (flat)
Duration: 1:29
Weather: sunny, 75 degrees
Avg HR: 159 (max: 180)
Type: aerobic

Laps around Hains Point. During the laps (not during the ride to and from the Point), I averaged 20.8 mph – nice and fast. During the final lap, I managed to hit 26.9 mph without being in a paceline, which isn’t bad at all. I felt good, and wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous weather before storms move in tomorrow.

Gotta enjoy the last 6 days of my 32nd year, after all.

why cafe standards need to be scrapped

With the increasing prices of sweet light crude oil forcing petrol prices to increase, there’s talk on The Hill about how to “fix” the problem. After all, the United States is built around the automobile – one of the most misguided evolutions in the history of nation building, but I digress.

Personally, I believe that his gas prices are here to say – and I’m all for that. The amount of subsidies in place to keep petrol prices low is incredible. Without any of these subsidies (which prop up the “Big Three” Detroit automakers and helped drive the suburban sprawl that’s evident in and around most major U.S. cities), drivers would pay close to $15 per gallon. While that price would be excessive, $3 a gallon is still ridiculously cheap on the world scale.

The one thing that no politician will touch is the fact that behavioral change is needed in the U.S. We need to get over the post-war dream of “a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage,” because it’s not a sustainable model if oil starts to decline in quantity – something it’s already doing as of this year.

But I’d like to focus on one aspect of adapting to this reality that the government is unwilling to really touch: CAFE standards.

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