Kenny Makes Me Mad

Back on August 26, I posted that my good friend Kenny, while riding alone on his mountain bike, had crashed, breaking his hip.

For those of you too lazy to do the math, that’s pretty close to exactly two months ago.

So, guess what Kenny (and Brad and Botched and others) have done a couple times this past week?

Here, I’ll give you a hint:

Yep, Kenny’s riding again, two months after busting his hip. Well, actually “two months” isn’t right either, because he’s been riding on the road for a couple weeks already.

He just couldn’t help himself.

I’m pleased to announce, in any case, that because Kenny has been off the bike and basically unable to walk, that I am quite a bit faster than he is.

No, that’s not true. Even after having been off the bike for a couple months, Kenny’s still fitter and faster than I am.

Kenny is the nicest mutant you will ever meet.

Wherein I Learn a Cool New Trick With My Camera
As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’ve been riding with my Canon TX1 in my jersey pocket lately — it’s turning out to be a great camera / camcorder for biking.

While reading the manual Friday night (yeah, sometimes I read tech manuals for fun), I found out about the “Continuous Shot” feature, where you can just hold down the trigger and the camera takes a picture every quarter second or so.

That, I thought, would be awesome for mountain biking.

Here’s my first whack at using it:

OK, it’s possible that doing a continuous shot of Brad stretching out wasn’t the most exciting possible use of this feature.

The next couple of tries were better, though. Here’s Brad flying down a rocky section of the trail:

And Kenny zooming down a nice stretch of wet leaf-covered singletrack:

I dunno, folks. He looks kinda tentative to me.

Oh, and here’s me. Same stretch as Kenny, about a minute later. I’d like to call your attention to my quads in the second image. Click on the photo to see it at higher resolution if you need to.:

“Oh no,” I can imagine some of you saying. “Fatty’s going to start always showing dozens of images where one would suffice.”

No, I’m not. I just wanted to do a little show and tell here. I’m excited about my toy.

But I do have to say that I like what this Continuous Shot feature on my camera implies for my pics. I’ve never had a great sense of “moment” with my photos. With this feature and an 8Gb card in the camera, I don’t need to be a great photographer. I just have to keep the lens open and my finger down on the trigger.

I won’t be able to help but get the great shot at least once in a while.

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