Archive for August 2008

Recovery Day

August 30, 2008

After riding 5 of the last 6 days, today proved to be a good recovery ride day.  Sam and Barbara mentioned the other day that they needed to get rid of Barbara’s old bike, so we asked Libby if she would be interested in trying it.  She surprised us by saying yes!

It’s a pretty low-end Giant Cyprus hybrid, but good enough for someone who isn’t a cyclist.  Sam dropped it off last night, I did a little cleanup and tuning on it this morning, and about 10:30, we hauled it out to Mentor for a test run.

We had to start Libby with the basics.  High gear = go faster = higher numbers on the shifters.  We knew that this morning would be slow, and it was.  We weren’t sure how far she would be able to go, but she did well, making it all the way out to Rogersville on County Line Road, stopping for lunch at Subway, then back in on 186. 

There were a lot of cyclists out.  It’s just a couple of weeks until the local MS150, and the weather was really nice.  There were overcast clouds all the way out, so it was nice and cool.  The sun came out on the way back in, and it actually felt good on our backs for a while.  Unfortunately, Pam got a little sunburn on her back in the short time we were out. 

It was a  fun morning and ride.  We ended up with 19 miles.

God bless…

Eye on the sky….

August 29, 2008

By the time I got to work yesterday, I could tell that I was noticeably tired, so I did an easy spin home last night.  I got up this morning determined that I would try to save something for tomorrow, so I wasn’t particularly interested in riding hard today.

As I walked out of the garage, I was shocked to see a flash of lightening off to the Northeast.  Looking due east, I could see stars in the sky so I figured I was safe for a while.  If it looked like rain was getting closer, I figured I could always just finish when I got back to the house and drive in to work.

As I headed toward Logan-Rogersville, I notice that the lightening was pretty active, and seemed to be spreading west as the dawn progressed, but there was no thunder so I suspected I was going to stay dry.  As I completed the loop around the school and turned back to the west, I had a little bit of a southwest wind pushing my home, convincing me that this storm couldn’t possibly be heading my way. 

By the time I got home after 20 miles, the wind seemed to have calmed, and there was light enough to see very dark gray clouds building to the northwest, but it was still dry so I grabbed my bag and headed off, still with my lilght and blinkie going. 

Just as I pulled up at the light at National and Central, a pretty strong wind kicked up from the northwest, so I knew it was getting close, but at that point, so was I.  I heard the first bit of thunder as I was wheeling into the courtyard at work, and by the time I got out of the shower, it was raining pretty good.  I just barely made it under the wire.

I knew it was inevitable that it was going to rain today….I cleaned up the bike last night!  I can’t complain, though.  I made it to work dry, and my yard needs it pretty bad!

God bless….


It was better this morning…..

August 28, 2008

As we left the house, we discussed the fact that next week will be the end of the morning tandem rides.  It’s just too dark.  Pam has signed up for spinning classes twice a week, and I’ll start trying to run three days a week before riding to work.  Hopefully, my knee will hold up! 

Today’s ride was a lot better than Tuesday.  We still didn’t go very fast (16.7 mph average), but it didn’t kill me like the 16.2 did Tuesday.  We were working together better, and life just seemed to be back in sync a little better. 

By the end of the 20 miles, however, Pam said, “I can tell you’re tired.”  As captain, when I get tired, I make little mistakes like not having the cranks in a position where Pam can post up for bumps.  She was right.  She skipped her morning workout yesterday, so in the evening we ended up walking 5 miles.  I rode to work and at lunch, so I basically had my workout, and that 5 mile brisk walk just about wore me out.

I’ll need to try to take it easy tomorrow so we can have a decent ride on Saturday.

God bless…


A different kind of day….

August 27, 2008

Today wasn’t supposed to be a cycling day, but we got lazy.  Instead of getting up early to go lift weights, Pam and I spent an extra hour and fifteen minutes snuggling.  When we did finally roll out, I realized I had time for a bike commute, so I quickly repacked my clothes and lunch and headed out for an uneventful commute across town to work.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been trying to ease into my fall running routine by running with the guys at lunch on the days I lift weights.  Riding to work screwed up that plan since I didn’t have any gym clothes or running shoes, so what the heck…why not just ride the bike at lunch.  I decided I would resurrect the lunchtime ride out past Hillcrest and get in 10 miles.  Little did I expect that the road construction that shut me down earlier in the year would still have the road closed.  I could get as far as Hillcrest, but no further.

Instead, I turned back and went west on Norton Road past the zoo and then headed North on old Kansas for a while.  I tried to judge my turnaround to give me 10 miles, but I turned about a quarter mile short and ended up with 9.56 miles.  It wasn’t a bad ride, but there was a little more traffic than if I could have continued North out into the county.

I keep thinking it’s time to put new tires on the OCR.  The ones on there were installed before BAK last year, and really look like crud.  They’re all beat up, with lots of cuts on the tread and sidewalls.  I’m expecting any day now to start having flats, but I haven’t yet so that makes it hard to pull the trigger on a new set.


I had a bit of a scare on the way home from work.  I was tooling south on Barnes about 20 mph, doing a good job of riding the edge of the roadway.  A van came up behind me and held back, not wanting to pass because there was a car coming  from the other direction, not real close, but close enough that he doesn’t want to go around.  All of a sudden, I hear the roar of an engine, and in my mirror I see a pickup that has pulled out to pass the van.  The van see’s what’s happening and with the car approaching, slams on his brakes, locking them up.  I see if I have room to bail out to the right side of the road, but before I can act, the pickup passes me and swerves back into the right lane to avoid the oncoming car.  He cleared me, but I was sure afraid he wouldn’t.  As he sped off into the distance, I raised my hand to him (No, not my finger!) in the guesture that I use to ask “What the crap are you doing, you idiot?”.

God bless…


We tried…

August 26, 2008

Family stress….sleepless nights…..poor supper….darkness….it all added up this morning.  We rode the tandem 20 miles, but that’s about all we can say. 

When you ride a tandem, it really doesn’t take much to throw the team out of kilter.  We’re usually pretty awesome as we work together, but this morning we just couldn’t get our act together.  Hills slowed us down badly, and we couldn’t muster much speed on the flats.

On a more positive note, the commute in was pretty nice, and it is a beautiful day.  

I was curious, so I added up my mileage last night.  It stood at 3,397 combined miles between the tandem and the single.  About 1,600 on the tandem and 1,800 on the single, which is a little disappointing to me…I would prefer to have more tandem miles than miles alone.  I’m not sure if I’ll be able to break4,200 miles for the year, but even if I don’t, I think this has been a pretty successful year in terms of biking.  Commuting has added a whole new dimension, and I think it’s taken away some of the need to get back on the bike in the evening.  Pam and I have been walking a lot for our evening exercise, and it’s great to spend that time with her.  It sure is nice to hold her sweet hand as we stroll along!

God bless…



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