I normally loathe Mondays. Today turned out good. Tim and I have standing plans on Mondays to meet in the afternoon for cyclocross training. My LHT is the only ‘cross-worthy bike, so I rode it to work this morning.
I had a light breakfast of a peanut butter sandwich and a glass of milk. That’s mostly because I overslept and didn’t have time to cook bacon and eggs.
I had a productive day at work. Although my official duties are database related, I get pulled into various IT projects. Today, I finished up a small Windows application to make deployment easier for one of our line-of-business applications. Just a little thing, but it was nice to write software again, even on a small scale.
I heard from Ian today. We agreed upon a price and payment plan. The Big Dummy is mine. I’m getting the KickBack kickstand and wide loaders in the deal. Now I truly have a pedal-powered pickup truck!
After work I rode out to the park to meet with Tim. We did a couple of easy laps around the course, then he started a faster lap. I fell back, stopped and took a breather. I really wasn’t feeling strong. We then did a lap with me in the lead – running at my pace. It wasn’t much faster than an easy lap.
I’ve made up my mind that cyclocross is not for me. I’ll continue to do these practices for fitness and fun, but I don’t want to race.
Tim gave me a ride part of the way back home. I rode home from the Highlands. I still rode 12.5 miles of commuting/errands and 12 miles of ‘cross practice.
I go out to eat entirely too much. I still haven’t been grocery shopping, but I had enough stuff to cook spaghetti, so that’s what I did. I have no beer, but I need to avoid it for a while. I had a filling meal, and have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
My daughter works at a local drug store. She called me to ask me to bring her something. I hopped on the single-speed, went to the ATM, then the drug store, dropped off something for her, and bought some stuff for me. The round-trip was only 2.5 miles.
What did I learn on my errand? I learned my Acorn handlebar bag will fit two large bottles of supplements (glucosamine) and a 14oz tub of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. So, dessert too!
I got an email from Michael, who I rode with on Saturday. He passed along a couple of pictures of me.
The first is just me riding through the woods on my single-speed road bike. Not the ideal bike for the terrain.
The second picture is hilarious. We were at the nearly impassable stretch of the Riverwalk behind the golf course. I had no idea he was taking pictures, but I needed to lift my bike to get through.
Exercise & Stretching
I’m doing my dumbbell exercises. Even the 5lb stuff hurts after enough repetitions. I have no upper body strength.
I’ve also noticed over the last few months that I hurt more. My legs were so tight last night that any movement was painful. I realized that somewhere over the last six or so months I quit stretching.
So, I spent about 30 minutes stretching my legs, back, and torso yesterday. I’ll do it again tonight. Hopefully I’ll notice a difference soon.
The gasoline-powered cargo hauler (as opposed to the pedal-powered cargo hauler) is going up for sale this week. I’m done using it now, I just need to find a buyer. Then I’ll be officially car-free.
Tim, Michael, and I are heading to Red River Gorge (in Tim’s SUV) for two days of riding, and one night of camping. It’ll be cool during the day, and cold at night. I’ll be wearing as much wool as possible at night. I hope there aren’t any burn-bans in effect this weekend. We’ll really need a fire.
Either way, it’ll be a blast. Much like the Big South Fork trip was last year.