You'd think that having been a forester for 26 years would make me a shoe-in for RANTWICK's Autumn Tree Smackdown. I haven't been able to find any Smackdown-worthy trees since the contest began. I decided today I'd better get out and try to find some colorful trees before the leaves are all gone.
These trees aren't too bad, but look at the big tree to the left. We're losing our leaves, man, and they're going fast.
A green tree and one with color. We've had many frosts, but only one mild freeze so far. Most of the trees with green leaves (mainly oaks) are turning brown. In some years oaks can show beautiful color, particularly white oak, which can turn a magnificent deep purple color. Not this year.
A very nice sugar maple, but not much red.
Here are our sugar maples. Not too much color this year. The tree closest to the road usually turns yellow, whereas the big maple to the left turns a beautiful reddish orange, but apparently not this year.
Me and the tricross. It is a beautiful day today. I should have taken a photo of myself yesterday - I was a lovely red color.
Yesterday's club ride was a blazing fast 50 miler, but I rode 5 miles to the start, and 5 miles home, so my ride was 60. After riding 35 miles in the pack, I couldn't keep up anymore with the group. As we headed southwest and directly into the wind, I was looking at the prospect of 2 hours of misery. As I plodded along, I pondered the reason for my lack of energy. This past week, I decided to:
- limit myself to no more than 3 cups of coffee per day
- started working out at the gym again (my eye lids are the only body parts that aren't sore right now)
- started a new diet plan at SparkPeople
Looks like I picked a bad week to do all of these things, and then go balls-out for 60 miles.
Seems like I've heard that somewhere before...
Well, I hope you have lactic acid-free rides!