Fortunately for my physical and mental health, I've been doing more biking this year than at any point in my life. My early season, high-mileage rides have given me a tremendous base. I've been running regularly since April, so my leg strength and post-ride recoveries are shorter than in the past. And I've been doing as many club rides as I can, because I like riding with people more than riding by myself.
I had an interesting experience at the 600K brevet on June 2. After 19 hours of pedaling up steep, steep hills in eastern Ohio, I decided to take a break from my randonneuring plans for a while. At exactly midnight, I abandoned the ride and checked into a hotel in Coshocton. Sitting on the hotel bed eating a foot-long turkey sub and swilling a half-gallon of chocolate milk, I knew then and there that was the best decision I've made in a long time.
I dearly love the feeling I get out on the bike for long periods of time, in marginal weather. At least as much as the next guy. But I was vastly unprepared for the big hills that never seemed to end. Since that moment in the hotel room, I feel as if a burden has been lifted from my shoulders. Will I ride more randonneur rides? Absolutely! But I don't feel compelled to do any long rides over 300K. Maybe this winter I'll get the rando blues again and try for a whole series next year. Maybe not.
Meanwhile, I intend to ride club rides and continue to build cardiovascular strength, as well as leg and back strength to help make me a better biker.
For the past 7 weeks, Alex has been doing a "Couch to 5K" running program. She's never run before, but she's completed all of the runs on the schedule, with no real problems. Her first 5K is July 21st, and I'm excited for her. Unfortunately, I'll be coming back from California that day, so I won't be able to see her run.
This Seculight taillight is really bright. It has a stand light (it'll stay on when the generator isn't turning) that lasts for several minutes.
Lately I've been thinking seriously about buying a brand new bike. I'd like to be able to keep up with the lead riders, who have feather-light carbon bikes. Just about everyone I ride with here in town has a new (or not-so-old) bike.
Fortunately, I received my Bicycle Quarterly, and Jan's simple, but eloquent message hit home. Jan says that, for the most part, bikes are bikes. While weight is an important factor, it is not the most important. The most important factor is the power the rider can generate on the bike. So, I don't need a new bike. There's nothing wrong with the bikes I have!
Just the 200lb motor that sits on the bike. And I'm working at getting more power.
I hope all you folks out there in the blogosphere are well. I will try to be a little more regular at posting. Thanks Ron and Jon for checking with me.