|Finish line selfie.|
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Just a fun photo from this morning, early, as Shiloh snoozed on the dog couch.
I'm off to the Hotter N Hell bike ride this weekend, so I don't know if I will be posting anything until I get back. I'm going to play it by ear on how far I go. If I'm feeling strong and my speed/time is good enough I may try the full century. After that there is the long drive home too. By that time, I'm sure I'll be dog tired too!
Monday, August 17, 2015
I found myself awake at 04:00, though I managed to stretch the snoozetime until almost 5:00am. Seeing DH go off for a check-ride on his Bacchetta CA2 with the new modified J-bar set from Schlitter Bike. Changing the bars over, necessitated some significant reworking of the brakes and drive train, though it does appear to have fixed his shifting issue, and now he can use the granny gear if necessary. Around here where we ride, a granny gear is not really needed most of the time, but when we go up to KS to ride, boy howdy it's handy!
While seeing DH off on his check ride, we both noticed the broken sprinkler head in the subdivision common area. It launches a geyser of water some 20' high, watering nothing but the street and sidewalk. If it weren't for the lack of drought here currently, the city would have fined the HOA for wasting water. Which can total several thousand dollars, that ends up getting passed on to us homeowners via special assessments. I managed a passable low-light shot of the geyser, so I emailed it with a repair request to the management company for the HOA. I wonder how long it will take for them to repair it?
But, after riding with DH Saturday, for 53mi in moderately warm weather, I felt great! As in, gee, I probably could do another 50 miles, if I had planned for it. Poor DH though, he suffered a grand total of 5 front wheel flats Saturday! He had a tire we had booted (repaired a small hole cut in the sidewall). But the boot abraided the tube and that one flatted. So we replaced the tire with a new one we had with us. Then there was a succession of patched tubes, where the old patches failed, for a grand total of 5 flats! It's just no fun, when the Flat Fairy comes to visit you.
Friday, August 14, 2015
1. I'm finally back to feeling more like myself, after a bout of diverticulitis, and the course of meds to kill it off. Bike mileage has been ok this week, though not as high as needed. I was taking it easy, to make sure I am recovered. Yesterday felt almost normal...I have high hopes for Saturday!
2. The heat has broken at last in NTX, though our rain-free streak is still ongoing. Highs are only in the mid to upper 90's now, which is far more tolerable. Humidity has dropped some too, which is nice.
10-Day Weather Forecast3. I worry about the kneejerk reaction to things in the news, that many folks seem to have. This country is more divided than it was less than a decade ago. I fear for our children's future. This is no longer the same country I grew up in...
4. I'm gonna plug a small business here, that I have done business with. If you find an interest in cycling, especially if you are interested in recumbent bikes and trikes, you would do well to include Vite Bikes in your research. Owned and operated by appointment in Florida (Venice I believe), the Schlitters are wonderful, experienced folks to do business with. Their attention to detail, and willingness to work with customers is outstanding. They also sell some outstanding bikes and trikes! They are both a wealth of knowledge about cycling in general, and long distance/Ultra distance cycling in particular. If anyone wants to get a first hand look at an Encore from Vite Bikes, they are starting a list of folks who have volunteered to let others see their personal Encore bike. Just contact Vite for information.
5. Winter is coming. Hold on to that thought, in all its connotations. Prepare.