Bike to Work, day 75

August 21, 2008

After last night’s uneventful ride I decided to get back on the bike and ride to work.  I was a little frightened that my leg might start acting up half way into the ride, but there was no warrant to the fear.  Riding 6.5 miles hurt less than walking from my bike to my desk.

22:54, 6.5mi
52ºF, Odo 1988mi
avg 15.0mph, max 26.8mph
*damaged leg

A couple of miles from work I realized that my leg didn’t hurt at all, so I picked up the pace and rode faster.  I’m so happy!  Tomorrow I’ll reach my goal of Two Thousand Miles.  I wonder if I can make three thousand by the end of the year.

Well I raced ahead and finished my goal today.

46:45, 12.3mi
82ºF, Odo 2000mi
avg 15.7mph, max 33.8mph

Wow!

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Intermission

August 20, 2008

I’m still limping, but it’s better than yesterday.  I expect to be back on the bike by Friday or Saturday.  Until then, I will practice cello and dream about my winter bike.  Thank you Fatty for taunting me with your Christmas present.  I am so jealous!

Maybe I haven’t mentioned this before, but when I feel bummed out or stressed, I get the urge to ride my bike.  Right now I’m bummed about not being able to ride.  Thus, my body tells me it wants to go ride;  specifically to the bike shop, to buy a new tire, tube, and to order this bike.  This is part retail therapy, but mostly my own brand of movement therapy.  Moving makes me feel good, be it dancing or cycling or karate.  I’m fighting off the urge to splurge by paying bills.

After repaying a bit of college, I rode to the bike shop.  I was curious how much my leg would hurt and I needed to pickup a new tube, tire.  Don’t worry, it’s only .7 miles away.  I found I’ll have to cough up 50% of the bike to order it, and that’s non-refundable.  Here’s hoping they pick a size that fits!  While riding to the shop, I discovered my leg hurts less riding my bike than it does walking. Great! Tomorrow I will ride in–carefully.  That means I’ll hit my goal of Two Thousand Miles on Friday.  Wow!

Bike to Work, day 74: Ouch

August 19, 2008

I was just shy of shattering my record this morning:

26:14, 6.5mi
67ºF, Odo 1954mi
avg 14.9mph,  max 25.2mph

My Kenpo uniform is quite heavy.  I’ll be carrying it up to Manchester after work today.

Extra weight, probably not enough real food or water, and a strong headwind made today’s ride to Manchester brutal.  Oh wait, I forgot 100 miles Saturday, 45 Monday, and then today’s 31.  My legs were not strong today.

1:38:44, 24.7mi
78ºF, Odo 1979mi
avg 15.0mph, max 32.3mph

Half way home my back tire flattened out.  You could think this was the cap on a bad day, but no.  No, this was a great moment in my day, because I just kept walking.  I don’t even know why at first.  But then I saw a beautiful thing: a farm stand.  I bought some fresh fruit (a peach and some chopped pineapple) and then sat down to tackle my flat.  I set to fixing it slowly, without letting myself get frustrated.  So the wind was constantly in my face, so my legs had nothing in them, so the traffic is heavy, so what?  This I can control, and it will be relaxed and enjoyable.

It was the best pineapple I’ve ever tasted.  Ever.  I ate chunks between each step, keeping my spirits up and the work easy.  What a wonderful way to turn a bad experience into the best part of my day.

Though this is not my first flat, it is the first time I’ve used my CO2 pump.  The stem frosted over and the tire was inflated in seconds.  So cool!

The rest of the ride was painful, and painfuly slow.  I threw in the towel at 25 miles to use the bathroom and grab a bite to eat and a ride back to my car (about 5 more miles across town).  Thank God for family.

Tomorrow morning we’ll see how badly my leg hurts and judge weather or not I ride to work.  We sparred at karate, and took a full on kick to the shin.  If it’s just sore but not injured I’ll ride on it.