Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Some Of What I've Seen Over The Last Couple Of Days
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Amy and I did the standard route up into Baker. Lots of talking and very little attention paid to speed.
Somehow I got talked into more miles and a stop at the Birchwood Cafe (our sponsor). Very good food, and some of our teammates were also just pulling in from their Sunday rides. Great to see everyone, talk and eat. 63/18.1
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Amy, Paula and me took on the heat and wind in our quest to reach Jordan. The sun beat down without any clouds to soften its wrath, the south wind only intensified as the the day wore on and the heat built. At Victoria we turned directly into the teeth of the wind and had about 15 miles of some pretty hard work until we reached Jordan. After head-down, quad-aching work and with about 4 miles to go we ran into fresh chip-seal. Nothing had been swept up yet. Not good at all for skinny tires, or carbon frames. Democracy is a beautiful thing; Jordan was no longer a destination. We took a slightly different route back to Victoria and ooohhhhhh the sweetness of that tailwind.
Cheesy Crackers In Victoria! (I was at the Fair yesterday no HoHos for me)
We followed the same route back to Excelsior, but I'm not one who's a big fan of out-and-backs, so to change things up a bit we came home on a top secret training route from the past. It has some very special, short, steep rollers that just crucify the quads. We're talkin' small chain ring steep. Yeah Baby! As hard as it is to believe, I may be hated even more now. A couple of comments heard as we approached these mini mounts; are we doing that one too? I don't like this road, and, my favorite, there was a flat road just a block or two away from here. These were all stated most seriously, so I tried very hard not to laugh, or even smile.
We made it home. I'm not sure I'm forgiven yet. I may never be. 83/18.7
Friday, August 27, 2010
My two must see favorite fair exhibits
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Feel like I've been leaving my legs at home, they're still unwilling to respond. I get out of the saddle, and then, in just a second, sit right back down. Looks like it's just going to be miles, for awhile, until I get some giddy-up back. Don't get me wrong, everything is fine. I'm pleased with the season. I just need some slow time to rest the old hairy legs. 33/17.3
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The simple things bring the greatest joy. Got a 3 word text from my daughter this evening. Life is very, very good.
Monday, August 23, 2010
About 3 miles into my ride I called for a truce, with my body. The negotiated terms were, if I gave up the need for speed, I could have the miles. 33/16.5 (I gotta admit I was expecting the 15's).
Before my ride this afternoon, took a walk at the Eloise Butler Wildflower and Bird Refuge.
I saw this guy the Hairy Woodpecker (no joke) also known as the Downy Woodpecker.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
I Was Honored To Be Asked To Officiate.
Rode my SSR solo today, and took some time to smell the roses. Another hot one, but a beautiful day. 50/18.3
My grandson and I got together for our usual Sunday of building Lego, flying gliders, and throwing the Frisbee. We haven't been able to for about 4 weeks. He's grown in that time.
Then my sister and her husband came over for a visit. It's been a little over a year since I've seen them. They are visiting from Utah.
It's been a busy, tiring weekend, but so wonderful.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A nice flat route, with a couple of rollers just before Hanover that got us breathing a little heavy. Otherwise a pretty typical Harry Legge ride, get up to speed and peg it there.
Cheesy Crackers in Delano! I had an extra cup cake at a party last night, so I passed on experiencing HoHos in Delano today.
Cam, Charles, Amy and me enjoyed talkin' and doing some catchin' up. Cam's visiting from out of town, and Charles has been off racing all over the country. He did Leadville last weekend. Lots to talk about.
Pretty uneventful ride, although we got to change Amy's one flat twice. Charles couldn't help himself...something about those city limit signs.
I'm lucky to have good friends. Thanks you guys! Oh and Amy got a little sentimental today. She told me, "I don't hate you so much". Could life get any better? 83/20.1
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tonight, just got in a three lake Friday on the DeRosa fixie. 13/??
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Leaves are starting to fade and getting a yellowish tint. Still plenty of time before the real colors appear, but change is coming. I think the sun sets before 8pm now. Wow, it doesn't seem like summer should be closing up shop yet. 33/17.9
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I did ride tonight. The swelling seems to have diminished some since this morning. I took it easy. 33/17.0
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Amy dropped off a little produce from her garden, before the ride. Blueberry jam is gone. It didn't stand a chance.
Did the Sunday Baker route minus about 4 miles, again just not feelin' it today. Very pleasant company though.
Saw another deer prance across the road, this time in the suburbs. He was a young buck, kind of cocky, showin' off his short little antlers, thinkin' he was pretty hot stuff.
Came to the conclusion that 90 and humid is better than 75 and windy. 49/17.9
Chased turtles around for another 18 miles this evening. Average 12.8
Saturday, August 14, 2010
We rode with him for about 15 miles, catching up on all the news, gossip, his amazing neighbors and his trip to Paris. My news was, like always, the rut is deeper.
All caught up it was time to stomp on the pedals. I mean this is Saturday, after all. We'd created a pretty good sized deficit with all the gabbing. I think we were averaging between 15 and 16 mph.
The wind was not interested in letting us make up any of this deficit, and our effort seemed at best futile. By the time we got to Waconia we had barely broken into the 18's and were seriously considering our reasons for exacting this punishment on our bodies. There was little solace in the fact that Mayer was a mere 5 miles away, and would mark the end of the wind's frontal assault. Nevertheless, we continued on.
Moods lightened some between Mayer and Watertown. A white spotted fawn shot across the road about 100 feet in front of us, its white tail pointing straight up. This slowed us down some, just to make sure mom wasn't about to dart out as well. Amy then saw a coiled snake on the road. That didn't slow her down any, just the opposite.
Our road closed in Watertown (they need to notify me about these closures ahead of my rides, you know), we decided to add a few more miles and ride to Delano. We still hadn't climbed out of the 18's, but we refueled with HoHos! in Delano (I forgot my money, thanks Amy) and Amy with Cheesy Crackers. HoHos inhaled, Gatorade gulped, Cheesy Crackers consumed, wind at our backs and a straight shot along County Rd 6...we might inch out of the 18's.
County Rd 6 might be a straight shot, I think we put a foot down once in 15 miles, but it ain't flat. Pushin' the quads and challenging the lungs, I'd see 24,25,26 on the flats, 19 and 20 on the ascents and even touched 30,31 on some of the descents. By the time we pulled into Wayzata, and just let me say, not all of us were happy campers when we got there, we'd gained 1 mph on our average. Acceptable!
Hard ride today. I put down a lot of water...I think 4 bottles and a 32 oz Gatorade, so it was a hot one. Wind got to us early. Amy was over 100 miles. Me? 89/19.4
Friday, August 13, 2010
Earlier today I went to see what all the rain had done to Minnehaha Falls. Beautiful, green and serene, but a closer look shows what this beauty is really made up of; churning, power, violence and danger.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Good ride tonight. I've been feeling good all week, and have been able to put in some nice respectable efforts. 33/18.1
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Last night some real rain makers came through the cities. We got over 2.5 inches of rain along with tons of thunder and lightning. I got these images just before the rain hit.
Storm Clouds Gather
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Primary Day Here In Minnesota.
Today at the Hennepin County courthouse, where I do some of my research, there was being held an Asian culture appreciation day.
These little girls were incredibly cute and excellent dancers.