Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Went along the river into downtown and over to the Uof M campus. Mike decided that Tuesday was a good day to get some hill work in. Every rise he had to power up. Almost put me into cardiac arrest, as I tried to hang on.
Wound up riding through the neighborhood that Mike grew up in. He showed me a few of the old haunts. We've both got deep roots here.
Got to hang out on the bike with some buds, warmer temps, got some photos taken, stopped in at the bookstore to get a new read, and even made Amy growl, that's a pretty damn good day! 39/15.2
Sunset Over Calhoun Tonight
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
We really did well for the first 30 miles, probably because of that east wind behind us, but after Watertown Amy started to fade. We had to ride on unfamiliar roads to make it to Delano. Our usual route was under the Crow River. Even Cheesy Crackers in Delano didn't get the giddy-up back to Amy. Coming out of the Crow River valley was pretty hard on her, and there were frequent rollers that just couldn't be avoided, even though we were making a bee line for home. Between Delano and Loretto I was wondering if she was going to make it. I think she may have been slurring what few words she could get out. Cheesy Crackers must have kicked in, or more likely she just got pissed, and a slightly more brisk pace was achieved. She's as tough as they come. She did 80+ miles today with a head cold. Me 73/16.7
Tools Of The Trade.
This is not all of my gloves, just the ones I've used over the last 5 days.
Delano Sunset (one of the roads Amy and I were on earlier in the day)
Friday, March 25, 2011
They are trying to keep the ice from building up and damaging the bridge and creating an ice dam.
My house is about two blocks from the river, but is in no danger. Only a few homes along River Street may have some basement water issues. Crest is suppose to take place on Sunday.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
This evening I went to Elijah's second grade concert. Sitting next to my daughter, watching my grandson....doesn't get any better than that.
His best bud, Chance, is standing to his right. The girl with the red bow has a crush on Elijah.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Clouds Started To Clear Just As The Sun Set Tonight
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Locally it was a cold wet one right in the face. Temp was 36 when I started out on a de-fanged Evil One. Wind was averaging about 25 mph right out of the east. It was hard to tell if any of the rain actually hit the ground, because it was never really falling. It was basically moving horizontally, with the wind never letting it touch the ground. The wind was more than happy to let it pummel my face, though.
I put on my winter gear meant for about 20 degrees, and it worked well, until the thunder. The growl, like a hungry stomach, was followed by a hefty downpour, which soaked through my two pairs of gloves, and my winter tights in about 10 minutes. Fortunately, I was on my last loop around Lake of the Isles. I even got hailed on. Winter boots, winter tights, winter jersey and jacket, rain, thunder, hail, and even piles of plowed snow on the side of the roads.
Good day for a ride, a warm shower and soup. 24/15.3
Monday, March 21, 2011
Grandlumps stopped by tonight.
Taylor (the other two were moving so much that all their pictures turned out blurry)
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Gotta love living in Minnesota!
Did a tooth extraction on Evil. I thought the full fenders would be nice, on a rainy Sunday ride, so I threw the Conti Contacs on and off we went.
Very pleasant, very pleasant ride. Just before I got to Lake Minnetonka on my SSR route, who do I see coming the other way? Mike! He was nice enough to turn around and ride with me, for 15 miles or so. We caught up on all the news since yesterday. Nice and easy today. Let the old hairy legs be in control. Whatever they felt like doing was fine with me. 48/16.5
Plenty Of Wet Out There
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The handle bars were placed in perfect position. The hoods fit in my hands as if one, the saddle like it wasn't there. The cranks moved effortlessly, and the big chain ring... it was almost too much perfection. A simple, light touch of the finger shifted into another gear and slowed the bike. It was like the bike knew what to do, even before the signal travelled across the cables.
Met up with three. Amy is fighting off a Texas cold, but came and joined in for about 15 miles, before turning back.
What is love?
To be out away from the city, with vistas lacking a horizon
Damp, dusky, snow-melting air
The sound of the tires on the pavement
Leaning into a turn
Attacking a hill
To feel like you are flying
This is one bad ass hill and they were smiling when they finished. Charles and Mike, both these guys wound up riding 100 miles today. Charles on a cx no less. He's getting ready for a 325 mile race in a few weeks. Me? 69/18.3
There Was A Need To Refuel
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
My new favorite cereal. And it's for kids! The good news is I ate it after my ride, so I can't be accused of doping. One box was not enough, though.
Almost Full Tonight
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I too felt the excitement brought on by longer and warmer days, even though I don't hibernate.
Now if I can get the old hairy legs to cooperate, maybe I'll catch me some fine cycling action. 24/16.0
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Just looking for miles today, and hoping for a little more spring in the air tomorrow.
This year it's been taking longer to get my second wind. The first 10 to 15 miles of my rides have been harder than usual, but then I start feeling great and am happy to keep on riding. Same thing happened today. I was feeling like I'd turn around at Wayzata (15 miles), that wind was stiff, but all of a sudden I had plenty of energy to keep turning the cranks into the wind, so I did!
Finally made that all important turn that puts the wind at my back, and sailed through Excelsior and then home. Felt good again today. Could've pushed it a little more, but with the studs, cold and wind, I figured I'd bank that energy for another day. Only 50 miles today, which is better than I thought I'd get. I'll try for 60 to 70 tomorrow, which is suppose to be warmer, with much less wind. 50/14.6
Can't Resist A Sunset
Friday, March 11, 2011
Kels Shooting The Rapids
Bryson Showing Off Some School Work
Taylor After Her Bath
Do I have it good or what?
Looks like I'll have an unwelcome companion during my ride tomorrow. It's suppose to be plenty windy. I'll try to get 70 miles in. We'll see.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Felt very good on the bike. Sunny with temps into the 40's. Seemed like I had some reserves that I could call on whenever I wanted. Wasn't ready for the ride to end. That is always the sign of a good ride. 24/15.7
My $79 frame took some major abuse, from salt, sand and slush. The brown ice that is parallel to the down tube, has formed along the front derailleur cable. No housing just the cable. Oh, and that poor bottom bracket.
Started the living room floor install today. Should finish it up tomorrow.
Again, it was a really good day, and it got even better after 6:30pm.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Ride was nice. I didn't know what to expect with the 2 inches of new snow. We are now at 8th for all time snowfall. Only 20 inches to go to break the all time record. Trails were 95% clear. 21/14.0
Some of the slop got up on Evil's derailleur and cassette. I think he likes it.
Driving up to Foley North of Monticello These Silos Stood With The Pines
Sunday, March 6, 2011
It sure has been nice getting more and more roads miles logged in. It's been a long winter.
Hung out with Elijah tonight, building with Lego. Very fun! 47/15.4
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Chalk one up for the humans.
It was a really nice ride today. I think the best for the year so far. Temps stayed in the 20's, but the sun was out and the roads were in great shape (potholes not included in this assessment).
As we waited at a stop light a group of cyclists turned onto the road we were heading down. Before I could say anything Amy said, we are not chasing them down. The stop light wasn't changing, and they were getting farther ahead. I said, "but they have kits on, it's our duty to chase 'em down". I'd already been hit and called names (not by motorists) that can't be repeated here, so I really had nothing to lose. I hadn't been very nice on the hills and rollers we had encountered earlier. The light turned green and Amy reminded me again, we're not chasing them down. It wasn't too long and they came into sight. I said, "hey, we can see them". No! we're not chasing them down. "Look we're gaining on them, I bet we could catch them before Excelsior". She described me again in ways that can't be repeated here, but did include words like, big, hairy, oaf and other terms of endearment. And as we caught them she was still reiterating, "we're not chasing them down!"
Stopped at Dunn Bros for some well deserved hot chocolate for me and Earl Gray tea for Amy.
It was just Amy and me, but that's all it takes. Delightful ride for me, but I'm not so sure Amy enjoyed it too much. 63/ 16.0-17.3 (computer is being replaced tonight. It's only 12 years old)
A refueling stop. Amy can carry a lot of Sport Blocks in her cheeks.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Cut the hole for the kitchen sink today, and dropped it in along with the plumbing.
Remodeling the interior has been a real challenge for me, one I've wound up enjoying (now that it's winding down) a great deal. I've really fallen in love with this little house. It's far from perfect, but the inside is far from what it looked like when I bought it.
Saw this as I was leaving Delano. Made me smile. Kind of a mountain/ cross bike mentality.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Took the new point and shoot out on the ride today to show it around and get it acquainted.
Didn't want to put to much pressure on it, so didn't ask for any pictures to be taken. Pretty snazzy, huh? I need all the help I can get.
Remember a week or two ago I was complaining about leg aches. Got 'em again yesterday and today. I figured out that it's installing the floors at my house that makes 'em hurt.
This year the Twin Cities have already reached the top ten for all time snow fall in a season. Another storm is predicted for next week. If it hits us as predicted, it will put us into the top 5. Not sure I'm excited about approaching the podium in this case.