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Low mileage week; weekend plans

Friday, July 20th, 2007

It’s been a bad week for cycling. It started out great, with my 56-mile Mahalasville ride on Sunday — the longest ride I’ve done to date. But I was feeling sick Sunday night and Monday and didn’t ride at all. Then, it rained Tuesday through Thursday. Fortunately, there was some time in the evenings when it didn’t rain. Still, I didn’t want to go too far, lest I get caught in a storm.

I did some work on my old mountain bike (a mid-90s GT Timberline — the green bike in the photo). I’m going to repurpose it as a foul weather/backup commuter, around town, and general trekking bike, to explore dirt and gravel roads. It needs more work, but I think that if I fix a few things and add fenders and a rack, it’ll be great for these purposes. I already put some slicks (road tires) on it that I had on hand, and it works pretty well on the road and on gravel.

The high point of the week in cycling terms was on Tuesday, when Sarah was in a bad mood and I tried to cheer her up with a bike ride (it worked). She wrote a great blog entry about it. We rode across Lake Lemon and back on South Shore drive. Sarah hasn’t cycled very much in a number of years, and I know she feels intimidated sometimes riding with me. But I enjoy riding slowly and enjoying the scenery (by “scenery,” I mean her — the lake was nice, too). It’s also great just to see her on a bike.

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We rode about four miles, and Sarah did a great job. None of the hills on this road are huge, but she did great on the hills that are there. I’m proud of her for giving it a shot even though she didn’t feel like it, and I’m glad she had a good time.

I am excited about this weekend. We’re going to Versailles State Park, a couple of hours away, to camp. We’ll also do some hiking, biking, and canoeing while we’re there. It’ll be great to get away, just the two of us (well, the dog is coming, too), for a whole weekend. That hasn’t been possible since Sarah has had class on Saturdays, but the class doesn’t meet tomorrow. It’ll also give us a chance to break in our new hiking boots and streamline the camping process for our trip to North Carolina in August. I’m sure we’ll also take about a thousand photos.

I have been to Versailles once, Thanksgiving weekend last year, when I went mountain biking there with my mountain biking buddy Dave. Here’s what I wrote about it then. We were only there long enough to ride the trails, which are fantastic. I plan on mountain biking again this time, but most of our time will be spent doing stuff together. We’ll also be near Clifty Falls State Park, so if we get bored (not likely) we can always head over there to check that out.

5 Responses to “Low mileage week; weekend plans”

  1. furiousball Says:

    See, I knew it. She’s totally smiling in all those pictures. So now you could start a little passive aggresive insult with her and say, “oh go ride a bike” whenever she gets grouchy. I’m kidding of course, I love you guys. But do it once to end an argument please.

  2. John Says:

    I like to take off on a Friday evening, ride to the State Park, camp out and ride home Saturday morning. I haven’t done it this year though. Wifey likes to hike as much as I like to bike. We do our own seperate things as often as we do things together. Actually I consider hiking, building equity, for biking. Shopping too.

    Your comment encouraged me to clarified in my journal, that teams are encouraged for the triathalon . That way the participation is up. They are also considered mini triathalons. The bike is a 9 mile sprint, the run is either 6 or 10K. It’s one of those things where “everyone is a winner”. Jason has the nickname of Caboose, because he is last in everything he does.

  3. Apertome Says:

    John, that’s exactly what I hope to try sometime. One of these days, I will do it!

  4. Dan Says:

    Low mileage was my story this week as well. The rain ruled in Indiana, but we get good conditions this weekend. Have a good camping trip!

  5. Marty Says:

    sounds like a great end to a not-so-cooperative week. I hope that the weekend worked out for you!

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