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Sluggish

Friday, September 7th, 2007

I’ve been feeling a little sluggish cycling-wise. I’m not quite sure how to explain how I’m feeling about it, but I’ve only done one evening ride so far this week, and that was the relatively easy Water Works ride (although I did it in reverse, which is a little harder). While I finished in only 30 seconds more than the last time I rode it, the whole ride felt slow and laborious. I still enjoyed it, but it took more effort than I think it should have. I may not have been fully recovered from the Pre-Breakdown Shakedown.

The good news is that it seems to be cooling off outside, which I hope will give me a little kick in the pants to ride more. I need to, so I’ll be prepared for the Brown County Breakdown (62-mile mountain bike ride) and the two-day, hundred-mile Hilly Hundred a couple of weeks later. In particular, my road riding has taken a hit, as I’ve been more into mountain biking lately. My interest seems to vacillate between the two; it’s nice to have options so that if I start getting bored with road biking, I can hit the trails, or vice versa.

I did some work on my old mountain bike so I can use it as an around-town/foul weather commuter/general beater. I put new brake pads on the rear brake and added a rack. I rode it to work today, and while it has some shifting problems, it rides well. I have ordered a better saddle and a set of fenders, which will be immensely helpful. I figure I can even get studded tires for it for winter riding, if I need to. I’m going to try replacing the front derailleur cable myself, when I find time. I’ve never done it, and working on my old bike should be a good way to learn.

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