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Archive for May, 2008

I should’ve ridden

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This morning has been weird. There was rain in the forecast for today, but it wasn’t raining when I was getting dressed, so I figured I’d ride to work in my work clothes. I’ve been doing this recently since temperatures have been mild, and it’s very convenient. Unfortunately the minute I stepped out the door, it started raining pretty hard. Generally if it’s raining I’ll still ride, but in different clothes. I didn’t want to take the time to change my clothes, so I made a last-minute decision to drive to work instead.

Strangely enough, within a few blocks of my house, the rain stopped and didn’t start back up again until after I got to work. I should’ve ridden.

I almost hit a …

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

… before I say what I hit, try and guess.


I went mountain biking at Brown County State Park with Dave and Casey, one of his boys. I hadn’t met Casey before, so that was cool. He was fun to ride with. At one point a turkey was running on the trail ahead of us. We quickly caught up to him and he ran off to the side of the trail. That was pretty amusing.

Later, during a blistering downhill run back to my car, I came around a turn to see a raccoon right in the middle of the trail. I got ready to bunny hop (err, raccoon hop) over it if necessary, but after freezing for half a second, the raccoon ran out of the way and climbed straight up a tree.

If you guessed “raccoon,” you win. If you guessed something else, what was it?

April recap

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

April was not a good month for cycling for me. Despite the fact that spring weather finally arrived, I spent about two weeks off the bike. I had two of my wisdom teeth extracted, and had some really bad allergy problems. Shockingly, looking back on my riding, I only rode my road bike once in April.

The flipside of this has been increased productivity in other areas. I had more time for some geeky projects (and even made a little extra money), photography, hiking, and music. I am looking forward to getting more time in the saddle again, but I may need to find a better balance between riding and … well, everything else.

All told, I rode 135.10 miles in April. That’s least I’ve ridden in a full month since I started tracking my miles. That’s breaks down to 47.30 road miles,  54.30 commuting miles, and 33.00 mountain biking miles. Oh, and one half-mile errand.

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