There is a new cat at my house. I really don’t usually like cats very much but this one is different. It’s sort of a 3-legged cat — Catrike, that is — the now-almost-famous three-wheeled recumbent cycle that has replaced the “normal” bike that carried me for 2800 wonderful miles last year. So yes, that’s correct: I am an adult and I ride a tricycle. Continue reading “Getting to know my cat”
The good news is that the doc has now released me from any restrictions on activity following my 2-level cervical spine fusion on March 1 of this year. The bad news is that it’s now June 10 and my re-conditioning must take place in the heat of the summer!
So be it. I climbed aboard after church this morning — thought it best to pray over this folly first — and did a quick 3-1/2 miles. Really did take it easy, honest doc. 13.1 mph average speed and the average heart rate was 143. Mostly (almost) flat terrain helped.
Thus it begins. I promised the doc, Jennifer and myself that I would be sensible as I move toward doing 50 mile days again. Patience. God please give me patience, and I want it now!
There are places, times of the year, events, activities, family, friends, and a limitless array of life influences that can put a smile on your face. When all of those converge at a point in time a person knows that all is well with the world for the moment regardless of what else may happen. Continue reading “Falling on leaves”
There they are, finally. At 8:22 there were only three of us present and ready to go. I made my usual early appearance and was able to take my time getting ready. What to wear? Temps are going to vary but right now I’m cold. Yes, John, I know that I will warm up as I ride but right now I’m cold. Light, sleeveless windbreaker … no, go with the full windbreaker. I can always take it off. Continue reading “It huffed and it puffed and it …”
I think that I’ve now had enough pain which, according to some is necessary in order to write a funny book.1 The plan was hatched months ago when ace cycling-buddy and former high school classmate Don Bynum started laying out routes for a Century Ride.2 I didn’t pay much attention to the notion at first. I should have.
“A man’s got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book.” – Hemingway. Letter (6 December 1924); published in Ernest Hemingway : Selected Letters 1917-1961 (1981) edited by Carlos Baker ↩
I’m talking about both vocationally and recreationally. Or regarding your family, your god, your friends or in relationship to any other phase of your life. Why do you do, what you do? Have you ever really thought about it or are you on auto-pilot-robot mode? Continue reading “Why do you do what you do?”
Sometimes we just get lucky and have time for a cycling adventure on a crisp pre-fall morning. 60 degrees at the start and 77 degrees three hours later — it doesn’t get better!
There are so many good routes to take in Burnet and Llano counties that it is sometimes hard to decide. My time limit of three hours and John Chalmers (we being a couple of the HillyBikers) suggestion of the “Oatmeal Loop” fostered a quick launch that direction. Heck, it’s not the destination or even the route, it’s the ride that matters. Continue reading “Oatmeal is good for you, especially on a cool fall bike ride”
I stepped outside at 6am and it was a mere 60 degrees! Wow, fall may be on the way. Big plans had been made for a cycling adventure with Don Bynum, Richard Golladay, Mike Clark and anyone else who might show up. First stop: take on fuel at Atwoods Cafe. Whole grain pancakes with sugar-free syrup and two strips of turkey bacon. Oh, and the usual dose of BS with my coffee, but I digress.
Whether you call these the dog days of summer, the hot days, awful hot days … or whatever …. A nice cycling trip through the Texas Hill Country makes everything be just alright! You just have to start early and try to escape the main heat.
I am fortunate to have a number of good cycling companions in the area. I had the same good fortune with motorcycling, but there is something about sweating together that creates an extra-special bond. And so it was that John Chalmers and I set out today to do a little sweating together. We cranked at 7:42am and it was already 88 degrees! Continue reading “Hot ride on Fall Creek loop”