Ya know, I don’t normally do posts like this, but I was sitting here, drinking some Powerade, and thinking, this has been a pretty damn good week. I’ve already posted about the Century ride on Sunday. I consider that a complete success for many reasons! Not the least of which was the free piece of apply pie afterwards! Mmmmmmm love apple pie!
Now in the past, I have given myself a few days off after a hard century. However, I firmly believe I am in better shape at this point in the year, than any other year I have been cycling. So, since I am on the bike commute team at work (this is Bicycle commuter month in Washington state) I decided ta hell with a break! I commuted home Monday, to work Wednesday and did a round trip yesterday. Add it all up, that’s 168 miles since I woke up Sunday. The best part was I felt GREAT during the ride home yesterday. No pain! The training rides are finally paying off.
Now I did pull one bonehead move. I sent my backpack with my iPad home with my wife today. I didn’t need the iPad, but I DID need the sunglasses that were in the bag! CRAP!! Well, as I always say, in the event of an emergency, hit up REI. I got the “cheapest” pair they had, which aint that cheap. These will reside in my desk at work from now in just in case of brain farts in the future.
The weather has been GREAT! Blue sky, no head winds, not too cold in the morning, the perfect early May bike weather in the Northwest.
Now lets add some family items. The manchild (as we affectionately call the 15 year old) has pulled all of his grades out of the basement. He even has a B in AP human geography! Unheard of!! We also went to Lunchbox Laboratory Sunday after the ride, and had HUGE burgers! Damn those were good! Maybe it is a good thing I haven’t sold him on Craigslists. (but lord I have considered it!)
And my gorgeous wife has been named the adult honoree for the Arthritis Foundation Seattle Jingle Bell Run in December. This is a huge honor, and is a reflection of the woman’s huge heart and perseverance. She is a tougher person than I will ever be, and I am lucky to be her husband!
I’ve also rejoined Toastmasters, and yesterday was my first speech! I based it on my post “A Question I have Never Been Asked Before” and I received rave reviews. Some even said I inspired them to make some changes in the way they perceive themselves! Made me feel VERY good.
Finally, Michelle and I fly out this afternoon for a weekend away. We are going to the Wine capital of the Northwest, Walla Walla. Neither of us has been there before. We’ve rented a one bedroom house, and we plan to hit up some Wineries, I am going to get a National Park stamp, and we are going to have some good food. Just the two of us, no kids, work or anyone else!
I am not sure if I will be able to post before Sunday night, but I will make sure to take a lot of pictures and fill everyone in then.
I hope y’all had a good week as well, it was nice working today and realizing “Hell, I am in a pretty damn good mood!” Here’s hoping this weekend and next week is the same!