Racking up the Miles: January 2015

Wow, it is hard to believe that we are essentially at the end of January already!!!  Seems like not that long ago there was wrapping paper, stockings, and Christmas music everywhere!  Now here it is, the end of the month, taxes are already filed and I am counting up the miles for the first month of the year!

As regular readers know, the last 3 months have stunk as far as working out.  A combination of bad weather, working in Spokane and flat just being busy kept me off the bike.  October through December I was WELL under 200 miles each month.  The miles I did get were thanks to Michelle who made sure I got my butt in gear and on the road whenever I could!

January though, this was different.  First I was done in Spokane and back in my regular office.  Which meant I got the 17 miles each day I rode home, and that adds up quickly.  Then I was able to ride on New Years (A 60, the longest one since the STP) as well as almost every weekend since. I did have to skip the weekend I got sick, It just was NOT in me.

Add to this weather has been phenomenal.  Granted we have had some rain, and there was the wind storm that blew over our library (the weekend I was sick).  For the most part, though, its been sunny and in the 50s.  Shoot even the mountains are not getting snow!

I saw a tweet with this photo today, this is the Paradise Visitors Center parking lot in Mr. Rainier National Park.  This is the home of the deepest recorded snowfall in the United States in 1972, 1122 inches, pretty close to 100 feet.  Not this year obviously…  They’ve even closed the sledding area due to lack of snow.


The weather has been great for the bike, but we are screwed when it comes to drought and fire danger this summer….  Right now though, being able to ride the bike without gortex and 5 layers to stay warm puts a smile on my face every time!

Lately, during the rides I could feel the bike very much needing MUCH more TLC than I could give, so I scheduled it for a tune up and dropped it off last night.  However, I wanted that one last ride.  So even though I gave blood yesterday,



And they say “NO STRENUOUS EXERCISE FOR 12 HOURS!” I decided that if I didn’t ride hard it wouldn’t be considered strenuous!  So, I got the last 17 miles of the month in last night before going to drop it off at the shop. (OK I did ride hard but not strenuous hard)

When I checked the miles, I was very surprised and happy!  324 miles!  More than any two of the last 3 months combined!  I feel healthier, thinner, and like I am getting back into shape.  I will get the bike back tomorrow, and I will try to get a ride before the Superbowl on Sunday to start the new month, but I plan to push it hard all through February as well.  I might even bike to the ferry from home for the Chilly Hilly near the end of the month.

I think it has also put me in a better mood, so hopefully Michelle has had a much less grumpy husband running around the house!  2015 is shaping up to be a great cycling year!

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