Normally, I do my end of the month posts almost as soon as the last ride of the month occurs. (Yep Michelle tells me I am very much a creature of habit!) However, August ended with a great vacation, a huge storm, and major clean up afterwards (not to mention loss of power and interwebs!) So now, with a day of relaxation, I can get caught up!
I knew that this month would be a recovery month for our hero. I ended last month completing a bucket list ride, TheRAMROD.
After that, I was pretty damn sore and tired
Add to it, I knew my big rides for the year were over, so I didn’t “need” to ride. This is always a challenging month for me, as I still want to EAT like I am training for something big, but not do the miles that are needed. And since, as we can see, the belly is making itself known already
I needed to watch that! Michelle has been helping! And to date, even after vacation, it seems a LITTLE smaller! She is making sure we eat better and smaller portions.
Also, not that I am full-time in Lynnwood, I am only getting 10 miles a day instead of over 17. So all in all, I was not expecting a big mileage month.
However, it was a fun month for the most part! Riding to work, and having only 5 miles to travel, one way, lets me appreciate the mornings. Sadly, eastern Washington has had way too many wildfires, but damn it has made for some killer sunrises.
I was also able to notice the resident osprey family who has some prime real estate along the Interurban Trail.
I am happy to report that they survived the storm!
Most of my longer rides took me into Seattle and then back along the Burke-Gilman, nothing too strenuous, but it did let me stretch my legs with a good 30 – 50 miles, depending on the route. It also let me buy and stash a bottle of Dusted Valley’s Squirrel Tooth Alice Wine
For the first night in Santa Rosa.
This was also a month where I rode somewhere brand new! Wine country in California!
A fun 24 miles with two great friends and new bike riders Kim and Rob.
Sadly, it was also a month of injuries! The first was me not knowing how to walk and pulling a superman along the Burke Gilman
“Walking is way too dangerous!” thought I, “I will stick with riding!”
That is until some dumbass, on my way to work, put me into a fence!
Then, after the storm, I succeeded in dropping a tree sized branch on my head and shoulder! (No pictures of that!) That time I was the dumbass!
So overall, though not a big month, it was really a fun month of riding
A month where I remembered that cycling is not only exercise, but also very enjoyable. And, a month where I didn’t expect much, but still racked up a respectable 263 miles! I was damn near to 3000 for the year.
However, the most important achievement of the month was from these 2.
They pulled a personal record for a Halfathon. Nice work ladies! And Next month is Portland for the 2nd time! Very proud of these too! And love you Michelle!
Like the wind folks!