Racking Up the Miles: August 2015

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.

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After that, I was pretty damn sore and tired

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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

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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.

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Sunrise from the Interurban Trail in Lynnwood

Sunrise from the Interurban Trail in Lynnwood

I was also able to notice the resident osprey family who has some prime real estate along the Interurban Trail.

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Ospreys on cell tower along the Interurban Trail

Ospreys on cell tower 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 image

For the first night in Santa Rosa.

This was also a month where I rode somewhere brand new! Wine country in California!

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A fun 24 miles with two great friends and new bike riders Kim and Rob.

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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

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“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!

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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

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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.

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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!

 

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3 Responses to Racking Up the Miles: August 2015

  1. sarburch says:

    What a lovely recap! My oh my, August was a LONG month!

  2. Sorry about your owies, and sorry to tell you that having to eat smaller portions, is the reality of getting older. You can still be a road warrior but please, no more marathons, buddy!

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