After all the issues with TSA and traffic and white knuckled driving, plus the battle for what little space is available to us on the plane, Michelle and I landed in Seattle about 30 minutes earlier than expected! HELL YEAH!! Musta been a pretty darn good tailwind!
I woke up a couple of days ago, and noticed it was February. I have NO idea where the hell January went so quickly. It seems like just yesterday it was New Years. Work and weather combined to make this one helluva busy month, It was also very stingy on miles. I ended ups with only 235 for January. Over 100 less than the year before.
I can tell I am going to have a challenge this year: To not beat myself for not making the same miles from last year. Last year was a fluke and a record. I will get plenty of miles this year, but it doesn’t need to be as much as last year.
Folks, there truly are such things as first world problems. You know the ones: Internet is down so you can’t read my blog posts (which I am sure is your favorite!). The Starbucks App won’t pre-order so you actually have to stand in line, or the iPad dies just as you get to the best part of a book on the Kindle app…
I have said time and again how lucky I am to live in the Pacific Northwest. We have fresh air, green trees, lakes, rivers, wildlife, oceans and mountains. As a cyclist up here in the left hand corner of the county, I know that whether I am 100 miles away from home or less than 10, if I keep an eye out I am likely to spot something like this guy I saw Sunday.
I will say getting close to the shore in cycling shoes was NOT easy, but worth it! If he is going to pose, then it just seems right I take the photo!
This time of year, I hear the same conversation over and over again. “Remember to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night!” Followed soon by, “I hate when it gets darker sooner!” (OK that second sentence comes from me!) If I had my vote, we would stick with Daylight Savings Time (DST) year round. I don’t care of it is dark when I go to work, but I hate when its dark when I leave. It also cuts into my cycling time, as it pretty much ends my after work rides.
Given that, when the cycling and the November weather gods came to a VERY rare agreement, it was time to take advantage of one last DST ride… Continue reading “End of DST”→
I have quite a few different routes that I travel when I ride. I have the Lake Washington Loop, The Half lake loop, my regular 40 (a 40 mile loop through Everett and over to Woodinville) and the Seattle loop. (Some of these are my names, so you won’t find them on Google. The Lake Washington loop is real though!)
Like many of y’all, when the weekend rolls around, some of that time becomes errand time. Groceries, gas, drug store, or Costco, each has to be fit into a time we are not at work, hence the weekend.
Generally, Michelle and I make most of these trips together (everyone say “Awwwwww”) as its more fund to errand with someone than alone. Today, though, I was left to my own devices as she had a class to learn how to weave on her new loom. (Yep kid you not, told you she was amazing).
Last week, if you remember, I woke up, got geared for the ride, opened the door and saw…. GULLYWASHER! I did an about-face, shucked the riding gear and drove in with Michelle to work. Sometimes, it is just OK to decide this is not a good day to ride.
That night, I rode on the rollers in the shed, and cranked out 20 miles (my inside riding distance record) which made up for not riding that morning.
Every week day for the last 2 weeks, I have been stuck in a small room, with 4 new hires, working to train, entertain and prepare them for this coming Monday when they start earning their keep. I say entertain, because NO ONE learns when they are bored, and I pride myself in making classes fun. However, this takes work, especially when you are sick. I work up a serious sweat up there.
Then 6 times in the last 3 weeks I have been stuck in a Horizon Air propeller driven plane, with no empty seats, flying back and forth from Seattle to Spokane. (Once though, I was lucky enough to fly on the WSU Cougar plane!)
Now rest assured, I showered every day. In fact, I showered longer as it made my lungs feel better. But truthfully, I knew there was an indoor funk hanging on me, that only I could smell. There is only one way to fix this. Continue reading “Blow the Stink off me!”→