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! Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: August 2015”→
For those who know me and have been around me after my ‘big ride’ of the year, they’ve pretty much gotten used to me being up and ‘rarin to go’ the next day. Lord knows I am not at 100%, the stairs at work seem MUCH steeper that then were before the rides, and I seem to make a lot more “old man noises.” For the most part, though, most would not know I have done anything major.
Wow, I looked at the calendar yesterday and realized “Holy Crap! It’s August!!” Even though I had been tracking the days and watching out for the big ride of the year, it still surprised the heck out of me that we all already into the last real month of Summer.
So far this year, we have had a record 12 days of 90 or higher in Seattle. The past record was 9 days. And August is notoriously the hottest month of the year. I swear I might melt! But this post is not to whine about the weather, its to talk about the miles for the month… Continue reading “Racking Up the Miles: July 2015”→
When I first started riding a bike, back in 2008, there was one guy (The husband of a friend of the ex-wife (Who still holds the prestige of being the only guy I truly disliked on first sight)) who would Lord over me “Well you aren’t a real Washington cyclist until you have ridden the RAMROD (Ride Around Mt Rainier in One Day)” He would then drone on talking about it. (by then I tuned him out)
Back in 2007 our buddy Mountainstroh stored his crampons, lost his glacier glasses and hung up his ice-axe. Like an old west sheriff, he reached the time to retire. Going strictly on my won/loss record (or summit/no summit) I was a dismal 2 and 6 over 12 years, with the only real summits reached being Mt Baker and Mt St Helens.
Starting in 2008, the challenge shifted to 2 wheels instead of plastic boots, and roadways instead of glaciers. In the last 7 years and 20000 miles I have yet not to succeed. Yep, undefeated. This week will put that record to the test… Continue reading “The Time is Nigh….”→