A Great Thanksgiving Weekend

Michelle has had a hard year. Work has been tough and busy. Plus she has had to ride herd on my bike and I all the way from Vancouver BC to Crescent City CA.

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It is NOT easy being a Sherpa for a cyclist, nor is it easy dealing with work stress. I wanted to give her a completely relaxing, no travel Thanksgiving. In fact, I wanted her to have the option to just stay in bed all day if she wanted…

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Needed a weekend like that

Like most of the working world I really like my weekends.  We get up early, work, commute, go to meetings and come home all week long.  Then we try to get things down around the house or the yard, or errands down before we sneak in some time to read a book and head for bead to start all over again.

But on the weekends, we get to sleep in, eat when we want to, ignore any meeting request we want.  Its, for the most part, our time to do as we please. Most of the time, the very best weekends involve a lot of miles on the bike, seeing sites from the back of two wheels, and sweating up a storm from the exertion.

This weekend, though was a fantastic weekend and I never touched a bike! Continue reading “Needed a weekend like that”

Location, Location, Location

I had meant to post this a while ago, back when it first happened, but it has been a busy coupla of weeks.   Then today, I stumbled on the pictures I took.  So, after a rainy, but great day hanging with Michelle watching the Seahawks win, its time to share the story.

The Tuesday after Labor Day, was bright sunny and warm.  I had dropped Michelle off at the airport that morning, so I was on my own.  Since the sun had come out, I decided to make a fast ride along the Burke Gilman trail.  The plan was simply to ride the 12 miles to town, come back and make myself something to eat.

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A Weekend Away

Folks, yall know me.  Most of my weekends all summer have revolved around big rides, or getting ready for big rides, or training for a big ride, or helping with the mom in law or the kids.  It has been a busy summer!  Michelle and I haven’t had a fun weekend away since the beginning of summer and our run to Walla Walla.

Michelle is a trooper.  She is my support crew for the rides.  She is my coach for my training and she is a fantastic mum to the man-child.  After a summer of this, we deserve time away to rest, and just be us.  Our friend Stuart turned us on to a place in Port Townsend.  It’s a little town on the peninsula, a 30 mile drive away (after a 30 minute ferry ride.)

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The Next Level

So, Sunday night I was talking with my gorgeous wife, and planning the day for Monday (Memorial Day).   “I’ll get up early, do a quick 40 or 50 miles to give my legs a break, then be back early and finish the yard work!”

This morning, I slept in longer than I planned, so I got up, made the morning run to Starbucks (Ice tea for my wife, chonga bagel for the man-child and artisan ham breakfast sammich for me).  While it was being made Nichol asked “How far are you riding today.”  “Only a quick 40, I over slept.”  She was amazed by the ONLY 40 part.

I started thinking about it as I drove back.  Yep, I turned the corner!  It happens every year.  In January, the first 40 of the year is a big deal.  It means the rain has stopped enough for me to ride outside, and I am going to test the legs.  I am always worn out after the first one.  I try to get it in as early as possible, in order to start getting stronger.

Then this time of year hits.  I’ve already ridden 50, 60, 75, and 2 century rides.  I am riding 4-5 days a week and pushing it hard on every ride.  I’ve added more hills and ridden the day after my century rides.  I am getting into summer riding shape!

So my 40 mile training route, is an easy stretch of the legs.  Three hours of riding and then ready for the rest of the day!  What begins as an ordeal is now a recovery ride!

I took off and it was a bit chilly, but not bad.  The mountains were out, so I stopped for a quick picture, only to find I left the SD card out of the camera.  DAMN!

Now in the rest of America, Memorial Day is considered the first day of summer, and there is nice weather.  Our friend Gina posted she broke out her bikini for the first time (sorry guys, no pic of that either!).  People barbecue, go camping,  get sunburned etc.

NOT here,  In Seattle we KNOW the weekend (weather wise) is gonna suck ass!  We still barbecue, and go camping, we just know the burgers might get soggy and their better be blue tarps at the campground  (Check out PEMCO‘s NW Profile Blue Tarp Camper commercial (by the way I am a Trainer at PEMCO (full disclosure you know, but I love this commercial)).

Sorry for the digression, BUT, because of this, I was NOT surprised when the rain started about 15 miles in!  But, as long as I am on the road when the rain starts I refuse to turn around!  it was just drizzly, so it wasn’t too bad, and didn’t slow me down.

I pulled into the yard in just over 3 hours, wet, cold, but smiling!  The ride felt good and so did I!  I walked in and DAMN it smelled good. My gorgeous wife had made my garlic chicken I like to add to salad for lunches at work! YUM!  That was one of my tasks planned for the afternoon!

She also said she planned on making chocolate chip cookies!  (OH HELL YEAH!!  Bad for the Tony diet but I loves chocolate chip cookies, specially her’s!)

Then she took me to PCC and bought sushi for lunch!  Damn she spoils me but I like it (and love her.)

Soon after lunch, the drizzle turned to rain, and it never stopped.  A complete washout of an afternoon, but a great hang out day.  I read, Manchild surfed the web, Michelle did both, and we were able to just hang out.  I think Michelle and I BOTH needed a day like that!.  I got off my ass long enough to take the kid to his favorite skateboard shop, and then I made dinner (chicken enchiladas for us, and mac and cheese for her (she’s a vegetarian and LOVES Kraft mac and cheese!)

I will need to get the yard work done later, but a good morning ride followed by an afternoon to sit, was perfect!