It's been a while. I'm not really sure why - I guess I just haven't had much new to say. Actually, I think it has more to do with a general lack of motivation lately.
I've actually been pretty busy so far this month. Work has been picking up - we knew our "crunch time" for the year would be hitting between now and October, and it certainly has. And, after Labor Day, I started back at the gym. Actually, I started at my new gym. A year ago, my long-time workout home shut down amid some controversy. After that, I joined Philly Sports Club, but it never quite felt like a good fit. So now I'm on gym #3 in three years. I like it so far, but I am having more trouble than I expected re-adapting to the schedule. Because I like to leave my evenings free to ride, I always work out before work, and since I prefer to start work at 7, that means I'm up at 5 and at the gym before 5:30. The added wrinkle of my bike commute on the fixie this year has made my weekdays feel pretty like I'm constantly on the go. Basically, I wake up, ride to the gym, do workout for about 45 minutes, swim a bunch of laps in the pool, bike from the gym to work, shower and get to work. All before breakfast. Then I ride home after work, and either do an MTB ride or yoga in the evenings. And I only take one day a week off (and that only because I stay up to watch SoA on Tuesdays, which doesn't end until 11 and I just have no desire to do my whole morning routine on less than 6 hours sleep anymore.) So, anyway, that's been keeping me busy.
I have managed to fit a few other things, though, as well over the last few weeks:
- I read Tyler Hamilton's book. Good read, but a hard dose of reality for anyone who believes in the integrity of the pro peloton. It paints a harsh picture of Armstrong, for sure, but it also doesn't claim he was the worst offender. He was just possibly the smartest (and wealthiest.)
- Joanna and I attended the Lansdale Bike Night (actually, Lansdale Bike Afternoon for 2012) last weekend. And now we're both thinking getting more bikes (only this time with a motor - does that still count as N+1????) I'd need to do the full course -- I've never ridden anything more powerful that YZ-80 dirtbike when I was a kid. There were a lot of great bikes there, though -- some pretty sweet custom stuff and some obviously well-ridden old timers. It's a very cool show:
|Slightly modified, but the Harley Nightster 1200 is my favorite ...|
- I also managed to fit in a few rides, including one really wet one the day before Labor Day out at Blue Marsh. Here's a shot of what it looked like as I was starting out:
|It only got wetter from here ...|
- Also got out for a really nice night ride this week - that's definitely one positive to the Fall: night rides!!
|Notice the indicator light on my MagicShine is red - used up the full charge for the first time this season!|
- Finally, I rode over to Bucks County this morning to check out the Bucks County Classic, a professional race that took the place of the old Univest Grand Prix. I knew exactly where I wanted to check out the action -- at the top of the KOM climb on Wismer Road. Wismer is a great, tough climb with about two separate steep pitches to it, and I was curious to see how quickly the pros did it. I wasn't disappointed. Congrats to eventual winner, Patrick Bevins of New Zealand.:
|I reached the race course just a the cars were coming through for the first lap.|
|From the KOM banner, a look down the climb.|
|The end is in sight!|
|The riders on lap 2|
|The hill really spreads out the peloton|
|The line stretches on for almost the whole length of the road|
|The cars are crawling behind the riders up that hill.|
So, while it's been a busy couple of weeks, there has been time for some fun, too. And tomorrow, I'll get out to test a new gearing for the SS (first time I'll ride a 17t), so, hopefully, the fun will continue!
See you out on the trail!