Monthly Archives: January 2012

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Love this pic. Shows grass 20 yards from me and a ship one mile from me. I love contrasts in my pics.
Todays visit was short. If you run a business, today is tax day. Today is our equivalent to April 15th. You need to mail in all your forms with all the payments. Mostly all going to Cincinnati. So I always mail this stuff priority. Peace of mind. So I stood in line at the post office with all the other business owners instead of a bike ride.
I also found my camera and it didnt go thru the wash. Nice!
Saturday. OTB
So also attached today is the pic I took Saturday. Showing how the group looked to me all day. I had planned on a ride this morn but got side tracked with the tax stuff. Tomorrow for sure. However today would have been better due to the fact its noon and near 50 degrees.
With the ten day forecast in the upper 30’s everyday I am officially ditching winter. On January 31st. I didn’t wear a coat today. A million people are out and about this morn.
Last year we had worse weather in May. For real.
Ive come to the conclusion that whatever is up with this warm winter, is not going away so either you embrace it or walk around all bummed out for the lack of winter sports.
If ya cant beat’em then join’em. And that what Im going to do.
I’m officially ditching winter. 
And I think thats a dangerous statement.
Reverse physiology?
I’ll never tell.

DLD

Saturday.  (Jeff P foto)
Just not a weekend for the books.
I did have a nice pic for today’s post, but I left my camera in my riding jacket pocket while running it thru the wash. Its dead. So I will thank Jeff P for lifting this foto of Saturday off of his Facebook.
Saturdays ride was fun but it was one of those rides that echoed a wake up call. I struggled. And the group was not that fast. In fact very tame. Yet I was OTB (off the back) for a majority of the time. They waited. But I was rudely reminder of how much weight I gained. And how out of bike shape I am. I have some work to do. This was only my second ride of January (outside).
The warmer temps should help me out here. Its really go time. Like now. Not next week.

Sunday hurt even worse. It was one of those days I did not get out of the house. Woke up at 7, went to bed at 10. Was outside less than 5 minutes all day.  My A.D.D. almost never lets me watch an entire movie on TV. I watched three. I was in more pain then than on the bike the day before (which I felt thru out my body). Just not a productive weekend. Grand kids came over so that helped.

So this weekend I was reminded on what happens if you ride less. Or not at all.
But still time to get on the right track. No where near the panic stage.
That will come sometime in March.

DLD

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As this winter transpires I am preparing my mindset to ditch it. At some point, in the near future, I will wish winter (whats left of it) away. This morning the temps are already 30 at HP visit time. And you know, Im getting used to it. The beach was very comfortable for walking. The blazing sun made it feel way warmer. It felt good on my face.
No eagle but a good way to start the day.
Yesterday I received a bunch of spring\summer clothing. Remember in retail you always work way ahead of the seasons. All the new jerseys and shorts.
Then throw in my summers Madone is ready to roll. 6.5 Project One with Ultegra Di. I will have both a new set of Easton EC90aeros AND a set of Bontys new D3’s. I plan on switching off so look for a comparison on them from me.
And of course I have my summers Superfly 100 elite since last fall. I already rode it a few times. So Im set for demo bikes. Cant wait to ride them. Especially that Madone.
So here it is, late Feb. Warm temps. No snow. No snow in the 10day. Above average temps all 10 days. Do I ditch and go into summer mode? Do I hold out for enough winter to groom the trails yet?
If you add up the warm temps, store getting in summer mode, summer bikes ready to roll it adds up to ditching and calling this winter a bust. Im not sure Im quite there yet but it would not take a lot to push me over the edge.
Tomorrow is the Saturday group ride and Im in. Long Haul Trucker is bike of choice. At some point Im going to hang all the rackage back on the LHT and put it back into tour mode.
Im headed for some time on the spin bike this morn. 
Have a great weekend.

DLD

Yelling At Myself.

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 Today was just one of those nice drives to the HP. Saw the eagle. Took a pic. Drove to the store to hit up a bike ride.
 Today I had planed a ride. Its pretty warm out (near 40 later) and had the Long Haul Trucker ready to go. I picked the LHT over the Pug. I just wanted to lay down some road miles. Its been like forever since I did that. But on the way to the store from the park all motivation was lost. 
And then you end up arguing with yourself. More like yelling.
Whats is wrong with you? You have only one outside ride in like three weeks! Its warmer out. Sun coming out in a bit. And you ditch? Shame. Shame on you! I don’t even know you anymore!
And then I feel bad for yelling at myself. I feel sorry for myself. Wait! Theres still time where I  could go… if I hurry, and get back to the store.  That time elapses and Im past the point of no return before the store opens. Huge guilt. How could you let that window of opportunity go? When will you get another chance to ride outside with temps above freezing (everyday the way this winter is going).
So, I punished myself. One hour on the spin bike. I did it for real. First time this winter. Its kinda like getting ready for an outside ride. You struggle with all the prep but once in the saddle you wonder what the struggle was all about. An hour on the spin bike was not as bad as I thought. Greenday blasting in my ears helped a ton. Loud. Very loud. Good music always helps when you ride the devil.
The devil.
I think I could do this again. 
And so spring training starts today.
Bring it on.

DLD