I'm lacking something. Somewhere.
The Pie and I had a DINC weekend. Time on our hands. An economy to boost. Rain Friday night and I wake up wondering what normal people do on a Saturday morning when they don't ride mountain bikes.
Whine, piss, bitch, mope about the house... certain the local trails are closed.
What do people do? Srsly.
"Why don't you just buy a road bike so you can get a good ride in when this happens?" asks The Pie.*
Go downstairs and check the local trail status. Some things are open. Mebbe not what I'm in the mood for but also not buying a road bike.
Check the weather. Humidity through the roof and storms coming later.
I'm not going road bike shopping... but this:
That leaves me with the Stickel, which I really don't wanna take out of Pisgah mode. 32X20 and all that, not to mention the not-too-quick handling from putting a 120mm fjork on a bike meant to be rigid or at the most, 100mm of air-sprung squish. Not the best bike for the local twisty turnies.
Any ride is better than no ride (or a road ride), so fuck it.
One quick local loop at pleasure pace (32X20, so no choice, natch) all by my lonesome and backtrack a little to drop/jump some things that drop/jump a few times. Nobody ever does that on a road bike ride.
Good thing I got out so I could sweat my balls off while I could. Huge storms came through Saturday evening.
Sunday, I found myself looking at road bikes on the internet. Watching le (other) Tour in another window.
Close the window with the road bikes for me and watch the road bikes for others.
Organize the junk room. What's become of me?
"There's nothing wrong with taking a day off," says The Pie.
Not knowing what else to do (other than go to Bike Source and buy a road bike)... I went running.
It's not that I hate running. I did try to start up again this past winter... which is probably dumb. Too cold. My old man joints ache. I gave up pretty quickly this past... November? Who can remember these things?
I might stick with this for awhile. Without a race to train for in the near future, I can't see getting up at 5:30AM to get enough saddle time in before I leave for work to make a difference.
But I can see getting up at 6:15AM to work up a sweat and enjoy feeling like an athlete (or something).
BTW: Just throwing this out there. This is too much to google, what with all the words and stuff. Anyone know if there are downsides to working out in the heat, day after day, week after week? For an "older" person? More recovery time needed?
Just wondering. My commute home from work is only @25 minutes, but when I get home? Whooped. Hard. I could take a cold shower and go straight to bed.
Of course, I don't. Shower, eat, hang out, go for a walk, drink beer... watch something on the entertainment rectangle. Don't normally feel like this, but when it's hot?
Yeth. Almost every day.
Don't mention hydration. Some days I do a good job. Some, not so good. Doesn't affect the feels.
* I'm not going to lie and say that I don't wonder about this some times. Just like running, I used to like this. Just like I used to enjoy listening to Bruce Springsteen. Bueno or no bueno?