here's the lowdown...60-75% chance of rain for the 3 state 3 mountain challenge. for those who didn't take Earth Science in school, 60-75% doesn't mean a 60-75% chance that it will rain. it means that 60-75% of the area WILL get rain. i'm not about to drive 10 hours to maybe not be able to participate in this ride. i know some cyclists don't care about riding in the rain, but this cyclist does and apparently, so did the rest of the group we were going with. i might think differently if this were, oh say, an ironman race but it isn't a race and it isn't worth risking injury on the slick roads and with fast mountain decents. also, i would be in the worst mood if i drove all that way to then have to turn around and drive another 10 hours back because of the weather. the reality is that staying home equals way more cycling miles than having made the trip to TN anyway and more time in the saddle really makes me a happy camper. all was not lost except for the entry fee which compared to most race entries was peanuts. so plan b it is - a 100 mile ride in the hills, a no rain guarantee, with my pals who also decided not to risk the trip. even better, tomorrow's century will put me at 304 cycling miles for the week...dang! i love it!
i thought today would be a good day to share some random thoughts with you, that have been swirling around my head lately.
~ i think they main guy who sings on credit report dot com is really cute. i think it's his hair.
~ i haven't worn real "running" shorts in years because of my biking tan lines but decided this week, out of the blue, that i needed real running shorts again so i bought some very nice one's at Target. they rock! and they cost less than half the price of all the popular name brands. take that Nike!'
~ sometimes when i'm bored i look through the biking section of craigs list and get a good laugh. it's a shame the way people spell basic words incorrectly, especially when the brand name of whatever item they are selling, is right in front of their face. for example: For sale - Litespeed Altimate...last time i checked, Litespeed sold an model called the Ultimate, not the Altimate. or how about a Rare Exotec bike...instead of exotic. sounds like they are trying to sell a reptile and not a bike. how about 2 bikes for sale, 1 rode bike, instead of road bike and 1 triathalon bike instead of triathlon. don't you love when people throw an extra vowel in triathlon?
~ this next craigs list listing deserves a space all of its own. Cervelo P3C, brand new, rider/owner put about 50 miles on it, novice rider - couldn't get comfortable in the tri/aero position. bike has Zipp 404/808, purchased for $8500. ok, what the hell is a novice buying a bike like this for? either you are an idiot with more money than brains or you are a poser with more money than brains. don't get me started on this subject! and by the way, 50 miles or 1 mile on the bike means it's no longer "brand new."
~ and then there's the guy who wants to let you know that the heat is comming - get a motor and you won't care. he's selling motors you can somehow rig on your bike to make it gas operated.
~ i sure wish all of the supplement companies that make gel based nutrition like gu, powergel, clif shots, etc, would redesign their packaging with rounded edges instead of the razor sharp, pointy edges that cut into my back thru my tri top.
~ i made a big mistake this week and swam around 2:30pm, when the sun was at its worst. even bigger mistake, i didn't put sunscreen on my face. even though my face is down in the water, the reflection of the sun on the bottom of the pool did a number on me. this will never happen again. i now have this as my weapon:
ok, i think that's all i've got for now. i'll report back in tomorrow with a century ride report from