About Me: I've been knitting since I got bored one summer in college and made a raglan sleeved rag-wool sweater that still almost fits. My favorite things to knit are Scandanavian colorwork and lace. I don't like to knit socks or sleeves. Some years ago, I completed the Level 1 Master Course with The Knitting Guild of America. That's as far as I got, but I did learn a lot and I recommend it highly.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I am ready for this ride in spirit, because it's just the kind of ride I love. Completely non-sensical. My bike is a 1985 Trek 520 with upright handlebars and gearshifters on the down tube, and old-fashioned toe clips. I am in no way ready physically. I will post pictures of the bike soon.
This weekend's training was not just kind of a grind, it was a grind. The route I took yesterday was south into a headwind for seven some miles, and then the third section of it was west into a headwind for about ten miles. Not fun. Today's ride was short, but included a long uphill through a canyon and down the other side. But if I can work in a few more short rides this week, and then another two long rides next weekend, I think I have a chance of at least finishing day one without tears.
Now I am just pretty dusty and tired, and the bike is too -- something is squeaking in the back tire. A brake or a chain. I am also trying out some Hammer gel stuff to see if it helps on the longer runs: HEED and Perpetuem during the ride, and Recoverite afterward.