Saturday, July 24, 2010

July 24th Ladies Ride

Fun ride today gals; thanks for joining me!  There were 21 of us in all out there pedaling north this morning for our weekly Saturday a.m. Ladies' Ride that leaves from Greenstreet Cycles around 9:15 a.m. 

The weather couldn't have really been nicer.  Well, ok, I guess I could have enjoyed a bit less wind, but the temp and humidity (or lack thereof) made for a splendid morning!  We left the shop and headed out and over the Kerry Bridge and pedaled north toward the Narrow's Park where we observed the still flooded river banks and checked out the playground.  We then left the park and headed a little further north until we hit gravel and then decided that coffee was calling our names.  Good ride, all in all.

Thanks again gals!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Eventful Commutes Recently!

What a beautiful day for a ride!

I woke up this morning and as usual, had the internal dialogue: to commute or not commute, that is the question.  I have a commitment right after work today where I shouldn't probably be overly sweaty and so this was my first hurdle.  I decided to just bring a change of clothes and pedal slowly to my after work dinner which is conveniently located downtown!  Obstacle #1, done...

Then, it was the typical Copper debate: do I or don't I bring my pup?   I then realized that since I obviously couldn't bring her to dinner, I'd have to leave her at home.  But then I thought about who was working with me today at roommate Jonn!  I hoped (and actually still am hoping since I haven't talked with him about this yet and Copper is already here with me at the shop) that he would be able to take her home with him after work tonight. So I brought her along!

My actual commute was quite pleasant.  The weather is nice and I ran into a few fun interactions along the way.  First of all, when I was climbing up Twin Ridge Road toward Woolworth I noticed a shiny silver Mercedes slowing to a stop and the window steathily rolled down as I rolled up and stopped to see what was going on.  At this point I recognized a customer/Ladies' Ride rider as the driver of the car!  She stopped to tell me hello.  "At first I thought it was a mom and her child but as I got closer I realized it was a dog in the cart and thought, that has to be Sarah!"  Thanks for stopping Patty.  Nice to see you!

Secondly, as I was cruising down Leavenworth I saw a woman riding (in the street! not on the sidewalk! good job!) with rack and bags; clearly commuting on her way to work.  How exciting!!  Of course I sped up and actually kind of ran a red light initially to catch up with her and quiz her about her ride.  Turns out, today was her first day of riding all the way from her house to work down at Hot Shops!  Congratulations to you Lori!  I chatted with her along the way and showed her my favorite route to get that direction.  She followed me along and we talked about the joys of commuting and the obstacles of weather and hills.  Fun to have someone to chat with on the ride. 

So, here I am, at the bike shop excited for my ride home.

Did you ride your bicyle today?!  Tell me about it.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Ladies' Ride Record!

It's true, we had a record number of ladies show up for the ride this morning!!  21 total pedaled out starting at Greenstreet Cycles this a.m. around 9:15 and headed out over the Ped bridge and south since the trail had mostly dried out and we hadn't been that way in a while.  Thanks for riding everyone!!!
The real reason we ri

Friday, July 9, 2010

Winter Boots, No Sunglasses, and a Bad Attitude...But wait...

And I still rode in.

So basically I had so many things (excuses) going through my head that I almost didn't ride.  But you know sometimes when you have so much going against you that you just have to find a way to make it happen?  That was me this morning. 

First of all, I couldn't find my shoes.  I looked high and low and couldn't find my cycling shoes.  So I almost didn't ride.  Then I almost rode a different bike but then I wouldn't have been able to bring Copper!  So, I decided to come up with a (hot) but creative solution to bring Cop with me!  My winter cycling boots with cleats that worked with my pedals.  I looked like a total weirdo in my lycra shorts, tank top, messenger bag, and winter boots. Don't laugh; ok, do.

Secondly, I couldn't find my sunglasses.  Then I realized I left them at the shop and found a second, sub-par pair right before I walked out the door.  But apparently I put them on the counter inside before I went out and locked the door.  At this point I was running pretty late since I spent so much time looking for my shoes so I didn't go back in.

But enough about the bad stuff...

Positive things:
*Copper got into her trailer by herself!!!!  No coercing with food, no lifting a 75# dog in kicking and whimpering, nothing but a happy hop into her Burley Tail Wagon!  Good girl Cop.

*Lots of positive responses from everyone I encountered on the way.

*A pretty entertained homeless guy musing about the dog behind me 

*All sorts of thinking/day planning thoughts!

*No honking or hateful things said to me!

Overall, a good ride in. I just wish I had my summer cycling shoes here and not my winter boots!


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Warm Wednesday

It's a muggy one out there and at points on the ride in I felt that, although I was cruising down a hill, the air wasn't moving at all.  Sticky!  But still really fun.  I'm glad I rode in today.  It seems like it's been a while and I was starting to feel guilty.  I've ridden off road on my new Salsa Dos Niner , which I adore, a few times lately and am really loving that.  I'm registered for this fun little race and need to keep putting miles in, both on and off the road.       I raced it last year and took 2nd in my category and for some reason want to torture myself and do it again.  The best course I've ridden in a while and fun camping with fun people makes this a great way to spend Labor Day weekend. 

Anyway, back to commuting...   I saw 6 people on bikes today on my ride in!  I think that I'll count the number of cyclists I see on my daily trip in and report accordingly.  My favorite today was a kinda crazy looking guy who had turned an old Trek mountain bike frame into some sort of crazy low rider.  The rear wheel was the same I think (I flew by him on my way down Leavenworth so the details may not be 100% accurate) and the front wheel and fork had been replaced with a super long choppered out fork and probably 16" wheel.  Hysterical.  I also enjoyed the mom and son duo I saw pedaling out of Field Club. 

I left Copper at home today and she only pouted for a minute.  Yoga tonight and with out a car to lock her in, we'd all be doing a little different version of Downward Dog.  She likes to get on the mat with you and challeng the pose.  So, I ditched my guilty feelings of leaving the doggy at home and turned them into positive thoughts about pedaling in!

Over and out.