Thursday, August 12, 2010

First commute

This morning I did my first bike commute in quite some time. This summer has been the summer of socialization with me trying to hit up group road and mountain bike rides twice a week leaving me with no opportunities for commuting. This has been great for my social life but total suck ass for my inner hippie who wants to drive as little as possible. Soon I'm sure I'll tire of the driving to the rides and be back to my normal routine. The plus side is that my local trails will be all new and exciting again since I haven't been on them in ages. Sweet trails one mile from my house and I haven't ridden on them in a month but I have RUN on some of them recently. Something is wrong here. Very wrong.

My next race, The Great Adventure Challenge (an off road tri) is coming up in a couple of weeks so I've ramped up the running a bit recently including a run to the top of Hunger "mountain" once or twice a week. Can a hill with 300' elevation gain be called a mountain? Well, around here it can. I'm no Kílian Jornet Burgada but I'm doing my best, to do my duty, to god and my country... wait, I drifted off into cub scout land for a second there.

Why the photoshoping (or, to be more accurate, picasa-ing) of the photo above? Well, I feel weird enough posting close up pics of my own child on the inter-tube so there is no way I'm going to do that with someone elses kid (even though I'm sure I've done plenty of that in the past).
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Anonymous said...

Off road tri hey.....I'm keen for you to road test this Rick and give us the lowdown or the highup..... We have them here too....the MTB and trail running really appeals to me......then they swim in a pond with lily pads and stuff.....not sure about that bit. my stroke...pretty much my only stroke! Could be interesting.
Sooooo you been doing swim stuff too?
PS Good form on the facial recognition could branch out on that.....not....;-)

rick is! said...

thankfully, there is no swimming in this tri, kayaking instead. if it was a swim, I'm not sure if I'd be doing it. I can swim but I'm horribly inefficient and tire quickly.

Bill said...

Thanks for the shout out, Rick. We had a blast at Great Glen. Glad to see you're doing the VT50 this year (about time). You'll love it - tons of climbing and suffering built in!

rick is! said...

it's the whole remembering to register on some godforsaken winter evening that has kept me out in the past.