Archive for September 6, 2008

Because 106 Miles Wasn’t Enough

September 6, 2008

The 106 was this morning, from my house to Pelican and back.

Prior to meeting the group at 6:50 this morning, I had no idea we were doing that distance. Had I known, I would not have stayed up until almost midnight Friday, drinking margaritas and watching Scarface. Also, according to my riding buddies – and they’re probably correct – I probably would not have showed for the ride. Hence, they left me out of the e-mail loop that planned the century, waiting until I had already committed to some kind of ride to tell me about the triple digits.

Even without proper pre-ride preparations, it was a great century. Perfect weather; blue skies and temperatures in the seventies. Nice route; rollers with smooth pavement. Great group; everyone fairly close in skill level. We finished with a 19.5 average, and I was still pulling strong.

Skip forward past the recovery meal and nap, to when I realized I needed to go pick up something for dinner, and a few other things, from the store. I started to grab the car keys, when I realized: 1) it’s a gorgeous day; 2) the store is only a mile and a half from the house, and; 3) I have a bike and a trailer in the garage. So, I hooked up the trailer and went to the store on my bike.

This morning was a full fledged, spandex clad, semi-hard core athletic event. It was fun. I’ll do something similar tomorrow morning. But utilitarian riding is great, too. Slow pace. Regular shorts. Flip flops. No helmet. Little sweat. I know there’s all kinds of trendy “green” reasons to ride your bike to the store. The only reason I do it is because it’s fun.