I hit Diamond status in the National Bike Challenge (US) yesterday: 5,000 points, or roughly 3,200 miles for the season (May – September):
I end up shaking out, Nationally, at 561 out of 34,450 participants or firmly within the top 2 percent. Not bad for non-government work.
I suppose this is as good as any for a season post-mortem now that we’ve got only a few decent weeks of cycling left… With three months left to go in the year I’m currently sitting at 4,250 miles. It’ll be tight trying to reach my goal of 5,000 miles for the year if I go by what I did last season. I’m not exactly all that concerned with whether I make it or not though… I had another fantastic, injury free year, I rode my bike a ton, and I maintained an excellent balance between my marriage, work and cycling. If that wasn’t enough, I put in a bunch of personal bests, including highest volume month (800 miles), fastest 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 km, 50 km, 100 km and 100 miles and my steepest climb (1.25 miles @ 18% average). On top of that, my average speed on my Tuesday night club ride, which was 20-20.5 mph last year, is up to 21-22 mph. The truth is, while the weather often left quite a bit to be desired, I couldn’t have asked for a better season.
As far as my weight goes, I was perfect this summer, never fluctuating more than a pound or two either way. Maintaining my weight was a huge issue last year, specifically eating enough that I not only wouldn’t lose any more, but that I’d gain the several back that I could ill afford to lose in the first place. That said, as the weather starts to get colder and wetter, and my mileage starts dipping, it’ll be time to modify my diet again so that I don’t gain any weight over the winter. This shouldn’t be an issue, it certainly wasn’t last year. I know exactly what and how to cut down. It’s as simple as this: Last year, rinse and repeat.
If I was doing any better, Congress would make a law against it because they were jealous.
This just in!!! McDonald’s is going to start offering salads or fruit as options to french fries with their value meals…
Well, it’s about time! So, ‘you want a salad with that Big Mac?
Of course not, are you freaking stupid? Gimme the fries. Sheesh.
Now I don’t eat at McDonald’s a whole lot any more because it seems that the quality of the food has gotten worse lately and I’ve bee bored with it for a while anyway (if I have to try to decide, after waiting in the drive thru line, whether or not I want to run in to trade back an hour-old fish ‘o filet that was cold a half hour before… DAMMIT!). That said, when I do go to McDonald’s why in God’s name would I get a salad that I could make in the comfort of my home – in about ten minutes?
So, to those higher-ups at McDonald’s: I get it. You’re trying to suck a little bit of ass so you can preemptively fight lawsuits, and I’m cool with that because I firmly believe that those who would sue you because they paid for and ate the food that you sell to people to eat are the worst kind of parasitic whores on the planet. Don’t expect me to opt for that stupid salad though.
UPDATE: I decided that, in honor of the stupidity of Mickey D’s offering salads with their value meals, I’m going to eat there for lunch – and I’ll get a large too, just for giggles. I’ve already got 20 miles in today and I’m planning on another 20 this afternoon so what the heck?