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120 Miles Before the Weekend

Well, technically it’s 119 but whatever, that’s definitely closer than government work.

Next week is the Horsey Hundred so we’ve got 70 miles on the docket for tomorrow and 50 for Sunday.  The weather finally normalized too, so it’s sunshine and 70’s all week long.

I rode solo on Monday, an easy 16.  Tuesday was the club ride, so 37 there.  Then, for Wednesday, Mrs. Bgddy and I took the tandem out for 16. Yesterday was a fun 20, all after work.  This morning, between work calls, which were constant, my wife and I managed to squeeze in 30.  Add them up and that should be 119.

It was a perfect morning for a ride too.  Sunny, 60’s, with a gentle breeze and my wife and I are making great strides in working together. The local bike shop owner’s wife said today that it seems tandems have a tendency to tear a marriage apart or bring the couple closer. As long as we keep this up, it’ll definitely be the latter for us.

I love that freaking bike!

In any event, I’ll end up with about 240 for the week… Then next week is the Horsey Hundred in Kentucky so other than Tuesday night, I’ll be riding easy all week… Till Saturday, then it’s gonna be @$$holes and elbows!

Can’t wait.

Fitness doesn’t have to be a job, unless you want it to be.

I regularly read a blog written by a woman who is having a go at running.  Without shoes on.  Seriously, dude.  No shoes.  Running.  I don’t walk to the car in the driveway without shoes on.

Having been a runner myself, I can’t help but think, ‘Freaking nutter’, whenever she writes about the numerous physical problems she goes through trying trying to run shoeless.  On the other hand, it clearly makes her happy for whatever reason.

I tried thinking about what it would be like, going through that…

Two steps forward, one step back.  Having to completely learn how to run all over again.  Giving up all of the speed I’d worked so hard to gain in the first place…  No thanks!  It feels too much like a job to me.

If I look at that from another perspective though, while I love to go fast and am willing to work harder than most to go fast, I’m only willing to go so far because I won’t turn riding a bicycle for fitness into a job.  I’m still wearing freaking shoes too, dude!

On the other hand, I do get it to an extent.  I understand the desire to do something different, for whatever reason (even if I can’t understand for the life of me why).  We folks who are into living a fit lifestyle do some pretty weird things because they put a smile on our face.

Yesterday evening I went for a sixteen mile ride and was having so much fun I decided to extend it to 20 miles (I was limited by time.  I had a meeting at 7:30, otherwise I’d have gone 30 or more.  I made it with 1 minute to spare)3.  I know people who think riding four miles is a big deal, let alone adding four miles to a 16 mile ride.  To them, I’m a nut and I’m perfectly okay with that.  There are others out there who would take a couple of hours to ride that 16 miles.  I rode the 20 in a little more than an hour – to those who choose to ride slower, I’m a nut and again, I’m perfectly okay with that.

Enjoying fitness is truly an “in the eye of the beholder” kind of thing.  If it keeps you fit and feeling good, have at it and enjoy the smile.  Being a nut or not is simply a matter of perspective.

Ride hard my friends, be happy.