My wife wanted the tandem for Sunday Funday. I tried every trick I could think of to get out of it. My wife, God bless her, loves that bike as much as I do… maybe more. I love it, but I respect it. I need to be tip-top to enjoy Sunday Funday on the tandem.
And I knew I wasn’t in shape for it.
I’ve been at this long enough to know when I’m signing up for an ass whoopin’. Still, I thought, maybe we can really just take it easy and enjoy being on the tandem, yeah? it won’t be that far, I thought.
I turned that frown upside-down and started looking forward to it. After all, I just got the bike dialed in with a new cable guide, new shift cables, got the brakes dialed in… and possibly isolated an annoying cable rattle. Maybe, I was ruminating, it’d be fun… Sure! Yeah, I’m making a mountain out of a molehill, I reasoned. I slept like a baby through the night.
In the morning, I brought the tandem in the house to get it ready to roll. I had a few lingering doubts, but quieted them and continued with my preparations. It wasn’t till I was wheeling the bike out to line up that I saw McMike roll up. Ooh, throw all of that happy crap in the garbage. This was gonna hurt.
I was into the red within the first mile. Barely in the red, though. Call it just manageable. And in the red I stayed for the entire headwind stretch… 14-1/2 miles to our stop, then another three and some change before we saw our first tailwind. And with a double-digit cross-headwind the whole way, we had better than a 17-mph average.
So now you’re thinking, “Great, tailwind… you’re all good. You’ve got it in the bag.” Hold on there, sparky. This isn’t a single bike. We still had to deal with every little molehill the single bikes roll over without even so much as a shift.
Put simply, in order for us to keep up on the hills, I have to stand on the pedals. Put another, a comparable effort on my Venge or Trek averages out to 145 watts. Our fastest B Group ride this year, a 24-mph average over 28 miles, averaged out to 275 watts on the Venge. The tandem takes around 225 for a pedestrian 18 miles per hour. I was a little crispy before we hit 30 miles.
I ran out of gas way early, but my wife helped me out in a few key places and gave us just enough extra oomf I could catch a second, then third wind. I was relieved to make that right onto the home stretch. We managed a decent pace for the last three miles but I was smoked. A couple of times I just wanted to curl up on the side of the road and take a nap (that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it was pretty chilly).
We pulled into the driveway with 35.75 miles and a very respectable 18.1-mph average.
I won’t say I was hammered into the ground for the rest of the day, because I wasn’t. I tended to a few minutes of needed pre-snow outdoor work, but I felt the effort all day. Oh, and all of that tinkering work on the tandem paid off big. Absolutely silent the whole ride – in fact, even with the fenders I’ve got on the bike, it’s quieter today than the day I brought it home. It’s fantastic… it’s also about to be put up for the year, I think. Looking at the extended forecast, there’s going to be a lot of gravel riding. This was likely the last day on the road bikes… it’s about to get cold.
Another Study Links Coffee Drinking to Improved Health; Coffee Drinkers Fein Surprise at One More Study that Shows What We Already Knew: Coffee=Good
Never mind the added benefits having a cup or two do for fitness. Never mind the free-radical eliminating antioxidants. Never mind that there is nothing on Earth that says, “Good morning, sunshine!” like a fresh cup of coffee. We’re way beyond superficial benefits with this post!
Four cups a day is what they say. A little on the light side for me, but not by much. Two in the morning before I get in the shower, two at the office, and one after dinner is my usual. And before you ask, I am a professional. I can fall asleep ten minutes after drinking that evening cup. I’ve done it before, numerous times. Somehow, that last cup of the day says to my body, “Ah, you’re done. Relax.” I know many people don’t work that way and my heart bleeds for you.
There were a couple of benefits that surprised even me in that article, though. Try a 50% reduction in the chance of colorectal cancer, or a 65% lower chance of getting Alzheimer’s, or an 80% reduction in the chance of cirrhosis of the liver (a big deal for we in recovery).
Simply said, coffee is the goods, friends. Drink up.
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