Thursday, May 24, 2007

Lost a whole week

Somehow I though I had updated more recently than I had. Oh well. Here is an update. The battery on my Polar HRM is going out, couldn't download today's workout. Do I spend the $75 or do I just take it to the watch guy at Fred Meyer? Hmmmmmm.

Date: May 24
Mileage: 35
Ride type/Bike: Road-GravelRail Trail/ Tricross
May Miles: 187
Year to date mileage: 963

Date: May 22
Mileage: 15
Ride type/Bike: Fire Road (poo-poo)/ Pisgah
May Miles: 152
Year to date mileage: 928

Date: May 21
Mileage: 20
Ride type/Bike: Road/Tricross
May Miles: 137
Year to date mileage: 913

Date: May 18
Mileage: 20
Ride type/Bike: Road/Tricross
May Miles: 117
Year to date mileage: 893

Date: May 17
Mileage: 11
Ride type/Bike: Fire Road (LYL)/ Pisgah
May Miles: 97
Year to date mileage: 873

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Not giving up

I'm sick because I didn't get to go ride Kokopelli's trail, but also glad I didn't. Turns out I was allergic to the first antibiotic they put me on and it gave me horrendous headaches. The third night I had been taking them, I woke up twice dreaming about head aches! I switched antibiotics, and by the 7th was feeling better. Then the sun came out and I had to ride. My Pisgah looked so pretty with it's new Corsa fork, I had to take it out. Big mistake. Hit the locak trails, felt soooooo good to be out on dirt, banking through the turns and the trees. Then I just about missed a corner. Didn't crash, but to avoid it I had to jerk my torso really hard. OUCH. Re injured the ribs and haven't been able to sleep well since. My wife thinks I'm insane and is about ready to trade me in. Ah life! It beats the hell out of the alternative!

Thursday Keith and I rode our normal 20 mile loop. The ribs were sore, and Keith made me hurt, so yesterday I got him back and broke out my old Allez. Man does that thing feel fast compared with my tricross. Of course that's probably just because the tires a much faster/lighter, and I'm considerably more stretched out. Anyway I felt fast and had a swell time despite the ribs. I have resigned myself to staying off the mountain bike for this month at least. I really want to heal all the way up.

Date: May 12
Mileage: 20
Ride type/Bike: Road/Allez
May Miles: 86
Year to date mileage: 862

Date: May 10
Mileage: 34
Ride type/Bike: Road-Rail Trail-Pipeline/Tricross
May Miles: 66
Year to date mileage: 842

Date: May 9
Mileage: 20
Ride type/Bike: Road/Tricross
May Miles: 32
Year to date mileage: 808

Date: May 7
Mileage: 12
Ride type/Bike: Mtn./ Pisgah
May Miles: 12
Year to date mileage: 788

Monday, May 07, 2007

Just can't get going this year

Despite the cracked rib or ribs and the sniffels, I was trying to get ready to ride Kokopeli's trail for the first time in my life so I decided to at least bust out a road metric century to see how my fitness was doing. I talked my buddy Jason into driving over from Idaho to join me. We rode from Cashmere to Wenatchee, and then out the Malaga Highway until it turns up into the hills as Stemilt road. Turning around there and riding back to the Malaga store was the hardest part because the wind was such that we found ourselves having to pedal down hills. I hate that. Of course I didn't have time to think much about the pedaling because of the crap coming out my eyes. It was stinging so badly I had to stop. Luckily Jason had a bottle of plain water and I rinced my eyes out with it and felt much much better. We rode back on the east side of the Wenatchee river. I was very surprised at how few people were out on the trail. It was a georgeous day and I even got sunburned. We wrapped it up back in Cashmere with a ride time of 4:40. Quick showers and a giant burger from the Hitching Post and I felt just fine, except for realizing that I was indeed sick.

I started an antibiotic, but just felt worse on Monday and had to tell Doug that I couldn't do Kokopelli's trail. I am so bummed about it. By Wednesday I felt like my head was going to explode. Turns out I'm alergic to Omnicef. Now I'm on Biaxin. Hope that helps, at least the headache is gone. Today I should have finished up in Moab, decending Porcupine ridge, but no, I'm still here in the rain with crap coming out my eyes. Oh well. It can always be worse, just make the best what you get.

Since I didn't get to do this big adventure, I automatically started planning my next one. I'm going to do some bike camping this summer. I just bought this cool new water purifier:

I'm ready to go! I have a primitive campsite picked out that is about 60 miles from home, and I tested to be sure I could fit everything I needed for one summer night into my tiny panniers. Now I just have to get healthy and in shape!

Date: April 28
Mileage: 64
Ride type/Bike: Road/Tricross
April Miles: 299
Year to date mileage: 776

Date: April 23
Mileage: 30
Ride type/Bike: Road/Tricross
April Miles: 235
Year to date mileage: 712