I’m taking tomorrow off from riding to let the sores heal and to drive down to the Bay Area for the annual birthday trip. I’m going by myself and feeling a major guilt trip because the original plan was to make it a family trip with everyone. However, our financial reality changed (thank you, economy and Nevada Legislature) and our next payday will be different, to put it lightly. Also, The Bride is in an intense three-week class at the University of No Respect and cannot sneak away. Even so, the reality doesn’t ease the guilt but there you are.
Since I’m taking tomorrow off, I did an early ride on the west side on the Kona and, on a spur of the moment, did a breakfast run on the Trek. The Dew Drop is my primary ride for exercising and I’m almost relaxed on it now, but the Trek feels more solid and more comfortable (not surprising since I’ve done a gazillion miles on it). I’m faster now since I’ve been riding the Kona but getting up to the speed on the Trek is a struggle and I have to be careful on my gears after waiting on a stoplight.
Which brings me to the subject of rides and fitness. There are far more accomplished and experienced riders reading this blog now, and this thought may have crossed their minds: “what a wuss”. It’s hard to disagree with that, especially when I get passed by other riders who barely seem to be working while I’m sweating buckets. Nobody has to tell me I’ve a ways to go to my goal of average physical fitness.
So I’m okay with y’all’s opinions because Man is a judgmental creature by nature (I’m just as guilty), and my philosophy on opinions is pretty simple:
1. If you’re a stranger, I’ll listen with a critical ear but won’t feel the need to agree. And I’ll ignore you as only a deaf guy can if you’re bellowing or gesturing at me from a car.
2. If you’re a colleague, I’ll carefully think about what you said.
3. If you’re family or a friend, you have my undivided attention and appreciation.
So if you’re a new or old reader and want to constructively criticize my rides and training, drop me a line and tell me how to improve. Be a friend instead of a stranger. Thanks much.