120 MILES OF DEER POOP
Yep, that's what I saw--mile after mile, I saw a pile.
I actually road 120 bike miles this week because I decided I would go for the gold and try to win the 3rd annual virtual race put on at work. I really don't know if anyone else is in contention but Jan, and since she is doing races for the next 3 weekends, I don't think she is going to make the cutoff, which is 370 miles by August 31. After this weekend, I'm at 235 miles, leaving 135 to go.
And when you're out there for 50 miles at a time, you have plenty of time to think of silly rhymes and stupid questions, like what are Bambi and his pals doing out there on the path to make that kind of mess? Or where is the lady who drives the poop scooper truck I see every Sunday? Clearly, she has neglected her duties this week. Even the heavy rain we had last night didn't wash it away, so I was dodging piles like an obstacle course for the 50 miles today and the 31 yesterday. No way do I want that all over my bike!
I struggled with both rides this weekend. I'm tired and sore and have more to do than just ride my bike, although it would't appear to be that way. And of course this week my bike computer decided to crap out, so I made an impulsive purchase of a new one. The 31 miles Saturday seemed like an eternity since I couldn't actually see how fast I was riding, but fortunately know the distances well enough that I didn't have to guess. It just bugs me to not have all that data when riding.
So I took it to the bike shop to see if it was fixable and wouldn't you know it, they don't carry that brand any more! Having decided I would try to win the race, I really needed that computer to verify in my mind what I am doing, how fast, how far, how long. So I bought a new one rather than keep messing with the old. I ended up getting a wireless computer this time, foregong the cadence I had on my other one to save $20. Only to realize at the turnaround at 25 miles today that now the magnet is on the front wheel, meaning when I put it on the trainer (wheel comes off with this trainer) I still won't have a reading! Aaagh! Now I have to figure something else out or get another one or something. Not sure if the magnet can be moved to the back wheel and still register on the computer in the front. Dang! Another problem to solve. And the LBS guy mounted the computer itself down on the stem (easier to reach there, according to him), except? I have to keep tilting my head down to see it instead of just glancing down, so that won't work either. And when I'm aero, I can't see it at all. But what can I expect from a guy who rides his bike with flip flops and no helmet??
Well I hope everyone had a good weekend, got some good races or training miles in and now I'm off to relax and try to rest up for my next big week ahead!