Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coffeeneuring Preseason #1


Didn't sign up for the Kitsap Color Classic in time, so instead I used this last day of summer to start rigorous training for the 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge.   Rode a Magnolia loop, a distance of 26.7 miles, along the Ship Canal and around Magnolia Bluff, stopping at the Starbucks in Magnolia Village for a double Americano.   This particular location is bike friendly, with plenty of tables, places to secure your bicycle, and the typical upbeat baristas you've come to expect.  And, because the local NFL team was playing, the staff was outfitted in their 12th Man garb.  Given the prevalence of all that, maybe the Seahawks' new nickname should be the Dozens.

Highlight of the return was viewing the M/V Thea Foss on the Ship Canal as it passed under the Fremont Bridge and headed toward Lake Union.


Next week, we'll attempt another preseason trial run so I'm prepared once the real challenge begins!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Losing that Loving Feeling?

Jenny Oh writes here about here her DNF randonneuring experience and gets to the heart of some of the difficulties we encounter as we build our mileage, ride long distances and deal with limitations.  The ride report is worth reading as well. (Plattyjo does a great job on her web pages, BTW!)

After piling on the miles and leading the CTS and CTS Rides Again jaunts, the summer is waning.   We experienced the first significant rainfall in a while, and not just a result of taking off the fenders. Some oral surgery hurt more than expected, and coupled with the awfulness of the news and current events, and I'm feeling my six decades in my gums, teeth and even spirit.

I wish I was doing the RSVP this weekend to clear it up and stretch it out.   The mileage was there, the prep was there, riding partners were going, but scheduling, logistics, etc were in the way.    Next year, the CBC Major Events go back on the calendar and we make room for 'em.

For now, maybe it's just time to just ride through it and change the narrative.  Or, as Coffeeneur says, use the cycling as an escape.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

No STP

A few more reflections on not riding the STP are in order.  I was wistful about missing the ride, until I thought about the crowds and yahoos, the ugly rest stops, the heat and the conditions, US 30 into Portland, blah, blah, blah.

Packet pickup duty at REI was different this year, with a new cast of characters at Cascade, younger, seemingly less connection to the volunteers, no jackets to give out, and the new Cascade brass present but not taking the time to say hello to those of us giving our time to help....

Lots of complaints from the Bike Tawkers about number of riders, personal support vehicles, lack of common sense, lack of ride refs to address the yahoo factor, hot weather, rain coming into Portland, etc....

Kevin summed up his frustrations here...

Still, there is this video of crossing the Lewis and Clark bridge over the Columbia into Oregon to consider.

We'll put a big WE'LL SEE on next year.  RSVP yes, STP, well, maybe,....