Friday, April 10, 2015

First Quarter Recap +

Much riding was accomplished in the first part of 2015, more than last year, and building up the miles plus scheduling the mid-week jaunts with MORE is all helping.  As Anne Lamott recently wrote, ' if you want to have a good life after you have grown a little less young, you must walk almost every day.'  My addition is getting on the bike, as well as stretching with the yoga folks.

CTS is part of that, and helping lead the rides with the newbies gets me out on the weekends, with a good group, through this scenic wonderland and marvelous city.   A few of these rides contain parts that are in the regular rotation, especially the Seattle Urban Loop, as well as the commute, aka The Interurban Trail Loop.   Nice to know others like these routes!

Keep movin'.  And here's a goal.

It's good to have goals.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Recap

Finished the year with a 37 mile loop around Seattle, including visits to Golden Gardens, Magnolia Bluff and Leschi, all of which were dominated by the clear, cold, dry weather and views of Rainier.

During the year, I rode more times than the previous year, as well as more miles (about 2,750), 117K ft. elevation gain and 12.1 mph average speed.  But, no century ride this year, as the longest ride was 97 miles on CTS #12 (the Flaming Geyser out and back).   Greatest elevation gain was on the CTS #10, Renton-Black Diamond-Issaquah Loop, topping out at 3,757 ft.

And, I can count the 2014 Coffeeneuring Challenge as another significant accomplishment, for the 2nd year in a row!

2015 plans include GR2R, CTS again, STP, RSVP, weekly commutes, more coffeeneuring, and keeping the rubber side of the bicycle in contact with the planet while doing so.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Don't Take Any Placebos

I’ve read a lot about the placebo effect. Does that mean it won’t work on me?
It turns out that placebos operate to some degree outside of our awareness—which means that even when we know a particular medication is a placebo, we can still benefit from it. So don’t worry about knowing too much. Just take two placebos and call me in the morning.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Coffeeneuring #7

Completed the challenge, two years in a row!  After a clarification of the rules by the Chief Coffeeneur, the 47 mile Magnolia>Alki>Leschi loop qualifies as the 7th in the series.  A crisp, cold day, a hot mocha, homemade PB & J, and a chance meeting with a Cascade Group on the Magnolia Bluff made for a great day in the saddle.

The 6th ride was on Veteran's Day, a 24 mile jaunt to Golden Gardens, with a stop at the Phinney Ridge Starbucks to sip a 2x Americano and admire the destruction caused by a runaway truck that plowed through the guard rail and into the plate glass window.  When asked about the incident, the barista, obviously tired of being questioned, said no one was hurt and the driver got away.  Such is life in the big city.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Coffeeneuring #5

Leisurely 28 miles today down the Burke Gilman Trail and around Magnolia, with a stop at the Magnolia Starbucks for coffeneuring.  This particular Starbucks attracts a number of riders who make the circuit on the bluff for the views and the climbs.  The double tall mocha hit the spot and provided enough spark to get me back up to the Chittenden Locks and then a return trip on the north side of the ship canal while the sun was still out.  In November, those of us in Seattle need to grab the warm and dry while we can!