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!