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some days my bike hangs forlornly in the hallway

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:21am
This has not been the greatest riding season for me. I trained for Livestrong and could not finish the ride; plans to enter an early-season populaire were scrapped when I got sick a month before the event and could not recover in time to build up a mileage base; and most of my riding this summer has been of a decidedly utilitarian nature, with few opportunities for longer weekend rides after early May. It has been a busy summer for me at work and at home.

On the bright side, I did not have any serious flare-ups this summer and was able to ride nearly every day; I discovered the joys of cargo-biking after building up an Xtracycle; and my daily commuting rides have mostly been pretty nice.

I have signed up to enter the Verboort populaire, scheduled for November 1; but yesterday I came down with a nasty cold, and also discovered that I was scheduled to work Sunday, so no long riding for me this weekend. I worry that I will have to bail on the populaire because I simply don't have the health and mileage base to back it up. And I am surprised to find that I feel rather disappointed by it all.

Amazingly, in spite of the lack of big rides this year, I broke the 2,000-mile mark this week. In a fit of optimism last January, I'd set a goal of riding 2,850 miles; I don't think I can meet that goal (I'd have to ride 66 miles a week for the rest of the year and there will be two long weekends where I will do no riding at all) but I think I can come closer than I thought I would. Meanwhile, I'll look at the Oregon Randonneurs 2009 schedule and talk with Sweetie about my riding goals for next year. I rode four populaires last year and would love to be able to get back up to at least that level of riding in 2009.
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