July 6. Back in the office.
Yesterday I had one momentary lapse of reasoning which convinced me that it would be a good day to ride Three Gap with ITP-Reader Bob and his friends. We met up at an Einstein Bros on some road called “Windward Parkway” before convoying up to Dahlonega.
The last, and only, time I road the gaps was six or seven years ago (eight perhaps?) when I was about fifteen or twenty pounds lighter. It was tough back then, it was as tough if not tougher yesterday. There may have been eight or so riding yesterday, I was by far the slowest on each and every climb. It was good of them to wait at the top of each climb to make sure that all was okay, but I have to admit that I can’t stand being the one making people wait.
I meant to get a photo of the Wolfpen Gap sign after the climb, but I felt that I’d held up the riders long enough so I didn’t. Since I didn’t get that photo, here’s an elevation map of the ride we did yesterday. The first climb is Neels Gap, the second is Wolfpen Gap, and the third is Woody Gap.
(click on it to get to see a larger version)
The ride was similar to what I remembered from all those years ago, except Neels kicked my ass more than I remembered it doing so then, and I felt that I handled Wolfpen much better this time around.
I’ve come to the realization that there is a reason that Nike‘s slogan has long been “Just do it.” and not “Do it well.” because I’m proud of myself for doing it no matter how poorly I did it.
And hmm, I may have to up my riding goal for this month. Today is July 6th and I’m already half-way there. W00t!
ITP Flickr Pic
I’m trying to break out of a creative rut. In order to do so I’m trying different things like using wide angle lenses at different vantage points.
This was taken at the last (only?) turn of the Peachtree Road Race on Sunday. I like that the woman waiving the flag is sharp, though I wish that the flag was waving into the photo instead of out.
Fool Me Once, Shame On Me. Fool Me Twice, Won’t Get Fooled Again.
I had originally planned to ride the gaps, come back ITP, and then head back OTP for the special Monday night Black Sheep Hash. I had everything packed and ready to go, but when push came to shove I decided that my legs were too trashed to hash. I did make it to the start, which only made matters worse since I saw everyone who was there to hash, but I think that I made the right decision to go home and settle in for a night of “Mad Men” viewing (I’m almost done with Season One) and turning in early.
Besides, I’m not a fan of pool endings. I don’t exactly have a body that I’m looking to show off.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – fair, confused
Current Music – listening to yesterday’s le Tour de France stage
Website Of The Day – Yesterday I rode past High Valley Resort, which was the start/end of the Muscle Mountain Mania a few years ago.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – cycling: 35.8 miles
Morning Weigh-In – didn’t check
Pages Of 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die Read – 77
Foot Mileage – ~3 miles, Wheel Mileage – 71.8 miles
Pushups – 0, Situps – 0
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 6 (6)
Vegetarian Days – 0, Carnivorous Days – 5
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– Not to get sick for the entire month (still waiting to accomplish this)
– Not get fired from my job
– Ride my bicycle no fewer than 150 miles
– Get the Sharpened Stone, LLC moving further
– Complete at least one iPhone application
– Completely plan out my August/September Colorado trip
– Reduce my weight to 185 pounds (starting weight was 198 pounds) [update: On July 1 I’ve sadly gained weight; I’m at 203 pounds]
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
– Earn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Sharpened Stone.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Get the Black Sheep stats out of Excel and online
– Ride in no fewer than two 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Complete my Taco Mac Passport requirement of 125 beers
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in
PHP and CSS Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem