With the help of a Clif Shot containing chocolate and caffeine, given to me by my coworker who wanted me to ride, I was able to muster up the energy to go out yesterday. Believing that I know my limitations I convinced him to give the ride we screwed up last week another shot instead of doing the other Wednesday night ride that goes out for a 29-mile loop.
The Free-Flite crowd was a little surprised to see us again, given that they blamed themselves for dropping us on a “no-drop” ride. I convinced them that I was in error and that it would take a lot more that this to drive me away.
The nine of us riding last night stayed together for the most part, completing the 19-mile loop at a slow pace. In total I rode twenty-four miles. I also rode with my Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitor. From the data it appears that I was struggling quite a bit during the ride.
The only negative of my night occurred in the last mile of the group portion of the ride (my coworker and I had ridden the few miles from work to the shop, so after departing the group we had these miles to ride in order to get back to the office) — I cramped, and hard. My right calf seized up like an engine with no oil, and it was painful. Fortunately I was able to ride through it in a few minutes, but I’m feeling the ramifications of it this morning.
No Trivia Tonight
As mentioned by ITP-Reader Stacy the “Marvelous 3” (name of an old Atlanta band that used to have Butch Walker as its guitar-playing singer) shan’t be meeting up for trivia due some unfortunate circumstances.
In place of trivia I will do something “different” tonight, like go to a bar or restaurant to which I have never before been.
German Word Of The Day
der SchlÃ¼ssel – key (as in the key to your house or car)
Speaking of German, yesterday I ordered the text book for the next series of classes that I will take at Goethe Institut. Guess I’m hooked. Now I just need to find a way to make it back to Germany as soon as possible. It appears as if I am dramatically shortening my hash-related Portland trip, one day I’ll even buy plane tickets, so who knows…