Well, I may not be in Iowa but I am making the best of the slowly, but thankfully, improving situation.
On both days this weekend I accomplished my assigned task before the rain arrived in East Atlanta. It appears that most of the metro area was spared the rain, but the hood got hit twice, and pretty hard as well.
The original plan was to ride my bike on both days this weekend. However, this required motivation to get the bike ready on Friday night; that motivation never manifested.
I arose on Saturday morning and treated myself to watching Le Tour on my iPad. You know, now that I am not in Iowa the $20 I spent to watch the tour on my iPad seems like a great investment. After the day’s stage was over I started milling about. At one point I saw a weather forecast calling for rain in the afternoon; this motivated my to get out and do my yard work.
I mowed the lawns and pulled out the weedwhacker for the first time in forever, trying to make my yard look a little nicer for the new neighbors, who were also out doing some yard work. My labor was complete a few hours later and I jumped into the shower for a much-needed cleaning.
Around 5pm the wind kicked up and skies opened, dumping rain on East Atlanta.
For the rest of the evening I basically killed time.
At one point while reading Twitter I read about this documentary on Netflix called The Search For General Tso. You know that I have a love for Chinese food, even the Americanized type, so I just had to watch this. I found the documentary interesting as it ping-ponged between China and the US, all the while uncovering the origins of General Tso’s Chicken, as well as Chop Suey, and Cashew Chicken.
Another Saturday night at home (Gee, I wonder why I never go out any more? I wonder what it’d be like to go out on a date again.) listening to WABE‘s “Jazz Classics” show before falling asleep.
Because I had readied the bike on Saturday I was clear to launch my first ride in exactly three weeks on Sunday morning. At first I hemmed and hawed about going out for a ride, but then I convinced myself that it had to happen and I was on the road by 7:45am.
Three weeks out of the saddle has ruined whatever aerobic stamina I built up riding in April, May, and June. The ride started out great, I even passed a gruppeto of riders along College in Decatur. However, after a little more than ten miles I was huffing and puffing.
I never intended yesterday’s ride to go around Stone Mountain because I was keenly aware of my limitations and didn’t want to do more than I should on my first ride back. So, as I arrived near Stone Mountain village I made a hairpin left and worked my way back home.
If I had been feeling a little more inspired I would have stopped near the small patch of corn stalks I saw near Avondale Estates and taken a selfie. No one would be fooled in to believing that this photo was taken in Iowa, but I would have found it humorous.
Nearing East Atlanta I had two choices:
- Ride directly home and record whatever mileage I’d ridden
- Extend my ride to get in thirty miles
I chose the former because I wasn’t feeling all that grand, and I recalled that every time I’ve artificially extended a ride to gain extra miles recently I’ve flatted and really didn’t want that to happen again.
I finished my ride recording a little more than 28 miles.
Fewer than two hours later the skies opened up with rain again.
One of the items purchased at REI was a Garmin “out front extender arm” for a Garmin Edge bike computer — like the one that is scheduled to arrive from Amazon today. Happy early Birthday to me! I had the dickens of the time finding this item, which I was told was in stock by REI’s website, in the store. I searched every shelf in the cycling department as well as the case that held all of the Garmin computers. I even enlisted the help of an REI employee to no avail. Just as I was about to check out I decided to swing by the Garmin equipment near the camping section, but before arriving there I stopped at the fitness band displays. Lo and behold, this bicycle-only component was misplaced with the Fitbits and such. I walked back to the employee and told her that I’d found the mysterious item in the wrong section of the store and then checked out.
All in all the weekend was pretty good, even if it was spend much further south than I wanted it to be.