I know that you are not supposed to be able to assign yourself a new nickname, but last night I think I earned the title of “Captain Caboose”. In an effort to be more self-effacing I agreed to ride a Monday night “recovery” ride with one of my coworkers. As he joked at one point in the ride as we waited to see if someone who dropped early could get back into our “no drop” ride, it’s called a “recovery” ride because someone has to backtrack to try and recover lost riders.
I held my own at first, bringing up the rear but not falling too far behind, even with one short, but steepish climb. And then we hit the 10% incline. I was easily twenty, if not thirty, pounds heavier than all of the other riders and quickly dropped off the back. I was broken.
The group graciously waited for me at the top.
As we reached the apex of another less-intensive climb and the pack waited on my sorry ass I exclaimed “if I drop, don’t come looking for me.” to which the leader said “Just let me know.” and I replied to her “I’m letting you know now.”
The group was supportive but I couldn’t help feel as if my fat, boat anchor ass ruined the night for everyone, even though I was given a congratulatory comment for lasting until the end.
To add insult to insult I had to ride with my coworker and another of the group riders back to the Perimeter Mall area — up hill. They were kind enough to wait on my some more, but I have to admit that by the time I reached my car had there been a cliff nearby I would have thrown my bike off of it.
Will I ride with the group again? Perhaps, but I seriously need to lower my weight and improve my power output in order to ride with them consistently. I refuse to be the one who brings down the whole.
By the time I arrived home an unpacked the M6 it was 9:30pm and I still had to shower and eat something for “dinner”. While eating I chatted with my mother on the phone, btw she’s once again shown me from where I get my stubbornness as well as my ability to live in conditions in which most people (Americans) would shake their heads in disbelief.
What’s Paulie Been Buying Recently?
I know that you all have interest in what I’m buying on the internets. Well, even if you don’t I’m going to tell you here.
Yesterday I received my new Pearl Izumi bike shorts in the mail. This was an eBay purchase so they might be “gray market” or perhaps “one-off” Pearl Izumi shorts, but hopefully not. They are new at least, because I cannot imagine buying used bike shorts. Eww.
On Sunday I placed an order with Amazon that should arrive next week. These days most of the things I’m buying from Amazon are digital, but this order consists of three physical products. I’ve order a new bike seat bag,…
Momentary pause: For someone whose constantly frustrated with and by cycling I sure am investing a lot of time, energy, and money into the hobby.
…a tea strainer (because I’ve recently purchased some loose-leaf tea and realized that I have no strainer), and a bag of HEGS clothespins (because at BRAG Spring Tune Up I wanted to hang things to dry and realized that my camping box had no clothespins).
Did you know that you can appoint a charity to receive (pennies) money from many of your Amazon purchases? You can set up to which charity money is sent via “Amazon Smile”. I’ve picked the Goethe Zentrum Atlanta (for hopefully obvious reasons at this point) as my non-profit, so that they will get a buck or two most of my Amazon purchases. The only catch is that you have to start your buying session via “http://smile.azaon.com” instead of “http://www.amazon.com” once you’ve selected your charity. Every wee little bit helps, right?
What’s Up, Eh?
In happier news I’m thrilled that I get to see my long-time friend, and Canadian, Tamara today! She’s in her one-time town of Atlanta on vacation (and wisely not staying at the barely-human-inhabitable ITP Estate this time) for some undisclosed amount of time.
After German class tonight I will meet up with her for a beer or two. I hope that I get to see her a lot during her short stint ITP. I also plan to discuss a 2017 trip to Canada, perhaps involving cycling, train travel, or both.
Okay, time for me to get some work done. Have a great day friends!