Friday! Thank God it’s Fri-day!
Rest day! Thank God it’s a Rest Day!
What Little Difference A Day Makes
Last night I went out for my “Redemption” Ride. Against ITP-Reader Steve’s advice I decided to tackle the beast that caused my grief on Wednesday.
By and large I did much better, though I only managed to shave off ten minutes from the time I recorded on Wednesday. Ten minutes sounds like a lot of time, but if I compare the way I felt on Wednesday while riding to the way I felt last night, I was disappointed the gap wasn’t larger.
That’s not to say that I had no difficulties however, at one of the few places where one can open up and let’er rip I had a car in front of me who had no clue where the address she was trying to find was; I had to apply the brakes often and did not even have the momentum remaining to ascend the backside of the valley without pedaling. My time for this mile loop was a good minute slower than my average. And once again the steepest assent caused me to crack, forcing me to zig-zag up the final half. Oh well, room for improvement, right?
I’m giving my legs and nether region a chance to recuperate tonight.
Bike Maintenance Night?
I’ve realized that it’s been too long, and many miles, since the bike has had some routine maintenance. Tonight, in preparation for a (long?) ride tomorrow, I hope to give it a thorough cleaning and relube. I also think that before I journey to Iowa that I will be replacing the tires, because they are starting to flatten out from mileage. Actually, I’d love to invest a few bottles of wine into a thorough once-over by Allan some time in July in preparation for RAGBRAI.
Chores Before I Go
I’m keeping an eye on the Atlanta weather so that I can mow my yard as near to my departure date as possible (read: “I never got around to calling Jenka’s lawn guy”). As it appears right now Monday will be my best chance, which kinda stinks because Monday will also be the last day I can get a ride in before I go. Oh well, I’m paying for my procrastination with my time.
Other tasks that need to happen prior to Wednesday are:
- Checking the long-range weather forecast in Germany
- Converting some real American cash into Euros
- Reserving a hotel room for my first night in DÃ¼sseldorf
- Having the post office hold my mail (what little I get these days)
Ah the joys of travel… Oh wait, this could potentially be an awesome trip and I really am looking forward to it.
My Return To The Theatre
Tomorrow evening I will be heading back to Horizon Theatre “The City of Conversation”. Rather than try to explain the plot to you I’ll steal their description:
Washington DC was once a place where people actually talked to each other… Hester Ferris opens her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. But that is all about to change. Colin, her beloved son, brings home a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, rocking Hesterâ€™s world. Follow the Ferris family from the end of the Carter presidency through the Reagan era and into Obamaâ€™s game-changing inauguration. Donâ€™t miss this off-Broadway smash hit!
Sounds like a play that I might enjoy.
Atlanta Streets Alive
Sunday is Atlanta Streets Alive and I am planning on attending — in part. I think that I will ride my mountain bike to Colony Square for the Germany v. Ukraine soccer game (pity that Ms. K no longer lives in “The A”). I need to brush up on the German players so I can pretend I know a thing or two while I travel throughout Germany for two weeks. 🙂
After the soccer game I will tool around the closed portions of Peachtree before heading back to East Atlanta.
Hope that you all have a great weekend.