My friend Nikki is determined to do the STP (Seattle to Portland bike ride) next summer, and I’m along for the ride. I’ve also been cat-sitting down at the hangar this last week or so, which has worked out well with bike riding. The hangar is near a paved walking/bike path, and so I’ve been storing my bicycle down at the hangar and riding from there. Much nicer to start getting back into riding where it’s level rather than where it is hilly (where my house is). In the last 10 days, I’ve put just over 53 miles on my bike… usually riding 10 miles at a time. When the weather really turns south, I think I’m going to have to join a gym. It does feel really good to get moving and be getting exercise, and I’ve been getting up early on my days where I work 1:30pm-10pm so that I have time for a ride before work.
So far, I have two bones to pick about cycling. Number one: just because I’m riding on the edge of the road, hugging the shoulder, does not mean that cars should pass me in the same lane. Be nice and swing wide like many do. “Rage cages” as my brother calls them are scary as hell when you’re on a bicycle. Number two: I don’t care how well behaved your dogs are, they need to be kept on a leash. It’s the law. It’s also a huge nuisance and a danger to have them running at me to say “hi” when I’m comfortable in my stride and booking down the path at 15mph. The owner gave me a dirty look when I told her to put her dogs on a leash, but with my shoes clicked into my pedals (ironically called “clipless pedals”), if I have to hit the brakes hard and fast, I’m probably also going to hit the pavement. Hullo, road rash.However, I am really hoping that I can get into this good so that stepping into hardcore training come February isn’t a big step up from where I’m at. I also figure that if I can really get serious about this and good at it, I can justify a nicer bike – a lighter weight road bike. Right now I’m riding a mountain bike with road tires. It’s a little heavy, but the road tires sure made all the difference in the world on paved paths! Mountain bike tires have entirely too much resistance on paved surfaces.
Now, if I can just get myself motivated to work on my quilt some more! At the end of July, (Great-)Aunt Norma was visiting from Virginia and helped me load my quilt onto the frame that Dad got me for Christmas. It’s ready to quilt, but I haven’t touched it since. I really need to practice a bit more, but I got distracted by a cross-stitch project and haven’t been practicing quilting. I also want to find some light-green quilting thread, but I haven’t exactly been working hard at that either.
I have Saturday off (yay!) so it’s off to the REI Garage Sale at the Tukwila REI and then a bike ride with Nikki, weather permitting. I’m also looking at being “promotable” this month at work – also yay – though I don’t know when and were a position will open up for “2nd assistant manager”. I’ve also just finished 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs (I highly recommend her books if you like murder-mystery and aren’t squeamish) and I’m stoked that Dan Brown has a new book coming out on the 15th.