October 7th, 2007

Bike 04

What Next?

My knees are sore. Despite the sun setting earlier and earlier, I've managed to maintain a good riding schedule. I've been riding down to Veterans cemetary during the week, and hitting the paths Saturdays and Sundays. Those weeknight rides have been getting shorter and shorter, though.

It topped out at about 83° here yesterday, which along with the humidity made it feel like August again. Then the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up, and the temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight, making it damned chilly today. It stayed cool, even when the clouds cleared out in the late afternoon, just as I was starting my ride. The death critters are out and about. Yesterday it was a chipmunk who successfully threaded a needle as he scooted out in front of me and a cyclist coming the other direction. Today it was Bambi crossing the path to join the rest of his family a few yards into the woods. There was also a stray dog who decided it'd be fun to chase me. But I gave him a stern "Git!" and he did.

I layered up for today's ride, and was pleased to see that the old rugby shirt that hasn't fit for a long while was loose enough to wear over a long sleeved t-shirt. I have lost some weight, although that's slowed down the last two months, despite watching what I eat and riding 500 miles. I am worrying about what happens once it gets too dark to ride after work, which would normally be this week, except I have the week off, so I can ride during the day. I do have a stationary bike, but it's not the same, and there's no way I can talk myself into riding it for the same amount of time I ride my real bikes on any given day (about an hour and fifteen minutes, on average). I can also walk, which I've already started on a little bit. By happy coincidence, my block is almost exactly a half mile around, so measurement is easy. I'm still unlikely to walk for the same duration as I ride, though.

The week off will be devoted to small projects. I was thinking about pulling up the carpet in the living room, something I've been thinking about since I moved in, but that's probably overambitious, and there're enough small projects to keep me busy all week. I want to ride, too. It's supposed to rain tomorrow. Of course, it was supposed to rain last night, too, and didn't. I was looking at possible paths in Connecticut, but the best candidate is out past Hartford. There's another candidate, the CT portion of the greenway that picks up the Coventry bike trail at the border, but CT-DOT is a bit sketchy about what kind of shape it's in. I could also do the Alewife-Lexington path up in Massachusetts, I suppose.