Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
It's unusually warm for mid November, so we took a ride on the South Fork of Long Island last weekend. It was probably the last day in shorts until Spring. Our route took us along beaches that were crowded this past Summer, but are sparsely populated at this time of year. It has been a good cycling season for me. I did several century rides, on both fixed gear and geared bikes. The accomplishment, fitness, scenery, and comraderie were terrific. I'm getting my cross country skis, snowshoes, and ice speed skates ready for the winter. We've already had an early snowstorm, and this winter is predicted to be cold and snowy. I think that I will sell my recumbent bike, which I put 10,350 miles on from 1/06 to 6/09. Sometimes activities are time limited. I loved recumbent cycling, but it ran its course. That's just the way some things are.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Last night there was a terrific rainstorm up and down the East Coast. The wind was howling, the rain was coming down in torrents, and I thought that today would be a washout for riding. Due to the fact that I was either on call, in the hospital, or in the office for the past 14 days, I was looking at today as kind of a free day off, and had planned a vineyard ride on the North Fork of Long Island. That was not to happen. A break in the storm gave me an opportunity to do something that I love to do...ride in the mud. Since I took up cyclocross in 2002, I have appreciated the subtleties of cycling in the goo, paste, peanut butter,slime, and grime of my favorite trails after a good rain. Although I did not race cyclocross last season due to an injury, a sloppy day on the trail is still well appreciated, and today ranks up there with the best of them.
An expected additional benefit at this time of year is the fact that Spring is springing. The new flowers and greenery that adorn the landscape contrast with the dark gritty reality of the trail . Ritchey Speedmax cyclocross tires were perfect for the conditions, and although it did spritz from time to time, my Showers Pass Elite 2.0 cycling jacket kept me cozy and dry.