Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Last Time?

The Bianchi carried me up the hill (I think it was actually the other way around, but I'm going to get sentimental here and it sounds better this way) two times today. And down. In the rain at the end. For what might be the last time before the trip. My Trek is to be ready tomorrow. The Blue Angel bike has now been with me for 769 miles of my training. More than I'll ride on the trip, more than half of the riding I've done this year. But if I do, in fact, get the Trek, then I'll hang up the Bianchi. With a thank you for yeoman service.

So, I bailed out yesterday because of the rain. Of course, it was really because of that force I mentioned in the Last Word on Wind post, the pull of the easy chair. The Braves did beat the Mets though!!

I was pressed for time today -- meetings at work and tonight for our 2008 Dominican Republic mission trip leadership. I got in only 15.3 miles, but there was the rain. And two climbs up Bliss Road with a slow descent the second time down the hill due to wet roads. Short, but interesting.

Total ~ 1414.2 miles

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