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!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Some Days are Harder Than Others

Some days are hard. Today was one of those days. It was an achy-leg day. A long-sleeves cool, hard to get loose day. Bill and I rode, me holding him back most of the way. Until the end. He took off for home, at my suggestion, about 10 miles out. Still, I got in 61.1 miles for a total of 122.8 in the last 24 hours.

Shifting on the Trek was a little wonky. That's a technical term for you non-bikers. Maybe it's the new cables. My plan is to have the shifting checked again the week before we leave. Speaking of leaving, that's three weeks from today. I feel pretty good about the big ride, in spite of not feeling so great on today's miniature one.

Here's my plan for postings about the ride itself. No computers on the trip, so I'll keep an old-fashioned journal. You know, pencil on paper. When I return, I'll post each day of the ride separately, one day at a time. Then, I suppose, some sort of a wrap up. I'll review, update this plan on the last post before I pack up and leave. You know, that's only three weeks from now! Did I already say that?

Total ~ 1537.0

1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Yes, less than three weeks now! Can't you post from your cell phone? Maybe not...some allow that fancy jazz, but having the pencil and paper version for posterity will be nice in the future, too. You're doing great!!