Must be May …

Herself enjoys the first ride of 2014 on her Soma Double Cross.

Herself enjoys the first ride of 2014 on her Soma Double Cross.

… I finally got Herself out on a bike.


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28 Responses to “Must be May …”

  1. Chris Says:

    Lovely. In the OED, Shannon’s picture appears next to the definition of “better half.”

  2. Libby Says:

    Good on ya! Great photo.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thanks, Libby. The iPhone isn’t the greatest camera in the world, but then again I ain’t exactly Ansel Adams. The great thing about the digital-photography revolution is that you can shoot a jillion pix and find one that works without spending all your spare money on film and the better part of a day in the lab.

  3. Steve O Says:

    Pedal an extra 20 for me. Totally blew out my good knee today. Might be trading in a bike for a Segway, maybe selling the rest to pay for an escalator in the old abode.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Damn, Steve, you been kicking ass again? I’ve told you, alternate legs so you get even muscular development.

      What did you do to yourself? Both of my knees are giving me minor twinges, but so far the original equipment is hanging in there.

      • Steve O Says:

        Just old age. Born with bad joints, and 24 years of the airborne shuffle didn’t help — scooting around in formation on the shoulder of the road, “running” at a 15 minute mile pace taking 24″ steps on uneven pavement. Then there was that one bad landing falling out of a perfectly good airplane.

        Steroid shot did wonders, putting off surgery until the kids are back in school.

        I’m telling you… If I had known 30 years ago how good a steroid shot would make my knees feel, I would probably would’ve ended up looking like this guy:

  4. Doug Glondeniz Says:

    Nice. We need more women cyclists !

  5. Larry T. Says:

    Buon divertimento!

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Hope you guys had a fun ride!

    Is that the Greenway trail you have mentioned in past posts?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Pat, that’s the Templeton Gap Trail. If you take it west from Goose Gossage Park toward the Garden of the Gods, it’s called the Sinton Trail. This section parallels the Templeton Gap spillway, diversion channel, big ol’ ditch, whatever.

      The T-Gap trail winds east and north from Goose Gossage, stopping once at an obnoxious street light on Nevada Avenue, and then dips under Union, another major thoroughfare. This underpass fills with water after every decent rain, so practice your bunny-hopping or install fenders.

      It’s a great way to get to Palmer Park with minimal street time, though most of the streets that lead to the park from Chez Dog are actually pretty kind to cyclists.

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Still got one of those Pedal Queens jerseys from Fanta Se, eh?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yup, K,

      Herself’s kit collection is a little less diverse than mine. She has the Pedal Queens jersey, a Mad Dog Media jersey, and (I think) one pair of shorts. She’s more of a runner, weightlifter and yoga type.

  8. Jon Paulos Says:

    Speaking of which, my OGWGFIWRT jersey is showing signs of distress in, ahem, the midsection. Can’t imagine why, after only 10 years, and only modest (really!) weight gain. Where do I go to to buy a new one or three?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Well, Jon, I could also use another jersey. Mine is starting to
      “lose the bounce in his bungee.” And Patrick, I might as well kill two birds with one stone. Seems I got lucky too, and you are right; the charity of at least two ladies is amazing.

  9. john Says:

    Ah, Patrick. We’re very nearly the same age, we’ve been married almost exactly the same number of years, and we’re about as lucky as they come. Good on ya.

    Next week I take the very first ride of the season — held back by injury, but the doc finally says I’m good to go! I’m not sure i remember which way the pedals go ’round at this point.

    Oh — I still think your tiny piece a few years back about Haley Barbour looking for the fire in his belly is a masterpiece, worthy of Charlie Pierce on a good day.

  10. Ryan Says:

    Riding with the lady…well done POG!

  11. Larry T. Says:

    I “enjoyed” a little ride with my wife on Saturday….up the freakin’ ZONCOLAN for some insane reason. Blog posts on the whole thing once I sort through the photos and recover a bit more. And yes, PO’G, “beats working” is as reasonable translation as any.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Larry, I am impressed! You guys are tough! The only way I could get up that thing is on my mountain bike, and maybe not even then. What gearing did you use?

      • Larry T. Says:

        We almost have MTB gears with 30 X 29, which is pretty much the lowest one can go with Campagnolo. Part 1 of the Zoncolan blog post is here
        There were plenty of folks grinding away on MTB’s with some of the tiniest front chainrings I’ve seen since back in the daze of the “Mountain Spider” or somesuch gizmo that let you mount a rear cog on your crankset. With these grades, it ain’t about how light or aero your bike is – it’s do you have a gear low enough to just keep moving? I had to do a bit of traversing once it got insanely steep, I must admit.

  12. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    I got in a little ride yesterday myself. 102 miles on my 3rd ride off the couch. It only took me 8-9 hours.

    But hey, I’m not dead yet.

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