And on the seventh day. …

This invisible fella is off for a quick spin. But not me.

March is going out like … like it really, really, really wants out.

The wind is rattling our cage here in the Duke City, and our various mobiles, chimes and ornaments are taking a good shellacking.

I had enough of that bullshit yesterday, flogging the Voodoo Wazoo and its low end of 37.7 gear inches around the southern trail network for an hour. The wind out of the southeast was lionesque, and my legs were lamblike, so today, like the Lord, I shall rest and contemplate my handiwork. Legwork. Whatevs.

And it was good. A 131-mile week ain’t bad for a geezer.


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20 Responses to “And on the seventh day. …”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    What dat? 131 miles? You da man! Don’t drink all the beer while you are waiting for me at the finishing beer garden in May. Watch him Khal to make sure he saves me at least one, and one for my nephew Andy.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Khal is otherwise occupied, fomenting insurrection in the New Mexican cycling community. He’ll be too busy watching his own back to pay me any mind. Think “Game of (Brooks) Thrones.”

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    A 131 mile MONTH ain’t bad for a Geezer!! Good on ya, PO’G!! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Something of an outlier, I fear. That birthday ride queered my stats. The week before I managed just 75 miles. I won’t cop to the week before that one. It was embarrassing.

  3. Jusuk Says:

    What you training for?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I dunno as I would dignify my feeble tally by calling it “training.” It’s not like the glory days of the mighty Mad Dogs, when we crushed the roads and trails of Bibleburg under tires both fat and thin and celebrated our countless victories with steaming plates of enchiladas and flagons of Bristol IPA.

      Anyhoo, that’s how I remember it. Nurse! Someone peed in my pants … again.

  4. DownHill Bill Says:

    Geez, I’ve had _months_ lower than that recently. More power to you!

  5. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    I no longer pay attention to distance these days. Now it’s hours but I don’t keep too much track of those either. Your numbers indicate to me that you got out on your bike a fair amount and (I hope) enjoyed the activity. I’ve seen too many old-farts hang up the wheels because (though they don’t actually admit this) they can’t go as far or as fast as they did back-in-the-day.
    I say “who cares”? Keep riding as long as it’s fun. “How far?” and “How fast?” shouldn’t really matter, though I realize those are the ideas used to sell “cycling viagra” (e-bikes like the Pinarello Nytro) to the old geezers out there with fragile egos.
    Italy is full of old guys, plenty of ’em in faded team kits from decades ago riding bikes to match (though some of ’em have the newest-latest as well) cruising along enjoying themselves. No gritted teeth as they grind away trying to go like they used to – they’re just happy to be outside (and out of the wife’s hair) for a few hours each day.
    I call that “la dolce vita in bicicletta”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I’ve always been sloppy at record-keeping. I’ve gotten a bit more regular now that I keep my training logs on the Mac, but only a bit.

      The primary goals are to get exercise and have fun, which mostly I do. Gyms feel too much like work, and I can barely stand to look at a pool anymore, much less dive into one and start swimming laps. So I ride, just to see where riding takes me, and try not to fall down.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      That reminds me of the questions I keep asking myself. It is time to get rid of the bike computers? Are the numbers getting in the way of the fun? I know, we have had this conversation before. How many times I can’t remember.
      “I was young and dumb. Now, I am old and dumb. I can’t remember what happened in between.” Me.

    • JG Says:

      I’ve given up on all of my cycling computers, tracking devices, etc. and really do not miss any of the statistics. I’m old enough to know when I’m going fast (sort of) and when I’m slow (most of the time)… We did have our first of the season shop ride yesterday – some fast young folks & one old Frenchman who is just happy to be outside. He can hang with anyone on the flats & downhills and is OK with a gentle hand on the back for the uphills! Search YouTube for “The Frenchy” if interested & have 15 minutes to spare.

    • Dale Says:

      If you are old like me, and don’t ride in competition, why bother. My rides are recreational and useful. The last thing I need is a computer to tell me the speed and distance to the grocery store.

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  6. Libby Says:

    The enigmatic Mia makes an appearance! You probably whipped up a green chile dish on your day of rest. Comfort food that is healthy!

  7. khal spencer Says:

    Hard to believe….

    • Hurben Says:

      Our local bicycle advocacy group had a similar one down here in Auckland. Sadly, the date is a give away.

      Another good one, (sadly not online), was a local craft beer brewer sending an open letter to the American Embassy seeking a seal of approval to put on their APA

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