Going up.

It was still February yesterday, but I “marched” (har de har har) up from Trail 365 to the foot of the final climb to the Candelaria Bench Trail.

I considered finishing the ascent to the bench, but the wind was coming up, I hadn’t brought any water, and I didn’t feel like finding out what the descent was like these days; it’s been a while since I rock-hopped down the other side to the Hidden Valley Road trailhead.

Going down.

Today I had to get on two wheels, wind be damned. This morning I checked my mileage for this year and holy hell.

No, I won’t tell you the actual numbers. I will say that I had logged twice as many miles by this time last year. I haven’t screwed the pooch this badly since I broke my right ankle in 2020. People on spin bikes are covering more ground than I am.

So far I’ve managed to avoid the ER this year (knock on wood). Little victories, hey? Very little.

Can I call January-February the “off-season?” ’Cause I’m, like, way off.

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9 Responses to “March”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    I hope it was the off season, as I was pretty much a lazy sack of shit.

    • Shawn Says:

      If you’re not careful Khal, they’ll snag you and toss you on the treadmill.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The treadmill was one of those ancient nightmares come back to haunt. Made me recall Ken Russell’s movie “The Devils”, (1971). U of R Campus Flicks brought the unexpurgated version to campus. I found it fascinating, if unnerving. Two students blew chow watching it and one had to be carried out of Strong Auditorium after collapsing. Was not for the faint of heart.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Looks like some light family entertainment. Or not. Sounds like it made “The Exorcist” look like an episode of “Leave It to Beaver.”

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      My one consolation is that I’ve been running and hiking more than usual. I got slightly bored with the bike for some reason last fall, possibly because (a) I overdid the weekly mileage a bit, and (2) I kept riding the same courses over and over and over again like a hamster in a wheel.

  2. Shawn Says:

    I always compare my early year “getting older” mileage now, with that which I compiled in Fairbanks when I lived there. Of course the mileage I put on there was on snow, typically on trails, and at temps that were normally below freezing. A good weekend ride was 20 miles.

    It’s nice to hear you got out for a real outdoor spin in that gorgeous blue sky weather. Yeah, I know it’s windy and cold but hey, it looks nice.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I used to ride right through winter, but Back in the Day® I had a small cadre of the insane to prod me out of doors, or me them, depending.

      Dr. Schenkenstein was particularly insistent. He lived a few blocks east and would pop up on my stoop in all manner of weather, arms out and palms up, urging me to grow a pair: “Hey, what could I tell you? A little frostbite will do you a world of good.”

      Here come “winter” it’s just me and the chilly north wind, which at present is scattering dust and pollen around and about. I guess I’d better get used to that sort of thing. Does Muad’Dib have an Amazon store? I’m gonna need an Assos stillsuit.

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    We had a very cold winter so far. And, chances are summer will be hotter than hell. So, blame the lower mileage on climate change. Done and dusted!

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