Good thing I stopped to snap this pic of the Cateye showing 69 minutes (1:09). I’da kept on keepin’ on, I’da run headlong into a herd of deer.

Huzzah!  Our long national nightmare is over.

Lousy shot, but I didn’t want to startle the deer. A couple good bounds and they’re in auto traffic on Camino de la Sierra, which is much more dangerous than a trail with one 69-year-old dude on a bicycle.

I finally managed to squeeze in that birthday ride.

You will be astounded to learn that I managed my age in … minutes.

In keeping with the house motto, “Picturae vel id numquam evenit” (“Pix or It Never Happened”), I took a snap of the Cateye for documentation.

Now, as Feats of Strength go, this is … well, a tad feeble.

In my defense, however, I will note that I was riding a rigid steel drop-bar 29er on spiky desert singletrack — didn’t even bother to check the tire pressure before heading out! — and at one point nearly shot into a couple dozen deer browsing lazily along a narrow singletrack descent bordered with sharp rocks and cacti.

And still! 69, amirite? Winning!

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18 Responses to “1:09”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Are those 700-32s or 35’s?

  2. JD Says:

    Well done, PO’G and CONGRATS! As with many things in life, standards change based on supply and demand, eh? A great way to celebrate your 69th … healthy, challenging, and fulfilling! Tip of the sombrero, mi amigo! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Thank you, sir. I’d been waiting for sun and a temp in the upper 50s for a while, and finally got both at the same time. I’m way behind on my miles this year, but I’m finding I don’t really mind all that much. My running and hiking mileage is way up, so I seem to have achieved some sort of balance.

  3. Shawn Says:

    It isn’t the element in which you performed the feat, but that you performed the ritual feat. Cheers to a fine celebration. I hope the furry feline will appreciate the 69 belly rubs that you give her. Only a few at a time of course. You know how cats don’t like too many all at once. Sharps claws and teeth and all that.

  4. Libby Says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday Patrick! I know I’m late! Glad you got your ride and that luck was on your side. Thanks for watching out for the welfare of the deer and motorists and cyclists.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      No worries, Libby. The celebration was dialed way back this year. No presents, no cake, no nuttin’. Maybe I’ll act out a bit more for 70, if I get there.

      I decided to pull a U on the trail and find another way home. The deer have had a helluva time the past couple years and if they can find some forage at trailside I’m gonna let ’em have at it.

      • Libby Says:

        Good plan! Also, next time you’re feeling blah or uninspired in the kitchen treat yourselves to a lunch or takeout from a favorite restaurant and chalk it up to a late birthday present!

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        I almost did that while Herself was in Maryland. I was thinking I might pop round to Mary & Titos, or perhaps El Patio, or maybe Ihatov Bread & Coffee, which I have never visited but a friend raves about.

        But then I thought, “Shoot, wouldn’t be much fun without her.” So we’ll have to tackle one or all of ’em some other time.

  5. Pat O’Brien Says:

    70? Wassa matta you? Seventy ain’t shit. Eighty is, as the socks say, epic shit. Rarified air is what!

  6. khal spencer Says:

    I find I don’t really get too worked up over mileage except when I feel like a fat slob. Given I am old, feeble, and don’t race any more, it is more a matter of just wanting to feel good rather than be chomping at the bit with a race number pinned on my back.

    My mileage was pretty low in January and February for a variety of reasons including laziness, indolence, not giving a shit, bad weather, and some health issues. So when I found myself closing in on 300 miles for March I went out and flogged myself today, which was a really nice day for a change, and got it over 300 ticks. Back when I was not a dilapidated old sack of shit, that would have been slow two week accumulation. But hey, I’m not dead yet, so it felt good.

  7. Opus the Poet Says:

    Thumbs way up!

  8. B Lester Says:

    HBD, sprout. Keeping busy keeps the machine working well. You’ve clearly honed that advice to a fine edge. Well done.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Gracias, B. I may be retired, but I ain’t expired. Thus I run, ride, blog, podcast, shop for groceries and cook ’em, and when not otherwise occupied try to entertain the other members of the O’Grady household. I’m trying to remain a moving target so the Devil can’t get a fix on me.

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