Monday, January 21, 2008

Spinning my Wheels


A typical January morning...
Hi all,
It’s another pleasant January day today. I just shoveled another 4-6 inches of powder of the driveway and the snow piles at the end of the driveway are over 5 ft. tall. After I finished shoveling, I took my customary mountain bike ride up to the end of the street and back. This silliness started around Christmas, and has turned into a small tradition. I just find a tire track to ride in, and make my way a block or two in the snow. I have found if I get into the powder the bike seems to “swim” quite a bit. It really is fun, and I get some very odd looks from the neighbors.
What the Randonneur reads while spinning...
At the end of the street, I rode up the driveway of my neighbor, Bill. He had just machine plowed the whole sidewalk, and I stopped by to thank him. We both agreed that we hadn’t seen a winter like this in five or six years. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. Ever lived through a drought? Ever had to save grey water just to keep your flowers alive? Yes, the snow is a pain, but it is a delicious pain, leading to full reservoirs and lovely gardens in the summer.
The Controller's stash kept at my desk. How helpful!
But, what about the riding season? Well, for me the riding season so far has been indoors. I have been spending mornings at the gym, specifically working on quads, all other circuit weights, and attending spin class. The spin class is a modern version of torture, a young, extremely fit instructor runs us through intervals for an hour, and works us over until we are nothing but a quivering mass of sweat and excessive heart rate. They tell me this is good for me, really.
All I need is music...
A clock for intervals...
My cozy "gym"...
The other training has been in the garage, spinning on the Barcroft. I enjoy this training more, except for the cold dreariness of the garage. I’d bring the bike inside, but I suspect that my Labrador, Harley, would chew the grip shifters, so to the garage I ride.
Look at this innocent face!
Not much other news this week. I hope to get my cross-country skis waxed, and get some trail time this next week. After all, there is lots of snow!

See you down the log,

Jim

4 comments:

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

I love your Harley...

Harding said...

I don't know if I could do the trainer thing in the garage. i need to be outsdie seeing the scenery go by. Tomorrow I go the doctor. I'm hoping he'll let me put some weight on this leg.

Rhea said...

I just had to say, sweet puppy dog! You guys get a lot of snow. Here in Boston we've finally seen most of it melt.

Steeker said...

dam you DO get alot of snow down there and here I thought it was all sunshine !! nice doggy