I’m starting to feel in the swing of things – I’ve developed my routine and am getting comfortable with the whole setup. That means less time fiddling with bike stuff and adjusting cables and bags and more time to see what’s around me.
My body, however, has developed something of an objection to the plan. I’ve noticed this thing that happens when I stop and get “cold” i.e. not really cold but not warmed up anymore. After I get back on, after about 15 seconds of real exertion I get this wave of ache and heat that surges through both legs. And then it passes and I’m good as new. Hey coach Matt are you tuned in? Is that 4 days of lactic acid reminding me I need to do something with it? Sorry I forgot my foam roller at home. But probably more stretching wouldn’t hurt. That would be any stretching in this case.
I had a beautiful start from the Swiss Farm Inn where I stayed last night.
Even had a tailwind for awhile. Though I also had about 10 miles of serious headwind to which I was thinking is WAY to early to be complaining about headwind. That’s saved for Kansas, right? The reasoning for my Westbound course sounded a little like romantic folly as I had to drive my feet at the pedals and hunker down. WAY to early for this. Just do not say the four letter word that starts with W ever again.
I struggled with the Middlebury Gap today. That was steep and made the Kanc look easy. 2+ miles of 12% grade had me in my grandpa gear for the whole way. While on my way up I was noticing how you need to be careful when cars go by the other way. Usually I hear cars coming up behind me and check them in my mirror to make sure they’re giving me room (and the VT drivers have been super polite BTW – even the big trucks give me the whole lane when they can). But when cars pass you the other way, you don’t hear the ones coming up behind you so i always check then too. So in my exhausted climb I was thinking – hey I’m kind of “sound blind” when cars go the other way, which I thought was a pretty cool phrase until I remembered that we have a perfectly good word for that already. Low blood sugar + endorphins = epiphany. Some are real, but some remind me of stoner logic.
Holy crap. Why do you need a yard even close to that big? So you need a tractor to mow it, probably herbicide to keep the weeds out. It could be helping capture CO2 instead of being a point source for emissions. Something tells me this isn’t the last one I see this big as I hit the Midwest. At least here the mowing season is short.
Darren used to be the head Chef at several of the big country clubs down in Sarasota Springs FL. He’s cooked for three presidents, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino… (although he didn’t which presidents, Billy Bragg ref, get it? 🎶🎵🎶)
Anyway, this hotel has been in his family for 68 years and he’s come home to run it because his Mom’s too old to. Though it sounds like she’s not too old to tell him what he’s doing wrong. Something to think about as we parents get older eh…
Hey, you know what I’m gonna do tomorrow? Get up and start pedaling!