Saturday, August 08, 2009


I got up early this morning hoping to go for a nice easy ride but was a bit disappointed with the weather forecast. Thunderstorms all morning. Crap. There is a bit of thunder and lightning going on right now, along with some rain. Nothing severe, by any means. Just enough to disrupt plans. The forecast is also calling for a high temp today of 91F with heat indexes approaching 110. Nice.
So, here I sit, surfing the net while eating Fritos and drinking coffee for breakfast. Maybe I'll find my glasses and start reading "Dandelion Wine".
The Twilight Criterium is scheduled to take place in Grinnell this afternoon and evening and I know that Jackal is planning to race there. The Cedar Trails Festival's night ride through the parks is also supposed to take place this evening in Cedar Falls, but who knows whether or not that will happen? They have to set out several thousand white paper bag luminaries over about 7 miles of trail then go back around and light them all. It's a really neat annual event but I have my doubts about it happening this year. Bummer.
Due to higher priority issues and a lot of travel this year my riding and training have been very erratic without a lot of quality time in the saddle. My fitness isn't horrible and I've put in quite a few miles on the bike, but I'm just not where I'd expected to be by now. I think I'm going to go back to the beginning and start building base miles again. I know that August is a strange time of year for that but, well, whatcha gonna do? :) It's all good.
I still plan to "ride" all of the CX races this year but I suspect that I'll be vying for the title of "Lanterne Rouge" again. Perhaps "Clown Prince of Iowa Cyclocross"? It's always good to have a backup plan, eh?
For me, it's all about having fun and spending time with friends!
That's it for now. Enjoy your Saturday.
Ride safe.
Peace out, yo!


Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Your rain and thunder is mine now. Woke me up! The Meijer Grand Cycling Classic is downtown GR today with some big name teams riding here. Bissell, Cheerwine, Priority, Webcor, Jittery Joes, etc. Hope it doesn't get rained out!
I am getting excited for CX season this year. I plan to do all the events too but my fitness could be better. Maybe you and I will duel it out for KOLR (King of Lanterne Rouge) this year!
First race is 9-11 under the lights so that is going to be damn fun!!
Have a great weekend!

9:34 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

The storms that disrupted his ride this morning are a quiet repeat of the several thunderstorms that he slept through from 1 to 4 am. He says that if he can sleep through artillery then he can sleep through thunderstorms. So why can't he ride in them? It is not the rain, but he does not like riding when it is lightning. Smarter over the years?????

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like Judy! Keep bashin' on Blue!!! :) While she's at it...Blue, have you gotten any new bikes lately??? :)

11:25 PM  
Blogger Lily on the Road said...

Judy, sometimes (as you know) they do get smarter over the years! LOL

Blue, hanging with your pals while getting some exercise is what it's all about....Keep that great attitude!!

Judy...ya 'gotta' love em...LOL

12:20 PM  
Blogger Andy said...

Blue, get over the rain just ride the Surly.

On a more serious note, I feel horrible about the loss of Buffalo Trace. My local spot now carries too, and he is looking into getting some of their other bottles for me. I saw a Weller 12 year on the shelf too, good to know we can get such good whiskey that high up.

6:23 PM  

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