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Flat

Right, then…

So, after a long day that preceded a couple of long weeks, I change clothes and go get the bike for the ride home.  I had tempted fate inasmuch as I rode in today knowing it was going to rain.  That said, I was fortunate to be graced with relative dryness for the ride home (not that rain would have stopped me, but still).

As I was rolling the bike to the door, it was making an odd squidgy sound.  Look down…Oh Happy Day – a flat.  I was severely tempted to walk to my roommates office to see if he could give me a ride home, but I persevered.  I signed up for this.  If I ever want to do any sort of long-distance riding, I’m going to need to put on my big boy pants and not wuss out when things like this happen.

In about what I’d guess to be 20 minutes, I got the wheel off, the tube changed and the wheel reinstalled.  Certainly slow by most standards, but I was able to get it done without snakebiting the tube or otherwise puncturing it.  Had a hangup with the pump, tho.  While Crank Bros makes a slick compact high volume/high pressure pump, it does not exactly operate intuitively.  So, maybe I would have been done in 15 minutes, had I read the instructions the first time.

Regardless, got it done and got home (though on an under-inflated tire…could not get the stem to quite seat well enough to jack the pressure up to 80psig…so 40 had to do).

I celebrated with beer.  But then again, had I gotten a ride home, I probably still would have celebrated with beer.

Enough of this…

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Break in the weather

Right, then…

OK, so we’ve had a nice break in the piss-ass rain, thus I’ve been able to get out on the bike and running after about a week, or so.  I’m glad to report that after two weeks of general sloth and laziness, I was still able to click off a 7 mile run at 10min/miles.  Unfortunately, the rain is coming back for a couple of days, but still, it’s good to see the sun, again.

Someone, however, did comment that I used to run and ride in the rain, not that long ago.  I’ve since learned that I have two modes:  Winter and Summer.  Once I’ve come to grips with being in Winter Mode, then I’ve no issue going out in the cold and/or rain.  However, comma, once I shift into Summer Mode, I turn into a big ol’ giant wimp.  I can’t go out – it’s raining!  It’s too cold!  I’ll get wet and…well…cold…

So I figure that’s what happened to me the past couple of weeks.  Like the confused foliage, I thought it was spring and settled into warmer/drier conditions, thusly shifting into Summer Mode.  Then the rains returned – and, pretty much returned to my big ol’ wimp phase and refused to go outside.

Now, I think – with a few noted days – we’re back into spring, and Summer Mode should suffice, nicely.

..at least, I hope so….

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OK, it warmed up…

Right, then…

I’m glad to report that it warmed up sufficiently and that I was able to go for a nice 7 mile run (OK, 7.16 miles, to be exact).  A bit slower than my normal 10 minute mile (10:06), but that’s just me being picky.

Also, I realize that my earlier statement about a storm sneaking in while I wasn’t looking is complete utter bullshit.  After re-reading an earlier post, I realized that I wrote about the impending storms.  So, I guess it’s more appropriate to say that my mid-term memory is complete shit.

…But I’m still going to bitch about the cold until it goes away.

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Too. Bloody. Cold…

Right, then…

So I guess when I wasn’t looking, some sort of Arctic storm form Canada swooped down upon California this week.  So now, it’s 8am on a early-mid April morning and it’s 45 degrees.  Thus, too bloody cold to go for a run just yet.  Hopefully, will be able to get to it in the afternoon.

I’m off on my rolling and running mileage, so I needs to get back out there.  Also, I need to work off the excesses of Easter weekend.  So this cold shit needs to come to a stop right quick.   Not that I haven’t ridden/ran in the cold before…but I think now that I’ve had a taste of warm weather, my blood thinned right out.  So here I am.

Stupid weather.

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