Morning Stats

Distance: 11.60 miles
Time: 01:00:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Fuji Sandblaster SX XC Mtn
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 8:30a – 65F, sunny, cool air, no humidity, great vibe! Chipmunk index of 6.

Morning Ride

I sure wanted to bike today, but my legs sure didn’t.  Even walking around the house, they were feeling stressed and tired.  So I just did the 11 miles ride (Canton commuter lot to Tunxis) at a nice easy pace and just enjoyed the scenery.  During this morning’s ride, I just barely snagged 8th position in my club, and if Yort doesn’t beat me while I’m at work today, I might just grab 7 during the ride to my car!  It will be a precarious 7, though.  Yort will probably get me this weekend, and chalisc is also gunning for my position.

The competition is great because it’s fueling us to push harder and farther, and in doing so, we’re doing better for the environment.  I feel like I’ve made new friends through this, as we chat in the club news area about our endeavors.

Evening Stats

Distance: 17.00 miles
Time: 01:30:00
Terrain: Road: Rolling
Bike: Fuji Sandblaster SX XC Mtn
Club: 2010 TerraTrike Car-Free Challenge
Weather Conditions: 3-6:30pm – 78F-73F; sunny. Chipmunk index of 1.

Evening Ride

This evening’s ride was supposed to be a quick ride to the bank, then to the car.  The trip to the bank was almost fine, but right toward the end, I came off a high curb and was maybe shifting gears or some thing and the force of coming down on the pedal broke the derailleur (it’s 18 years old, though, so it’s understandable).  This caused the chain to hang too slack to ride … almost.  I found that if I set it to the largest from cog and the largest rear cog, then it was still really slack, but ridable, if I put very little force on it.  This gave me the ability to gingerly ride back to work where my friend and competitor in the Terratrike challenge, Mike (morebented), would graciously help me cut the chain down so the thing could be ridden on a single gear the rest of the way.

We set it to a medium gear, so going fast was impossible the whole way home.  It was a long ride, but it gave me more time to take in the beauty.  I met a guy who I thought was having bike trouble, but actually he was trying to scare a hawk away from some robins during his ride.  Good man … looking out for the little ones.

Next move will be to find a new bike (or borrow one of Mike’s).  Thanks again, Mike!

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