I've been working my guts out doing websites all week (day and night) and now I have to mark 50+ online student usability exercises. Ugh!
I got a glimpse of my girlfriend this week. She lives really far away and - as I ride a CRX 1 Flat bar road bike - it takes me a good 2 hours to get there. Especially after riding from Como to teaching Saturday acting classes in Hammersley.
I got to her place late and then had to leave at 5am to get to Freo on time - where my parents were celebrating their 4oth wedding anniversary.
Hi Ma & Da. Congratulations!
Now for the meat of this post. Read carefully:
It's a nice ride. For every difficult hill, there's a downward slope. I top around 50kmh (peak at 60kmh) but try to cruise along at around 30kmh to conserve energy. You never know when you might need to sprint. I'm mostly on bike tracks - I don't like to ride on sand.
My bike has no shocks, so my energy isn't wasted. I get to feel the ground. Whatever power I have goes straight to the road via my hard Shimano wheels. Just bought a couple of bullbars for handling. I was getting into a physical rut. Now I can fidget as I ride. Move my hands around the bullbars so I don't stress any body parts. Now I can really ride hard, but with a bit of contrast so I don't lose perspective. Don't seize up inside.
I don't ride fast - just cruise.
On a nice, solid foundation.
You never really know when you're going to run out of energy. It's hard to tell which direction the wind will come from. You have to be on guard. Look for the signs. Gauge your ride. Be clear about your goal - and why you are riding, not driving in the first place.