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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Riding away

Woke up at 4:00 a.m. from the bed room door rattling. Thought someone banging on the door. Was from extreme winds blowing through what used to be son Joshua's bed room. Rain water everywhere, entire kitchen floor was covered, spent some time mopping up the hard wood floors, water was dripping in the basement through the floors.

Back to sleep for a bit, woke up tired, short sleep, checked the weather radar, to see should I take the day off from work, would the storms give me a break and let me ride?

Decided the want to ride was worth taking a risk.

Sometimes you gotta ride tired. I've known riders to set their alarms clocks 4 hours early to wake up and ride 'tired' for training discipline, or start the ride after sunset, and ride to sunrise. So just feeling tired, is not a good reason to drop a ride. If you get into the ride, and exhaustion comes, time to stop, or you'll end up in a fatigue hole that is hard to climb out of sometimes.


So it is 10:00 a.m now, and headed out, and mix with the rain.


Hours later:

Back home, good ride, 62 miles of dirt and gravel. Missed all the storms. Was warm and humid, and tired. Makes good training. Training for what? I'm not sure. I need to target something, maybe a over-nighter, transwisconsin looks considerable, but I need some camping overnight training from the bike, and night riding.
Wasn't paying attention and my front wheel dropped into a rut caused by all the rain, when I was accelerating about 10 inches deep and 10 inches wide. It was a nip and tuck for bit, fortunately I avoided sliding face down on the gravel. Saw a couple of big deer on the trail, they were close, tried to get my camera out, but as usual, I spooked them, and they vanished.

Drank a gallon of fluids, would have drank more, but ran out.

Hey middleless person, give me my helmet back.



Old, old church in the background.



The creeks were high, and the water muddy with all the rain lately.




















This is Iowa country, thousands of miles of these country gravel roads.












Time to chill and watch some of my "Ride the Divide" dvd (again).













Thanks for stopping by.
Dave

6 comments:

Melissa said...

So you never said - was the window open in Josh's room, and if so, how did it get left that way?

MrDaveyGie said...

Yeap, I left the window open in your brother's room for breeze.

Harry Legge's Cycling Blog said...

Those cows know how to stay cool.

tainterturtles said...

Wow, what a long day. Waking up at 4 am and then riding 62 miles....good for you.

The pics are great.

Clive Chapman said...

Just keep on keeping on mate.

Great pedal! :-)

Bill G said...

Did you yell at yourself about the window? That weather is crazy this month - stay dry and it will be nice to see your posts more regularly next month!