I’m eating too much and not riding; Kevin’s getting PRs. This ends badly.

View from the plane flying into Denver, on the way home.
View from the plane flying into Denver, on the way home.

Being in the bike biz isn’t always best for actually riding a bike. The past few days Becky (my daughter, also sales manager in our Redwood City store) and I, along with my brother Steve, are in Madison Wisconsin for Trek’s annual dealer show. Sure, we got to test ride mountain bikes, for not very long, yesterday morning. Meantime I missed out on Sunday’s regular ride (Kevin got out and did a ride with 38 accomplishments, according to Strava) and this morning. This morning while I was eating too much bad food, Kevin was climbing Kings in about 25 minutes. My excellent shape returning from France is quickly going away, while Kevin is enhancing his.

Thursday morning is not going to be fun, when I’m back and riding with Kevin on the regular Tuesday/Thursday morning ride.

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Still catching up

Right now in Wisconsin, at the annual Trek dog & pony show for dealers. I get off one plane (from France) and get onto another (to Wisconsin). Normally, flying to Wisconsin shouldn’t be that big a deal, but this was a bit on the tough side since it involved a short (3.5 hour) red-eye flight, arriving in Chicago at about 4am, then flying at 8am to Milwaukee, then a two hour wait for a two hour bus trip to Madison. When will we have transporters?

Sadly, I won’t get to do much riding here, effectively undoing the excellent shape I came back from France with. And yes, I did ride Tuesday morning, despite arriving home from France late the night before. Kevin? No. But I was out there. Tuesday & Thursday mornings, unless I’m shackled and don’t have a way to pick the locks, I’m out there. Tuesday’s ride was a bit rough, just kinda hanging in there, but Thursday, when Kevin did ride, I got a new PR up through Huddart Park and felt pretty darned good.

I’ve still got literally hundreds of photos of France to go through and post. It was such a great trip it really does deserve a fair amount of effort to documenting things… of the past 12 or 13 trips I’ve taken to the ‘Tour, this was easily in the top-3.

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