My post holiday week was a busy one filled with travel, dad duties with the off from school B-Man and of course Jake The Dog. Three days this week I found time for an hour on the trainer which felt real good. Saturday (New Year's Eve) I was given a blessed snow free winter day in Michigan so I too full advantage of it with a ride.
We had some rain, sleet and light wet snow through the week so I knew the gravel roads would be in horrific condition. The plan was to avoid all but the couple that would get me to some of the pavement I wanted to ride. I should have taken the time to install the fenders on the Cx bike, but instead I just looked them on the floor of the sun porch as I exited the house. IDIOT!
On my short cut through the park I found the walking path a solid hunk of snow and ice. I'm not real sure how I kept the bike upright. Luckily the actual roads were pretty good. Wet, and fender worthy, but better than the dirt and gravel roads. They were indeed horrific. The ride was basically a big square with short section of bombed out gravel road in one or two parts.
When I was 1/3 finished I still felt good and wanted to keep riding, so I did an out and back on one nice rolling section of pavement. Glad I did, 'cause that got me to just under 40 miles on the day and put a grin on my face to end 2011.
We had plans to go to The Bird (a local college bar) for some beers and pizza to celebrate the New Year, BUT we found out that they were closed for the night and most of the other places in town were booked or only open till 10. Hmmm.....
Time for Plan B. We decided on walking to the brewery (how awesome is having a brewery just a 10 minute walk from the house??) for food and beers, then meeting back at our crib for some ball dropping and hanging out. Plan B. turned out great. In fact I was sort of happy to NOT be out on New Year's Eve. Even though we wouldn't have had to worry about driving (everything would have been in walking distance), I still hate being out, seeing a bunch of morons, when I could be in my own home with friends being a moron. I could have gone for some Bird pizza though, it's pretty dee-lish.
Day One of 2012 has greeted me with cold drizzling rain and snow on the way, so it looks like it will be more time on the trainer. I am anxious to get this year started, I want to make some changes (mentally, physically and work wise) and I am stoked to get them all started. NOT resolutions, just some life changes for the better. Some things will not be easy but I need to test myself and see.