Archive for June, 2008

June 30, 2008

Faster Than Last Year

It’s year three of the Mountains to Sound Relay race – and our team keeps getting faster! I’d like to think it’s because Frank and I are age-defying super athletes – but this year, the laurels rest squarely on the heads of our team mates!

In the past three years, we’ve had 3 road cyclists and two mountain bike riders. Phillip took over for Leen (impending baby) and came in 2nd the first year and 4th this year. (4th sounds like a downgrade, but it’s not – he was wheel to wheel with the leaders, and he actually shaved 5 minutes or so from his previous time.

Steven took over from Dave who took over from Whit (impending baby for the last two). Whit rode a fine race, Dave did, too, and Steven did as well – each faster than the last. This year, Phillip and Dave alone were responsible for about 35 of our speedier minutes!

Joe and Frank and I have been the trio that hasn’t changed. well – that’s not true. Joe is faster! He has always been fast – the first two years he polished off the 12 miles in his kayak in just about 2 hours ten minutes. This year, with a faster boat – he took another 4 minutes off of that time!

Frank and I were faster in year two. (Year one was just like this year – about 97 degrees when the running portion came along). But in year two, I covered that 13.5 distance and Frank the 6 mile distance faster than in year one. This year we switched, so it’s hard to say if we were faster or not – since neither had a benchmark.

All told though – we came in NINTH OVERALL (yes, I’m bragging) and FITH in our category (the hard category, the Open). Not bad for a bunch of guys with day jobs, as Steven pointed out!

 

Joe gets ready FRank hits his stride
   
Phillip on the go!  
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June 8, 2008

38 Pounds and a Bottle of Rum

Okay, it wasn’t a bottle of rum – it was wine, beer, broccoli, tilapia and other good things that came home from the store in my bike trailer!

Of late – I’ve been trying to do more errands on foot and on bike, rather then get in my car. I know – I have a lot of company. It’s funny, though – because it’s not so much the price of gas as the combination of fuel prices, food prices, more info about the environment – and it all adds up in a tipping point sort of way. I can afford the gas, and the food, and so on – but – it just all added up in a more compelling way than before.

So – Puja and I have been cycling to the store with Bobby, my bike trailer. Today, it was about 38 pounds of groceries (good for a week or more) that came back up the hill with us. It’s turned shopping (not a favorite to do item of mine) into something  lot more fun: Puja and I get to ride our bikes together, we get to consume a little less gas together, we bring home less paper together, we get in better shape together – and we still eat delicious food together – the end result.

It would help if the weather were chronically nicer – but for now – we can generally find at least one day a week to ride to work and another to go to the store. But I bet that fenders and a kickstand are in my future!