Yesterday started out terribly…a true Manic Monday. Since I start work at 10 on Mondays, I thought I’d go to the Cup (our local coffee shop) to do some of my class readings and have a relaxing morning. But since it was raining, everyone was inside, which meant we were listening to Hip Hop Monday. Meaning the Cup was playing a hip hop Pandora station at 8:00 am. Let me tell you, it’s damn hard having a relaxing morning when Hot in Herre or Usher is playing. I tried so hard to block it out, but those songs are serious earworms and nearly impossible to ignore (and resist dancing to). I’ll just have to try again another day.

Manic Monday continued, but at the end of the day, I put on my favorite dress and went to Savage’s to enjoy good beers with good friends and good people.

After I got home, my mind was too busy to sleep. It was one of those (toss and turning, looking at the clock, getting nervous about how I’m not falling asleep, which in turn makes it even harder to sleep) kind of nights. So again, I gave up, threw my bike shorts on and went out to the golf cart paths. Have you ever ridden on them at night? When you’re the only (hopefully) person out on a pitch black course, it’s completely silent, and the air is beginning to cool off from the summer evening? I highly, highly recommend it. I can’t say I slept like a baby after that, because my mind just still wouldn’t shut off. But it was a good night. A very good Monday night.

When you’re having a bad day, what do you do? Do you treat yourself to something? Keep pushing through? Go on a ride?

Day 28/100

Bike: Kona Jake the Snake
Route: golf course cart paths
Total time: 25:32
Distance: 2.9 miles (you try going really quickly along cart paths at night)
Mileage to date: 134 miles
Total time on the bike: 10:14

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Love these skin illustrations

I’m a firm believer in weekends. In working yourself silly during the week so you have no worries on Saturday or Sunday. This is more easily said than done, especially in school, but try you must.

Ten Reasons to Embrace the Weekend (and go ahead with that gin & tonic)

1. Because Friday evening is for a cookout and bike polo with friends

2. Because Friday night is for large gin & tonics, dancing, and birthday parties, and coming home way too late

3. Because Saturday morning is for bagels and watching America’s Next Top Model in your PJs

4. Because Saturday afternoon is for a bike ride to the store to buy lemons and fresh bread

5. Because you have a pretty yellow dress and feel like wasting time twirling around in it

6. Because someone brought another pitcher of Alpha King to the table

7. Because there’s a poster of Snoop Dogg staring at you as you use the bar bathroom, and you just don’t have time to deal with that

8. Because Sunday you need to make time for your best friend, laying out in your swimsuit, and grown-up punch

9. Because you need to cure the Sunday panics by making lemon squares & playing Amibitions on repeat.

10. Because Monday is coming too quickly and you really need to go sit outside on the back porch at twilight.

Day 25/100

Bike: Indiana polo bike
Route: Savage’s Ale House
Total time: until we couldn’t see the ball anymore
Distance: as far as we can go
Mileage to date: 119 miles
Total time on the bike: 8:39

Day 26/100

Bike: Kona Jake the Snake
Route: neighborhood loop + to/from Marsh supermarket
Total time: 38:03 minutes
Distance: 7.4 miles
Mileage to date: 126 miles
Total time on the bike: 9:17

Day 27/100

Bike: Kona Jake the Snake
Route: White River Greenway
Total time: 33:45
Distance: 5.5 miles
Mileage to date: 131 miles
Total time on the bike: 9:51

I adore all of my bikes, plain and simple. I love each one of them dearly, and I never thought I’d like a mountain bike the same way, but I must say, I think this polo bike turned out to be pretty kick ass. See last Wednesday even more people showed up for polo, which was awesome, but I wanted to play a little bit more, and that requires not being dependent on the Muncie Rental. So last Sunday I drove by Dean’s New & Used in Yorktown, and found this great Trek Singletrack 930. Let the transformation begin!

Before

Get your beer ready

Admire KP’s custom dropouts

Strip unnecessary things from the bike and grind down some teeth

Cut out some stencils

Spray paint! Accidentally paint all your fingers blue!

MUNCIE (KP’s design)

INDIANA

Fin!

Day 23/100
REST DAY.
Ice ice ice. 

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Alison Brie is adorable

 

Hey you.

So. Uh…yesterday. Totally and completely wiped out on my polo bike. It was unsettling, and a little embarrassing, but I got back on a few games later and took it a little slow that time. The longer you wait the harder it’ll be to get back out there, yeah?

My leg is screaming at me right now, so I’m going to get back to this ice pack, but tomorrow I’ll be telling you all about my new polo bike! Yeyeah!

Day 22/100
Bike: the new bike (post tomorrow!)
Route: see parking lot above
Total time: ??
Distance: ??

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Speaking of crashing…I’m thinking about a helmet for polo. Thoughts?

Yesterday I got spoiled on my first day of a new schedule – rode into work at 9:30 am, got back home and went to the driving range for a little bit, then worked (er…sort of assisted Adam & Kyle) on my polo bike for the rest of the afternoon. And we got thunderstorms last night! Ahh it was a perfect way to start a week. My colloquium starts next Monday, and during the rest of the week I know I’m not going to love the schedule where I have to ride in at 8 a.m. as much…that’s going to be tough…

I’d love to say that the ride to and from work was great, but to be honest, I was pretty much cursing in my head the entire time. I’m not sure if I’m just still needing to make small adjustments to my Chrome bag, or if it’s plain awkward, but it was frankly a pain to use. The bag itself has some weight to it due to the buckle, and it just felt like I was pulling about fifteen pounds behind me instead of fitting snugly on my back. Maybe I’m also just not used to carrying anything around on my rides, either? Anyways, want a little sneak preview of my polo bike? I found a Trek Singletrack at Dean’s New & Used Bikes in Yorktown Sunday, and it’s almost done. I’ll post about the whole thing when it’s said and done. Hooray!

Day 21/100
Bike: Kona Jake the Snake
Route: White River Greenway
Total time: 28:48
Distance: 6.4 miles
Mileage to date: 119 miles
Total time on the bike: 8:39 minutes

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Stanford’s autonomous Audi TTS

Indiana can get a lot of heat and criticism…especially Muncie. When I was at City Market, I told the bartender I lived in Muncie, who without missing a beat immediately said in all seriousness “I’m sorry.” Talking to people outside of the town, or outside of Indiana, we hear a lot of apologies that we live in Indiana and way too many jokes about corn. (Come on. There has to be a better joke the rest of the country can think of.) But to those who wouldn’t wish Indiana (or Muncie) on anyone – I say, give it a chance, open your eyes to a little more, and give it another try.

I realized Indiana was beautiful all in its own right on one of my very first rides. My friend Christopher had come back to visit Muncie and go on a ride with me as I had recently acquired my first road bike (a KHS). We met up with the Delaware County group ride this time of year, and very early in the morning. When the air was cool, and the sky was clear, we rode past cornfields on the greenway, and I thought to myself “Now this. This is beautiful.” We may not have mountains that take your breath away, or rivers that make your heart beat a little faster, but we do have moments like this. We have families that sell vegetables in front yards, farmland that stretches on and on across very low hills, Amish children playing in their yards who wave as you ride by, and if you’ve been anywhere in Southern Indiana in autumn then, well, yeah.

Most of my time in college was spent missing France, and I understand why I had to spend so much time getting over not being there. It’s still hard sometimes. It’s hard being away from naturally beautiful  and magical places. I’d be overjoyed to be back there, or in Georgia, or North Carolina, but I’m glad that I also have room to love Indiana. I think it’s a pretty great thing, to love where you live. So find a bike, head out into the country and enjoy the ride.

Day 20/100
Bike: Lapierre
Route: Prairie Creek Reservoir roads & Greenway
Total time: 1:26
Distance: 22.3 miles
Mileage to date: 112 miles
Total time on the bike: 8:10 minutes

Love,

Rebs

P.S. It’s a manic Monday, but this may make you smile.

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