Happy Friday everyone! It’s a beautiful day – 85 degrees and sunny – so go get out there!

Day 24/100
Bike: Kona Jake the Snake
Route: to the end of the block 😦
Total time: negligible
Distance: barely anything
Mileage to date: 119 miles
Total time on the bike: 8:39 minutes

P.S. Embarassing dad has some moves


Isn’t it incredible how many different types of riding there are? Or, how there truly is something for everyone? There are cruisers for relaxing neighborhood rides, touring for slow and steady adventures, road for getting somewhere faster, mountain for serious adventuring, velodrome for going fast in many many circles, polo for a totally different kind of riding, and cross for fun/hell on wheels.  And even if you don’t want to do all of those, you can still have a great time spectating. The atmosphere and environment of races is so much fun to be a part of, especially…especially cross races. The course, and therefore everyone watching, is closer together, it’s noisy, bells, beer, usually mud. Yeah I can’t wait until that season starts again.

Anywho, my friend and I headed to the Major Taylor velodrome last night for a change of pace and obviously to watch the races. It was my first time there in about three years and Marie’s first time ever. Sun King Brewing brought beer, families brought their children, and spectators brought their dogs, all to make another great viewing atmosphere. No wonder my weekends this summer have been so much fun. Every weekend that I’ve gone to a race with friends has turned out spectacularly – good people, good food, good dogs, good weather. Good summer.

I’m off right now to get a warm up ride and run in before I take off again for Indianapolis for the Fountain Square Criterium. Report tomorrow!

Day 18/100
Bike: Batavus
Route: halfway around the neighborhood, squeezed in at lunchtime
Total time: 8:21
Distance: 1.5 miles
Mileage to date: 88 miles
Total time on the bike: 6:33 minutes



P.S. I can’t stop looking through these photos of abandoned Olympic facilities.

For some reason I have no words this morning. So all I can tell you is that yesterday I tried to ride my father’s funky Dutch bicycle and I went to Mass Ave. Woo!

Oh! And Old Point Tavern has an incredible BBQ pork sandwich. Woahmygod.

Day 12/100
Bike: Batavus Traversa
Route: Neighborhood
Total time: 15:15
Distance: 2.5 miles
Mileage to date: 72 miles
Total time on the bike: 5:25 minutes



P.S. I went to the Rathskeller last night, and as I was passing a group of people a lady crinkled her nose and said “eww this place smells so old.” Well duh

As I had to actually give running a try last night, my ride was just around a neighborhood loop on a supposedly cushy cruiser seat.

I still prefer these.

On September 8 I’m running my first 5K since middle school cross country days, and I’m hell-bent on making it happen. Last year I had to back out of a 10K with my friend Marie as I hurt my ankle from trying to put in too many miles too quickly, so this year’s goal is both realistic and fun (this run looks like such. a. blast). Plus, a few of my girlfriends are going to join in as well!

I know I’ll be able to run the 5K, but the question remains of how much it’s going to hurt. Currently I can run barely more than a mile without needing to take a walk break, and I’d love to run this one straight through. My first love was running, but there’s no way I’d go out of a run now if I didn’t have to prep for this. Whether it’s for a sport or passion – do you like to sign up for an event or have a deadline to keep you accountable?


Day 3/100
Bike: La Bicyclette Noire (Huffy black cruiser)
Route: neighborhood loop
Total time: 7:33
Distance: 1.2 miles. WOOAHHHH easy now…
Mileage to date: 21.4 miles



P.S. Have you seen these London 2012 Underground Supporter posters?