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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

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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?

The (very first?) Fountain Square Crit was yesterday afternoon, and while not all of my friends were racing, I still went down to cheer them on and hang out with other buddies in the area. Being my first time in the Fountain Square area, I have to say I was really impressed with how many business there were, the cultural trail, and how bustling the area still was after everything was cleaned and packed up from the race.

Compared to last weekend (Mass Ave) the race didn’t seem huge, but it was still a lot of fun to watch. The course was pretty interesting with a lot of different turns (anywhere from a 90 degree to a sloping right turn), and it was pleasant to walk. The only thing my buddy Christopher and I wished we had brought were chairs. (I wished for a brewery tent). I hadn’t seen Christopher since the beginning of the summer, and we went by City Market for crepes and a drink at Tomlinson Tap Room for my first beer from Fountain Square Brewery. I was really pleased with the Big Nugget IPA, and well, set me down with a crepe, a beer, and Shark Week, and I’m happy.

As a sidenote, the weather driving back and back home was absolutely perfect and was so reminiscent of North Carolina. Did you see that sunset and those clouds? Goodness gracious. When I got back home the ground was cool on my feet, and falling asleep the air smelled so sweet with the windows open – the only way it could have been more perfect would’ve been if I had been in my sleeping bag camping. All in all, it was an extremely charming and delightful day.

Looks like that’s the last race I’ll be seeing until cross season – September 9! Here in Yorktown! Lion of the Den!

Oh and my ride? I just had to fit in a warm up loop before I ran yesterday, but I’m off today for a real one out on the Greenway and to the Reservoir. Let’s finally get some miles in.

Day 19/100
Bike: Lapierre
Route: warm up ride around the neighborhood before a run
Total time: 7:59
Distance: 1.8 miles
Mileage to date: 90 miles
Total time on the bike: 6:41 minutes

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Have you heard We Barbarians’s cover of Strange Overtones?

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

Love,

Rebs

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