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.

I planned poorly yesterday (meaning I didn’t plan at all), and ended up missing my ride. My first failed day…boo. Instead of checking the weather to make sure this would work, I just assumed the weather was going to be nice and that I would be able to go on a ride in the evening. So I drove my car to work, then got stuck inside as Muncie received a steady stream of cold rain in the afternoon and evening. I thought that if I ever missed one of my days, it would be because of total lack of motivation – just being tired and lazy. Well with this rainy day, I certainly still just wanted to be in PJs and watch a movie, but I still wanted to ride. It didn’t look ahead, wasn’t prepared, and realized riding is still not incorporated in my daily routine in the way I want it to be.  But I guess that takes more than half a month to do accomplish, eh?

Next week planning is going to be really important, because I’m banking on riding to class and work as much as I can. Since my legs still aren’t in tip-top shape then I’ll have to skip riding to work on days that I want to go out on a road ride, but for the most part I do want that to be my mode of transportation. Not only will I need to lay out my time well in getting to/from town on my bike (it usually takes about twenty minutes), but I’ll need to plan out my meals. I won’t be able to go to the Cup every morning for a bagel, and I won’t be able to drive home to make lunch during my breaks any more. Three cheers for trying to fit everything I need for a day into my Chrome bag!

Day 17/100
Rained out

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Have you seen these sexy beasts from Independent Fabrication?

Today I went to the campus bookstore and bought books for classes for returning to school this fall while I apply to graduate programs.

It was chillingly weird, to say the very least.

It’s strange mainly because my life looks incredibly different than it did when I graduated two years ago. This 70 degree, hint of fall weather, is also throwing me way off. So I just rode the heebeejeebees out. At least for that afternoon.

In great news, I finally hit an average of 15 mph on my ride today. You can go ahead and chuckle, but this is a big accomplishment for me. Every ride since Day 1 has fallen under the 15 mph mark, and I think that I did actually benefit from resting yesterday. Would’ya look at that?!

Day 15/100
Bike: Lapierre
Route: White River Greenway + a small neighborhood loop
Total time: 42:50
Distance: 10.7 miles
Mileage to date: 87 miles
Total time on the bike: 6:25 minutes

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Find a bike to rent from awesome people!

For the first thirteen days of this, at least one set of muscles have ached or creaked each morning after rides. After I rode my cruiser, it was usually my quads. After riding the Kona, it was usually my calves (as I have cages instead of clips). After riding my road bike, well, I was just spent. Yesterday, everything came together to just plain hurt any time I moved: calves, quads, shins (from a run Sunday), and my back. So it was finally time for me to break the streak and take a rest day.

Enter yoga, a foam roller, PJs, asparagus, and pancakes. And How to Train Your Dragon. My body wasn’t letting me do anything else except stretch and lay on the couch.

I was really nervous about taking a rest day. I know how beneficial it is for your body, and how resting really does make your body stronger. However, I know that if I take a break from something it’s really hard for me to get started again. So I have to do everything possible to get back out on a ride today to pick this back up, because I’m going to need to embrace rest to get the most out of riding. And survive until day 100.

Day 14/100
REST DAY

Love,

Rebs

P.S. Oh god.