Monday, May 23, 2011

2nd largest city in appalachia


So I was in Knoxville a few weekends ago for a failed triathlon attempt, but sometimes things just aren't meant to be. I needed a weekend out of town, the sun actually came out while I was there, I got my bike tuned up and enjoyed the city. Wasn't able to make it to veg-O-rama, but now think that sushi (veggie) and miso soup are a great night-before-race meal.

I'm still debating whether my camera is better with new internals, but I pulled the lensbaby out for this trip and think I got a few decent shots, especially in the Worlds Fair Park (to come).

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

50th TOSRV, day 2

It had stormed all night Saturday, and the fear of lightening striking the goal posts in the camping area and tent leaking all over me kept me up much of the night. Luckily though, the tent didn't leak all over my bike shorts, and I probably would have called for a ride home...
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When we got to the 'hilly' section, I feel like I found my legs again. I've been in physical therapy for bursitis, unequal hamstrings pulling my patella, and injured IT band on my knee that has had the ACL replaced 10, 11 & 13yrs ago. At this point, somehow it totally stopped feeling like knives were stabbling it everytime it hit 9o'clock. We were going pretty slow, so I haven't been able to totally tax it, but it was still pretty great. (especially since I really hate shelling out $15 each time for PTs/pseudo doctors to watch me stretch a green band)
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We took our good ol' time at the lunch station and caught up with friends, and waited for other folks who were riding down from Cbus.
Then hungout in Circleville until they basically pushed us out. It was just so rare that we see the sun here and couldn't help basking in it!


After few flats and some slow-going, we made it back to Cbus. Picked up our packets and bags, helped Charlie Pace move luggage, then headed to Tip Top. Pretty much a perfect way to spend a weekend.

Also of note: The Pearl Izumi Superstar Skirt is one of the most disapoitning pieces of cycling gear ever purchased. I get a prodeal on PI gear and am repeatly baffled on why anyone would pay full price for their goods, but this one takes the cake. I'm pretty sure no woman who rides a bicycle product-tested this. I had to stop & buy safety pins to it didn't look like I was riding in a loincloth with crappy mesh shorts underneath.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

50th TOSRV

So it was the 50th anniversary of the TOSRV bikeride. "The two-day bicycle Tour of the Scioto River Valley is better known by its acronym, TOSRV. It began as a father-and-son outing in 1962 before quickly growing into (at one time) the nation’s largest bicycle touring weekend. It is non-competitive and is held annually on Mother's Day weekend."
We logged 234 miles over the 2 days and had a blast. Slow and steady, started with good friends, ran into old friends and laughed alot along the way.

Day 1 Pics:

Downtown, ready to head out

Spring flux

Seems that this spring is the time for many birthdays, births, deaths, weddings and preggo eggos. Life is in flux all around. Onto the party pics though...

Cathy a the brilliant idea and came equipped with sign & Polaroid camera for great Bday photo-fun.
The comment "Your giant hand makes the 40 look like a 12oz bottle" was made on the last pic and it's totally true. And creepy, esp. in the large version. Anyways...P1070055P1070087
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Thanks Pancake for helping me out with party stuff! It was great to see you!