We’re In Trouble….

Ok, if you’re good at math you can probably put 2+2 together from the other blog entries in this week’s updates, plus the general subject matter of posts over the summer to surmise that there’s one thing I haven’t been doing all that much: riding a bicycle.

In fact, up and until this weekend the only two times that I’ve been on a bike at all were the September and August PEACHES rides, with perhaps one other single bike ride and a tandem ride in July.  Instead, all of my spare time has been devoted to various home improvement projects.

While these projects were important, in retrospect I should have done a better job of carving out some time for cycling, as it was clearly evident from our last two PEACHES ride that my riding form, performance and endurance were all suffering… getting progressively worse from ride to ride as noted in those respective blog entries.

This weekend confirmed that downward trend has not been abated by some type of miracle, as Saturday’s ride was painful in so many ways.

  1. My sit bones were not happy, as they’d not spent much time on a saddle of late.
  2. I’d also lost my resistance to saddle rash in the nether regions, where even a liberal application of Butt Butter didn’t do me much good.
  3. An on-going issue with hand numbness that afflicts me on the motorcycle, computer, while painting and working with other small hand tools manifested itself ‘big time’ on the bike, exacerbated by the elastic on my arm warmers.. noting that it appears to be pinched nerves / restricted circulation in my upper arms that is the root cause of the problem… possibly self-induced and slowly being remedied.
  4. Absolutely no power or endurance…. a complete loss of form and conditioning.

So, we will definitely be looking to ‘smell the roses’ at next weekend’s Southern Tandem Rally and will not even attempt to hang on to the rear wheel of the usual suspects on any of the rides.  No sense in holding them back while torturing ourselves: we know we suck and we know why.  So, with a look towards next season, we’ll use this weekend to focus on spending time riding with friends whom we don’t often ride with and commit ourselves to getting our form back over the winter.


About TG

I've been around a bit and done a few things, have a couple kids and a few grandkids. I tend to be curmudgeonly, matter-of-fact and not predisposed to self-serving chit-chat. Thankfully, my wife's as nice as can be otherwise we'd have no friends. My interests are somewhat eclectic, but whose aren't?
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7 Responses to We’re In Trouble….

  1. Kelly Milligan says:

    $13,000.00 on a tandem, and you’ve only ridden it couple of times in two months??? Wow!

  2. David Hunter says:

    You better start riding so you can hit the trails with us when we visit in December.

  3. Mark Bauman says:

    We rode upright tandems for 25 years, but after switching to a recumbent 10 years ago we have completely eliminated seat pain, hand pain, shoulder pain and any other “normal” bicycle afflictions. The recumbent also provides a wide open view for both the stoker and captain and always leads to… more riding! Isn’t that the key? A bicycle that you always want to ride because it’s comfortable. Must be catching on, because I counted more than 10% recumbents at this year’s mid-west tandem rally.

    • TG says:

      I hear you… but I don’t think we’re ready to make that big of a change just yet. The soreness is simpy a reminder that we haven’t been riding enough, not a chronic issue. Moreover, a ‘bent just isn’t conducive to our riding habits, which include lots of hills and the occasional mountain, never mind off-road technical single track during the winter. But, I’ve learned to “never say never” so I remain open-minded to what the future may dictate.

      • Mark Bauman says:

        Well, we love hills, and living in San Diego means you’re going to pedal up a lot of them whether you like them or not 🙂 Since a recumbent precludes any sort of standing, you just have to sit back and spin – we have tackled grades > 20% this way. Check out Mt. Palomar (you know, the one with the observatory on top) No problem on the Screamer. Of course, being able to ride year round does help get you into shape. Now single tracking, that’s another story – not gonna try that on the Screamer LOL.

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