As mentioned in the previous entry on the 2011 PEACHES planning event, after dealing with snow and ice storms in December and January as well as unseasonably cold temperatures throughout the first 6-weeks of winter, we somehow were blessed with a lovely weekend on January 29 and 30. Temperatures shot up into the mid- to upper 60’s on both days and may have even tickled 70 degrees on the old thermometer!!
Having been either relegated to stationary cycling or flat on my back fighting bronchitis and a sinus infection during that same first 6-weeks of winter, I threw caution to the wind with my still congested head and chest and jumped on the tandem with Debbie for a short 20 mile ride this past Saturday. What a delightful day… Yeah, our form was pretty mediocre but who really cares when the sun is warming your face as share a tandem bicycle ride with your best friend!
I don’t think our Calfee tandem had been on the road in quite some time, noting it had been long enough that I couldn’t even recall when it would have been. While the indoor riding had helped to bridge our form and a little bit of fitness since the last outdoor ride, I was reminded of why we are usually willing to do a little indoor suffering in the winter months: doing otherwise makes for a long spring! And, it was clear that I need to do a lot more indoor suffering between now and the start of spring if we have any hope of keeping up with our friends.
Sunday was yet another beautiful day and we’d thrown out a short-notice ride invitation to the PEACHES mail list on Saturday night for an in-town ride on the North side of Atlanta that would begin around 11am. A total of four tandems — ours included — met at the Vinings Library for the ride and it was another lovely day. The Vinings loop of some 34 miles was a delight: light to moderate traffic except at a few choke points and we split the ride in half with a lunch stop at the Mellow Mushroom in Brookhaven, Georgia. What a grand day it was… Our entourage included yours truly (Team LGood), Team WoodGood, Team Strausky, and one of our newest members — Vernon — who had our long-time friend Wendy as a guest stoker (aka, stoker tramp) as Vernon’s wife was unable to ride.
Alas, the weather soured later Sunday evening and it’s been raining ever since, with falling temperatures and even a little bit of sleet and freezing rain. The prognosis for the weekend isn’t much better so good thing that we took advantage of last weekend’s lovely weather.