Thankfully, last weekend’s rides did not have a lasting impact on my recovery from bronchitis beyond a slight increase in light coughing on Monday, but that could have just as likely been from the return of damp and cold weather during the week. On the bright side, at least the damp and cold weather confined itself to our work week, to include yet ANOTHER day when we awoke to a snowy white covering on everything BUT the roads. Yup, sometime between midnight and 6am on Thursday we received a lovely 1/2″ dusting of wet snow, but thankfully the roads and sidewalks had not been cold-soaked with below freezing temps for the past week so no impact to travel.
Yesterday saw sunny skies with steadily riding temperatures that finally tickled the low 50F mark around early afternoon. The forecast for the coming week even looked good enough that I rolled-the-dice and washed both cars, one before and one after our short ride on the tandem around 1pm.
Of course, that big bright object in the sky made the 48F starting temperature feel warmer than it really was and being mindful that much of our ride included 25-35 mph descents on tree-shaded roads I recommended a dress code of tights, long-sleeve base layer with our winter weight Double Forte jerseys and that was about just right. We never got too cold or too hot and felt comfortable throughout the ride, so it was a really nice day in the saddle. Yeah, our performance was well-off our pace from last year and abysmal compared to 10-years ago when I was able to ride 25 miles a lunch every day during the week with another 25-35 mile ride in the evenings… oh, those were the days, eh?
Last evening had us visiting with a gathering of our tandem and cycling friends for their annual Valentines dinner celebration. I think this was perhaps the 10th or 11th edition and it was a very nice affair, as always. Lots of libations, too much food, and a great time catching up with friends who we don’t get to see all that often. We broke new ground in the area of BYOB by spinning up several batches of Margaritas at home with the Bassmaster 5000 and carrying them over in an insulated 1 gallon beverage jug along with a ladle, some Pappasitos maggie glasses, straws and a towel so we were able to enjoy our preferred adult beverage vs. settling for Corona and wine. It’s life’s little pleasures that excite me….
Anyway, today looks to be shaping up nicely so we’ll be headed out for a somewhat longer, 35-mile ride today. Still a few too many honey-do’s to do around the house and I still need some more decompression time before girding-up for the work week that lies ahead. On the bright side, Debbie’s Vday roses are already taken care of and should arrive at her desk before noon tomorrow, but I still need to get her a card: she loves her greeting cards.