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Take the Hard Way Home
I had to take the car in to the shop today. Rather than forcing my daughter to leave the house -- she was intent on spending the whole day at home -- I decided to bring my bike and ride back. I know that some of you are the sort of riders who are used to pedaling long distances over hill and dale. For me, though, the fact that I was able to make it all the way from First and River to my house without once having to put my foot down -- I made all the lights and fudged the two stop signs -- feels like a major accomplishment. What I'm proudest of, interestingly, is not that I had the strength and respiratory capacity to climb five hundred feet and do so quickly enough that I made the whole eight-mile trip in under forty minutes, but that I managed to shift the bike properly for once. When I ride in my neighborhood, I typically spend most of my time in the highest gear. It may constitute "weightlifting" instead of bicycling, as my velo-mad friend Eric once asserted, but it gets me the workout I want as fast as possible. Needless to say, though, the hills I climbed today are not the sort that can be taken in that gear. Plus, the portion above Ina -- I took Christie to Magee instead of turning left and heading down to Oracle -- consists of a couple short, steep ascents and descents in succession. I had to shift a lot, yet managed to do it without messing up. I hope you will pardon me, then, for patting myself on the back.

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quuf From: quuf Date: December 23rd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Best of all, you managed to avoid the "sorority girl from Pima Community College"!

I wonder if she's totaled that Miata yet . . .
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A slightly belated "Happy Holidays!" to you. I hope to see you in person at some point in the year ahead.

As for the wannabe sorority girl, I have been thinking evil thoughts about her and her Miata all week because my leg is acting up again. The cold -- for here -- and wet -- for here -- weather hasn't helped.
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