The Ins and Outs of an Ordinary Life

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Riding with the B Boys

Today was the Bloomin' Metric, a ride sponsored by the Sound Cyclists (a neighboring bike club), that starts on the beach in Norwalk and travels beautiful roads ion Fairfield CT. They offer several mileage options including a metric century. I'm not sure why I've never done the Bloomin' Metric, especially since it's a favorite of so many members of my club. But this year there was no "day of" registration, and by the time I thought about it, it was sold out.

I decided to have breakfast with some of my girlfriends and ride in the afternoon, for a change. So I posted a C ride, knowing that I would probably only get a handful of folks to join me, since most of my peeps would be doing the Bloomin' Metric. To make my ride even less attractive, today was not a nice day. It was drizzly in the mroning, and the sun never came out. I had to put on an extra layer, since the temperature barely made it to 60 degrees, even during the warmest part of the day.

The Rider Formerly Known as Slow Rider Bob showed up. He had already taken a spin class, so he didn't mind going slow. Then Nick showed up. He had to work in the morning, and he decided he didn't want to ride alone. Then Peter rolled into the parking lot quite by accident. He didn't even know my ride was on the schedule, but why ride fast but solo when you can ride slow with some of your buddies. It was me and the fast boys. Uh oh. I was feeling a little intimidated because they are all way faster than me. Well, it turned out to be a great ride. Having them with me certainly pushed me to push to ride a little faster, but they always stayed with me. Bob made sure to stay behind me, letting me set the pace, for the entire 32 miles. Nick pulled me up some of the hills, and when we stopped at our favorite cafe, he bought me an iced coffee. When we finished, my final speed was definitely higher than my usual. It was also a chance to get to know these people a little better and they are all good people. It was a great ride, a great opportunity to challenge myself, and fun to connect with the B boys.

16 on Friday, 20 on Saturday and 32 on Sunday. Not too bad for a weekend when it was either raining or always looking like it was going to rain.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pay it Forward

I have a few friends in the bike club that are doing their first triathlon in 2 weeks. When they asked for some advice, I told them they have to do an open water swim before the race. And I promised them I would take them to a nearby pond with my little inflatable boat to get this done.

Three years ago, a few friends from the bike club who are also triathletes took me on my first open water swim before my return to triathlon after about 20 years. I had never worn a wet suit before and when I hit the cold water, I could feel my heart pounding in my chest. I freaked out. I was able to slay my open water demons the next week, but if my friends hadn't taken me for that swim, I never would have made it through the swim during the race. So today was my chance to pay it forward.

The Weather Gods, who have been very grumpy this past week, smiled upon us today. It was actually a lovely day, and the water was a little cold, but not as shockingly cold as I expected it to be. Three out of four of them had no problem. Rachelle quite enjoyed it-- she would have stayed in the water for a nice long swim if we could have worked it out. One of them struggled, just as I did 3 years ago. But she did get through it. Hope she will be okay at her race, because getting through the swim is all mental.

Speaking of mental, this past week in the NY metro area has been tough on the psyche. We had over 5 inches of rain. Between the downpours, we had never ending drizzle, fog, impending storms and consistent gloom. Wednesday ride canceled, Thursday ride canceled. I finally got out for a short ride yesterday evening. That was nice. And the world did not end so tomorrow I will ride again!

p.s. My husband went to his college reunion. I did not go with him because I promised to do this OWS today. But I did give him my little camera for the occasion. I miss my little Canon! I would have liked to take a picture of my friends today in their wetsuits.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Rainy Days and Mondays

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.......and today was both, a double downer.
Monday is my "long day." I work morning, afternoon, and evening, which is considered 1.5 days. It can be a tough day, especially since Mondays tend to be very busy. But the time does go very quickly and before you have time to really think about it, the day is over and you're really hungry and on your way home.

Today was tougher than usual. We were short staffed, and overbooked, a bad combination. When I finally had a few minutes to step out to get something to eat, it was drizzly cloudy ugly. And the forecast is for rainy cloudy ugly for the next 4 or 5 days! Rainy days on Monday through Friday-- that can really get you down.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

On My Mind...Quail Eggs

I'm lucky enough to live just a few miles from a real working farm. Now, some of you might not think that is a really big deal, but I live in Westchester County, which is a fairly wealthy suburb of NYC. Just about every farm in Westchester has been sold to developers to build McMansions. But the family that has owned the farm since 1939 has fought mightily to keep the farm and sell their products directly to the community. Their organic meat is fabulous. Today I stopped in and I bought these quail eggs. I placed a "regular" chicken egg in the photo so you can appreciate how tiny the quail eggs are. I've never eaten quail eggs, but they are so beautiful that I can only imagine how beautiful they must taste. I'm thinking of just boiling them and then putting them in a salad. Anybody have any other ideas on other ways to prepare quail eggs?

This blogpost is inspired by Rhonda's Friday Photo Feature on her Down-to-Earth blog.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Most Things Good

Busy busy busy. But most things good.
Work, ride, party, repeat.
Finding the time in between to make 2 trips to Florida, ponder the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, test drive some cars, contemplate Derek Jeter's decline, help son #2 decide that he needs to go to the University of North Dakota to become a pilot, and accept an offer from my employer to cut down from 4 to 3 days a week for the summer!

Oh, I was so excited when I was asked if I would like to reduce my time commitment during the summer. Someone asked me, what will you do with the extra day off? The answer is I will ride my bike! It's amazing how many folks are around during the week and ready to ride. Some are retired, some are unemployed, and some work part-time (Some are even lucky enough not to have to work). So the summer of cycling has started.