Monday, January 18, 2010

Day 5

Not much to write about today. It was gorgeous here in Baltimore and my energy is starting to finally return. Tomorrow, I get my scan, which will tell us where there are still cancer cells in my body. It had been hard not to think too much regarding the possibilities and not get to hung up on my wife and baby who got to go to Miami this weekend. So with that scenario in mind; having more energy and wanting to focus on something, can you guess what I did?

60+ mile group road-ride on some killer, country-style roads leaving just 20 minutes from downtown Baltimore (a universe described on one of the prior blogs but just to summarize, lots of poverty, many real people doing cool things, and a few chique over-the-top urban-cool areas). The ride consisted of many hills, some quite steep. Nothing too long, so overall it reminded me a lot of riding in Missouri. 4000ft of climbing on the day. Total ride time: 3 hours and 30 minutes. I was pretty worked and tired after 2.5hours, but was super motivated given the 50 degree temperatures, beautiful roads, and AMAZING Lemond Maillot Jaune. What a great bicycle: made in the USA with Reynolds 853, dura ace components and with the way the bike fits, it is hands-down my favorite road bike I've ever ridden. It provides such a sense of stability balanced with a suppleness that I've never felt on a road bike before without neglecting stiffness.

Now I'm feeling mellow. Not too worked, just satisfied. It is wonderful what fresh air and an activity you love can do. However, I miss Mags, Cassidy, and friends so much and can't wait to get back home.

6 comments:

Doctor said...

I went on a nice 60 miler yesterday with the service manager at the shop. We rode about 25 miles to get to a 5 mile, 2000ft climb up Mingus Mtn. Good timing too, because today was the start of a week long rain/snow storm.

Dan said...

2000ft climb??!!!! Sounds amorzing.

Was Durango real? Can we do it again?

Magda said...

what a sweet name for a swizzeet bike. can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Mason Storm said...

Riding a bike is great, but riding a great bike is something special for sure! Greg Lemond is now a chode, but I have always loved his bikes. That think looks sick. I rode the major with Katie today for a nice 20mi the weather here is getting better. Hope to see u soon homeboy!

wendy said...

We are all with you tomorrow... Cancer would not dare to F### with a member of Team Seagal... Ride,Ride,Ride

CockPuncher said...

Dan, glad to hear the weather is cooperating for you. Getting a bit warmer here, too. Foggy as hell, but warmer. The bike sounds sweet...glad you were able to find a way to get out and ride while up there. Caroline and I are thinking about you and wishing for a great result from your scan today! Looking forward to seeing you upon your triumphant return to MO. Safe travels...Punchor