Thursday, 27 January 2011

more links than a tandem chain

I rode 5 hours today, and 4 hours yesterday and 6 hours on Monday. I wore my shorts, i think i even got a little bit sunburned on Monday. I thought I'd share that with all my friends at home who are still struggling with temperatures below freezing, ice, snow and the continued premiership of David Cameron. Oh well, at least they could solve one of those problems by electing one of the opposition parties, oh, hang on....

this is a great time of year to be a cyclist, you're putting in LOTS of hours and plenty of efforts at tempo and threshold but you're still at home and not on the road. Still sleeping in your own bed and able to cook yourself dinner (and oh my there have been some dinners as of late). and even indulge in a few bouts of self indulgence thanks to this little fellow. I've been playing with my Colnago getting my fit dialed thanks to Eric and making sure everything actually holds together thanks to velo hangar it's great to see the new workshop up there taking shape and it always makes me happy to refer people and see them so pleased with the quality of the labour.

In between typing blogs with more spurious links than a Tolstoy novel i've been plenty of long rides with my coach and my friends out here. San diego reall is a cracking place to ride, especially out east, somewhat ironically the further East one goes the more western the vibe is. I ACTUALLY saw a man unironically roping a small cow today and a bar with those doors which swing both ways, i waited for a no-good stetson wearing drunkard to come flying out pursued by a petticoated lover and cuckolded husband. I have also enjoyed the marketing efforts of the various farmstands we've passed enroute including a sign advertising "Homemade Stuff" in the same emporium that tempted passers by with the offer of NO squash over 5 dollars and; the last in a series of signs, (perhaps suggesting that, incredibly, the best offerings of cheap squash had proved unsuccessful) FREE CHOCOLATE. we decided not to stop, there's no telling how big of a gourd i'd have ended up purchasing in order to test the extent of their pricing policy.

I've put in a few coffee stops but I'm still struggling to expand my coffee vocabulary, can anyone suggest anything particularly exciting which isn't going to spike my blood sugar up to 500? The cool thing about the coffee stops isn't so much the coffee as the random interactions one has when 3 skinny little men dressed like power rangers descend on cafes in the middle of nowhere. As of late i've met some very cool people and shown off my insulin pump more times than i can recall. The team gives me cards with my number, email etc and it's proven really useful. Everyone knows someone living with the big "D" and its cool to help them make connections and let them see what's possible and what's out there for them in terms of resources and possibilities.

talking of which , i hung out with the insulindependence possee after the Carlsbad Marathon last weekend. Not only did they get over 80 pancretards around the course (including Andrew Mink who, in a move highly reminiscent of my own disorganised antics, managed to beg a pair of (casual) shoes of a random bystander) they're also a great group who do good things for the 'betes. Much like team type 1 they're about enabling and promoting achievement with diabetes, not wallowing in Self pity. We all need positive role models and these guys help to provide that. Sadly we all need insulin as well and for all the good examples people like insulindependence and team type1 set we're working against a corporate healthcare system that puts profit over people, but i've written about that before. sadly it isn't getting nay better but that doesn't mean we should give up trying.

right rant over, it's late and i should sleep, coffee ride and beach time on the cards for tomorrow and the ADA tour de cure party on Saturday. Maybe i'll see some of you there?

top tunes:
city and colour (note how they spell that)
cage the Elephant - Shake me down
Matt and Kim

Super Snacks:
barra brith
homemade granola bars
roast chicken and gravy (mmmm gravy)