Dry roads, abundant sunshine and temperatures in the low 40s proved a winning combination today as I completed my first group ride of 2011. Eight of us—all Washington County Bicycle Club members—left downtown West Bend and looped through Newburg before returning for a couple of beers at Riverside Brewery and Restaurant, a club sponsor. This was not an intense training session, but rather a chance to catch up with the guys after a long winter. The last WCBC ride was back in October, and the new season won’t start until April 23 ... officially. As more members embrace the Internet as a way to stay informed about the club’s activities, more rides like today’s will be possible.
This is the 130th post in the 10-month history of this blog and for the first time I’m going to mention sleep. The fact that I haven’t mentioned it before is an indication of my reasonably healthy relationship with sleep, something we all know is critical not just to cycling performance but to virtually all aspects of our lives. Sleep is on my mind today because tomorrow I’ll have an entirely new bed. The clearly worn-out bed on which I have slept since 1994 will be gone. I assume the new bed is superior but the truth is in the lying, as it were. By Monday I could be out more than $1,000 and have nothing to show for it except an aching back ... which is probably just how these people feel:
BUCS 2011 X.C Carnage! from Joe Bowman on Vimeo.