Jacob's Saturday soccer game didn't start until 11, so I planned to get up early, leave at 7, and get in a good 3.5 hours or so of riding before meeting Jeff at the soccer fields to watch the game. Instead I d-r-a-g-g-e-d myself out of bed, at a semi-leisurely breakfast, and headed out shortly after 8. Known for my tardy tendencies, I'm even worse with only myself to disappoint.
|Heading back on the one non-asphalt segment of trail.|
Saturday night we had a trivia night with Daniel, his wife, and his in-laws. It was a very fun evening, made somewhat bittersweet by the fact that they're moving to Eugene, OR, in just a couple weeks. I'm very excited for them; your early 20's is a wonderful time to explore the world and live different places. On the other hand, while they're closer than Nathan in Japan, Oregon won't be an easy visit. I love watching my adult kids grow up and live their lives, but I miss them.
|Rain makes the colors pop (as do Instagram filters)|
I'm now at 324 miles for April, already 4 miles above what I rode last April. I also (surprisingly) ended March 20 bike miles ahead of 2014. On the other hand, this February was 100 fewer than last year. Still, maybe I'm closer to on track than I'd thought. That, combined with Tour of Hermann, makes me feel cautiously positive.
In other news, Trans Iowa V11 is going down this weekend. I'd sent in my entry for this 331-mile monster but been (semi) bitterly disappointed to have the rookie division fill up before my postcard arrived. January and February's light bike training load left me more relieved than sad, and now the upcoming forecast has reinforced that sentiment. 97 hardy souls are currently slotted to attempt the beast, among them my friends Jim, Collin, Josh, and Don; teammates Pete and Jason; and Facebook stalk-ees Tim Ek, Greg Gleason, and Mike Jones. When I'm not riding this weekend, you'll be able to find me turning my obsessive tendencies to the Mountain Bike Radio coverage of the event, and when I am riding, I'll be thinking of my crazy friends and the incredible stories adverse conditions are sure to write. Wish them luck!!