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The Interview

by on February 11, 2011

This Ride: 24.9 miles
Month: 123.3 miles
2011: 583.4 miles
Cumulative Total: 6,703.1 miles

Two days off the bike. That’s not the way it is supposed to work.  This is my fewest weekly miles on the bike since mid-July last year when I was sick for a week.  Yes it was cold.  Yes it had a dusting of snow.  Yes work was overwhelming with very long hours and late nights, but are those really legitimate excuses?  It is what it is.  Consistency is the key to getting the miles in.  Just showing up counts for a lot.

I might not have ridden this morning had there not been an interview set up by a journalist who wanted to know about winter riding.  She planned to meet us at Hard Bean Cafe and Bookstore for a group photo and then a sit down interview with those who could stay and talk.  Eight of us met up at the Rusty Bridge in 16°F temps under a clear, cold sky.  This is the coldest temperatures I’ve ridden in.  (Although my Garmin recorded 16, I saw it read 13 once, and another rider had 12 on his bike computer.)  We pushed off a little late, and got to Annapolis about 6-8 minutes later than usual.  Along the way Chip cut the ride short and missed the photo op.  After the photo Mike went on to Chick & Ruth’s and Clif and Bill headed back home for something called “work”.  That left Clint, Bryan, Dan, and I for the interview.

We lingered, chatted, and had a good time talking about SPP and winter riding.  The reporter/writer, Ann Brennan had seen our members out all winter and got curious.  She pitched the story to The Capital and they are willing to consider it.  She is an athlete herself, running marathons, cycling, and trying out a variety of sports and writing about them.  Her blog is Ann’s Running Commentary.  She is very interested in joining SPP and riding some rides with us.

We lingered and talked until much later than usual.  After saying our farewells, we climbed back onto the bikes and faced the very cold first few miles.  I actually started shivering before my heart rate climbed enough to warm me up.  We rode back on Highway 2 at Clint’s suggestion.  I think he wanted to do the rollers.  Both he and Bryan were on fixies.  I arrived home about 30 minutes later than usual for a Friday.

A large group of SPP riders are doing a Permanent 200k tomorrow.  Most have their bikes tuned up and ready to go.  It will be good to hear their stories.

I’ll be starting to shop for a new saddle today.  The one that came with my bike is beginning to separate in the front half.  I’m told that Bike Doctor has some they loan out for people to try before they buy.  Now there’s one more example of the value of a local bike shop vs. the internet.  I’ll buy one from them just because I can try before I buy.  It’s worth a few dollars more.

I just checked the SPP mileage challenge chart for January.  Seventeen riders have logged their miles.  I ranked 6th in total miles ridden for January. (That very well could change once some other riders submit their miles.)

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5 Comments
  1. I know your angle – you’re just trying to top my first “professional” photo shoot with an interview for a professional news outlet!!! 🙂 Just kidding. That’s pretty cool!

    • ponderingpastor permalink

      Hey, we ride in the cold. When have you been out below 20? 😉

      • I’ve lived in ice caves in below-zero temps for about 20 days at a time. But that was when I was in the Army and there were absolutely no bicycles anywhere nearby! Coldest temp of the year for me was 28 degrees. Maybe next year!

  2. Did Ann say when the article would appear?

    • ponderingpastor permalink

      She really wants to talk to you about commuting.

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