Thursday, April 27, 2006

the commute

I love riding my bike to work! in the sun, snow, rain, ass-cold temps, it doesn't matter. it's so freeing to be outside, to not be locked and trapped within the confines of a vehicle, plus the past couple days have been beauty's, cool in the morning (arm warmers), mid-50's by the afternoon.Random pic of some guy riding in front of me along the Charles River in Cambridge into Boston. Couldn't help but photoshop it a bit, give it an artsy look. i really should be working, not doing this... this guy hammered by me this morning, i love it - the efforts folks will give, that is. usually i'll just sit behind folks like this for a while, let them have their moment. i've got plenty of my own...

Have found some good new-to-me commuter blogs off martino's bike lane diary... they say each gallon of gas we use releases 26lbs of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere! holy crapola! by riding my bike to work i'm guessing i keep approximately 7,500 lbs of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere each year. there's also a great list of easy ways to be more energy efficient on this site. jenn and i do most all of them (use a push mower for our small lawn, keep our house at 62 during the day, 53 at night, keep the fridge turned-down, don't use an air conditioner unless guests from the South (i.e., our families) are visting, etc, etc)... it's so easy to get into a practice of saving energy. we also subscribe to GreenStart New England, we pay more for our electric, but the proceeds go to funding "green" energy sources, maybe there's a program in your state? it's even tax deductible.

My bad mood on the Cohutta is ovah. I'm all about the Mohican 100 in June to chase this demon away. Legs feel fantastic this week. Crazy. It's like i didn't even do a 100mile dirt race. One of the best things about the taper is that it counts as a "rest" week, so i can usually get right back into hard rides the wk after an "A" event. Also looking at another switch to the schedule (sorry jason! oh yeah, check-out his write-up on a great race effort in crap conditions) and heading to Mont Sainte Anne on June 17th for the UCI marathon. Jenn is psyched at checking-out Quebec (as am I) and with the race on Saturday morning, we'd have a full day to walk around the city and chill on Sunday. Sounds good to me. Plus it's always fun to get your butt kicked by the pros. To race a UCI event you have to be a semi-pro, so looks like i'll be making the jump. I told Parsons i need to win an Expert race before making the switch, so i guess i only have 2 or 3 chances before Mont Sainte Anne, the pressure's on!
city of boston from the bike path on the cambride side of the charles. was way hazy this morning. but, snagged a digital camera, hoping to get some decent pics in the coming weeks...

9 Comments:

At 4/27/2006 11:36 AM, Blogger Jason said...

Hmmm.
UCI or Cutler? Do it man!
How far is K-bec anyhoo?
j

 
At 4/27/2006 11:58 AM, Blogger jeff said...

400m to mont sainte anne! could be worse...

admit it, you're just psyched to have one less person battling for that 1st prize oclv frame at cutler - go snag that beeyatch!

 
At 4/27/2006 12:30 PM, Blogger rick said...

quebec city is great, especially the old part of the city. we went for a long weekend once, stayed next door to the frontenac (sp?) in a tiny hotel. It was super cheap, we looked right out onto the river and it was a very short walk to all of the best little restaurants and bars that the old city has to offer. you'll have a blast.

 
At 4/27/2006 12:33 PM, Blogger rick said...

hey, you've got too many htpp's in my link! :)

 
At 4/27/2006 12:34 PM, Blogger jeff said...

sweet! thanks for inside skinny on where to stay - perfect. i was just saying on jason's blog that i tried to post a comment to yours like 10 times last night until i realized it for your possee only. i was all like, "what's in this shit!?" how wasted am i?

 
At 4/27/2006 12:40 PM, Blogger jeff said...

i guess i am wasted. fixed da link, added a bunch today, some cool new commuter blogs.

 
At 4/27/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger rick said...

thanks for the link, my comments are now fixed, i'm my only possee so that would get lonely. wish i could remember the name of the hotel, i've got the wifey researching it as we speak :)

 
At 4/27/2006 2:12 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Look at you two "kabitzin'" bout shopping and hotels. ha!

Winning that Trek would be huge. Ebay tht epher and get the house painted!

I won't be hiring any painters just yet. Many miles ahead.

J

 
At 4/27/2006 3:06 PM, Anonymous dr. mike said...

commuting...
i just put 46 bucks worth of rotten dinosaur into my little suby. i gotta get back on my bike. then i'll be skinny and girls will like me.

 

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