April 3, 2005
The black Squirrel
Today commuting to and from Burnsville, 20 miles each way was a good experience. I practically had the roads to myself. This morning i was tired and went slow, I think because I didn't get enough sleep due to daylight savings time. But going home I focused on keeping a steady cadence. 1&2&1&2&! I tried to keep about 80-90rpms the whole way even up the big hills. By doing so coming home did the 20 miles in 1 hour - 6 minutes. Given that I wasted the whole first 3 or 4 miles dragging my butt because I was tired, this process actually felt good and reinvigorated me. By the time I got home, I was feeling great.
The highlight of my trip was spotting the black squirrel on Highway 13 hill coming North out of Mendota in the woods to my right. This morning because I felt so crummy, I questioned several times whether I could handle bike racing. Coming home I felt like I was improving and the season would be good for me. It felt good to get into a set cadence and keep time like a metronome. It was music to my legs.
This week I will meet others from the St. Paul Bike Racing club at their annual party. I'm looking forward to it. I'll also probably meet some of the people in the beginning racer's program with me, which starts in May.
Posted by carl1236 at April 3, 2005 9:50 PM | Cycle Racing
Thanks for commenting on my blog about blogs. I've talked to Shane before. I might be able to use his backlogged data, but there are IRB questions I haven't answered. I'll keep posting on my project as it evolves.
Incidentally, you don't need to leave campus to see a black squirrel...
Posted by: Kurtis at April 5, 2005 3:53 PM