2006-04-02 Bike

Over to Casa de GP, then down to Pinchot Park, 1.5 laps of the bike course from my upcoming triathlon, then home. 52 miles and 4000 feet of climbing. Great day for a nice long ride. I ate/drank plenty and, while I was tired at the end, generally felt great. My stomach was behaving quite well this time.

First ride on Debra in a long time. Felt good to be riding her again, but I need to work on my position... I lowered her saddle and didn't make any other adjustments. I also managed to (ARGH!) lose her computer :-(. I know exactly the area where it fell off: I went over a bridge with a big bump, thought "wow, Debra sure does smooth out those bumps!", then wondered why Gerrit had dropped back. Turns out he stopped to pick up the water bottle I had launched. A mile or so later I noticed I didn't have my computer. We backtracked a bit and still couldn't find it. I hope I can find the willpower to NOT buy a Garmin Forerunner 305 to replace it. I also think Debra needs a bigger rear cassette (everyone knows I like 'em big in the rear :-)). Is there ever going to be a time in my life when I feel like I have all the cycling gear that I need? I reached that point with hiking/camping gear, but hiking is a minimalist activity, where I enjoy the experience more the *less* gear I have. Cycling is like a bottomless greed-feeding pit. [Mark closes his eyes and repeats to himself "I have everything I need, and more... I have everything I need, and more... 26... 26... 26..."]