|Let's Get Ready To Rumble!|
We met and talked to lots of other cyclists (lord, they are a talky bunch - especially about gear - which I know next to nothing about the mechanical stuff) People were telling me all about Inez' ancestry - when they used to have "the first" Allez and how they wished they could buy another (vintage) one. We also got invited on several other regular rides - I am especially interested in a local DOD group breakfast ride that happens every Saturday morning. They ride about 1 1/2 hours (meandering route) have breakfast, and they come home a direct route. They have three groups, including a "cruiser" group (mine!), so I could keep right up - according to the guy who told us about the ride.
What a difference another day makes. This is the same ride at which I failed so miserably the other day. Granted, we didn't take Heartbreak Hill (I didn't know there was a ride-around), but even so, on my ride the other day, I was sucking badly before I even reached the hill. I don't know if I was trying to go too fast (although it didn't feel like it) or what, but yesterday I think I could have easily doubled or tripled our mileage. I still had plenty of lung and leg after completing the 22.
In Garden Party News, I have secured Pebbles' as the downstairs help. She has agreed to come over early (we'll see :-)) to help with set-up and prep and then serve as scullery wench/party overseer so that I can mix and mingle with my guests. Slater is still iffy as the staff photographer, but I think that would be awesome to provide my guests with great pictures as their party favor, especially if they go to the trouble of getting gussied up!
Putting the last minute touches on packing for Music City and writing this blogpost, all while sharing my morning coffee with Jimmie Dale Gilmore. She was sleeping on my front porch this morning when I got up. So we've been sharing neighborhood gossip and a nice visit - but it's just about time that I send her on her merry way.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Be Anxious. Be Nervous. Do It Anyway.