For the last two weeks, I have been without my beloved red/grey windbreaker. This has thrown me into a state of confusion as normally, every mix of clothing required for a ride between 32 and 55 degrees includes this jacket. But now, ITS BACK! And, as an improvement, the new zipper is far more sturdy and no matter what pressure my expanding stomach places on it, the fabric will give before the bullet-proof zipper (note the old fragile zipper on the left and the new IED proof zipper newly installed).
Got out on Tuesday but legs were more fatigued then normal. This was my 4th straight day of being on a bike and I've been running most of those days too. Jumped in with Flyin for a few miles before I headed to Cooks Hill Road for some repeats. Great training area. Cooks is 220' of steep climbing while beside it is Balou, about the same elevation gain but probably averaging only 5-6% so more about higher cadence. Clouds rolled in and got kind of dark so headed back with 35 miles and 3300' of climbing. Still way behind and growing more apprehensive about the CA trip in two weeks. Plus my weight has not moved in a month of more rigorous activity. Very depressing. Need two long rides this weekend and weather may finally cooperate. Hey, anyone want to volunteer a route for Saturday?
Rear cassette is finished with new chain jumping around (let that be a lesson to change the chain more than once a year). Probably going to switch to an 11x28 from the 12-27. Before I forget, Green Cabbose has a good ride report on her Facebook page. Solidifies my thought she has a screw loose for attempting a 300k event, in the rain and cold.