Friday, March 23, 2012

Rain dates

To help pay the bills (and because I'm a bike geek at heart), I work as a mechanic at Wheel & Sprocket Bike Shop. Over the past couple weeks, Wisconsin has experienced some very unseasonably warm weather. Not just a day or two here and there. We have had consistant temperatures in the 60s all the way up to mid 80s for nearly two weeks. This kind of weather has caused many people to dust off their bikes and bring them into the shop for annual tune-ups and overhauls at a time of the year when mechancics are usually trying to find things to do. We're talking as many as 70-100 tune-ups in a day! There have been a few days of working after the shop closed. As a mechanic, I certainly love this kind of job security, but it also requires a creative plan to keep my training schedule up, in addition to surrendering to whatever the weather might bring.

My boss was kind enough to let me take yesterday off, in a effort to rest from all the recent chaos. I graciously accepted his offer. I was fortunate that the weatherman was wrong about yesterday's forecast. The day turned out to be sunny and in the high 60s and low 70s, perfect for a long distance session on the bike. And so, I was able to churn out 100.26 miles through the rolling hills of the Northern Kettle Moraine, just what this weary 53-year old wrench needed to "recover" from a hectic week at the bench.

How's the weather look today? It's raining and cooler. And it's perfect for an easy day of recovery with some stretching and additional planning for the record ride later this summer.

Sometimes the rain comes just when you need it.

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