It had been nearly two weeks from RAKC since I got any decent riding in. Work was terribly bad (busy), then so was life - just no time to ride no matter what I did. And when I did have time, I was too tired to do anything about it, except to lay around and take a deep breath.
I took both bikes with us on vacation over Memorial Day weekend to Traverse City. Plan was to get in a good 70 mile road ride up the peninsula on that Sunday, but it stormed all morning. Hard enough to knock the power out. I did get in a quick Mountain Bike ride up there - although it was riding all roads spectating as my wife ran the half marathon. Crossing the peninsula was tough...max 5mph with 80-100lbs of childness in tow on the uphills (painful), but a fantastic 34mph "coast" downhills. Kids loved that part.
Eventually I got out for a few rides at Luton (one with Marty, two laps) - another time out at Cannonsburg SGA with Heath and Marty (two laps). Other times, just tooling around with both kids in the burly cart in tow (heavy). I figure as long as I get out to do something, it's beneficial I guess.
Got in a few road rides this week. A Cannon Cruise 62 miler Saturday, then recently rides to and from work in the heat. (73 degrees at 5:30 am, then 93+ by evening).
So, 170 miles in a month. Not bad, but not good though either. Pretty sure I won't end up with as many miles as I did last year.
However, I'm reminded of my elderly Aunt who is failing in health and can no longer ride her own bike (who I give most credit to my love of cycling). She used to ride every weekend to garage sales in the Chicago area. We'd take our bikes every trip out there to visit with her to ride on the bike paths. We had picnics, stopped at the tennis courts to bash balls around, visit the local bike shops, stop and view the wildlife/scenery - lots of things other kids never got to do.
So, sometimes the best I can do is appreciate the time I DO have on the bike and enjoy it while I have it. Because it won't last forever. This year, I'll plan to ride harder and further than I need to, in honor of her. Thanks Aunt Dianne.