Awesome weekend to ride. Perfect weather. Lotsa people got out. Tim Mohn, Scott O’Mara and Eric Benjamin rode in Gravel Worlds 150 mile race in Nebraska. So how did I do? Well…I never made it onto the bike. Instead, I got a hot tub. Yup. Hot tub and beer. It was a rough weekend don’t get me wrong. I thought about riding. I even made up two bottles of my oh so yummy Cytomax. But…I sat in the hot tub and drank beer. This is what makes me a “normal rider”. We have grand plans…plan great routes…but life gets in the way more often than not. I have the bike. I have the gear. What I have yet to do is draw the family into cycling enough that we schedule things around cycling. Instead, cycling gets scheduled around life way too often.
I was once referred to as a “normal rider” by a good guy and good rider. At first, I scoffed. Normal Rider. I’m not a normal rider. Look at me, I can do 100 miles. Woohoo! Albeit…slowly. 😉 I thought about it though and yeah, I get it. I am more of a normal rider. My wife’s excitement fades if I tell her I’m going on a ride over 20 miles. I took a day off from work to do a 100 mile ride so as not to affect the family’s routine. I’m riding with a tube for over a month now in a tire I paid $150 to have converted to tubeless because I’m too busy pushing my daughter on the swing in the evenings to take the time to order a valve for my compressor. I’ve decided that as much as I’d like to be on the bike more often, for now normal riding is all my life allows.
I plan to keep pushing though. I plan to keep slipping in rides when I can. Maybe drink a beer or two less and knock down a cup or two more of water. May be a few less Tequitos and Potato rollers from Quiktrip and a few more lean meat dinners. I will be riding in the DK 200 next year and I will be doing it as a normal rider.