Busy times are here with Christmas staring at us fully clenched. And, I'm finding my Fall riding occurs every 10 days or so. My restlessness starts with untrained muscles screaming at me to get back on the bike and the chasm of days between rides. One of the positive aspects of working from home is that, as long as I get the work done, I will steal away for a ride. When that fateful moment happens, I call this my lone break.
My mileage has gone way down. I don't mind admitting it, total for November was a dismal 188 kms. To be fair, as work increases along with the inclement weather has conspired to thwart me of the simple pleasure of cycling. So it is the season.
Unable to continue this downward spiral I got on my trusty Marinoni and went out to re-discover how the simple act of cycling can be so naturally beautiful. Muscles are sore, more so from lack of activity but the body gets back to the familiar rhythm - it remembers.
The early December weather is very cold along with dry road conditions my favorite conditions to bundle up to ride. I tick off the kilometers, admiring familiar roads and enjoying it. Solo rides are good for contemplation and to add in that West 4th Avenue hill climb. It's not L'Alpe D'Huez but it might as well be. Scaling the hill is somewhat of a challenge but I find my sweet spot and settle in. My heavy breathing lets me know when to knock off the gas. As I reached the top and the road finally levels, I reward myself with some water.
Ten days are a long time between rides, but I'm more than happy to have quality before quantity.
Thomas sent me this photo of my print, 'Battle To The Line' on displayed at Musette Caffe. In fact, I have another framed print, 'Help Is On The Way' displayed at his new Chinatown caffe. If you are riding by, enjoy a delicious coffee and check them out.
I'm excited my two prints along with my cyclingart art cards are available for purchase exclusively at Musette Caffe. And, what better shop to have them at.
The plan is have more of my limited large prints for sale (unframed) and plans are in the works to have 'meet the artist day'... details to follow.
Just an example of my Cycling art cards available.
'As the air begins to fill with the smell of dead leaves riders and spectators prepare for the last and toughest classic of the year. The list of winners includes giants like Coppi and Merckx. The toughest edition ever was won by a Dutchman'
- IL Lombardia
Our FRFuggitivi group met over at Guy's for a warm gathering of bike banter, enjoying food and drink, planning for the upcoming 2014 season and watching the clever documentary... IL Lombardia.
I agree with Guy, that Jo De Roo is our new patron... former two-time Dutch National Champion (1964-65) and more importantly... two-time champion of the Giro di Lombardia (1962-63).