A week ago, while I was running the cross country course at SIUE, several cyclocross riders went by me. "This is what you should be doing," one of them called out to me. I recognized a couple of them as guys who work at The Cyclery. "So, Thursday night is cyclocross practice," I thought. "Cool."
When I got home from work tonight, I suited up and headed out to SIUE. As soon as I got on the cross country course, I saw three riders coming towards me. I pulled off, turned around, and tagged…
8.31 Taking Stock
Posted September 1st by Keith Dudding
August 31st -- it sounds so final. Tomorrow is September 1st. Right around the corner is the Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer. This is not the time to look back, to flip through the summer like an old magazine, looking at the pictures but skipping the stories. No, this is not the time for that. As one season transitions to another, now is the time to look ahead to the fall and all that it holds in store. But before I bid a final farewell to summer and all its pleasures,…
8.29 Get 'Bent
Posted August 30th by Keith Dudding
I should have gotten up and run my 6-miler first thing in the morning, when it was still in the low 60s. Instead, I drank coffee, read the paper, and watched TV. When I hit the trail at 11:00, temperatures had risen to the low 80s. Fortunately, there was a breeze. Without it, it would have been a much hotter run.
After lunch, I wanted to go for a ride. I don't know if the wind had picked up, but the "breeze" that cooled me during my run now felt more like "wind." I did…
Posted August 29th by Keith Dudding
Ah ... where to begin?
Three weeks ago, I had a wreck. As I was riding towards home, I hit a sewer cover on the Delyte Morris bike trail that runs through SIUE.
While I don't ride that trail often, I've ridden it enough to be familiar with it, and I was not aware of the manhole protruding from the trail that much. (Also, I was not paying attention to the trail.) I later learned why the cover was so exposed: they are in the process of paving the trail. To do so, they started by…
8.21 Dumb Luck
Posted August 22nd by Keith Dudding
As I write this, I should be at the Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield enjoying a double feature of THE SORCERER's APPRENTICE and DESPICABLE ME. I should be there after having spent a couple of hours riding the 40 or so miles from Edwardsville to Litchfield under clear skies and in warm (but not too hot) temperatures. the ride to Litchfield should have been the second of two rides for the day. In fact, my day should have gone like this:
- 7:00 ~ Get up ride with Scott Thompson and his friend, Steve.
- 9:00 ~ Leave them at Horseshoe Lake…
8.18 Two Workouts
Posted August 19th by Keith Dudding
Mike, a friend of mine from work, took up running recently. In May, I ran with him as he did his first 5K race. Since then, he's come over to Edwardsville to run the Route 66 10K, which I did not run, and the Mud Mountain 5K cross country classic, which I did. The week after that, we ran the Cross Country Kick-Off 5K in Forest.
Mike has his sights set on running a half marathon and, eventually, a full marathon. I recommended that he run the St. Louis half marathon on November 7. …
8.16 Back to Belk
Posted August 17th by Keith Dudding
Steve O'Neal emailed me to say he was doing the Mueller Road ride tonight, but he was planning to roll out ahead of the fast pack. I had to reply that, as much as I would like to, I would not be joining him, for two reasons.
First, my rib muscles are still sore from last week's wreck. I would have to ride hard to keep up with Steve, and I don't think I'm ready to ride that hard yet.
Second, tonight is my son's last night at home before going back to college tomorrow. I have to work, so…
Posted August 15th by Keith Dudding
[Note: The last entry was supposed to be dated 8.13, and it was supposed to have a title. Sorry.]
I wanted to ride over to do my radio show today, but didn't. I like riding over to KDHX on Saturdays. Pretty much every weekday, I drive to St. Louis to work in an office building. I don't like it, but I do it because that's where the work is. But the weekends are different. Weekends are my time. Since I don't get paid to do my show (not monetarily, but doing it has other…
Posted August 15th by Keith Dudding
I've been looking forward to tonight for a long time. It was an especially welcome reward after a busy week at work.
I got home, changed, and set out. It was hot. Really hot. But I didn't care. I had about 90 minutes to ride, and I wanted to get all of it.
I considered doing the Marine Loop again, but I was worried it would take me too long, and I did not want to be late on arrival at my destination. So I started out to do the Belk Park Loop instead. I…
I picked up my bike on my way home from work. It needed a new rear tire and tube, a new rear brake cable, and a tune-up. I also got a new helmet. Before I left, I took a few minutes to drool over some of the bikes for sale at The Cyclery. In addition to the Giant and Trek lines, they have a nice selection on Gary Fishers and Pinarellos. The Giant Defy, the updated version of the OCR1 I ride now, caught my eye. But I was there to pick up my…