One reason, only, requires this post. The Berkshire Cyclosportif is Sunday, May 6th, it's the first ever, and I am supposed to be tapering my training. I am not supposed to be stopping the training, which is pretty close to what has happened. At least, that's what it feels like. With the best of intentions, I loaded up the car with my bike, Papillon, water bottle, etc., intending to ride in the (warmer) Connecticut River Valley after finishing my morning errands. That is not the reason for this post.
The wind was blowing so hard that the road sand left from winter made a loud racket when it hit the car. The flags in yards stood straight out from their poles. Not encouraging. By the way, I have no idea what the flag is for.
Just why does this temperature feel so much warmer in January than it does in April? In January, I would have been thrilled, and riding.
This is what the sky looked like.
So, not surprisingly, I chose: indoors, listening to Schubert's 2nd piano trio on the radio, my cat purring alongside and a book in hand instead of threshhold repeats on the bike. It wasn't even close.
The ride/race Sunday next will be whatever it will be. I keep reminding myself that my goal is not competitive, it is to have some bike goals here at home, and moreover, to get stronger on hills, and be able to ride 60 miles with the ease and maybe frequency that I now ride 40 miles.
But, you wonder, the reason for this post? These two photos, something I've never seen before: a tree frog climbing up the outside of our glass door. This little frog is easily climbing straight up the glass door, no problem. I should climb hills half so easily!
A very rare view for me, the underside of a climbing tree frog. Isn't this little frog cute, especially those feet? They have suction pads. In real life, it is about 5/8 inch long, not counting the feet. Wasn't it just worth skimming through the above silliness?