Saturday, February 25, 2006
This morning I finished dog proofing our yard so that our puppy wouldn't be able to get out. Only seven more days. While I was outside there were a few snowflakes coming down and I started to think I might have to go to the "Y" for a workout or just have a nap on the couch.
By after lunch they had stopped and despite the 2-3 degrees showing on the thermometer outside, I decided that I had to go for a ride. The incentive that I give myself is to try and think how I want to feel in the middle of a six hour race. What's that old saying, "train hard, race easy". Anyway, I headed out on my bike towards Brentwood Bay and it was pretty brisk. I had a hat on under my helmet and put a balaclava in my pocket in case the wind chill got really bad. I also told Shelley that if it started snowing hard I might be calling her to pick me up. Once I got onto Ross-Durance Road it started snowing lightly again and I worked hard on the uphills to keep warm and went slow on the downhills because of the wind chill and it was a little slick. I went as far as Mt Newton Cross Road again and then looped back on West Saanich Road. On the way back I decided to go up to the Observatory. I felt pretty good going up the hill and stopped at the top for a gel and an energy bar. Coming down I got very chilled and once I got onto West Saanich again, with the gel working I started hammering for home. I decided to go back the highway rather than Munns Road as it saved about 9km and a bunch of hills. All I wanted to do by that time was get warmed up. I set a solid pace on the highway and had a nice soak in a hot bath when I got home.
Tonight was a little TV and some reading. I just finished a novel by Michael Crichton called "State of Fear" which he uses to try and debunk a lot of the myths surrounding global warming. If everything he says is to be believed, there is no such thing and he backs it up with pages of references. His main point is that don't believe everything you hear as everyone has their own agenda (except him). Tomorrow should be a good run at the lakes.
Temp: 37-39 degrees