August 9, 2010

Ride Hours: 01:41

Insulin Delivery Summary:

Daily Total: 43.92 units
Meal: 14.70u
Corr: 6.45u
Basal: 22.77u

Daily Carb Intake Bolused For: 202g

I set a temp basal pattern of 50% at 17:15 in anticipation of getting out for a much needed recovery spin within the hour.  I use the slightly high basal rate for recovery as I am not working as hard, nor as long, as a "normal" training day.

After much self deliberation about where to go, I basically ran out of time and deceided to grab the single speed and just roll out on the American Tobacco Trail.  It runs through my neigherbor hood and is a shaded for almost its entire length.  Also, I figured as it approached dusk in an hour or so, it would empty out....

and it eventually did.

One of the great things about riding on the ATT, is the amount of "normal" folks that go out for rides and walks.  Usually I am the only one wearing lycra.  :)  Lots of families with dogs and kids, as well as late commuters coming home from work in the RTP.  I find this very relaxing and gives me a refreshed sense of the general goodness of folks.  They ride bikes.  I ride bikes.  We all have something in common.  It's very soothing.

I was about 30 minutes or so into my ride, when I passed by a guy on the side of the trail adjusting the front brake on an older looking bike.  I could tell it was steel by the size of the tubes, but couldn't really see many of the other details.

I continued on my way, and, at one of the places the trails crosses a road, that same guy caught up to me.  As we went across the road I looked over and saw that he was riding a Gary Fisher Aquila. (BTW - after a little research I figured it to be a 1996 model). True Temper steel, with the old school Fish doing a cross-up sticker on the seat tube. 

As we road down the trail side by side I told how cool I thought his ride was.  We started talking a bit more, and I learned he is an engineer working in flow dynamics.  How he had been off the bike for a little while, and was trying to get back into it so he could commute to work to improve his fitness.  How he wanted to get better at riding this bike so he could a different rig to commute on, and turn the Aquila into a single speed like his mountain biking friend had.

We road together for about 20 minutes or so, and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity.  During that short time I came to the realization, that although our respective bikes were almost 15 model years apart, and couldn't possibly be more different, (carbon vs. steel, rigid vs. suspension, geared vs. singlespeed, 26" vs. 29") that they both represented the very same positive force in our lives to each of us.

A force of change.  Bettering ourselves.  Bettering our planet.  Becoming more.  Doing more.  Experiencing more.

After we parted and I headed for home, seeing dozens of other cyclists go by I just kept thinking....

They ride bikes.  I ride bikes.  We DO all have something in common.

And to my new friend Sonnie, it was great meeting you.  Thanks for riding for a bit.  I have that 26" single speed rear wheel to pass on to you.  Ride on! 

When I went to bed I set a slight 10% reduced over nite post ride temp basal rate.  I didn't ride hard at all (as planned), but didn't really eat that well.  Figured better safe then sorry.