Two weekends ago, I went on two awesome bike rides – one in the Virginia hills, one closer to home. They were a ton of fun, but there was a pesky side effect: I strained my left Achilles tendon. My ankle was swollen, there was pain. Professionals advised me to curtail any high-intensity cycling. Commuting was fine, as were leisurely rides, but not anything close to my normal weekend riding.
But my weekend was chock full of good things:
- Cooked a lovely Moraccan tagine for Friday dinner.
- Watched an episode of Top Gear.
- Discovered that Chuck is finally available on Netflix streaming (and added it to my instant queue).
- Slept in on Saturday morning – it was luxurious!
- Did a lovely coffeeneuring ride to Big Bear CafÃ©, a place new to sprite and me.
- On that same ride, stopped by BicycleSpace, where sprite bought a lovely handlebar bag at a hefty discount, and I ogled cyclocross and cargo bikes.
- Watched the CBS Sunday Morning reporters explain Twitter to the more senior audience that makes up a large percentage of said program’s viewership. (For the record, it was a good profile of Twitter and its founder, the weekend after the company’s IPO. But it still seemed like a “let’s explain the Tweetie to the old folk” story.)
- Collected ballot qualification petition signatures for my good friend, Charles.
- Went to the garden with sprite, where we picked all remaining tomato fruit, pulled the associated plants, and dug up quite a few potatoes (white and purple) and sweet potatoes.
- Met the rest of the Liberty Mountain Race Team coaching staff at the first organizational meeting of the season. I’m coaching the U16 racers.
- Watched an episode of Doctor Who (one of the last of the David Tennant episodes).
- Followed that tense show with a more lighthearted episode of Psych.
For those counting: I only rode 14-or-so miles at a fairly mellow pace over the weekend, compared to my more typical 130-150 miles at a more intense pace. The ankle is healing, which is a wonderful thing.
Intrepid readers: how were your weekends? Post in the comments!
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