There was some brining (is that a word?) happening down here on Wednesday but it seemed to be ineffective.The first day of snow has arrived, which is the obvious statement of the day. The fireplace is blazing. The kids got off school early. And it appears the entire state of NJ was unprepared for this event. Even though every news & weather outlet talked about this for the last 48 hours, it seems every township in the state somehow forgot to salt the roads when it started to come down. I guess these organizations (for this is what they are, an organization that's supposed to be maintaining the towns at some level) use the same cookbook when determining if/when to put down salt. And apparently, the cookbook said of today: Thou Shalt Spread No Salt. And so, the entire state of New Jersey has morphed into a Georgia-like situation where everyone is stuck in place. Thankfully, I work at home.
We also bought a gallon of milk. I think this is what you're supposed to do on these days. I later made a half gallon of hot chocolate, and just for shits & giggles we cooked eggs for dinner. Maybe I'll toast all our bread merely to flaunt the fact we have plenty here. We also have coffee, a new Counter Culture from Guatemala. So far, it's good. I have a feeling I am going to say this about every bag they send me. The first batch from box #1 still stands as the best of the 4. I may start to experiment with other methods of Aeropress brewing.
The kids have a 2 hour delayed opening tomorrow which I am mentally preparing to be a day off. My 40 work hours are up, so tomorrow is a free day for me. It's nice that the weather is so perfect to do anything out there. I probably need to hop on a call with Seattle. Yes, the whole city. I refer to these clients by name because I don't expect you to remember them. On that note, I'm trying to figure out the Seattle trip and I'm not sure how I'm going to play it. Too much to work out yet, but I prefer to stay downtown and the workshop is north of the University district. All I know is that it's going to be a hectic bunch of days. Like 18 in a row.
@jmanic - watched The Post today while on the bike. Solid recommendation. When I saw it on the HBO feed I was pretty stoked. Good movie. I'm making the best of this free time I have. Not only do I expand my horizons I downsize my rear end. #winning
Zwift after I picked up the kids and the world was Watopia. Decided that today would be a threshold day which means hill climbing. First hill is the original Watopia climb, CW. This is pretty much the introductory big hill when you enter this world for the first time.
1. Watopia KOM CW - previous best 29:25, new PR 28:36. That was a good start to the day so I turned around and did it in reverse. I generally let the rides come as they come. If I feel good I keep pushing If not, I dial back and reset expectations. Today I felt pretty good. So I kept going.
2. Watopia KOM CCW - previous best 26:07, new PR 26:02. BOOM! This was hard. The last time I did this hill first, so I was fresh. With 3-4 minutes to go the timer dropped from the sky and the ETA was hovering right around my PR so I had to push myself to make it. Did the needful but this was a good burn. I'm sure the next time I do this, I could hit this first and beat the record. But we'll worry about resetting all of these next year when I get to 180. Since I nailed 2-for-2, decided to aim for a 3rd.
3. Volcano Climb - previous best 10:22, new PR 9:54. Obviously this one was pretty old but still, after 1:45 and 2 new monster hill PRs where I was working for 54+ minutes, this was a pretty solid way to finish up the ride. In all, managed ~59 minutes of tempo+ work today. Happy with that.
The big takeaway today is that my ability to produce power at the end of longer rides is getting considerably better. After 1:45 I still had it in me to knock out a solid effort up the Volcano Climb. I'm sure that I can crush this when totally fresh. But given what I was doing today, this is a pretty good ride.
Tomorrow I have no idea. With this snow the weekend is now IDFK-land.
This is the new freaky Friday btwOkay, so I just binge-read like 2.5 weeks of this.
In reverse order:
Glad you liked The Post, great film, great story. Hope it still was cool even though your viet nam binge ended a while ago.
We also really liked The Big Sick.
And yes, came away liking the guy who plays Sean Runnette.
And post of the year goes to Mitch Wakes Up As Norm.
Holy crap that was a good read.
A remake of Freaky Friday that well surpassed the original.
Also to watch, that doc on RBG that I mentioned. Very interesting in a compare and contrast way with current events.
Yeah, the dirty dozen in nutz, I'm good at climbing and have zero interest in that. The roads in Pittsburgh are the steepest I've ever seen, 3rd world country stuff and they chisel these row houses into the side of a mtn. The only bike thing I'd suggest, if you really want to do a bike thing and it's mild enough, is to rent citi bikes and ride along the 3 Rivers Path. You can see Heinz field, PNC Park as well as the sights along the river. IMO this time of year it's not a must do, it's more relaxing when it's warm out.the note of Pittsburgh