Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday I came into work 18th to Harrison to 17th to Kansas to Townsend to the Embarcadero.  I stopped for a pic of the fabulous Bay Bridge:



Me:



I saw this caution poster in the xerox room of my office.  Ah the hazards of modern life:



I was pretty beat from the weekend cycling so I had burrito from Tlaloc for lunch and then went home early straight up Market.  I was hoping that I hadn't left them so long that there would be accidents and I hadn't.  Huzzah!  Mr Poe came home and then we had dinner and made some summer plans.

Mr. Chris and David gave us an enormous Le Creuset pot for Christmas and I still hadn't sent them a thank you card.  I was gonna send one but then I had a better idea.  I let a clearly unamused Ashley Junior exhibit its dimensions.



It's gonna be an awesome week!

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today9.2
Week to date9.2
Month to date389.4
Year to date389.4
To Goal7,610.6
Over (Under) plan(290.1)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year7.1
Rolling Year771.7
Since Inception 10/1/0734,316.3

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I didn't sleep well on Saturday night.  It's often like that after a long ride.  You'd think I'd sleep like the dead but no.  I crawled out of bed on Sunday morning and headed over for my CAT2 ride out to Tiburon.  I definitely felt like I'd done a long ride the day before but felt otherwise pretty good.  The weather was good and we had a nice turnout.  I rode ahead of the riders for the first part of the ride so I could be in position to point directions at Paradise and Trestle Glen in Tiburon.  I showed up at the stop first where I saw my friend Phillip who's in traction for a few more weeks recovering from a crash.  Still he's all smiles:



I got some pics of the riders as they headed past my turn:







Me.  With awful gray roots.  I'm can't go take care of that for two more weeks:



Riders assembled at Mike's:



The riders we swept in would have been sooner but ice cream came a callin':



Beau gave me a ride home and I was in the house at about 2:30 which is a pretty good time I thought.  I got cleaned up and started working on stuff for Elaine's birthday party.  Mr. Poe made most of the food but I made appetizer and dessert.  Shrimps with Korean dipping sauce:



Apple bundt cake:



Candy.  Yes I made candy.  It was chocolate with pretzels and salty peanuts in it.  It looked fantastic and tested well with it's target market:





The guests left at 8.  I'm going to bed.  I'm beat.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today38.1
Week to date140.0
Month to date380.2
Year to date380.2
To Goal7,619.8
Over (Under) plan(277.3)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year16.3
Rolling Year744.1
Since Inception 10/1/0734,307.1

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Saturday I managed to get myself out of bed and I went for a great ride.  I thought I'd posted a ride on the Different Spokes calendar and hadn't gotten any interest which isn't unusual for longer rides especially this time of year.  But I ran into super cute David Sexton in Sausalito and he pointed out that in fact I'd posted that ride for tomorrow which I have an ALC conflict for.  Which is totally something I would do.  I ended up going for a little bit of a longer ride than I'd originally intended and it was a very good day.  I headed to Petaluma and then went home through Novato.  I got in my first century of the year and I'm happy about that.  I felt pretty good but I was got very tired in the last 20 or so miles and I was concerned that I was gonna get a ticket for impersonating a corpse.  The west side of the bridge is closed again and it's a big pain in the ass with all the bikes and pedestrians on the east side but it isn't nearly as busy as it was in the summer and I think it's gonna be OK.  I've put the same ride on the Calendar for next week-- I got the day right this time.  Here's hoping for good weather.

I got some nice shots of the city from the Golden Gate Bridge on my way to Marin:





Pretty Union School in Petaluma:



The view of Hicks Valley from the north:





Me:

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Pretty Stafford Lake:



The view from Immigrant Point just before sunset:



Bike Mileage:

                          
Today101.9
Week to date101.9
Month to date342.1
Year to date342.1
To Goal7,657.9
Over (Under) plan(293.5)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year82.2
Rolling Year602.0
Since Inception 10/1/0734,269.0

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The weekend wasn't the greatest for riding.  Saturday was dry but it was freezin' cold.  I didn't get any RSVP's for my  Different Spokes ride so I elected to stay in bed which wasn't exactly a good decision yet it was the decision I made.  Today it's been cold and pouring down rain since about 9AM and I felt great about staying off the bike.  I visited with Mr. Chris in the afternoon and got some pics from the Folsom St. Muni platform on the way home. 

This is the fabulous Bay Bridge:



The Folgers building:



It's supposed to dry out tomorrow.  And be nice the rest of the week.  Here's hoping:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday was super cold in San Francisco and I came into work on Muni rather than freezin' my fajitas off because my fajitas are not to be frozen.  Wednesday was a bit warmer and I came into work Market to 14th to Folsom to 2nd to Market to Sansome.  I headed home for lunch and then I went for a nice ride after work.  I headed down Sutter and stopped at about Leavenworth for a pic of the setting sun:



I continued on Sutter and stopped at Laguna for one last pic of the pretty day:



I continued on Sutter to Baker to Sacramento to Arguello to Cabrillo to 47th to Fulton to the Great Highway to Vicente to 16th to Taravel to Merced to Hernandez to Laguna Honda to Portola to Corbett and home for dinner.  After dinner Mr. Poe and I started thinking about travel plans for summer and then he went to bed.  I made the discovery that the dogs absolutely love something called 'Japanese Cracker' that I got at First Korea Market and they all stayed up with me until they were all very sure that the bag was empty.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today26.3
Week to date116.4
Month to date240.2
Year to date240.2
To Goal7,759.8
Over (Under) plan(176.2)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year65.9
Rolling Year414.5
Since Inception 10/1/0734,167.1

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

Monday I led a Different Spokes ride out to the Cheese Factory.  It was the longest ride I'd done since the Lifecycle and I'm so very out of shape.  I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to win the Lifecycle again this year.  It was pretty cold and we were all bundled up.  Here's Peter and David at the Cheese Factory:



The pond has pretty much been taken over by Canadian Geese.  I think they're the rowdy teens of the bird world:



I was slower than Peter and David and they didn't stop in Fairfax on the way home so I lumbered back on my own.  It was freezing and I was exhausted when I got home.  Mr. Poe made me dinner from the leftover Korean food from the night before and I tried to watch a movie but was too tired to pay attention so I went to bed.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today90.1
Week to date90.1
Month to date213.9
Year to date213.9
To Goal7,786.1
Over (Under) plan(158.7)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year46.6
Rolling Year381.2
Since Inception 10/1/0734,140.8

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday was the second Lifecycle training ride.  It was cold and we didn't have a huge turnout but there were still a bunch of riders.  Here are some pics of the hotness:













Deyon's got a new Akita puppy named Taffy.  She gave it some complicated name I can't remember so that's what I'm calling her.  She's so sweet and so soft:





I stopped for a few pics at the North Tower on my way home:



Me:



I stopped back at First Korean Market on the way home to get a few more things I needed.  I can report that I can fit two enormous bottles of Sake in my Camelback.  Good to know.  I headed home and got cleaned up and cooked dinner.  Mr. Poe made a beef roast and some ribs and I made all sorts of Korean stuff with pineapple upside down cake with homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert.  Everything turned out really well.  Here's Regan, Courtney and Ben with massive amounts of food:



We went to bed pretty early.  I had a ride on Monday.

Bike Mileage:

                          
Today42.5
Week to date93.1
Month to date123.8
Year to date123.8
To Goal7,876.2
Over (Under) plan(226.9)
YTD Mileage vs Last Year(43.5)
Rolling Year291.1
Since Inception 10/1/0734,050.7

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday night my watch which is also my alarm clock died while I slept and I didn't get up early enough to on the monthly Different Spokes Jersey Ride.  Mr. Poe says I was just being lazy and maybe there's something to that but I had to fit in a trip to Union Square to get it fixed on top of the other stuff I had to do and I didn't see how that was gonna get done with me on the bike all day.  I met Nathan in the afternoon and we went for a nice walk to North Beach and into Chinatown where the New Years celebrations were in full swing.  Gung hay fat choy!:







Nathan:







This is the Chinatown Hilton.  I really like this building and the way it's incorporated into the surrounding stuff.  There's this fabulous bridge from Portsmouth Square that's very monumental:









This is the new City College building across the street.  It's very nice.  I love it long time.



This is a staircase inside the hotel.  Swank:



I went and got my watch fixed and then got on the Geary bus and headed to my new favorite grocery store--  First Korean Market on Geary at 11th.  They've got everything you need for Korean cooking and they're very nice although neither of the women who works there has the greatest english in the world.  I got stuff for the dinner party we were having on Sunday night including this enigmatic snack:



Mr. Poe picked me up from there and we headed home for dinner.  After dinner I made some more travel plans for the Lifecycle.  It's too early to make plane reservations but hotels are already filling up expecially in LA because it's Pride weekend so I needed to get all that in.  I'm planning on princessing in Paso Robles and Lompoc and then I'm gonna stay in LA for a couple of days after the ride.  My friend Jim is gonna be a roadie and we're planning a boozy bender for after the ride.  I'm thinking I'm gonna come back to San Francisco on the train which I've never done and will either be awesome or endless I'm not sure which.  I headed to bed after I was beat.