Saint Charles,IL 
  • 3h 03m 36s
  • 42.81 miles
  • 14.12 Mi/hr

CX on the long long long crushed gravel path route. Trying to do this on restricted calories is a terrible idea. I had very little oomph and we got about half way in and I literally wilted like an unwatered flower. We stopped for some snacks and that helped.

My bikes feel very uncomfortable this year. For some reason. The road bike is basically unrideable, and this CX bike is good for about 15 miles. I do not know what changed. I think I may bring them both to Bob up in Crystal Lake and have him re fit them both.

Oh my. How How How How to describe the past couple of days? 


See, I was adopted as a baby. I have never pursued the search for my birth parents because I didn't know how to go about doing it and I didn't want to rock the boat at home. I had a fine life, and I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. I had more "stuff" going on with my family than I wanted to deal with, so the last thing I wanted to do was add more potential drama to the mix. 

So I didn't. 

Until DNA tests became more easily and readily available. I finally bought 23 & Me and spat in the tube and waited for the results. I got my nationality confirmed and I had thousands of very distant DNA matches, but no one that was more than a distant 5th or 6th cousin. 

I sat on that for a while, until I saw a commercial for I ordered up a kit and spat in that tube in Mid May. I sent it off and waited. 

I got my results back on Tuesday. 

I have a brother. I have a couple of aunts. I have an uncle. They all had information about my birth parents. Some photos. Insights. 

Brother is a half brother... we have the same Mom, different fathers. I see myself in his face. Which is SO BEYOND FREAKISH to me. We have spent the past couple of days chatting, catching up, trying to get to know each other, trying to catch up on 47 years of missing time. He's 3 years younger than me. My birth mother passed away in 1991 while he was in High School. It has been a really really emotional couple of days. Brother has known about me his whole life and he has always wondered/worried about what I was doing, and always hoped I was still alive. 

We're going to try to meet up over Labor Day. He and his family will be coming to Chicago for a visit, and we're going to have a ZOOM call on Friday. 

I told my Mom about all of this last night. 

And that's what's been going on over here. 

  • 43m 52s
  • 2.59 miles
  • 16m 56s /Mi

Just to get moving.

  Lift 1 + 6000 steps  -- 6984
  Bike + 6000 steps -- 7296
  Rest + 6000 steps -- 9920
  Bike  + 6000 steps -- 1068 
  Lift 2 + 6000 steps -- 9259
  Trudy Birthday 60K Bike + 6000 steps -- 7629
  Trudy Birthday 6K walk. Lift 3 

  • 1h 05m 59s
  • 3.64 miles
  • 18m 08s /Mi

While on the phone.

  Lift 1 + 6000 steps  -- 6984
  Bike + 6000 steps -- 7296
  Rest + 6000 steps -- 9920
  Bike  + 6000 steps -- 1068 
  Lift 2 + 6000 steps
  Trudy Birthday 60K Bike + 6000 steps
  Trudy Birthday 6K walk. Lift 3 

  • 1h 10m
  • 17.12 miles
  • 14.67 Mi/hr

On the river path with Chris. Again, out of energy and the bike felt like absolute dogshit. I think it needs to be completely re-fit.

This has been a really big/weird week for me. Will explain more later. Oy. 

  • 1h 03m 01s
  • 3.51 miles
  • 17m 57s /Mi

While chatting on the phone.

  • 57m 10s
  • 12.95 miles
  • 13.59 Mi/hr

CX bikes. Out to West Chicago around the little park and back.

  • 42m 29s
  • 2.56 miles
  • 16m 36s /Mi

The usual route. I have to get this in early today because lunch is VCA and after work is bike. I have learned that this route gets me about 5000 steps and I can make up 1000 hither and tither around the house.

Hotter than a bulls ass out there. Even at 7:30 AM!

  Lift 1 + 6000 steps  -- 6984
  Bike + 6000 steps 
  Lift 2 + 6000 steps 
  Bike  + 6000 steps 
  Rest  + 6000 steps
  Trudy Birthday 60K Bike + 6000 steps
  Trudy Birthday 6K walk. Lift 3 

 VCA errand done. Damn. I may inquire about a mail order pharmacy. It took a full hour to get there and come back!


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