I'm really looking forward to this weekend -- tomorrow morning is a cyclocross clinic at Lincoln Park that is sponsored by the Springfield Park District. It's for kids or adults. And it was just $10 to register!

In the late afternoon/evening, we're going over to Pittsfield to a friend's house. Mike is really a triathlete but he organized a gravel ride that does a big loop from his rental farmhouse in Milton south to Pearl and back. About 26 miles really, so while short, it will be dark when we finish and we'll need lights. There are about 9 people planning to go. While we are riding, his son will be firing up the grill and getting a bonfire going. I'm making chili to take.

Sunday is the Dirty Petersburg ride. It's free and goes over many of the roads I use for training throughout the year. Finishes at a brewery in Petersburg. I skipped last year because it was raining and the roads had turned to mud. Looks more promising this year although it may be a little sloppy.
Bike
  • 50m
  • 16.00 miles
  • 19.20 Mi/hr

Zwift - Intervals workout

Bit of a rant that may be TMI but I'd like some opinions. Had my mammogram on Tuesday at the same place I've been going for 18 years. Today I got the call to return and get a second, more thorough scan because the radiologist thought he or she "saw something".

OK this is the THIRD consecutive time this has happened. Each time it has come back fine, that it's just "dense tissue". The first time I was a basket case. The second time, kind of meh about it. This time I'm pissed. God forbid there's actually something there, but once again I'm getting MORE radiation and I'll get a whopping medical bill because this isn't considered diagnostic.

There's no history of BC in my family. None, nada. Is it my changing body? Is it the machine that is used for the initial scan? The skill of the technician? I add the last question because these "bad" scans coincided with the retirement of the tech who had been working at the same place for a long time. I've had a different technician each time for the last three years.

Anyone deal with this?

No workouts today, just ran out of time.
Bike
  • 30m
  • 8.00 miles
  • 16.00 Mi/hr

Zwift

Strength
  • 30m

Nino's routine

Bike
  • 1h 00m
  • 11.00 miles
  • 11.00 Mi/hr

Zwift

Sport
  • Yoga
  • 20m
The winter storm that was predicted hit around 8 a.m. When I pulled into the parking lot at the office it was slushy rain but at least the roads were ok. By noon it was nearly whiteout conditions. I left at 4 and it took nearly an hour to drive the 8 miles home (normally a 15-20 minute commute). Looked like the plows had been out but no salt or sand. I was a nervous wreck driving in that. Fortunately everyone was being careful.

Bike
  • 1h 20m
  • 10.00 miles
  • 7.50 Mi/hr

MTB with Steve and Brenda.

Grandkid duty was pretty good overall, there were only a few meltdowns. we took them to the Ansar Shrine circus Saturday afternoon. The girls (ages 8 and 5) loved it, especially the acrobats. Marshall (age 3) was bored and didn't really understand what was going on. Sunday morning we went to Skyzone, the trampoline place. The oldest got bored pretty quickly, as we've been there several times. So it's getting difficult to figure out activities that they can all enjoy, especially in the winter when we're stuck indoors. We might start just taking one kid at a time for overnights.

We had tiem in the afternoon for a mtb ride. It's probably the last really nice day before the cold sets in. Brenda drove out and met us and we rode the Lake Trails. There were a lot of people riding today, enjoying the warmish weather. Got home just as the sun was starting to set.

A gravel riding buddy who lives in northern Illinois is wanting to organize a gravel camp near Hannibal, MO this winter. Weather permitting, I think it sounds amazing and would be a great training opportunity.

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  • Bentonia Burner Gravel Race (Cycle)
    2/22/2020 Bentonia, Mississippi
  • Land Run 100 (Cycle)
    3/14/2020 Stillwater, Oklahoma
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