Worked in the office in the morning, had the place to myself. It looks like the remote work will be extended until at least the end of June 2021. I'm glad to be stepping out of the workforce soon.

There's an initiative in our area to support local restaurants by ordering carry out. If you order from five of the restaurants on the list, your name is entered in a drawing for a cash prize. We decided to try a Mexican place that has good reviews. Steve went and picked up and since it was all boxed up, didn't check to make sure it was correct. Had someone else's dinner. Ugh...called them and they immediately knew who we were and had someone deliver our dinner. That's pretty good service, and the food was not bad either.
Bike
  • 4h 30m
  • 46.00 miles
  • 10.22 Mi/hr

Pike County Ride

Took the day off and went with Steve to Pike County. We rode a route that we did back on Labor Day weekend, riding it in reverse and changing up a few sections to explore new roads. Had a great time - some of roads were better suited to mountain bikes with huge ruts and washouts. I'm guessing those were farm roads that were maintained by farmers. We went through a tiny community called Martinsburg and saw some Amish women in a buggy, headed somewhere at a pretty fast clip. And stopped at the Fast Stop in Pleasant Hill because there was a lady cooking burgers on a big grill in the parking lot. Cheeseburgers for lunch really hit the spot.

Got back to the car just as it was starting to rain. If we'd had a flat tire or some other delays, it would have been miserable.

In the evening, my ankle swelled up but this time there was no pain. Just strange...I iced it and that brought the swelling down almost immediately.

Bike
  • 1h 09m
  • 7.30 miles
  • 6.35 Mi/hr

Litchfield MTB trails

Sport
  • Aerobics
  • 30m

Another free step aerobic video --- this was a Jenny Ford video. Great workout but production quality of the video itself was kind of lacking, so I had trouble hearing the cues. You get what you pay for, I suppose....

Took the afternoon off and drove down to Lake Lou Yaeger to meet some mtb friends who showed us around the newish trail system. The mtb club down that way has done an absolutely amazing job with the forested land around the lake. Mostly intermediate level with just enough tricky stuff to keep you on your toes.

We ate outdoors at the Creek --- probably the last time this year it will be warm enough in this area for this. And we were kind of pushing it, as there was a bit of a breeze. The restaurant seemed to be doing a good curbside business so I was glad to see that.

Later in the evening I had a strange pain in the right ankle --- no swelling that I could find, but it was excruciating to the touch. It came on very suddenly and lasted for several hours. I tried heat and some Icy Hot, but ultimately the only thing that worked was to hobble around the house for about half an hour, working the joint. I'm guessing it was some kind of nerve impingement but I'm not a medical person.

Bike
  • 1h 25m
  • 12.00 miles
  • 8.47 Mi/hr

Lake trails with Steve. Trails in perfect shape. Rode well and got a QOM on one section.

Strength
  • 25m

Shaun T Focus 25 Beta - Ab Intervals

Feeling much better today. Work was pretty crazy but I got done what needed to get done. our family has been going back and forth about Thanksgiving --- my brother said they are 99% sure they won't host this year but needs my SIL to confirm this. I'm fine with doing our own thing, just need to know.

Steve's sister cancelled her Thanksgiving last week (we always hit that in the evening). She and her husband are both smokers and her husband is not in good health. Her daughter came home and announced that she has lost her sense of smell and taste. Ugh...

Felt a little off all day. No temperature, just had kind of an upset stomach. By evening it was pretty much completely better. I laid low most of the day and worked from home. Some deadlines are piling up, with projects coming to a close and managers needing last tweaks to presentations, exhibits, etc. Of course this all hits at once...ugh, I will most definitely not miss this.

I called the vet for referrals to a pet sitter for January. Usually my daughter comes out and takes care of the cats/house, etc. but we'll be gone for a month and hate to task her with that much driving back and forth in winter. Was given the name of a popular pet sitter in the area, and after messaging her, learned that she would be available in January. I'm hoping to get a chance to meet her in the next week or so to see if she's a good fit with the cats. She is a vet tech which gives me great comfort, and her rates are very reasonable.
Sport
  • HIIT
  • 20m

Shaun T 20 - Strength
Odd class with a mix of step and strength

Went in to the office today, learned that one of my coworkers tested positive for Covid and is working from home. He has very mild symptoms and thought he had a cold initially but decided to get tested on a hunch.

Spent much of the day cleaning up network drives. I had a bunch of pictures and some personal documents on my computer's C drive and moved all that to Google drive. Have been going through things updating my email wherever I used my work email. IT tells me they let retirees keep their company email for a long time and give plenty of notice before the account is closed but I'd just as soon get things cleaned up now.

Bike
  • 1h 10m
  • 20.00 miles
  • 17.14 Mi/hr

Zwift group ride

Strength
  • 30m

21 Day Fix Extreme - Dirty 30

Sport
  • Aerobics
  • 45m

Gin Miller - Step Intervals

There's supposed to be a gravel ride today out at Petersburg. I look forward to this every year and will have to miss it --- the wind is sustained at 27 mph for most of the day and it's been raining off and on. The ride will be a muddy, windy mess. Zwift would seem to be the logical option.
So that's a wrap for 2020 as far as organized rides and racing. It's been a strange and sometimes sad year for endurance events, with cancellations and deferrals. Two of the big gravel events --- Land Run and the Dirty Kanza --- underwent major identity transformations and changed their names to appease some "woke" special interest groups. I'm glad I rode in those events when I did.
I did see that there's a new gravel ride next year in Indiana, in the Terre Haute area. It's in covered bridge country and we've been wanting to get over there a ride for a while. That event will definitely be on my calendar.

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