Sunday, October 14, 2007

Opportunities Lost

Saturday was one of THOSE days. I lost out on my opportunity to trail ride for the weekend. I set my alarm wrong and didn't wake up until almost 9:00 AM. OOPS! No time for a drive to Huntsville State Park before the LSU vs. UK game. The game *should* have been over at about 5pm, so I planned for a local ride when it was over, or most likely before the end when LSU had the game in hand...


LSU never got the game in hand. In fact, my beloved Tigers continued the theme of lost opportunities and lost the game in the 3rd overtime. The game lasted until almost 7:00 PM. After turning down several offers of suicide watch (just kidding!), I decided to make a ride in the dark. It was good to work out the frustration of watching a potential national championship slip away. I had tickets lined up and everything!

HAPPY (_!_)
I'm happy to report that the Specialized Phenom saddle suits my derriere! About two minutes of spinning on the bike was all it took to appreciate the comfort over the Spec saddle. It's lighter, too. Here's what it looks like installed:

The only thing that concerns me is that the back end of the saddle is really edgy. I have taken the seat into the stomach when hanging off the back for a descent. The old saddle was pretty thick and padded, but still made a heck of a bruise! This saddle is almost a knife edge, though. I really don't want to take this saddle to the upper crotchital area!

Otherwise, the saddle is great. Really easy to get behind it, really easy to sit on it, doesn't snag shorts on the front. With about 6-hours of riding time, my only regret is not getting this saddle sooner!

I'm going to go through an entire re-fitting of the bike sometime next week, so the comfort will only get better.

Went for a rare early morning ride today. I'm not a morning person, but this was my only opportunity to ride, so I butched up and woke up. I acutally caught some chills at the start! Not sure what the temp was, but there was no mistaking, there was some cold to the air that wasn't there a few weeks ago. I'm also noticing that it's getting dark on the tail end of my evening riding too... ready or not... here comes the fall!

Tomorrow will be a "no ride" day. I'll be spending the day in a pool learning how to survive if I'm ever in a helicopter crash in the Gulf. I've been through this before, and it's actually fun. Complete with a mockup of a helicopter they dunk you into the pool, then flip you upside down in. More on it tomorrow!