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So [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth and I rode from Boston to Provincetown on Saturday, on a tandem bike borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly and [livejournal.com profile] dilletante.

What happened?

  • Tandems are way cool. Everyone we rode with seemed to be cheered up just having a tandem on the road. We became known to the rest of the riders, and later, by apparently random people in Provincetown, as "those crazy tandem people."
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth did not keel over and die from biking on her broken ankle.
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth actually finished in way better shape than I did.  By the end of the ride, she was doing the bulk of the hard cranking.
  • [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth is clearly a mutant who has supernormal healing powers and possibly an adamantium endoskeleton.
  • Good bike fit is really important.  Really really important. Like, as important as you thought it was, and then more important than that.  I did an okay job of sizing the tandem to me, but "okay" is not good enough, especially for a trip like this.  I finished the ride with severe numbness in the ring and little fingers of both hands, and profoundly diminished gripping strength.  Right now I can barely turn a key in a lock, put on my socks, or write my name.  Calling the doctor first thing in the morning.
  • As important as it is to wear sunscreen, for the love of god remember not to wear it on your face. Because then when you start sweating, it melts and trickles down your forehead into your eyes, and it stings and you can't see and THAT WILL MAKE YOU DIE.
I have many many heroes today, but especially [livejournal.com profile] keyne and kids for their love and ongoing support of my madness, [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly and [livejournal.com profile] dilletante for the loan of their contraption and for invaluable technical advice, [livejournal.com profile] soong and [livejournal.com profile] sandhawke for sharing their homes (sometimes unexpectedly), [livejournal.com profile] bubblebabble and [livejournal.com profile] bitty for sharing their home and for gamely going along with our insane plans, [livejournal.com profile] inseriatim for repaying the favor and registering me when I started acting lame, and [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth for being such an amazing, untiring, perpetually upbeat and inspiring ride partner.  This life is sometimes an amazing place to be.
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74 miles: Barnstable stretch break, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

I am a lot more tired at this point than I usually am. Bleh! Pace
yourself, I said.

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61.54 miles, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

The first rule of riding over the Sagamore Bridge is that you DO NOT
RIDE over the Sagamore Bridge.

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33.03 miles, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

First adjustment!

0.0 miles

Jun. 19th, 2010 06:03 am
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0.0 miles, originally uploaded by qwrrty.


Jun. 13th, 2010 01:57 pm
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45 miles so far today, about 20 left to go.

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Jun. 8th, 2010 09:46 pm
topaz: (omegabeth)

Left Kendall: 4:55pm
Arrived Mosaic: 8:50pm

[livejournal.com profile] moominmolly warned me that riding a tandem means communicating constantly about everything. So true! Braking! Shifting! Turning! Stopping!

In our case it was particularly about shifting, since changing gears unexpectedly is really mean to Beth's ankle. By the end of the ride I was getting a lot better at doing it smoothly, but still need practice.

And pedaling! Pedaling needs to be coordinated. The cranks on a tandem are locked in sync, so you can't coast unless your partner does too. So weird!

• tighten shifter cables
• swap seats
• rotate stoker handlebars up a bit
• thank Molly and David profusely

On Sunday, a couple of 30-mile loops to see if we think we can make it the whole way to Ptown. Onward!

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Test ride

Jun. 8th, 2010 07:37 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] omegabeth and I take the Beast (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly) out for a spin, 38 miles from Cambridge to Mosaic.

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truth in labeling, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

It's actually kind of reassuring when the doctor marks which foot is being operated on so that nobody forgets.


Feb. 26th, 2010 01:53 pm
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 Outriders registration is open for this year!  Yay!  June 19!

I have done this ride twice now with [livejournal.com profile] inseriatim.  [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth, who has volunteered at the rest stops for the last three years, has decided this year to ride with me.  Together we are going to be "TEAM HELPFUL" and we are now soliciting volunteers to join us.

Seriously: you will probably never have a 130-mile bike ride more fun than this one: you get five rest stops with snacks and sandwiches and brownies, at the end of the ride you're in Provincetown and you get brunch the following morning before getting on the ferry back to Boston.

If we get enough people on the team, we can look into splitting a bigger fancier room at a B&B!

If we get enough people on the team, we can look into getting TEAM HELPFUL JERSEYS.

Oh this is going to rock.
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arugula rugelach, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

Last weekend [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth and I attended [livejournal.com profile] dervishspin's "Snooty Foods" party. Challenged to come up with the snootiest, snobbiest, elitest, most exclusivest snotty food we could imagine, we invented arugula rugelach: arugula (and a little spinach), blended into a pesto with garlic, olive oil, walnuts and asiago cheese, and rolled up in little wedges of rugelach pastry made according to the King Arthur cookbook recipe.

Oh my heavens these things were good. A professional chef in attendance pronounced them the best dish he'd had in a long time, and begged us for the recipe. They disappeared faster than most everything else on the table.

A special shout-out goes to [livejournal.com profile] coraline for coming up with the name and inspiring me to actually try to make these work!


Jan. 1st, 2010 02:05 pm
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Alphabeth, originally uploaded by qwrrty.

first dates

Dec. 6th, 2009 01:00 am
topaz: February 20, 2008 (lunar eclipse)
First dates are odd enough, but it's even odder to have one with an ex.

Edit: just to be clear, it was a fabulous date. EVOO was a hit out of the park, we got to hang out for a bit with [livejournal.com profile] inahandbasket (who did his best to entertain us when we found that [livejournal.com profile] prosicated was at work), and stopped by [livejournal.com profile] spike's for hilarious conversation and some delightful cocktails mixed by [livejournal.com profile] aroraborealis.

And having a first date on the first snowfall of the year is.... sublime.

But it's a funny experience to be having a first date, a date which is explicitly designated a "first date", with someone who you know so well in some ways and yet in others are starting from scratch.

turning 39

Nov. 13th, 2009 12:35 am
topaz: (birthday)
So I had this birthday.  And a really, really lovely birthday it was, with highlights including:
  • Surprise visit and magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth in the morning
  • Surprise visit and gifts from [livejournal.com profile] chaiya in the morning
  • Long lunch and great conversation with [livejournal.com profile] ectophylla 
  • Surprise birthday dinner and magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] keyne, Mom, Dad and the kids
  • Lots of post-dinner visits from the neighbors to help polish off as much of the cake as possible.
The funniest part:

The magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] omegabeth was a chocolate layer cake with peanut butter frosting.

The magnificent birthday cake from [livejournal.com profile] keyne and [livejournal.com profile] npierce was.... a chocolate layer cake with peanut butter frosting and chocolate glaze.

I think I may be getting predictable.

But enough of that.  Here's what matters.  All day long, I ran into people at every turn who were conspiring to make sure I had a good day.  And wow, apparently I needed that more than anything.

Thanks and love to you all.  You are my rockstars.

April 2012


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