The flip side

4 03 2014

As good as January was, February was a cycling disaster.

One ride.

One ride in February = one flat tire

One ride in February = one flat tire

Not that there weren’t opportunities. But those always seemed to conflict with other planned activities or, worse, illness.

The damage done by an orange road hockey ball.

The damage done by an orange road hockey ball.

For the first time in as long as I can remember, I was waylaid by the flu for the second time in a winter.

After my first bout, in December, I thought I was in the clear, my immunity built up against further incursion. I even eschewed the flu shot; why bother?

Why bother indeed.

This round played out almost exactly the same as the first, a week-long head cold, a day of work in the snow and cold and then the sudden onset of dastardly flu symptoms. Now a week into recovery, and I’m still not 100 per cent.

But the month wasn’t a total write-off.

The FRF riding group gathered to plan for the coming season, a calendar that will include the highly-anticipated guerilla fondo, “Le Tour de Huit Ponts,” a craft beer ride and a trek up Mt. Baker in Washington State. We also have new, customized caps from Red Dots Cycling, and there was some discussion about hitting up a new local brewer for some sponsorship to flash their logo on FRF kits.

Oh yes, and we formally adopted the group’s motto: “More miles, more beer.”

Princess of Pavement celebrates her first race of the season, and the beginning of the Cobbled Classics in Belgian, with Belgian waffles at Nero.

Princess of Pavement celebrates her first race of the season, and the beginning of the Cobbled Classics in Belgian, with Belgian waffles at Nero.