It has been a Super-Saturday! I got up this morning for a 14.5 mile run.
I didn’t bring any gels or fuel with me on this run because I ran out and forgot to buy more. This was not an ideal decision. I maintained a decent pace the whole time, but I started feeling pretty depleted by the end of it. I do believe that it is occasionally beneficial to train in a glycogen depleted state; however, I also believe that improper fueling is a one-way ticket to injury-city. It is also far preferable to end your runs feeling like a fast gazell, as opposed to someone who just got trampled by a gazelle.
After a much-needed bowl of oatmeal I headed out to get my hair trimmed. I’m including a gratuitous selfie to document the occasion because this is probably the nicest my hair will look all year. There is no way I am going to start making time in my life for blow-drying.
Next I headed to the waterfront to volunteer at the Cascade Bicycle Club‘s annual Expo. The Cascade Bicycle Club is an awesome organization: they put on several big group rides (I did a half-century with them), they advocate for bike-friendly policies, they offer educational courses, AND they give out free bananas on bike-to-work day. I was amped to help them out and scope some of the deals.
The expo was held in the Cruise Ship Terminal. There were a ton of vendors with booths and bonus water-views.
There was entertainment, courtesy of the Bellevue Mountain Bike Club.
One of the coolest parts of the Expo was a classic bike gallery. Are these historical artifacts or works of art? Is there a difference?
My job at the expo was to help with the photo contest. I handed out ballots to select the “People’s Choice” award winner. There were so many great photos on display, it was hard to pick a favorite.
I cast my vote for this print. I love how the shot is composed.
I showed a remarkable degree of self restraint and did NOT walk out of there with a brand-new carbon-fiver bicycle that I cannot afford. I did, however, get the inside scoop on a Bianchi Via Nirone in my size and price range.
I’m going to sleep on the decision, but I’d love some advice! Friends, Gear-heads (ahem…Paul and Laurie): A Bianchi bike for a commuter/triathlete/occasional tourer? Yea or Nay? I know the real answer is: 3 bikes, but on a grad student stipend that is sadly not in the cards.