Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 27 of #30daysofbiking

Day 27 - My Birthday

Wednesday was a big day.  It was my birthday and the kick off of Wednesday Night Races - our weekly summer sailboat race in the Chesapeake Bay.

Before I even left the house I learned that I am now officially a celebrity.  Ok that's overblown but my bike was featured on MG's blog Chasing Mailboxes. Mary writes much better than I do.  Rather than merely a chronicle of her riding adventures, and she has many with her husband Ed, she actually tells stories and writes articles about biking, people and the things she sees. So I was thrilled when she contacted me and wanted to include my Surly in her series about "Bikes to Like".  Here's the post and the results of our email "interview".  Mike B's Surly Long Haul Trucker.

To get from work to the docks in the evening I have to drive to the office.  So I started the day with the 5:45ers. The group opted to split the ride: those who wanted a sprint took the Solley Rd route at Mach 2.  Earl and I took the trail south in a more leisurely pace and picked up Jeff and Ben along the way.  The four of us continued all the way to the top of Naval Academy Bridge hoping to catch a sunrise but the cloud cover wouldn't cooperate.  I did take the video cam. Here we are approaching and climbing the bridge.

After riding and work it was back to Annapolis for the races. A great evening. The crew of Diamond in the Rough is a fun bunch. We're also fortunate to have a consistent group and function well as a team. The wind was blustery, a challenge after 6 months off and we were a little rusty. Bumping the mark cost us a 10% penalty on our time and took us out of contention. But we also kept the boat under control and effectively improvised when the vang broke, which is more than some of our competition can say. We watched several "knock down", but no one was hurt or went swimming. Races like that with the strong weather make for great tall tales back at the bar afterwards.

It was a great way to celebrate my birthday.