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True Meaning of AGONY(6 posts)

True Meaning of AGONYTylerman
Oct 23, 2001 8:59 AM
I work in cycling hell. Less than two miles away from my "office" is a series of trails stretching along a bayou (what we call a creek here in Houston). The weather has been a fantastic mid eighties dropping into the sixties at night which will probably continue for the next couple of weeks. All day long I am out of doors on a construction site. Clear skies, mild winds, and I am the man in charge where I work. But I work in cycling hell. I get to work at 5:30AM which means I am up at 4:00 just to get here. By the time I get home it is after dark and due to a friend of mine getting hit at night while riding I won't risk it. Because of the nature of my work I wear boots and jeans all day, have no access to a shower, and am basically on call during lunch. So I sit outside in this amazing weather all day long knowing that best riding I will get to do now that the sun goes down early (damn farmers) is to jump on the trainer when I get home. I know, bitch and moan, sorry but this is killing me.
dude, i feel yer painJs Haiku Shop
Oct 23, 2001 9:54 AM
i'm six miles from the house on rural and suburbian roads, most of them wide and lightly trafficked. i have a shower at the office, and could find a place to store the bike (my carpeted box is 6ftx6ft and packed with workstations and servers).

my daily routine includes dropping my toddler son at daycare in the morning, at a set time, and does not allow time for a bike commute. also, my office is less than three miles from a nice series of mtb trails...hard to hit, though, with a one hour lunch. ugh!
The weekends awaitTig
Oct 23, 2001 10:10 AM
Nice weather and riding are so close, yet so far away, huh? Sounds like you are describing the Allen Parkway trails along Buffalo Bayou. A fun place to ride an MTB, but it can get dangerous at speed on a road bike, like most multi-use trails. The best place to ride near that part of town is in Memorial Park. I'm not sure if they still close it off, but there is a 2-lane loop within the park called the Picnic Loop, ot "Fruit Loop" to the regulars (I won't comment on it unless asked!). There have been weeknight crit series there and some other rides as well. The Ho Chi Min MTB trails in the park are a blast. Great technical singletrack sections through the creek beds. The Cambodia trail is much tougher and has even claimed some broken necks.

Otherwise you'll have to wait until the weekends for good riding, weather permitting. I'll be moving this weekend (yuck), so no riding for me.
The weekends awaitTylerman
Oct 23, 2001 12:04 PM
Weekends are all I have left. I actually am working at the new NFL Practice Facilities, the trails I speak of are the paved ones along Braes bayou near the Med Center. Memorial is too far from my house, although I am within 1/2 mile to the Terry Hershey trails out near HWY 6, which are unlit and quite dark when the sun goes down. Due to traffic (cyclist) I dont really care for the MTB trails at Memorial anyway.

Oh well, as I said the rollers fit anywhere in my apartment. Maybe Santa will bring some training videos this year...
re: True Meaning of AGONYDave Hickey
Oct 23, 2001 10:57 AM
Have you riden Memorial Park? It's boring but at least you can ride at night.
Two words: Second shift.look271
Oct 23, 2001 2:07 PM
Cycling nirvana. Get the kiddies off to school at 8:10, eat my breakfast (in blissfull peace), while I read the newspaper, do a few errands or chores or laundry, put on the spandex and off I go. Got about 2 hrs, depending on when I get out the door. Get home, eat, maybe take a short snooze, and either commute on bike to work or if I'm toast from the ride,I'll drive. Daylight savings time is irrelevant. Life is good! :-))))))))))))))))))
Sorry, didn't intend to rub salt into wounds!