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Bike Ride
I rode my bike to work today! Actually.... I rode my bike to the ice arena early this morning, with my skates in a pannier. Then I skated for almost a half hour (not quite 30 minutes, because i was a bit late, oops). Then I rode the rest of the way to work, with my skates still in the pannier. Then after work, I rode home. Go me!

I'm a bit sore in the knee right now, but still quite satisfied with myself.

I rode home early, because I have an appointment this afternoon. But on the way home, I stopped for a sandwich because I'd skipped lunch.

I like leftovers, so I bought a 12-inch sub. Then I realized that there was no room in my pannier, what with two ice skates, some work clothes, and a purse in there already. Not without squishing of my meal. I should have brought two panniers, not just one, but I didn't.

Then I had a brainstorm. I could put the long and skinny submarine sandwich into my water bottle cage! Perfect!

Well, that lasted about 10 feet. Then the sandwich tumbled onto the pavement. Darn. Fortunately, it was well-wrapped.

Then I figured: it's just a few blocks home. I'll just carry it in my hand. I picked it up, got it balanced, and started wobbling along the sidewalk. I don't have far to go, I thought, so it's no problem to carefully use the sidewalk.

The instant I thought that, I saw the sidewalk blocked off in front of me. Not even blocked off: it was actually MISSING. The cement was all torn up, in preparation for replacement.

I barely managed to hit the brake without dropping my sandwich again. I found myself bemoaning silently, doesn't anybody want me to get home??

I carefully rode the bike over the curb, back onto the street. I managed not to drop anything, and I even switched the sandwich to the other hand.

A block further, I saw a guy sitting on his porch, talking on a cell phone. He was gesticulating wildly to his unseen audience. One arm was thrown up, and his head was describing dramatic circles as he ranted sarcastically. It was so comical, watching him move like that all alone, that I grinned broadly. I caught his eye as I rode past and nodded at him, not wanting him to think I was mocking him, even though I sort-of was.

But not in a bad way. He just amused me and cheered me, made me forget about my sandwich-carrying woes. That's a good thing.

The rest of the short ride home was uneventful, and now I've enjoyed half my sandwich and written a quick post.... time to go!

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johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 15th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I forget a pannier when I go to subway, I find just putting my hand through the plastic bag loops and letting the sandwich dangle from my wrist.

Hmm, if I got it put into two separate bags, each half would probably fit in one of the rear pockets in my jersey, they're pretty big pockets.

Or I could stuff it down the front of my spandex shorts, ho ho!
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: August 15th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate trying to carry a bag on my wrist; a bit of wind, a sudden movement, and it's in the spokes. (Of course I ride drops, if you're riding an upright YMMV.)

I favour jersey pockets; I wouldn't have any concerns about a sub sticking out. (And if that didn't work, you could always drop it down the back of your jersey and pretend you're a domestique. :)

Or you could just electrical-tape it to your top tube. :)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 15th, 2006 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think a footlong sub in a bag could reach my spokes, I'm riding flat bars fairly upright.
But I've only done that once, in general I don't forget my bag. I only have one proper jersey with rear pockets though; I'm too cheap to buy a $25 jersey for every day of the week, so I bought $8 alertshirts.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 16th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh my gosh, I remember once as a kid riding to school with a halloween costume in a bag I was carrying by hand. I guess it wouldn't fit in my backpack or something? But yes, it wedged itself FIRMLY into my spokes. Not only did I go over the handlebars (ouch), but it then took me probably 10 minutes or somehting just trying to extricate the darn thing from between the spokes and fork.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 16th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha!!! I went to Tubby's instead of Subway, and they just gave me a paper-wrapped sub. They probably had bags, but I didn't think to ask for one. After all, I had a pannier to put it in.... or so I thought.

Fortunately I was only half a mile from home.
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: August 15th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay bike today.

Is climbing tomorrow still on? What time?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 16th, 2006 12:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! We just talked. Funny, when you read the website info I thought you said "Prank Day", which confused me. Not that I know what "Crank Day" is either, but at least nobody will be pulling any pranks on us....
dagibbs From: dagibbs Date: August 16th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup... just talked... I was trying different methods to reach you. Cell phones -- we didn't have the bestest connection, so Crank could easily sound like Prank.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 15th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, it just occurred to me; a 12-inch sub equals leftovers? Not for me. It just means I won't actually get hungry until dinnertime.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 16th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, you burn a whole lot more calories than I do, usually. Generally a 6 inch will do the trick for lunch.

Today, on the other hand, I burned quite a lot myslef! I was hungry enough that I ate the whole thing -- half at 3pm, then half at 6pm. I am currently calling it "dinner", but I'll probably end up eating something more soon....
theobviousname From: theobviousname Date: August 16th, 2006 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that reaction. I was at the market with a co-worker for lunch, and we both bought wraps. (About 9", flour tortilla, salad stuff and some chicken.) He ate half of his, the other half was for dinner; I went looking for some extra food for a mid-afternoon snack.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: August 16th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, when I was commuting 2 or 3 days a week, I would just get a bit peckish from time to time. Going 5 days a week though, I feed the beast or pay the consequences. If I eat what I would normally consider a "normal" lunch, I need more food by about 3PM, and I'll probably eat a largish dinner and then a midsize snack before bed.
Eating a foot-long sub means a normal dinner and just a small snack before bed, usually. Unless it's a day when I get an extra 15 miles in in the evening, then it's a larger snack or I'll be really hurting when I wake up the next day.
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