I have a collection of beautiful, amazing, nutty, a little bit crazy, terrific cycling friends.
I met them through a winter indoor cycling program we've all done over the years, some of them every year, some for just a few years, and some who did it regularly until they moved out of the state.
we get together semi-regularly for dinner or for events, and the out-of-towners can often fly in to join us. what's most fun, quite often, is the email chain that builds as we discuss things, and so today, I'm sharing with you a bit of the fun.
J (in seattle): hey superfriends! while I sit here in rainy seattle, I dream of both skiing and summer bike rides so.... check out this 150 miler near sandpoint, idaho, chafe150.org.
L: tempting for sure and definitelly amazingly beautiful there... however, same weekend as Wahsatch steeplechase and I might want to do that this year...
J (in seattle): you can fly into spokane, lots of commercial flights into there.... just sayin'..... M and I are registered.
A: in the mean time, you can all learn "how to be a road biker,"
B: 150 miles and no major climbs? why not just go to a movie?
L: the bike seat might be more comfortable than a movie seat...
B: what about the gran fondo in moab...anybody up for that?
S: this sounds better than the sandpoint 150.... not sure if it's better than a movie, though.
B: oh, it's NOT better than a movie. but you do have to exercise sometimes, you know.
B: hey all, it snowed and the air cleared! we're thinking of having a celebratory dinner this saturday, let us know if you're interested.
T: we have symphony tickets, but if others can come I will change the date of the tickets.
B: symphony? why not just go on a 150 mile bike ride with no hills?
A: it's a toss up on which seats are more comfortable...
R: dinner sounds better than 150 miles or symphony. I'll bring wine.
J (in seattle): seattle kids are out, can't make it. hopefully we'll be back soon for more skiing! miss you guys!
L: not sure we can make it... we're going to have 6 kids under 9 years old at our house this weekend... I'll let you know.
B: wow. 6 kids < 9 years old. I'd rather ride 150 miles with no hills.
L: or we could watch a movie. or go to the symphony.
R: I'll bring wine.
what I have to say is this: thank God for friends.
friends are more fun than 150 mile bike rides without hills. or the symphony. or a movie. just sayin.