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I didn’t know the off-season could be this busy!

So it is definitely the off-season. One way I know that is because of the number of projects that have managed to make it to the queue for processing. I am working on the development of two different websites in addition to creating a toolkit for monitoring Ajax performance as part of my academic research. I haven’t been riding a ton, but there a few things to note:

  1. The 2008-2009 BBL season is underway! I am managing the website for the series, and we have really stepped it up this year with organization, prizes, etc… I rode the inaugural weekend but was then out of town last weekend for a conference, and this coming weekend we will be on our way back from Thanksgiving with family in Northern Indiana.
  2. My Garmin Edge 705 bike computer / GPS unit arrived in the mail yesterday morning. I brought it with me here to Indiana where I am sitting in a coffee shop trying to get caught up on a few things while Kristine and the kids nap. I will write up a detailed review of my experience with the Garmin after my first few rides with it. On an interesting side note – I am writing from Rocky Mountain Cafe – a very cool coffee shop in La Porte, IN. My large mocha was a bit expensive ($4.50), but I have unlimited access to free wireless. This is compared to the other wifi hotspot that I tried – Temple News Agency – where I had the option of paying $4.25 for a large mocha and then paying not $1, not $2, not $3, but $4 for one hour of wireless connectivity. Hmmm, let’s see – $4.50 plus free wifi or $8.25 plus the opportunity to sit in a small cramped building with somebody smoking inside it. I’m glad I just smiled and said “thank you” and left the first spot!
  3. Finally, it looks like I’ll be doing a couple days of cold-weather riding up here on snow-free roads surrounded by a beautiful snowy countryside up here in La Porte, IN! They had a lake effect snowstorm that dropped about 10 inches of snow a few days ago and all of it has melted from the roads which are completely dry and yet the fields are still covered in snow! It doesn’t get any better than that for a biking southerner who doesn’t get to see snow very often!

Day 2 – Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic

A little bit disappointing with how the season ended today – but I am glad I was even able to finish the race after my power meter cable came loose and was getting caught in my gears. I had to shift around in the back as it was jumping around to try to physically push the cable out of the way with the chain or get it to rest on top of the chain. I ended up trying not to shift much in the last few laps and then sprinting in the middle of my rear cassette spining like mad for the finish. All things considered, I will take 13th to finish up the season and start my off-season with a nice easy week of commuting!

2008-10-11 Day 1 - Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic

2008-10-11 Day 1 - Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic

2008-10-12 Day 2 - Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic

2008-10-12 Day 2 - Downtown Greenville Cycling Classic