Showing posts from April, 2009

Time to go the distance

Spring is in the air (finally), and this young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of... mileage.

It's time to dust off the bike shorts, grease up the chain, and start riding. Actually, it's been that time for about a month now, but now is when it gets fun because now it gets real. The Best Buddies Hyannisport Challenge is only five weeks away, and I'm preparing to ride 100 miles on May 30 to raise money for Best Buddies International. This weekend, my weekend training distance will be 45 miles, and I'll be adding another 5 miles every week until the end of the month.

This will be my fifth year riding with the Patriot Pedalers in the Best Buddies Hyannisport Challenge, and I've recorded the experience here on this blog:
2005: The Year of Freezing our Toes Off2006: The Year that Got our Hopes Up2007: Payback's a Breeze2008: In Which We Finally Ride a CenturyBest Buddies is a non-profit organization founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver in 1989, dedicated to help…

Lessons from the road

I haven’t had the chance to play road warrior much in the past few years -- what with having children and all -- so the past couple of weeks have been a refresher course for me in the joys and frustrations of business travel. Here are a few things that I have learned about the new world of the business traveler. Take the power outlet whenever you can get it. You never know when it will be available again. Ditto for the wireless network. A cellular modem is a lifeline, but it’s a slow, painful one. Remember AOL circa 1995? It’s like that, but without all the fun sound effects. People with iPhones like to make fun of people who still need a computer to get their mail. Fortunately, you can get revenge on them by asking how their battery’s doing around 4:30 in the afternoon. Even an iPhone can’t help you find the right office building in Brooklyn if you don’t know which way you’re facing. There’s a big difference between being treated like a passenger and being treated like cargo. I great…