I think the weekend needs to be named “Stuff and Cram” because I feel like that is what we try to do on weekends with too much stuff going on. First was the Irish Fest, and then Saturday was supposed to be the Jazz fest, but as we headed out – this happened:
My tire totally shredded and the tube punctured. It didn’t look like this the other day, so I think when I filled the tire it finally just split open when we started riding. That was about a mile in. John went on for his ride, but I went to the bike shop instead and got some Armadillo tires to replace this. I was a little embarrassed to show them my tire, but they have seen worse. I had them replace one for me as the tire size is 25mm instead of my usual 28 mm tire and I wanted to make sure it fit. That is a pretty narrow tire for me.
I ended up meeting John for an afternoon coffee and still managed 17 miles on the day on the bike, plus my C25K training. Phew!
Sunday ended up having a double dip ride. We bundled up for a breakfast ride in the low 40s. See my layers? I had on a technical turtleneck and 2 jackets.
I also tried my very first gluten free bagel! Orange Cat sometimes has them, and they did today. This is a cinnamon raisin GF bagel.
Verdict? Not bad, really. It is much heavier and denser than a really good chewy bagel and, in fact, if I hadn’t known it was GF I might have thought it was just a really dense bagel. I would get it again.
Orange Cat is so cute inside and it is free refills on coffee (self serve) – 8 different kinds!
After getting back and getting 12 miles under our belts, I put the other new Armadillo tire on the front. The tire says to fill 115 to 125 PSI. I really struggled to get it to 115 with our pump, and I am wondering about that accuracy of said pump as you will see later.
Take 2! Shed a couple layers to go to the lake. We headed out and I was liking my new tires. They have more air than my other tires – 80 PSI compared to 115. Smaller tire, too, so that means less tire contact with the road, which = more speed and better handling.
We took a stop at mile 8 (20) to shed another layer and it was warming up nicely.
This hill we call “Sprinkles Hill” because just to the right is Sprinkles Ice Cream shop (soon to close for the season).
We then booked on to the lake.
There is a 2 mile downhill ride right before you get into the village, which is always fun. We were off the bikes and then I heard a funny noise. Looked down and I could see my tire popping off the wheel, and next thing I new there was a big bang! and my tube blew! It sounded like a gunshot. It scared me and some other people LOL! I must have way over inflated the tire, so I wonder if the gauge is off or something on our pump. Sigh… That meant this:
I was glad to let John change this one 😀
Time for Jazz Fest!
The music was playing:
This group here? The sax player in this video is 17.
There were a lot of people here:
I was saying to John that this felt like more of a local crowd. You could tell by how many people had their own lawn chairs. Normally you don’t take those on vacation 😀 The tourist season is winding down except for leaf peepers, and they won’t be here for a few more weeks.
We walked around and picked up a snack to listen to the next group. I got a latte at Cafe Vero – love the art!
And we stopped at Lake George Baking Company for a sweet to go with. I had a black and white cookie.
This was really good. The cookie had a bit of lemony taste and was almost like a pound cake. Very rich. Good thing we did a lot of biking! It was such a gorgeous day:
Clint Eastwood’s son plays jazz. Did you know that? His group was scheduled later, but were were tired and wanted to head home. I am happy to report no tire issues on the way home!
Top speed: 26.7 mph
Average speed: 12.9 mph
Ride time: 3 hours 23 minutes
Calories burned: 1309
Overall a really nice day for a ride. I could do without these tire issues, though. I must say it is getting old.
After a post ride shower, it was time for a refueling dinner. John grilled and I burned some broccoli:
Now it is football time and a little cereal snacking for more carbs 😳
Only bad part of the weekend (other than the 2 tire incidents)?I did lose the football picks this weekend…. booooo…..
How full was your weekend?