Mike and I went out for a short, ~2 hour ride this afternoon, up and over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, then down the bike path for a couple of flat, beautiful miles. Back up over the Sausalito hill (which wasn’t nearly as difficult as I remembered), and back over the bridge. It was a nice, easy ride.
I enjoyed it! It was fun to be out cycling with him, and fun to be doing some less-familiar routes. Mike says he’s going to look for some good 2-3 hour rides starting from where we live (in San Francisco), and we can go riding together on weekends. This is much more fun than spending all day on the bike by myself.
I’m not saying I’m going to sign up again for the ride next year, but I’m enjoying cycling again, and that’s really important to me. I don’t want to burn out on it again.
Otherwise, I’ve been feeling pretty depressed and stressed-out today, which is making me a trifle worried. I attribute it mostly to post-Ride letdown, plus the fact that I’ve been putting in eleven-hour days at work this past week, then coming home and working on my AIDS Lifecycle photo collection, getting them sorted and posted. (I expect to finish adding them to my website this weekend.) Between sewing costumes for the Ride, bicycling 550 miles in 7 days, and then catching up on two jobs while trying to post photos of the Ride, I’ve been way too busy for the past three weeks. Not enough time for me.
And I’ve still got a bit more craziness to go, getting the photos posted and cleaning up the apartment (there seems to have been an explosion in the tutu factory 🙂 ) – but hopefully by next weekend things will have calmed down a bit. I have lots of stamina and piles of energy, but even I have limits somewhere.
Tomorrow I plan to play around some with networked satin patterns, hoping to find a nice threading to use with the warp I so painfully wound onto the loom last month. It’s basically ruined as far as making shawls or any form of yardage is concerned – the pale spots are too obvious, even covered up with magic marker – but I think I can sew some clothing out of it, so it won’t be a total loss. And it will be interesting to play with networked satin on a painted warp.