Monthly Archives: September 2006

One Quay

Or, err, 1k. As in miles. I was in California last week for work, but on the Friday before I passed 1,000 miles for the year. I said that was my goal for the year, but I’ve really been hoping for 1,200 or more (50% more than last year would be nice). Luckily, fall is a wonderful time for bicycling in Colorado, so it’s very possible to get the additional 200 miles in.

The ride I did last Friday took me 3/4 of the way to Ward. That last 5 miles is the hardest – with another 1,500 feet of climbing – something to skip on a work day. As it was the ride stretched to 2 1/2 hours for 35 miles round trip. I went about a mile past Lick Skillet Rd (that leads to Gold Hill). The climb was only 2 1/2 miles further (one-way) than a ride to Jamestown (which I’ve done a number of times this year), but the last 5 1/2 miles (instead of 3 miles to Jamestown) averages 5-6% instead of 2-3%. There are a bunch of stretches hitting 8-10%, and I’m not really built for that anymore. 🙂 (And my bike isn’t geared for it either.) The total climbing for the ride was about 2,600 feet, 700 feet more than the trip to Jamestown.

Like father, like son

Well, Scott’s entered 5th grade. And with overcrowding at Eagle Crest elementary he’s now going to Altona Middle School. It’s somewhat scary having him in the same school with 7th and 8th graders. But… he gets to be in band!

At the beginning of summer he tried out different instruments. The teacher helped point the kids to whichever instrument they could get the most notes out of. And the winner was the baritone. He really wanted to play tuba just like dad, but tubas are a bit big for now. Perhaps once he hits high school…

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In the meantime, dad gets to play baritone too (actually, it’s really a euphonium). It’s been a lot of fun so far, but I sure don’t have the chops I had back in college. (Yeah, I actually majored in music for a year before getting out with a math degree.) It turns out that back in school, my tuba professor made me take up the euphonium too to help me improve my upper register. I never quite got it.