Also being back in Topeka gave me the chance to ride with some people that I haven't ridden with in 25 years, although I wasn't exactly up to the task. I rented a bike from Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence, a pretty good deal, but it wasn't exactly what I was used to, it was more of a touring bike. But beggars (renters) can't be choosers I guess, at least not here. I have managed to ride just about every day and I am hoping to take Steve Tilford up on borrowing Trudi's bike for a couple of days, it is much nicer than the rented bike. I did of course bring my saddle and pedals so I am at least somewhat comfortable. I forgot how humid it really was here, I knew it was going to be humid, but even on the "mild" days it is much more humid that I am used to.
The Tour of Lawrence is this weekend, I am hoping to go and watch at least. There are sprints downtown on Friday, a circuit race on the University of Kansas campus, 400 feet of climbing per lap according to the commercial on the radio, and a crit on Sunday downtown. I mainly want to watch the circuit race, it should be interesting.
I did find a picture that my mother had that I thought was rather interesting.
This is a photo of me in my Jerry's bike shop, Wheatland Cycling Team jersey at who knows what race. The Alan bicycle I bought from Mr. May from Wichita, can't remember his first name. He was killed by a car while on a training ride, an all too frequent occurrence it seems now a days. The Alan was kind of like riding a wet noodle, very soft, but really light. Boy do I wish I was that weight, 125 pounds, now. I would be happy with 150, 160 or even 170, but it seems like I am stuck at 200. I have been watching my calorie intake and mix of carbs, protein and fat, and on this trip I have ridden more than 200 miles in less than a week, which is more than I have been. I think my metabolism is plotting against me, or so it seems. Hopefully I can post some good pictures from the Tour of Lawrence before I head back to Cali on Tuesday of next week. Ride safe!