Time in the Saddle: My Butt Hurts!
Virginia and I had an opportunity to take the tandem out for a spin yesterday and today. This last week I had brought the tandem to R+E Cycle for a tune up so that we would be ready for this riding season and, fortunately, the weather cooperated and we were able to get out to test out all the new the new parts! On the other hand, I'm afraid neither Virginia or I were "tuned up" after a winter of boring work-outs in the gym. Our parts: arms, legs and butts need a tune-up! The picture is of yours truly at the University of Washington "Quad" where, every spring the cherry trees explode in a wonderful display of pink! I'm really looking forward to getting back on the tandem this year. Virginia and I have been tandem cycling since 1990 when we purchased a Burley Bongo. We had our current tandem custom-built at R+E Cycles in 1997 and since then we have ridden many thousands of miles. It's one of the things that brings us real joy. Riding a tandem with a partner is an incredibly powerful experience. It's certainly an apt metaphor for a great partnership which our marriage has been. So yesterday we rode out to Redmond Town Center (the home of Microsoft) which is about a 30 mile loop and today the ride was about 26 miles. Not a bad first weekend of cycling.....but boy does my butt hurt!!!!