I didn’t think I’d be really posting this, but I am flying to Seattle today to “cat sit” for a week. More than a week, until next Sunday. Keith and Catherine Walberg are taking a vacation and needed a cat sitter, so of course, I was thought of. I was a little hesitant about doing it, but figured I could multitask when I’m there, so I decided, “Why not?”
I was torn whether to bring my MTB bike or road bike, but decided on road. My MTB needs some TLC and I can’t really see riding it exclusively for the next 10 days. The weather in Seattle doesn’t look too great. Like rain everyday. But what I learned is that there is nearly always a window, if you have all day, that it clears and you can stay relatively dry if you just wait it out.
Trudi is flying from Minneapolis and hanging until Thursday. She is leaving Bromont with Dennis. It’s his favorite place on the planet, so he’ll be good.
I brought a full extra bag for medical bills. I’m going to finally sort through them all and try to actually figure out what I’m paying for what. It is so weird getting 5 or more pieces of mail for each and every charge. And what they deny and approve is beyond my understanding. I’m sure I’ll understand more in the next few days and will post my observations/ most likely frustrations, here.
The weather in Kansas took a turn. It was in the upper 70’s a couple days ago and then it was in the upper 30’s yesterday for the ride. We did a mid afternoon ride yesterday and 7 showed, which was great for a school day. We rode nearly 50 miles at a 20 mph average. It seemed so much harder with the cold. I pulled the whole way. I’ve had the opportunity to get in way more miles than the guys I ride with at home, so everyone else is in January form. I was a little blown when we finished.
I got a ride with Catherine to the airport. It’s nice that I don’t have to leave a car in long term parking, even though it is cheap compared to the rest of the country. I think it is $7 a day now. It used to be $3, then $5, now $7. Midwest prices. Trudi is going to pick me up on her way back from Wisconsin.
I was a little worried about hauling all my stuff onto the train to get to downtown, but Keith is leaving their car at the airport in Seattle, so it will be super easy. It would have been a good test for my hip. I need to start trying to walk carrying some weight.
Okay, guess women’s cross Worlds was good today. Won’t be a spoiler here if you didn’t get a chance to check out the race. It’s a close finish. American junior phenom, Gage Hecht, finished just 3 seconds off the podium in 4th. Pretty great year he’s had this season.
Alright, it is raining right now as I sit at the airport, turning to snow soon. I guess I’m getting a little preview what “my weather” is going to be the next 9 days. I guess should get some practice cornering in the wet. I wonder if the Rocket Ride is going on. I have a week to train.